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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    Anna Atencio stands on the shore of NC
    Alumni

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    An inaugural member of the Chancellor's Science Scholars is a life-long learner

    Student Support

    Jumping into Research

    Carolina undergrad takes advantage of research opportunities

    David Routh stands in the center of his family holding the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award with Eddie Smith Field in the background.
    Student Support

    ‘Uplifting future generations’

    The David and Jenny Routh Blue Sky Scholars Fund honoring the vice chancellor for development and his wife will support 12 students a year in perpetuity.

    Student Support

    Revered Saints and Ritual Death

    Uncovering reverence in the fourth to sixth centuries to improve contemporary cultural understanding

    Cayla works with historical documents
    Student Support

    Tracking History

    Uncovering local history for the community

    Hortense McClinton sits in front of the residence hall named after her
    Student Support

    Honoring a Trailblazer

    The Hortense McClinton Legacy Scholarship Fund will help students to graduate with limited debt