All Hands on Deck

“Right now, it’s all hands on deck to improve health care.”

For Jon Easter, a professor of practice at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, having a high school student in his lab over the course of a summer isn’t just an opportunity to mentor the next generation of scientist. It’s a chance to improve health care now.

As part of the Young Innovators Program, the Eshelman School of Pharmacy brings 24 students from North Carolina high schools over the summer for mentorships, hands-on laboratory research and professional engagement at the very beginning of their careers.

“UNC-Chapel Hill has world-class research ongoing across campus; to be able to offer North Carolina high school students an opportunity to engage in the pharmaceutical sciences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is a wonderful opportunity,” said Roth McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., associate professor at the school.

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This is story number 86 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation is made possible by a $100 million gift from Fred Eshelman to accelerate the creation and development of ideas leading to discoveries and transformative changes in education, research and health care. To learn more about the EII’s impact, visit