If you asked most undergraduates whether they would be interested in factory work, you’d probably get some puzzled looks. But what if the “factory” was E. coli bacteria, and the “work” involved creating entire libraries of enzymes that might help defeat antibiotic resistance or cancer?
Undergraduates in Dr. Gavin Williams’ lab get to do just that, with hands-on, real research experience that starts as soon as they walk through the door.
Broaden your mental horizons by participating in intellectually engaging educational opportunities.
Whether you’re staying on campus or flying across the ocean, learn more about the world through globally and culturally engaging activities.
Connect with your local, national and global communities and discover the impact service can have on you.
Student Engagement in the News
Textile students experience the real world of industry
Textiles students gained hands-on experience in Design, Merchandising, Brand Development and more at locations everywhere from Mount Airy, NC to Salvador, Brazil. Read about what they did and lessons learned in their own words.
Student researcher aims to fight health disparities
Biology major Justin Hills is preparing for a career in medicine by conducting research in the laboratory of biology professor Rob Dunn.
Undergraduate internship leads to master's degree and job as research assistant
Nathalie Plundrich first came to NC State as an undergraduate student intern from Germany. "I would totally recommend an internship or study abroad, whether it is in the U.S. or any other country." Watch Nathalie talk about her experiences in a new video.
International Cultural Leadership Project participants log more than 900 hours of community service
The ICLP connects NC State students with international students and this year they were honored with an award for service. Together they volunteered all over the Triangle at organizations including Raleigh City Farm, the Kramden Institute and the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
Mission to become a Martian
NC State engineering student Charles Parrish makes the first cut for becoming a Mars One astronaut. Being a part of the crew to colonize Mars would merge his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut with his research interests in sustainability and maximum utilization of resources.
Spare change leads to big changes in North Carolina classrooms
A group of business students and their social entrepreneurship venture win recognition for creating a new and innovative way to support North Carolina teachers.
Students monitor hunger-relief efforts in the Dominican Republic
Social work students traveled to the Dominican Republic to monitor the impact of NC State's hunger-relief efforts. The impact on the students, as many study abroad travelers can attest, will last a lifetime.
Far-flung correspondents blog about study abroad
Check out the blog Notes from Abroad, where students participating in NC State's Study Abroad program write about their experiences studying in South Africa, Ireland and Ecuador.
ASB trip to Tennessee impacts student leaders
Discovering the world beyond the classroom is a unique and powerful experience for students. Travel, even to a neighboring state, greatly influences a student’s education and outlook on life. Participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips provides students with immeasurable personal and professional development opportunities they might not experience from sitting behind a desk or attending a lecture.
Meet NC State's Peace Corps Campus Recruiter
Interested in making a difference around the world, but aren't sure how? Peace Corps could be the right option for you. Lindsey Brantley graduated from NC State in Nutrition Sciences in 2010 and then joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Peru from 2011-2013. In a recent interview, Lindsey talked about the life-changing experience and how you can transform communities around the globe too.
Villages encourage high impact learning experiences through Diversity Trips
Part of the Living and Learning Village experience includes encouraging students to get out of their comfort zones and discover the world beyond NC State. Diversity Trips greatly influence a student’s education and perspective and provide immeasurable development opportunities students might not otherwise experience.