Research Perseveres

University Research Week
November 8-12, 2021


Mark your calendars! Once again, UNC will be showcasing remarkable, innovative, and life-saving research conducted by its world-renown faculty and students and inspiring the next generation of scientists through presentations, workshops, and more.

If you have any questions regarding University Research Week, contact Layla Dowdy in the Office of Research Communications or Bob Pleasants in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Logo for "The Health of Our State and Beyond" Series.

As the signature event of this year’s University Research Week, four Creativity Hubs teams will present throughout the week, providing an overview of the significant challenges their teams are working to eradicate, progress to date, and goals for the future. Panelists will represent respective research areas and various career levels.

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More events will be added as University Research Week draws closer!

If you’re planning to host an event during URW 2021, please fill out the form below.

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Here are a selection of pre-recorded sessions by our researchers on their amazing findings that you can watch at anytime.

BARCODE Galapagos

An informal meet up with the team from BARCODE Galapagos, the most ambitious citizen science project to document biological life in Galapagos.

UNC and the Galapagos Science Center

Learn more about the Galapagos Science Center (GSC). The GSC represents a unique facility and a special opportunity to make the world a better place by enriching our understanding of coupled human-natural systems in a world-renowned National Park, Marine Reserve and World Heritage Site.

Hammerhead Sharks, Epic Migrations, and Island Conservation

Dive deeper with shark researcher, Alex Hearns, as he reads from the children’s storybook Marti the Hammerhead Shark, a joint collaboration between the Galapagos Science Center, Galapagos Conservation Trust and MigraMar.

Mask Hacks – COVID-19 Response from Biomedical Engineering

A team of BME researchers applied their skills in design and engineering to create low-cost, emergency solutions to personal protective equipment shortages early in the pandemic.

Be a Maker: BeAM Supports Research

BeAM@CAROLINA is a network of makerspaces where any UNC student, staff, or faculty member can join the UNC maker community in the design and creation of physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship, and recreation. Makers can participate in open studios, training sessions, workshops, hosted classes, and group activities.

Pilot funding helps team develop model to capture COVID-19 spread

A TraCS COVID pilot awarded in June 2020 is producing results. A multidisciplinary team from North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgia Institute of Technology, and East Carolina University has developed a simple model to illustrate COVID-19 spread within a hypothetical school over the course of a semester, given different assumptions regarding mask usage, incoming protection, and testing policies.

WRAL features Dr. Michelle Hernandez in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, WRAL-TV recently featured UNC’s Dr. Michelle Hernandez—highlighting her work in underserved communities.

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