Funding Priority

Spaces that Create Much More than Space

Carolina’s campus is known for its beauty; cited by many as one of the most scenic in all of higher education. We seek to amplify that beauty by intensifying the impact made in each space. In this campaign, we will create buildings and spaces that optimize student success in academics and athletics, providing both students and faculty access to the most advanced environments to realize the potential of their work.

Students and the Educational Experience
    Todd Boyette, right, the director of Morehead Planetarium, explains the workings of one of the interactive exhibits to Mickell Wilson, 10, a student at Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro, during a class trip to Morehead Planeterium on July 21, 2017, in Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    Where Thinkers Become Makers.

    Amazing things can happen for humanity when minds meet, especially when those minds meet at the Murray Hall makerspace. This 3,500-square-foot facility is the central hub of Be a Maker (“BeAM”), a network of makerspaces where the Carolina community comes together to design and build objects for education and entrepreneurship.

    Solutions to scientific and technical challenges often come from unexpected places, so we created places for people to come together, share ideas and be makers. BeAM joins traditional woodworking, metalworking and digital fabrication with today’s emerging technologies to turn ideas into solutions.

    Projects have included nesting units for bees — an endangered building block for our ecosystem — and a telescope. Lessons teach how to operate fundamental tools of the future such as 3-D printers and laser cutters. The makerspaces also build figurative bridges, as people from different departments partner to lend their expertise to different sides of problem-solving; a community inspired to imagine, design and create.

    Dr. Rich Superfine is creating access to makerspaces across campus, creating engaging collaborative spaces for innovation. He’s the Taylor-Williams Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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    Student Support

    Recognizing Influential Initiatives

    Honoring the initiatives of a former dean

    Student Support

    A Family Trailblazer

    Incoming first-year student Izzie Estes will be the first in her family to attend college.

    Sciences

    Taking a Non-Traditional Path

    A community college student's transfer to radiologic science

    Women

    Changing the Entrepreneurship Landscape

    Behind every woman is a group of strong women.

    Student Support

    Inspired by Service

    “I went, and it really just changed my world.”

    Environment

    Climate Game-Changers

    Carolina undergraduates traveled to Ecuador to take a closer look at the Andes Mountains' carbon sink.