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Dynamic Minds

Search. Grapple. Grasp. Question. For the dynamic mind, knowledge is a tool, and how you use it can move mountains.

  • Jared Richards holds a Eurypterus lacustris.

    Bewitched by invertebrates

    Carolina alumnus Jared Richards '20 studies bizarre and beautiful sea creatures over 480 million years old.

  • At the Institute for Marine Sciences, Stacy Davis is the steadying force that keeps mechanical systems shipshape and boats at the ready, even captaining the 48-foot research vessel Capricorn with Carolina students aboard and advising them on what to expect their first time on the Atlantic Ocean.

    Stacy Davis keeps world-class coastal research center running

    More than 100 Massey Award nominators described how vital the practical knowledge and can-do spirit of this Outer Banks native is to the success of the Institute for Marine Sciences.

  • Senior Taylor Betts works in the Hanes Art Center on his final course project for the Maymester “Introduction to Music Technology.”

    Making music in Maymester

    Maymester’s “Introduction to Music Technology” gives students the opportunity to learn sound design and composition to bring their creative projects to life.

  • Tom Diaz standing outside.

    #GDTBATH: Tom Diaz

    Tom Diaz, a PharmD candidate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, aims to advance patient health care in space.

  • Alexis Dennis in doctoral robes outside in a garden

    A triple Tar Heel

    Ph.D. candidate Alexis Dennis will graduate with her third degree from Carolina this weekend and continue the research she began as an undergraduate in 2008.

  • Ralf Etienne standing outside

    Graduating MBA student looks to use his degree as a ‘force for good’

    After life-changing events that led to him losing his left leg, Ralf Etienne refocused his business career to find ways to serve others instead of chasing money and fame. The MBA he will receive this weekend from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School will be another tool for him to achieve his new career goals.

  • Alex Upton walking outside.

    #GDTBATH: Alex Upton

    Alex Upton, a Carolina junior studying music in the College of Arts & Sciences, is connecting with his musical intuition through performance, composition and improvisation.

  • Students from the Anthropology 418 class examine pottery pieces under the guidance of Professor Vincas Steponaitis.

    Reconstructing the past

    Students in a hands-on anthropology course piece together ancient ceramics, learn to fire pottery and cook with pots over a fire to study the history of pottery.