Commencement spotlight: Conrad Ma

Conrad Ma on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

This computer science major and Morehead-Cain Scholar used his love of beatboxing to make the transition to life in America after growing up in China. Beatboxing is a profession for some and a hobby for many more. For graduating Carolina senior Conrad Ma, it’s been a lifeline. When Ma moved from his China to study …

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New Ideas, Information and Inquiry courses explore broad topics across disciplines

First-year and transfer students can sign up for five new pilot courses in spring 2019 that address broad topics and are team-taught by outstanding faculty members across three different disciplines. Pictured is a large classroom with a student looking toward the professor and other students in the background.

The College of Arts & Sciences will offer five new courses in spring 2019 to pilot-test a new core offering being proposed for the General Education curriculum. These broadly interdisciplinary courses expose students to new ideas, new modes of inquiry and essential skills.

Rotary Peace Center educates a new generation of peace builders at Carolina

Mohammed Eid training teachers to use tablets. Mohammed Eid training teachers at Trinidad Norte School to use a tablet during a service trip to Nicaragua.

For most of his life, the only place Mohammed Eid knew of was the small Palestinian refugee camp where he grew up. As a boy, he had never seen a swimming pool, a baseball field or a movie theater. Now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eid is working to find solutions to the refugee crisis he experienced firsthand.

Students explore topics from health care to anti-apartheid activism at AAAD’s fifth annual Undergraduate Research Conference

From left to right, Bailey Nelson and Maxine Richmond with moderator Professor Kenneth Janken.

“Undergraduate students who conduct research receive notable gains — writing, speaking and leadership skills, intellectual curiosity, and the improved ability to acquire and analyze information.” That’s how Troy Blackburn, associate dean for undergraduate research in the College of Arts & Sciences, opened the fifth annual AAAD Undergraduate Research Conference.