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Chemistry Professor John Papanikolas thought his research project was dead in the water. The high-tech laser he needed to complete his research into alternative energy sources had been damaged in an experiment, and there was no money in his budget to buy a new one. Only through private support by alumni and friends of Carolina Chemistry was Dr. Papanikolas able to purchase a new laser and continue his important research.
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My initial encounter with the excellence of a Carolina education was unexpected. Between my junior and senior years in high school, I attended a National Science Foundation summer program in Chemistry at Ohio University. At the end of the summer, my professor asked me where I was planning to apply for college. I said I didn't know. He was truly confused, as he told me that UNC was one of the best Chemistry departments in the country. Even though I had grown up in Greensboro, I was completely unaware of the department's national reputation.
Based on this recommendation, I applied to UNC and in the fall of 1971, became one of only two freshman women hoping to obtain a BS in Chemistry. Looking back now, it seems obvious that most people probably thought I was setting myself up for failure. After all, even my high school counselor had tried to dissuade me from this decision, telling me that scientific research was not a suitable career for women. Certainly, hearing more advice similar to my counselor's would not have been surprising. However, I can say with great Tarheel pride that I was blessed with only encouragement and support from my UNC professors, especially those in the Chemistry department. Whether in the classroom, doing research in the lab of Dr. Maurice Bursey, a world expert on Mass Spectrometry and Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry fraternity wizard, or just roaming the now long-gone maze that once was Venable Hall, I always felt at home. That was 40 years ago, yet the sense of belonging has remained.
Now I have a lab at the National Institutes of Health. In that capacity, I have had the privilege of working with other Carolina students -- Kim Baxter ('04) as a graduate student, and Stephanie Glass ('10), Susan Clark ('12), and MacKenzie Walker ('14) as summer interns. They are all amazing and well-prepared young women. Clearly, UNC continues to do an outstanding job teaching the critical thinking skills so desperately needed in this world. However, these women also exemplify something else that comes from a UNC education – a spark, an eagerness to learn and to think deeply, and a generous spirit. They represent the very best, and they are fiercely loyal to UNC, because they too recognize the support and home that Chapel Hill has provided.
I give to Carolina Chemistry because I know personally what a difference UNC makes in the lives of its students. Of course, being a Carolina undergrad is so much fun. Chapel Hill is an enchanted place to spend part of our lives, and there is nothing more exciting than being a Tarheel sports addict. However, the reality of what it means to have been at Carolina comes after graduation. That is when one truly understands the rarity of a UNC education. My friends and colleagues who graduated from other schools just don't get it. They shake their heads in disbelief whenever I or my UNC students have declared that nothing is better. But those of us who went there know the truth. It's our responsibility to make sure that it always remains that way. Giving regularly to Carolina Chemistry is one of the ways I still stay connected with my alma mater.