Research Stories


Browse through some of our stories and you’ll see why the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the leading research institutions in the nation. You’ll get a glimpse of the people who make Carolina research so special, and a new perspective on the way the world works.


Portrait of Taylor Teitsworth behind clear pitchers of water.

Harnessing Hydrogen

Carolina chemists have created a technology that can split water into its component parts, opening the door to more options for alternative energy.

Portrait of Cassandra Davis in a classroom.

A Fair Recovery

Cassandra R. Davis has dedicated her career to reframing the conversation around disaster relief, advocating for the marginalized groups that struggle to recover.

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Engaging communities in Carolina research

The Center for Public Engagement with Science gets North Carolinians involved in UNC-Chapel Hill research — including a unique project with NASA that educates volunteers about lakes in their own communities.

Portrait of Clark Gray.

Data Displaced

When natural hazards destroy homes and livelihoods, where do people go? Clark Gray searches for them using data.

Portrait of Siddhartha Roy.

Safe Water for All

From India to Flint, Michigan, Siddhartha Roy has seen what happens when water resources are insufficient and is pushing to drastically reduce lead in drinking water by 2040.

Grid photo of six undergraduate researchers.

SURFing Through Summer

From peanut allergies to the death penalty, Carolina’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURFs) are gaining hands-on research experience in the lab and the field.

Two high school students look at a monitor as they walk down the street.

Creating Climate-Resilient Communities

The Center for Public Engagement with Science partners with the Juntos Program to empower Latino youth in educating their communities about climate change.

Photo showing an outdoor wooden post that reads "Appalachian Trail" with people backpacking in the background.

Backpacking for Bats

Grace Kinder shares her story of guiding citizen scientists along portions of the Appalachian Trail to connect them with nature and one of its most vital creatures: bats.

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Supporting Carolina Researchers

The Office of Research Development is a unit within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research that focuses on growing the research enterprise at Carolina.