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Emma Reinhardt, a Summer Research Fellow with The Graduate School, traveled to Colorado this summer to research birdsong and how it might help answer life’s fundamental questions. A Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology, she worked with undergraduate and graduate students from many areas of campus to conduct their research.

In the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado, four UNC-Chapel Hill students wake at 5 a.m. to melodic phone alarms and amble out of their dew-soaked tents. They sleepily shimmy into rainproof jackets, pants, and knee-high rubber boots. They heat water for tea and munch on Pop-tarts and energy bars while they wait. With steamy mugs in hand, they clamber into their white van to head to the field site a half-mile down the road.

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