Feature Stories

  • Saving Princeville

    The Princeville, North Carolina, residents gathered at a county administration building last month didn’t need a reminder that their town faces a challenging future as it struggles to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    But nature underscored the point anyway.

  • NC one of only a few states without a strategic plan from pre-K through postsecondary education 

  • Drs. Zach and Alisha Farris address conservation and health crises in Madagascar

    Dr. Zach Farris was a country boy pursuing a degree in biology at the University of Central Arkansas when he picked up an encyclopedia of mammals and opened to a picture of an aye-aye. Something about the furry animal, which is found only in Madagascar, captivated him.

    “I learned that there were very few of them left,” he said. “I decided that I wanted to be an aye-aye biologist.”

  • Cradles of love

    UNC researcher partners with NC State industrial design students to create innovative new bassinet

    With the growing trend of keeping newborns in their mother’s hospital room post-delivery, hospitals must ensure that mothers are able to safely transfer their babies from and back to the bassinet for feeding, other care, and sleeping. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher hopes to help that effort.

  • Getting Innovative

    ECU, NC State, N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro join prestigious NSF I-Corps program

    The University of North Carolina as a system has championed innovation and new start-ups for years, and four constituent institutions – East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – have been named the newest sites for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, a program that encourages collaboration between academia and industry.

  • Six UNC system students learn leadership skills through internship program

    What’s the summer like for a Marian Drane Graham Scholarship winner? Very, very busy.

    This year’s recipients – selected from the University of North Carolina’s 16 incumbent campuses – spent six weeks working in a state agency, meeting members of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., and completing a capstone project for their respective campuses at the end of the program.

  • Setting a Direction


    Faculty, students, public weigh in on the new NCSSM-Morganton campus

    Michael Martine describes his experience as an alumnus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics as “Hogwarts, before Hogwarts was ever written about.” Instead of spells and potions that the fictional Harry Potter was taught, Martine learned about science and computers with his peers.

  • Cheatham-White Scholarship

    New merit scholarship offers select NC students full rides to N.C. A&T, NCCU

    Applications are now open for scholarships at two University of North Carolina incumbent institutions for incoming qualifying students to have the chance to get free tuition and expenses, plus an opportunity to study abroad.

  • Country Doctors

    UNC and ECU medical graduates make an impact in rural healthcare

    It takes a special kind of physician to practice healthcare in rural and underserved parts of North Carolina.

    The pay isn’t on par with doctors in Charlotte or Raleigh; the offices may not have access to the latest technology; the newest medicines may be harder to obtain; and the physician often has to provide care in fields that a specialist in a larger city would usually provide.

  • Serving the Underserved

    UNC medical programs encourage graduates to serve in state’s rural areas

    Imagine driving nearly an hour or 60 to 70 miles along backroads just for a simple checkup at the doctor. For many North Carolinians, basic healthcare is a major issue – and even more dire in an emergency situation.

    State lawmakers and healthcare officials face significant challenges in providing healthcare to residents of underserved and rural areas. With new initiatives from medical programs in the University of North Carolina system, relief might be on the way.

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