Current Students

On this page: Student Resources | FYG schedule | RCR Training | Rotation Schedule
Rotation Choice form and Rotation Ad postings can be found in Rotation Schedule section

Class of 2016-17

Welcome to the Class of 2016-17, our 9th cohort of BBSP students!  Most information you will need to navigate the first year can be found on the BBSP Student Resources site (see below).  Here you can find some handy quick links to campus resources (see right hand section of this page) and photos of your classmates (downloads or opens a PDF file).

Student Resources

For links to important forms, access to student discussion forums, rotation postings and other important information related to your first year, please visit the BBSP Student Resources Site. (requires onyen login)

Novice Guide to Graduate School [pdf] This guide was developed by the graduate student members of the Professional Development Committee for the UNC Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD). It includes a PhD Glossary of commonly used terms and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The guide was written by someone who knows very little about science culture and graduate school so that you can also share with your family and friends.

Life as a Biomedical Graduate Student at UNC [video link]: check out our video featuring some of our current students describing what life at UNC is like.  This video is another great resource to share with your friends and family if they are trying to learn what your life at UNC is really like.

2016-17 First Year Groups

As a BBSP student you will be assigned to a First Year Group (FYG).  The FYG is a small, mixed interest groups of students and faculty which serves as your academic and advising home until you matriculate into a PhD program in May.

Monday 3:35-5:05pm
Lisa Tarantino: NRB 3118
Alisa Wolberg: HSL 527A
Ben Major: Marsico 7004

Wedesday 3:35-5:05pm
Donita Robinson: NRB 3118
Chris Mack: GSB 1373
Jason Whitmire & Samir Kelada: Bondurant 2020

2016-17 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

RCR training for first year graduate students is held within the FYG class setting.  If you are not currently participating in the BBSP FYG class and need to make up one specific session you missed in the past, note that for 2016-17 the order of the sessions has been rearranged somewhat compared to past years so do not go by the session number but instead choose the relevant topic from below.

Fall 2016

Marsico 4004  Marsico 2004
1. Mentor+ Mentee responsibilities: Henrik Dohlman Mon Aug 29 Wed Aug 31
2. Authorship + Peer Review: Greg Copenhaver Mon Oct 17 Wed Oct 19
3. Data Collection + Recordkeeping:  Corbin Jones Mon Oct 24 Wed Oct 26
4. Misconduct + Whistleblowing: Eric Everett Mon Nov 7 Wed Nov 9

Spring 2017

Room TBA Room TBA
5. Commercialization + COI + IP: Ned Sharpless Mon Feb 20 Wed Feb 22
6. Animal Research: Donita Robinson (Mon); Lisa Tarantino (Wed) Mon Feb 27 Wed Feb 29
7.Human Subject Research: Jen Jen Yeh Mon Mar 20 Wed Mar 22

NEW FORMAT for 2016-17: The first 30 minutes of each session will be a presentation from an institutional expert or faculty member knowledgeable about the RCR topic.  All students should meet in the room listed on the schedule for the introductory lecture.  After the introductory lecture students will break out by FYG for an hour of further discussion of the topic.  Your FYG discussion facilitator will let you know your assigned breakout room at the end of the lecture.  (Monday breakout rooms: Marsico 3004, 4004, 7004.  Wed breakout rooms: Marisco 2004, 3004, 7004)

Pre-class readings for each RCR session will be posted in advance on the BBSP Student Site.  Reading the materials in advance, attendance, and full participation in the discussion are required to receive credit for a session.  If you do not have access to view the readings please contact Anna O’Connell at for assistance.

2016-17 Rotation Schedule

Rotation Choice forms can be downloaded here. (log in with
Faculty interested in posting a rotation ad on the BBSP student site, please visit the Rotation Opportunities Board.  (log in with onyen)

Fall:  Monday Aug 29-Friday Nov 4  (ok to start before Aug 29)
Rotation choice form due August 26
Poster session on Fall rotation: Nov 14

Winter: Monday Nov 7-Friday Feb 17
Rotation choice form due Oct 14
Written Report on Winter rotation due: Feb 24

NOTE: Two BBSP breaks during this rotation. 
Nov 24-25; Dec 23-Jan 3
These are suggested holidays and represent the total amount of time BBSP extended the winter rotation to account for typical vacation/holiday requests. Total time out of lab and exact dates can be negotiated between student and PI.

Spring: Monday Feb 20-Friday May 5
Rotation choice form due: Jan 13 (*or Thesis Lab form if summer rotation student joining early)
End of Year Talk on Spring Rotation: May 22-Jun 6

Thesis Lab Choice Forms Due: May 5
*summer rotation students joining early: due Jan 13
Thesis Lab forms can be downloaded from the Forms section of the BBSP student resources site

First Day in Thesis Lab: May 8
*summer rotation students joining early: Feb 20, start of Spring rotation