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UNC’s Summer of Learning and Research (SOLAR) Program is an intensive 8-week experience designed to prepare diverse students for graduate research and careers in science. The program is open to rising juniors, and seniors from 4-year colleges and universities around the country, who are participants in programs like MARC, RISE, LSAMP or McNair with access to funding for their summer research experience.

Office of Graduate Education


Our goal is to provide undergraduate students interested in careers in biomolecular research with an opportunity to carry out independent research projects under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor. This intense summer research experience will introduce you to cutting-edge research and will provide you with a realistic view of graduate school and biomedical research careers.

Graduate Programs

You will be immersed in the research process, including the design of a research project, methods for conducting controlled experiments, data collection, data analysis, and teamwork alongside faculty and graduate students. We will help you develop strong scientific communication skills and you will have the opportunity to present your work in the cross-campus summer research poster session at the end of the summer.



Name Title Location Phone
SOLAR  General Information 130 Mason Farm Rd
Debra Ragland, PhD Director of OGE Summer Programs 1125 Bioinformatics Bldg 919-843-1570
Daisy Muhlenburg Carolina Work Study Student for IMSD and Summer Programs 1116 Bioinformatics Bldg 919-962-4982