Research

Women in STEM

Women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have achieved some amazing feats in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In 1915, Cora Zeta Corpening (front row, center) became the first woman student in the medical school..
In 1915, Cora Zeta Corpening (front row, center) became the first woman student in the medical school. The male students voted not to admit her, but she came to classes anyway.

From the first woman admitted to the School of Medicine, to the researcher who highlighted the health problem of secondhand smoke, to the computer scientist who built networks for the 1998 Nagano Olympics — women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have achieved some amazing feats in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

To highlight their accomplishments, this UNC Research timeline spans the past 116 years and features women who have not only made major research discoveries and advancements, but have narrowed the gender gap for women in STEM.

View the timeline here.


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