Undergraduate Research – From the Lab to the Backyard

To celebrate UNC’s University Research Week and promote awareness of research opportunities at Carolina, we featured a variety of undergraduates doing great work. I spent the summer following students as they worked in the woods, labs, streams, and even the Smithsonian.

Climate change affects the timing of spring leaf growth, insect activity, bird migration, and breeding. Allen Hurlbert, associate professor in the Department of Biology, leads undergraduate students in surveying arthropods – like caterpillars, beetles and spiders – to see if plants, insects, and birds all respond to climate change to the same degree.

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Jared Richards recalls childhood memories walking through the halls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and the awe of all that surrounded him. Now a research internship is making it possible for Richards to return to museum and contribute to the world-renowned institution.

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For the past year and a half, Jackson Richards has been working with Jason Franz, assistant professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, to investigate balance impairment and fall risks in adults due to aging and neurological disease or injury. Their goal is to introduce new rehabilitative approaches for preserving mobility and preventing falls.

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