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Impact on Our State

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

  • 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.

  • Daniela Ceron in her cap and gown by the School of Social Work.

    Master of Social Work student Daniela Cerón dedicated to North Carolina’s rural communities

    Graduating Tar Heel Daniela Cerón spent her time at UNC School of Social Work working in North Carolina communities to improve early childhood education outcomes.

  • A woman wears a stick that says

    Tar Heels help preserve the history of local Black communities

    Carolina students are helping the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History curate oral histories from members of Black communities in southern Orange County.