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Impact on Our State

Supporting the community that supports us. Our success is North Carolina’s success. 

  • Carolina senior Alyssa Cooper poses in front of the Old Well.

    Rising senior gives back to local Japanese families

    Alyssa Cooper has been working with Southern Bridge International’s Prego Club, which focuses on helping pregnant or post-partum Japanese women in the Triangle navigate the American medical system.

  • #GDTBATH: Rich Nguyen-Le

    #GDTBATH: Rich Nguyen-Le

    Over the past year, Carolina Law student Rich Nguyen-Le has spent more than 120 hours providing legal support to vulnerable community members who need assistance.

  • Two students working in a creek.

    Leave it to beavers

    As urban regions in the Southeast continue to grow and develop, harmful pollutants enter nearby waterways more frequently. Carolina researchers think one of the best solutions to prevent this may be investments in the habitats of the furry neighbors already in our backyards: beavers.

  • A bee hotel exhibit at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

    North Carolina Botanical Garden’s bee hotels

    Located just off main campus, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has been caring for pollinators with bee hotels. The structures, designed by artist David Hinkle, are meant to help native bees nest and reproduce.

  • Stacy Zhang standing near the ocean.

    On the edge of discovery

    Carolina alumna Stacy Zhang first got her feet wet in marine ecology as an undergrad. Now a postdoctoral researcher with the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, she is on the frontlines of helping navigate challenges facing North Carolina's coast.

  • Velvet Nelson standing near the entrance of Launch Chapel Hill.

    Launching businesses and jobs

    Velvet Nelson, the director of Launch Chapel Hill, discusses how the startup accelerator and coworking space formed out of a partnership between Carolina, the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County is helping the local economy.

  • Darren Hearn.

    Doctoral candidate Darren Hearn serves military personnel at Fort Bragg and beyond

    Graduating Tar Heel Darren Hearn has focused his research on musculoskeletal injury and performance and how those areas can be applied to people completing military basic training in order to identify those at greatest risk for sustaining injury.

  • Jon Lucas standing near the coast.

    From Marine to marine scientist

    Graduating master's student Jonathan Lucas traded his military fatigues and boots for wetsuits and waders to return to school and earn a master's degree in marine sciences.