Spring 2019

From the Vice Chancellor

UNC Greensboro is redefining the public research university for the 21st century. With over $36 million annually in external funding and a rich array of scholarship, we are making a difference in lives and communities in North Carolina and beyond.

But what does that really look like?

First, there’s our primary mission: fostering student success, to ensure a well-prepared workforce for the future. The student scholarship in this issue illustrates not only the quality of the students graduating from UNCG, but also the critical skills, honed by research experience, that our students bring to their careers and employers. Engaging undergraduate and graduate students in their own research – not just in the research of their professors but also in crafting their own questions and lines of inquiry – is transformational. 

Then, there’s our commitment to advancing knowledge, to being drivers of discovery. You’ll meet just a few of the passionate faculty and students creating groundbreaking innovations at UNCG in our feature story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” These researchers, from nanoscience to nursing, are attacking cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death across the world – from all angles.

Next, we extend and apply that knowledge through engagement with community partners. At UNCG, researchers from disciplines across campus are collaborating with local stakeholders to harness the power of big data and generate innovative solutions to both age-old challenges and new epidemics. The projects, many part of the nationwide MetroLab initiative, range from improved hospital outcomes, to county budget management, to the opioid crisis. 

Finally, there’s our shared emphasis on enhancing lives and building resilient communities. Whether we’re working to lower obesity rates, discovering the secrets to productive ecosystems, or giving voice to those who need it most through poetry, music, and books, UNCG researchers are improving the quality of life in our communities. And sharing lessons learned across the state, nation, and world.

Real-world challenges. Real-world solutions. Real-world impact.

You see it every day in the hard work, inventive ideas, and powerful collaborations that define us. The everyday and extraordinary achievements that add up to the remarkable impact of UNC Greensboro.

Terri L. Shelton, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

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