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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    Health

    Dreaming of Doctorates

    Testing the waters of an MD-PhD program through interdepartmental collaboration

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    Global Impact

    Promoting Peace, Piece-by-Piece

    From defending civil rights in Israel to helping migrants in NYC

    Derek Brown stands in front of Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurial Solutions

    Driven to use business for the public good

    Plauche stands in the Campus Y
    Student Support

    Saying Yes

    As a Carolina Covenant Scholar, Alaina Plauche traveled the world and graduated debt-free

    Side-by-side portraits of Nicholas Fanatauzzi and Pareen Bhagat
    Student Support

    Xpress Yourself

    Students revamped Xpressions fashion club, creating a legacy of inclusion and creativity.

    Humanities

    Good Golly, Galilee

    Specialists and students uncovered precious mosaics in an ancient synagogue