- Student Support
Excellence inUNC Medicine provides medical treatment to all North Carolinians who come through our doors, regardless of the complexity of illness or ability to pay. We place patients and their needs at the center of everything. Our diverse teams of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists, partner with patients to meet their specific needs. We must continue to ensure our patients have access to state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology and top-tier physicians and staff.
Grow: Increase Innovation to Speed ProgressTo remain at the forefront of innovation and continue to provide maximum economic and social value to the state and world, Carolina must increase the number and speed of innovations created by faculty, staff and students. Support will fund three priorities: (1) Innovate Carolina Alumni Network Fund, (2) Matching/Sidecar Venture Funds and (3) Social Innovation Initiative.
Build: Create Spaces Where Ideas Come to LifeTo bring their ideas to life, innovators need spaces to meet, work, experiment, test and collaborate. We envision a connected corridor of space on and off campus to meet demand and grow our innovation capacity. We have four specific needs: (1) Proof-of-Concept Center, (2) Wet Lab, (3) Makerspaces and (4) Co-working and Shared-support Spaces.
Activate: Apply the Innovation Mindset and Skillset Across the Journey of an IdeaWe support faculty, students and staff who want to put their ideas into practice and thrive in society and the modern innovation economy. Support focuses on three new opportunities: (1) Pathways to Impact Program, (2) Dreamers Who Do Program and (3) Carolina Innovation Passport.
Making Spaces a Source for Innovative ThinkingA poorly positioned room or an under-resourced environment can adversely affect success, productivity and proficiency. We will do all we can to ensure our student spaces, classrooms, working environments, labs, and more are built not just to give people a place to be, but a place to succeed. To do this we will create buildings and spaces that foster innovation and multi-disciplinary solutions to global challenges.
Innovative Teaching that Prepares Students for the WorldOur faculty are known for their deep commitment to and love of teaching. Even many of our researchers spend time in the classroom. True excellence in teaching requires a constant understanding of how new generations learn. The modern generation learns most effectively through experience; therefore, we will provide new and innovative teaching and experiential learning practices and places to prepare students for leadership in a fast-changing world.
Leveraging Innovation for Experiential EducationTo ensure Carolina’s competitiveness in an evolving global environment, the college must invest in strategic interdisciplinary priorities for the 21st century. From renowned research centers in which innovation thrives to dynamic new facilities like our BeAM makerspaces, we are bringing our college community together to think, communicate, collaborate and create. Support of signature programs — through Convergent Science, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship, the Center for the Study of the American South and PlayMakers Repertory Company — plays a key role in helping us take on the world’s greatest challenges.
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and TechnologyAs a leading innovator, the UNC School of Education creates new learning technologies that increase accessibility for students across the state, nation and world. We offer new, high-quality and rigorous training that blends innovation, professional expertise and entrepreneurship to set the standard for 21st-century education.
Build Research Capacity through Technology LeadershipResearch is what fuels us. New innovations in research touch all students, who can then touch so many lives outside our state borders. We must support and inspire new technologies—and create new spaces for ideas to flourish. Our three Research Hubs feature MakerSpaces to develop and test new ideas, and bring together interdisciplinary research groups to form strategic partnerships. Support for the Hubs will strengthen critical infrastructure to bolster our research mission.
Revitalize Morehead’sWe will be fully equipped to engage students and the public. The Gateway Gallery will convey John Motley Morehead’s vision of a place where the arts and sciences intersect. The new “Breakthrough Hub: A Lab to Life” exhibit will showcase the transformative impact of scientiﬁc research happening right here on campus, while making the scientiﬁc process at-large real and relatable. A re-conﬁgured entry, facelifts for the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater and the science stage, an appealing new gift shop, new hands-on learning labs and improved outdoor spaces will meet and exceed the expectations of today’s visitors.
The Application of InnovationIn 2014, the school received a historic $100 million commitment—the largest gift from an individual in UNC’s history and the largest gift ever made to a pharmacy school in the United States. The gift from Fred Eshelman, who graduated with a B.S. in pharmacy from Carolina in 1972 and went on to the University of Cincinnati to earn a Pharm. D., created the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. The institute is pursuing high-risk, high-reward ideas that advance education, pharmacy practice and healthcare.
Deliver Proven Solutions FasterUNC Gillings School of Global Public Health aims to accelerate the speed and spread of good health by supporting our lifesaving efforts to turn proven interventions into routine practices that improve the health of individuals and populations. These approaches prevent mother and infant deaths during and after pregnancy, detect cancers earlier, reduce teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes, improve sanitation in hospitals around the world, help prevent heart attacks and strokes, decrease substance abuse, improve health, food service and activity in preschool centers, and increase the pace of clinical trials. We are committed and determined to implement solutions at scale and to eliminate health inequities. With additional funding, we can accelerate the speed and scale of impact. These case studies show how powerful the UNC Gillings School faculty can be in changing the world.
Venture to Seek Scientific SolutionsBreakthroughs come from unexpected places. We must be empowered to take research down bold paths that lead to transformational treatments. With your help we will continue to reimagine the future of patient treatment and care, investing in pioneering research ventures that can alter the course and future of cancer research and treatment, and help uncover cures. We have identified and built up efforts in cellular immunotherapy, cancer genetics, academic drug discovery and big data. These are our “big bets”— research areas that can affect multiple disease types, and in which we also have a competitive advantage across the national landscape.
Unite Across Population Sciences to Beat CancerCancer treatment and prevention goes beyond the research lab. As a global leader in population sciences, we must continue to use our understanding of social, behavioral, genetic, epidemiological and surveillance research to champion practices and policies that improve cancer prevention and control.
In the University’s first new science department in 40 years, Ryan Fox’s nanocomposite research has major applications.
For more than 40 years — half of those at Carolina — Greg Forest, the Grant Dahlstrom Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has generously shared his mathematical expertise with those around him. He’s studied lung function, the effects of antibodies on viruses, and polymers, to name only a few areas.
The first in-depth study of women’s experiences working in political technology at the presidential campaign level.