Undergraduate Education

QEP courses transform student experience

Student Molly Dwyer creates a clock escapement for her physics course, “How Things Work,” developed with QEP funding. (she is working in a campus makerspace)

“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.”

Celebrate University Research Week Oct. 9-13

A female student explains her research at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research symposium in spring 2017.

University Research Week Oct. 9-13 is a semi-annual, campus-wide event that enhances opportunities for undergraduates to discover and engage in research and scholarship. It is part of Carolina’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which emphasizes “Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making:”

Mapping Historical Memory: Documenting the state’s history through monuments, shrines, public art

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.

Morgan Vickers: Mapping Historic Cities

Morgan Vickers

Rising senior Morgan Vickers is an undergraduate research assistant for the Community Histories Workshop in the Digital Innovations Lab whose research focuses on mapping historic cities now underwater, with attention to factors like racial dynamics, changing town infrastructure, and occupations.

Exploring an underwater Eden

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.