Spotlight

Cultivating college

Through First Look, UNC students introduce upper elementary and middle school students to college in a fun and accessible way.

Hitting the gap, UNC in stride

Amy Dingler came to Carolina from another Fayetteville, the one in Georgia. But instead of heading due north to arrive in Chapel Hill, as one would expect, Dingler’s route took her in a different direction — through India, Hungary and Madagascar, with a detour through Europe. As one of UNC’s first Global Gap Year Fellows,…

Helping and healing

New Year, New Faces: First-year student Allie Polk spent seven weeks conducting research at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Science scholars start new tradition

This summer, the two dozen incoming scholars participated in a science and math boot camp designed to prepare them for the rigors of a program meant to shape and help create the innovators of the future.

Beach bacteria

“When a beach is closed, what we’re really saying is that based on yesterday’s water sample, we’re closing the beach today,” says UNC-Chapel Hill marine microbiologist Rachel Noble. “It’s archaic. You’re just telling people that yesterday they swam in contaminated water.” That’s because the standard water-quality test used at beaches around the country takes time. Lab…