Life in the Lab

WinSPIRE – Call for Applications

Jan 23, 2019

WinSPIRE (Women in Science Promoting Inclusion in Research Experiences) is a six-week-long paid summer internship program that pairs high school women with female early-career scientists to mentor them through a cutting-edge research project in a science laboratory at UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to gaining hands-on research experience and an extensive support network of female scientists, WinSPIRE participants […]

I just made a discovery! Now what?

May 17, 2018

By Chad Lloyd Most people have heard of the scientific method. The scientific method is the process that we use as scientists to help make discoveries. This method is also the process everyone uses when making decisions, which shows that everyone does science on a daily basis! The first part of the scientific method is […]

Ambassador Spotlight: Anna Chiarella

Nov 20, 2017 Courtesy of Anna Chiarella

By Temperance Rowell Anna Chiarella is a third-year graduate student in the curriculum of Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNC Chapel Hill. There she studies how certain proteins, called histone tail modifying proteins, affect DNA packing inside of cells. She works in the laboratory of Nate Hathaway. Anna first became involved in the CONNECT program […]

Lab Life

Jun 01, 2017 From Kelsey Gray

By Kelsey Gray I was 16 years old the first time I stepped into a research lab. I was in awe of the equipment, the chemical solutions, and the scientific books and notebooks that surrounded me. After taking science classes all my life, it was surreal to be in a place where real discoveries were […]

A graduate student evening: weirdness in Death Valley

May 11, 2017

By Mike Pablo I’m a Chemistry PhD student studying the biochemistry of a type of immune cell, but sometimes it’s fun to learn about a totally different field of science. With that in mind one recent Wednesday evening, I went with a friend to the Carolina Science Café, an event connected with the NC Science […]

Ambassador Spotlight: Kelsey Gray

Oct 24, 2016

By Temperance Rowell Kelsey Gray is a graduate student in the curriculum of Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNC Chapel Hill where she works in the laboratory of Greg Matera. There she studies the disease spinal muscular atrophy, which is similar to the well-known disease ALS, but mainly affects children rather than adults. Even though […]

Getting Going: The Importance of Making Mistakes

Aug 11, 2016

Written by: Mike Pablo Editors: Temperance Rowell and Anna Chiarella Hello and welcome to the DNA Day CONNECT blog! The members of the CONNECT team intend to use this blog as a way to further connect students and teachers with scientists and their work. Each week, a scientist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill […]