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Portrait of Edie and John Summey

Two adventurists create their legacy with undergraduate honors and study abroad scholarships

The Honors Carolina Scholarship Fund will provide four years of support to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences.
UNC Summer Bridge group with Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Former Summer Bridge alumna pays it forward

Summer Bridge is a six-week transition program that helps incoming first-year students adjust to Carolina by providing academic enrichment, community building, and co-curricular and experiential learning activities.
Group of Mackenize gap year fellowship students

Gap year fellowship provides a means for students to see and serve the world

Carolina parents Doug and Shawn Mackenzie, through their family foundation, have enabled the College of Arts & Sciences to partner with the Campus Y to support the Global Gap Year Fellowship.
Karla Slocum with a mask on sitting at a table speaking

‘The climate of our College community matters’

Karla Slocum became the College’s first associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion last July.
Students play

NEH grant will help develop critical games studies minor

Courtney Rivard’s NEH grant will support a yearlong curricular development and faculty training program on teaching with games. The grant will lead to the development of a critical games studies minor.
A group of three people sitting around a table during a meeting

AAU award to support STEM teaching evaluation models

The Association of American Universities has selected five STEM departments at America’s leading research universities, including the department of biology to host demonstration projects in the evaluation of undergraduate teaching.
Headshot of Peter Hansen

Economist forecasts omicron’s infectiousness

Building on statistical methods from econometrics Peter Hansen built a model to estimate the infectiousness of new COVID viral variants and better predict case numbers once a new variant emerges.
A photo of Ront Freeman in a lab

Sugar-coated test takes advantage of COVID-19’s sweet tooth

An interdisciplinary team led by scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of California, San Diego have designed a rapid and sensitive lateral flow assay that has the potential to become the gold standard for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Headshot of Chris Clemens

Clemens named UNC’s chief academic officer

Chris Clemens, Jaroslav Folda Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was named UNC provost — the University’s chief academic officer — in February.
Headshot of Kennedy Miller

Senior music and English major named Marshall Scholar

Kennedy Miller, a senior studying vocal performance and English, has been named Carolina’s 22nd Marshall Scholar.
An old black & white photo of IMS researchers on a boat in Morehead City

#Throwback: IMS turns 75

The Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City (part of the department of earth, marine and environmental sciences) celebrates a 75th birthday this year!
Cover of the spring 2022 Carolina Arts & Sciences features Nikki Salazar, an undergraduate student, in Barcelona, Spain.

Inside This Issue

Re-opening the World: Study Abroad's COVID playbook. ALSO INSIDE: Pollution-cleaning plastics. Tackling tough subjects. Pandemic parallels. Click on the magazine cover to view a reader-friendly flipbook.

Letter From the Dean

It is bittersweet for me to realize that this is my last dean’s message for Carolina Arts & Sciences as I prepare to retire at the end of the semester, wrapping up 35 wonderful years of service to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Edie Summey scuba diving

Give to Carolina

John Summey and his late wife, Edie, knew they wanted to help students succeed for generations to come. As lifelong adventurists, they endowed two scholarships to support undergraduate Honors students and study abroad. "We greatly valued the high quality of education we received and the experiences we had at Carolina," John said.

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