About 70 students gathered in the lobby of Genome Science Building on Friday to present their research at the QEP Undergraduate Research and Making Exposition.
The QEP, or Quality Enhancement Plan, is a necessary part of maintaining the University’s accreditation from the Southern Association of the Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and UNC uses the theme of Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making.
Junior Will Blanks participated in the exposition because he completed a project on ATP and wanted to share his work. Using a 3D printer, Blanks created a model of ATP synthase and learned a lot about the academics and printing process.
“I learned a lot about laser cutting. I learned a lot about biochemistry and, on top of that, I also learned about makerspace,” Blanks said.
QEP is a five-year initiative and advocates for experiential learning. At this event, students were able to present their makerspace projects from Be a Maker or their research from course-based undergraduate research.