“Many people get tired when they do math. For me, it wakes me up,” Alex Mina says.  Alex discovered in high school that he enjoyed problem solving and doing Rube Goldberg exercises in physics much more than any other subject. “Learning math and science is a function of how much you put in. The more … Continued

Alex Mina

The number of student-veterans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has grown to its largest size since World War II. UNC has created many programs so that these military-affiliated Tar Heels – including veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, National Guard members, spouses and d … Continued


Hope Alfaro very nearly left college. After growing up in Valdese, N.C., earning her way to Carolina and working all the way to her junior year, she hit a roadblock that felt immovable. “You think you’re a good student in high school—you are a good student in high school—but college is completely di … Continued


Hill Hall, the historic heart of the music department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Carolina, closed in June 2015 to begin an expected 18-month, $15 million renovation. Work will center on improvements to Hill Hall’s rotunda and 450-seat auditorium in the century-old building, which served … Continued


Shivani Chudasama discovered her passion for social work in a high school biology class in Charlotte, N.C., about five years ago. Then employed with Teach for America, Chudasama quickly realized she could better serve young people from outside of the classroom than from within. Chudasama, a final-ye … Continued


Painful insulin injections could become a thing of the past for the millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes, thanks to the creation of a “smart insulin patch,” a new invention from researchers at UNC and N.C. State that detects increases in blood sugar levels and reactively secretes insulin i … Continued


On Dec. 3, 2014, Carolina announced a $100 million commitment from Fred Eshelman to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The commitment is the largest from an individual in UNC history and the largest ever to a U.S. pharmacy school. It created the Eshelman Institute for Innovation to pursue high-risk, h … Continued


The population of Shallotte, N.C., has grown by more than 150 percent in the last decade, but most people consider it little more than a “convenience stop” on their way to the beach. Thanks to a visionary local government, creative UNC graduate students, an innovative School of Government program an … Continued