Countdown to Bear Tuesday 2017:


Research and Innovation by Bears

Research at UNC

Research at UNC

UNC’s faculty and students study, explore, grow and experience through horizon-expanding research. Students deepen their learning through internships, student teaching, fieldwork, student mentoring, clinical placement programs and research. The programs involved all share a common theme of promoting human understanding and enriching lives globally.

  • With a 16:1 Student-to-Faculty ratio, students receive remarkable attention and access to research opportunities

Redefining Therapy

At the UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, Associate Professor Reid Hayward and his colleagues and students study effects of exercise on cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, improving quality of life and showing the cardioprotective benefits of exercise in countering the side effects of chemo.

  • Research initiatives by the UNCCRI have produced over 100 peer reviewed publications

Redefining Therapy

Innovation at UNC

Innovation at UNC

A UNC education is hands-on – in the classroom, the laboratory and the field. Here, learning stimulates the mind and awakens creativity. UNC’s office of Innovation Development and Enterprise Advancement (IDEA), which helps UNC innovators get their ideas into the marketplace, Innovation@UNC, which has created 13 new UNC programs, and UNC BizHub, an incubator for educational and entrepreneurial services to help build sustainable businesses, are all part of UNC's continued focus on innovation.

  • 3 university-industry partnerships in process, including two that have filed $1.8 million in joint grant applications

Top Innovators

Students Braeden Ayres and Trevor Lovell were named Student Innovators of the Year for a music education app they designed to effectively teach rhythm concepts and skills. The project won UNC's first-ever Spark Competition to encourage music innovations.

Associate Professor Susan Keenan and her research colleagues were granted a patent for a potential treatment for flavivirus, a genus of viruses that include West Nile, dengue, tick-borne encephalitis, yellow fever and Zika.

  • 1 patent granted and 3 patent applications in process here at UNC
  • UNC has had 21 copyright matters supported and has 7 applications in process

Top Innovators


Answering The Call

Assistant Professors Sue Ellen DeChenne-Peters and Ginger Fisher received a $255,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project that addresses a U.S. presidential call to increase the number of scientists and engineers. They will conduct a three-year study that will determine whether a research-based class at UNC boosts retention in science.

  • UNC has 20 specialized centers and institutes that offer research and community support, like the Tointon Institute for Educational Change, the Math and Science Teaching Institute (MAST), the UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute and others.

Inventing Business

A team of students in Monfort College of Business won first place in the 2016 Peak Awards, a marketing competition sponsored by the Colorado American Marketing Association. Competing against student teams from throughout Colorado, the UNC student team of James Churchill, Rylie Cook, Ryker Nelson and Alex Nuttall took top honors in the Scholar Level. Student teams were assigned to "invent" a new-to-world consumer product then develop a marketing plan for it. The UNC team developed a plan for Sonic measure, a digital device used to measure the three dimensions of a room for interior design and furniture placement.

  • Consulting assistance provided to 7 UNC-Greeley startup companies

Inventing Business

Special Education Research

Education Research in Action

Associate Professor Robin Brewer is conducting separate studies on the impact of flipped learning on Special Education majors and an assessment of students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in a UNC program she oversees.

  • $17.5 Million in external funding has been generated by UNC research and sponsored programs in the last three years, covering a range of topics that address serious issues in society.

Partnering For The Community

Professor Karen Barton, a Fulbright Scholar, connects students with rural Colorado communities, often addressing issues concerning food availability, land use and poverty, and helps build understanding between often polarized groups – from farmers to oil producers.

Professor Scott Franklin and his students look at the effects of natural and manmade disturbances – from wildfires to fracking – on ecosystems from the Rocky Mountains to Colorado’s eastern plains.

  • 200 Research in the Public Interest organizations have provided funds and/or built collaborative partnerships with UNC.