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SPIRE Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students

December 5, 2023

SPIRE Summer Research Program 2024 The goals of the program are to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in innovative research at UNC-Chapel Hill, develop professional skills as a scientist, and contribute to a scholarly community.  Research opportunities exist … Read more

SPIRE Alumni Advance in their Careers

July 5, 2023

We congratulate SPIRE alumni who have advanced in their careers and accepted new roles: Karl Castillo, Ph.D. has been promoted to Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. Thomas Freeman, Ph.D. is now Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs at the University … Read more

SPIRE Summer Research Program 2023

May 22, 2023

SPIRE welcomes undergraduate students for 10-week research experience. Students from SPIRE’s partner institutions were selected to participate in hands-on, mentored research, engage in professional development workshops, journal clubs, and social activities. Students will present their research at a final research … Read more

SPIRE Receives Continued Funding from NIGMS 2022-2027

October 11, 2022

It is with great excitement that we announce the funding of a five-year Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This K12 training and career development grant will provide over … Read more

Recent Awards and Grants Attained

October 25, 2021

Whitney Edwards, Ph.D. (4th year SPIRE scholar, Dr. Frank Conlon’s lab) – received a fellowship from the American Heart Association to fund her work titled TBX20/TLE Interaction Is Essential For Mammalian Heart Development Ashalla Freeman, Ph.D. (Director, Graduate Education, UNC … Read more

Pittman Receives 2021 Diversity Award

May 3, 2021

SPIRE scholar Dr. Nikea Pittman was awarded a Diversity Award from the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion which recognizes people and groups that have given their time and effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and in … Read more

SPIRE Faculty Mentor Receives NSF Grant

October 7, 2020

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Bob Poage, Associate Professor at UNC Pembroke a grant to develop computer simulations which may be used to test new methods of treating neuromuscular diseases. This project, entitled “Presynaptic structure-function relationships that control … Read more

100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America

September 17, 2020

Congratulations to former SPIRE scholar Omar Quintero, Ph.D. for being named one of the top 100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientist in America by Cell Press. Omar is currently Associate Professor at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on the role … Read more

Former SPIRE Scholars Earn Research Grants

July 2, 2020

In addition to attaining faculty positions across many different types of institutions, former SPIRE scholars are successfully awarded research grants. Most recent grants include: Antonio Baines, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University) earned a grant as co-PI from the … Read more