Serving North Carolina

As a university built for the people, public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission.

Students, faculty and staff dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping our communities by performing service projects and participating in outreach programs while also making community-changing discoveries and creating a better future for all of North Carolina through research.

Impactful research

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    Preventing waterborne illness after a hurricane

    Rachel Noble of Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences talks about her rapid water quality tests and how they can help North Carolinians stay safe during hurricane season.

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    Bringing healthy food to all consumers

    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor Alice Ammerman is working to provide locally-sourced, nutritious meals to communities in need.

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    Keeping patients moving

    Two Carolina faculty members have created an augmented reality video game designed for pediatric hospital patients called Adventure Squad with the goal of keeping the young patients active during their treatment.

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    Making an impact in North Carolina

    UNC School of Government professor Anita Brown-Graham launched an initiative that is taking on some of North Carolina's biggest challenges.

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    Life-saving drones

    After a heart attack, every second counts. Carolina researchers and NC State experts have taken to the air to find a new way to get medical care to the victims faster.

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    Helping North Carolina communities fight opioid epidemic

    The Opioid Response Project, directed by Carolina's School of Government, brings together faculty experts from diverse fields to help address the opioid problem in North Carolina, in partnership with local governments.

Community Engagement

  • Overcoming barriers through food

    Anum Imran ’21 founded Traditional Kitchens, a refugee women-led cooperative cookery in Chapel Hill.

  • Two students carry a piece of wood at a home construction site.

    Rebuilding after the storms

    Service-learning students spent their spring breaks providing community service throughout the state and the region.

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    Profits with purpose

    Kenan-Flagler professor Jim Kitchen challenges undergraduate students in his Entrepreneurship and Business Planning course to come up with business ventures that will ultimately help charities across the Triangle.

  • ‘Hope grows here’

    The Farm at Penny Lane’s innovative programs help mental health clients become more self-sufficient.