A climate of change at Carolina

Whether it be in a laboratory, out in nature or anywhere in between, Tar Heels are researching ways to make an impact in North Carolina and throughout our nation and world. We're pursuing solutions and discoveries to better society and tackling tough challenges head on.

At Carolina, faculty and students are finding cures and treatments for diseases and making innovations to protect the planet and its inhabitants. One of the country's top-ranked research universities, Carolina performs $1.2 billion in annual research activity.

Keep scrolling to learn how research comes to life at Carolina.

University Research Week

Carolina will recognize the remarkable research achievements of our students, faculty and staff with the annual University Research Week from Oct. 23 to 27.

With a theme of “A Climate of Change at Carolina,” this year’s University Research Week will highlight the exceptional work done by Carolina researchers across many disciplines to address changing climates.


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University Research Week features 60-plus events that will inform and educate the Carolina community on how Tar Heel researchers and students are marking discoveries, providing context for leaders and policymakers and inspiring collaboration among communities.


A student working in a laboratory on a project involving batteries.

Climate-driven research

Impactful research

Serving North Carolina

The UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City works on everything from hurricanes to marine ecology, the fight against climate change and habitat preservation. Researchers at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center are alerting North Carolina communities to dangerous street drugs to prevent overdoses. Experts from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are working on ways to improve cancer screening in North Carolina.

All throughout the state, Carolina is working with an aim of improving the lives of North Carolinians.

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Carolina’s research efforts are felt all over North Carolina. The University is conducting 900+ projects that directly address the health, education or well-being of North Carolinians, and more than 11,000 people in 88 of the state’s 100 counties are employed by UNC Research.


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  1. After Stories: Transnational Intimacies of Postwar El Salvador

    Fedex Global Education Center

    Mon, March 406:00 pm

    After Stories: Transnational Intimacies of Postwar El Salvador
  2. Directives from the Deep Sea | Carolina Science Cafe

    Haw River Tap & Table

    Tue, March 506:00 pm

    Directives from the Deep Sea | Carolina Science Cafe
  3. Dasan Ahanu

    Dasan Ahanu Presents Writin' Dirty: Southern Lyricism and Storytelling

    CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

    Thu, March 707:00 pm

    Dasan Ahanu Presents Writin' Dirty: Southern Lyricism and Storytelling
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    Total WellBeing Expo

    Fetzer Hall

    Wed, March 1311:00 am

    Total WellBeing Expo