Each summer the UNC-Chapel Hill Office for Undergraduate Research selects a group of students to participate in a summer research project of their choosing. The program is known as the SMART Program, the Science and Math Achievement and Resourcefulness Track Program. The main objective of the organization is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who earn degrees in STEM disciplines, pursue graduate study, and become faculty and/or researchers in their chosen field.
All students who are currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to participate in the SMART Programs as long as they are in good academic standing and have completed no more than two semesters of academic work. If admitted into the program, students will spend nine weeks of the summer conducting 30 hours of research a week. This research will be conducted under the supervision of a fellow lab member and the principal investigator of the lab. At the end of the nine week program students will have the opportunity to present their research.
This year’s presentations took place on Friday, July 17 at the Genome Sciences Building. There were 17 presentations from 17 students on topics varying from “The Relationship Between Computerized Reaction Time and Head Impact Volume in High School Football Players” to “Antibody Titer of Flu Positive Subjects.” Dana Elhertani, a member of the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP), presented her research project on “Designing a Better Keyboard for People with Motor Disabilities” under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Bishop.
Elhertani’s project challenged the traditional Qwerty keyboard we use everyday to discover whether or not she could design a more efficient keyboard that allowed people with disabilities to type faster. After nine weeks of research she concluded that there was in fact a more efficient keyboard arrangement. She studied word patterns to determine what letters most commonly appeared next to each other in the English language and then placed those letters next to each other on the keyboard. She then discovered that a square keyboard allows for a faster “word per minute” typing test than the traditional rectangle keyboard. To learn more about Dana Elhertani’s project and the SMART Program visit their website, http://our.unc.edu/students/funding-opportunities/smart/.
By Jordan Mathews
Jordan is a rising senior majoring in advertising in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. He spent the spring semester of his junior year studying abroad in Florence, Italy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I even enrolled at UNC I knew that I wanted to spend at least one of my semesters studying abroad. So when I officially became a Tar Heel I immediately began researching opportunities available to me through the UNC Study Abroad website. With over 300 programs to choose from in 70 different countries the possibilities seemed endless. I thought about studying in Sydney, London or even Singapore but I eventually decided on spending my semester in Florence, Italy and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made during my time here at Carolina.
The school I attended while abroad was the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute, an international school with multiple campuses across Italy. The school offered a variety of courses and activities to students like cooking classes, wine tasting classes, and even organized trips to Florentine soccer matches. Of course I also took several academic courses including Italian Cinema and Italian Renaissance. When I wasn’t in class though I was either eating gelato or traveling.
In total I visited 12 countries and 42 cities. I even managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Africa. Out of all the places I visited I would love to go back to Monte Carlo in Monaco and Praiano, which is a small town on the Amalfi Coast. Both of those cities featured some of the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen and if it weren’t so cold I probably would have enjoyed it even more. I’ll never forget when I was kayaking in Praiano and stumbled upon an empty cave. There wasn’t another tourist in sight, which is extremely rare in Europe so I made sure to really cherish that experience. Now it’s one of my most memorable experiences abroad.
Surprisingly, though that wasn’t my favorite experience abroad. The most exciting part of my trip was unexpected. I knew that I wanted to create a blog for my travels so I could share it with friends and family and also have something to look back on but I didn’t want to make a normal written blog. Instead I started filming my adventures across Europe and produced a weekly video to share with people. It ended up being one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and I miss making those videos every day. If you want to see them for yourself you can visit my website jordanbmathews.com or my Vimeo page. I’ve also included some pictures and a video below. Let me know what you think!
A Letter to Rising First-Years About Move-In
By Jane Violette
Jane Violette is a rising junior Journalism major, with minors in English, and Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy (CRaDL). She is currently a marketing communications intern at VIF International Education. Jane is involved in Wesley Campus Ministry, the Student Alumni Association Homecoming Committee, and Blank Canvas Dance Company. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Dear rising Tar Heel,
The graduation parties are over and the thrill from orientation is starting to die down. It’s that time of the summer when you realize, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m starting college in a month. What?’ Everyone tells you they’re so excited for you and can’t wait to hear about your next leg of this adventure we call life, but deep inside you’re still a little anxious. Now that you’ve checked finding a roommate, going to orientation, registering for classes and becoming friends with everyone on the UNC 2019 Facebook page off your list, you’re ready for when your time in college really begins: move-in day.
From my experience, I offer you these tips for moving in to your new home for the year. Having lived in a residence hall for two years doesn’t make me an expert, but I can make a 12’ x 13’ rectangle feel like a home, so that’s close enough, right?
Everyone can agree that the pictures online made your room look larger than it actually is. But don’t freak out when you get there and see that you have too much stuff. Although it may look like everything won’t fit, it totally will; you just have to be creative. To see how long that futon you’re bringing can be and still fit under your bed, or any dimension for that matter, UNC Housing and Granville Towers have those measurements easily accessible in their move-in guides.
When you get to your room, there will be limited space, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Categorization and labeled storage bins will be your best friends. Stuff clothes into one bin; put cleaning supplies and toiletries in another. Most importantly, don’t feel like you have to bring everything in your closet and bedroom with you.
