Graduate Student

The Layers Beneath the Church

Michelle Freeman uncovers how clergy and laity revered saints in the fourth to sixth centuries to improve cultural understanding today.

Bringing Bivalves Back

Oysters have been dying off for the last century, and PhD candidate Mark Ciesielski wants to know why — and how to stop it.

Spiritual Evolution

Through study of a “new” Japanese religion called Tenrikyo and centuries of Japanese history, PhD student Timothy Smith strives to understand how cultural shifts morph belief systems across generations.

A Public Health Prognosis

Graduate student Rachel Woodul spent two years researching what might happen to hospital capacity when the next pandemic strikes. When it arrived, she compared what her model — and others’ — got wrong to improve how we react to public health crises in the future.

Kevin Pendergast

Kevin Pendergast is a master’s student specializing in technical production in the Department of Dramatic Art within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. He studies the process of moving an artistic idea to the stage using techniques like scenic fabrication and audio-visual production.

A Veteran’s View

During his deployments to Afghanistan in 2012 and 2014, Reuben Mabry relied on his artwork for respite. Now a master’s student in UNC’s studio art program, he uses his eight-year career in the U.S. Army as the foundation for his work, creating paintings about the indoctrination of military members.