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Jade Neptune smiling in front of Memorial Hall on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus

When creative arts and political science collide

One high school civics class changed everything for senior Jade Neptune, who created a nonprofit to support students’ extracurricular interests. Jade Neptune, a senior studying political science and artistic management, … Continued

Spring 2022



Alexandra Odum pictured smiling on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.

Adding nuance to incomplete narratives

Can pinpointing the right narrative for a documentary lead to addressing the achievement gap in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System? The first time Alexandra Odom thought critically about her … Continued

Fall 2021



Ryan Smith pictured smiling behind a brick wall background

A drive to serve and achieve

Chancellor’s Science Scholar Ryan Smith helps make science and technology accessible for underrepresented middle school students. Chancellor’s Science Scholar Ryan Smith of Durham wants to learn all he can about … Continued

Fall 2021



Lisa Dickey pictured standing in front of an audience lecturing.

The ghostwriter

Lisa Dickey has collaborated with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, First Lady Jill Biden and other well-known figures to produce best-sellers. Nanny. Russian translator. Lounge singer. Lisa Dickey took a roundabout … Continued

Fall 2021



Hakeem Smith pictured standing outside of an Amazon fulfillment site with the sign reading in Czech foreign language

The global problem-solver

Working for Amazon in Prague, Hakeem Smith uses analytical skills gained through UNC’s TransAtlantic Master’s Program. Hakeem Smith is a lifelong learner, bridge-builder and problem-solver. During a recent virtual global … Continued

Fall 2021



Raj Panjabi pictured assisting a malnourished child.

Fighting malaria is personal

Raj Panjabi was tapped by President Joe Biden to lead an initiative seeking to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease worldwide. Born and raised in Liberia, Raj Panjabi dreamed of becoming a … Continued

Fall 2021



Mariana Olvera pictured smiling beside her computer showing a mathematical model. She is sitting in front of a whiteboard filled with formulas.

Seeing patterns in the data

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto uses mathematical models to understand complex topics. She hopes the new data science minor will make data more accessible to students. If you type “UNC” into Google, chances … Continued

Fall 2021



Clara Yang pictured smiling in a dress in the woods, surrounded by trees and leafs on the ground

Creating sound stories

Pianist and UNC music department faculty member Clara Yang elevates the voices of underrepresented Black and female composers on stage and in the classroom. When Clara Yang sits down at … Continued

Fall 2021



Understanding the ‘war on terror’

An expert on global terrorism uses a long lens to explain what happened in Afghanistan — and what might happen elsewhere. Navin Bapat had already begun to research terrorism as … Continued

Fall 2021



Jim Tanner

A champion for athletes

Jim Tanner is certified as an agent by the NBA and has represented multiple former Tar Heels as clients. Of the dozens of athletes, coaches and broadcasters he has represented … Continued

Spring 2021