Don’t think you have to get everything perfect the day you move in. There will be time for that. I didn’t have my room completely in place until two to three weeks after classes started. One thing I can stress is: command strips, command strips, command strips. These are imperative for any wall hanging. On the topic of decorating, your mom or dad will want to tell you where to put everything. Yes, this is your room, but let them do it this one last time. You can move everything to the way you want it once they leave, but this is one of the last things they’ll be able to control before letting you go off on your own.
This will be one of those moments that your family looks back on and talks about for years to come. Tears will probably be shed, but that’s normal. Although you want to seem cool in front of your new friends, this is a big step for your parents and it would be un-cool to blow them off without giving them a meaningful hug goodbye. The first few minutes, hours and days on your own may seem a little unnatural, but college is for finding yourself and going out on a limb.
Move-in day will be a whirlwind of emotions. Remember to stay calm, come prepared, and be open-minded. For now, enjoy the rest of your summer!
See you in the fall,
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By Jasmine S. Jennings
Jasmine Jennings is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in history. She is currently interning in Washington D.C. and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Jasmine Jennings and I am a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a political science major and history minor. Currently, I’m an intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C. I work in the office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield who represents the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina. I hope that you all are enjoying your summer! During the summer before my first-year, I used to read the admissions blog diligently. I was so anxious to learn more about Carolina and the students that were also fellow Tar Heels. Now, as I prepare to enter my senior year, I have so much advice and encouragement that I want to pass on to the baby Tar Heels. However, I understand that this is a blog post, not a novel, so I’ll narrow it down to three simple points:
- What you get out of something = What you put into it
Everything, EVERY single thing that you do in college has a reciprocal relationship. The amount of time, energy, and effort that you invest in something is a direct reflection of the outcome. This is applicable to academics, social life, friendships, clubs/organizations, etc. Knowing this, it is so incredibly important to put your best self forward in all that you do. Take extra time to get to know your professors, they are really awesome people with tons of knowledge and resources. It is also equally important to get out of your room and explore! Attend those football games, visit all of the floors in Davis Library, get lost on campus with your friends, try all of the eateries on Franklin Street…basically enjoy these experiences because they won’t be the same after these four years are over. If you invest time into crafting your Carolina experience, you’ll be so unbelievably happy with the results.
- Invest in Friendship Development
While at college, you will hear loads of information about development. Professional development, resume development, career development, skills development, etc. Yes, all of those things are extremely important! But remember to invest in friendships. Establish unbreakable bonds that will last beyond your undergraduate career. Allow yourself to meet new people, start new traditions, and create memories that you will never forget. When you are sitting in Kenan Stadium at your graduation, you want to be surrounded by the incredible people who crafted your Carolina experience alongside you. So start investing in those friendships, I promise that it’s worth it.
- Be Yourself!
There are over 18,000 undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill. However, there is only one you. Your experiences, your dreams and goals… there is a place for them at Carolina. That is the beauty of the Tar Heel family, we bring thousands of our stories to one place, and learn to call it home.
Also, Dylan Farrow, a fellow Tar Heel, is interning in my office as well! Pictured below is us working extremely hard on a Friday afternoon.
With lots of Tar Heel Love,
Jasmine S. Jennings
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If you received an email yesterday regarding a missing transcript and you believe your final transcript had already been sent through CFNC, there’s no need to worry. Please know that we will not cancel enrollment for any student who has been affected by this delay. We sincerely apologize for any confusion or anxiety that this email may have caused you.
The Carolina College Advising Corps, based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, will expand to Dare County for the 2015-2016 year. The Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students attend college by placing UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state.
“We are so excited to serve high school students in Dare County,” said Yolanda Keith, Director of the Carolina College Advising Corps. “Now talented students will have the benefit of college advising and support, which will help them plan for a future beyond high school. This expansion would not be possible without the investment made by local leaders. They recognize the vital link between education and long-term prosperity.”
Seth Rose, a 2015 graduate of UNC-CH, will serve Dare County’s three high schools: Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies, First Flight High and Manteo High School. Advisers such as Seth help students apply for scholarships and need-based aid. Schools served by the Corps experience a 10-11 percent increase in the college-going rate.
Nationally, first-generation college students enroll in college at a lower rate—often because of difficulty navigating systems and lack of awareness about opportunities. Less than 50% of low-income students admitted to a post-secondary institution end up enrolling, and less than one in 12 graduate. Nearly sixty percent of North Carolina jobs will require a college degree by 2018.
Carolina College advisers foster a college-going culture by placing advisers who are close in age and circumstance to the students they serve. Advisers help students identify and apply to post-secondary programs that will best serve them, both academically and socially, to increase success and retention once they enroll. For 2015-16, 44 advisers will serve 62 high schools in 24 counties. Launched in 2007, the Carolina Corps is a constituent program in the national College Advising Corps.
The following organizations contributed funds to support the expansion: Dare County Boat Builders Foundation; Outer Banks Community Foundation; Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates; North Banks Rotary Club; and Midgett Insurance Agency. Numerous individuals, including several members of the Dare County Board of Education, also contributed through personal donations.
Media: For more information, please contact Ashley Memory (919) 843-2531 or Yolanda Keith (919) 843-7286. To arrange an interview with Dare County leaders, please contact Sharon Perry Sullivan at (252) 480-8888, ext. 1931.
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