“Transformative” is the word professors Glenn Hinson and Stefan Jeglinski use repeatedly when speaking about the courses they’ve developed through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), a five-year initiative to enhance the undergraduate learning experience through “connecting, doing and making.”
UNC political scientist Frank Baumgartner makes a strong case in the epilogue of his new book about the importance of involving undergraduate students in research. “At one of the nation’s best public universities, why would a professor not engage these brilliant minds into the world of research and social impact?” he writes.
In 2013, we published a story about a new UNC digital collection that documents the state’s history through monuments, shrines and public art. The scholarly adviser to the site is historian Fitz Brundage. In recent days, Brundage has been quoted about Confederate monuments in numerous national publications.
Environmental science major Alfre Wimberley is studying in Thailand. She says: “The biggest lesson I have taken from Thailand is flexibility. We spend a lot of time working in teams, managing new and unexpected obstacles, and an extremely new environment with drastically different cultural and societal expectations.”
UNC student Cassidy Manzonelli (biology ’18) is currently sailing with SEA Semester on a rare scientific research voyage to the remote Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Cassidy is one of 24 undergraduates from diverse U.S. colleges and universities who will conduct research to contribute to a growing data set of this largely under-studied region.