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Healthy societies understand science. We’re preparing a new generation of effective scientist-communicators, engaging the public to do real research, and bringing the wonders of science to K-12 students and teachers.

Science in a vacuum has no impact. Through events, partnerships and participation in public science efforts, our department makes outreach a priority to help engage the public in our work and prepare the next generation of biological scientists.

One of our key partnerships is with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Three of our faculty members are jointly appointed to the museum, including the heads of the Paleontology Research Lab and the Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Research Lab. This partnership allows for close collaboration on important scientific research and for our students to experience public science in action.

Learn more about our jointly appointed faculty:

Pregnant T-Rex Could Aid in Dino Sex Typing

Researchers from NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have found a fossil from a pregnant dinosaur that could shed light on the evolution of egg laying in modern birds.