Great things grow out of UNC’s institutions.
Innovative cancer treatments, Nobel Prizes, the future of manufacturing. Great things grow out of UNC’s institutions, but how do they develop?
Think of science as a tree. Above the soil, a broad trunk rises into the air. Branches spring from the trunk and give way to sticks, leaves, and finally, fruit. The fruits of science are broad and far reaching, from cures for infectious diseases to billion dollar North Carolina businesses. The trunk is fundamental research, the foundation of all scientific benefit to society. The farther from the trunk, the more specialized and applied the research. Without the trunk and its many branches, there is no fruit. Without research, there is no cure for polio, no space travel, no iPhone, no internet.
Research is critical to UNC’s mission. Undergraduates who participate in research receive job training, are more likely to graduate and are more likely to pursue careers in engineering and science. This means they can cultivate new trees that bear fruit for North Carolina. What’s more, the brightest minds in science are drawn to the densest forests. Investing in research trains a workforce of scientists that draws businesses to North Carolina. It attracts the best faculty and graduate students to UNC, and it is these people who make our university system world class.
Here’s the thing: trees need soil to grow. Last year, UNC institutions brought in $1.5 billion in research funding. And the collective annual impact of companies that branched off from UNC is worth another $2.1 billion. This revenue is income for the Tar Heel State and equivalent to more than 48 thousand jobs for North Carolinians. Keep the soil viable! Supporting UNC research means prioritizing student performance, attracting the best minds in science, and harvesting the fruit in North Carolina, for North Carolina.