This week, UNC is holding its semi-annual University Research Week, with multiple events planned each day that cover a wide array of topics.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Joyce Tan, who was involved in the planning of Research Week, said the event is how the University attempts to connect undergraduates to research activity on campus.
UNC oversees $1.05 billion worth of research activities, and the University offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to get involved. For junior Jared Richards, a quantitative biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, research at UNC has been an important source of opportunity in his education.
Richards works in the Castillo Laboratory in Murray Hall, studying erosion caused by bivalves on corals in different coral reef tracts. He also had an internship with the Smithsonian Institution where he was able to, among other tasks, study cephalopod samples the Institution had collected. Richards said his research and the opportunities he has received from UNC have solidified his plans to attend a graduate program.
“I think there’s enough research at this school where you can really find what stuff you like and what stuff you don’t like,” Richards said. “The graduate student that I work with, he’s amazing, and I just want to do what he does. Your entire work is just research. That sounds fantastic, at least to me.”