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 2017-18

Welcome to the Class of 2017-18, our 10th 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

: 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.

2017-18 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: GMB 1007
Ben Major: Bondurant G074
Donita Robinson: MacNider 021

Wedesday 3:35-5:05pm
Alisa Wolberg: Carrington 304
Chris Mack: MacNider 18
Samir Kelada: GMB 1007

2017-18 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 2017-18 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 2017

1. Mentor+ Mentee responsibilities: TBA TBA
2. Authorship + Plagiarism TBA TBA
3. Peer Review: TBA TBA
4. Misconduct + Whistleblowing: TBA TBA

Spring 2018

Room TBA Room TBA
5. Conflict of Interest: TBA TBA
6. Rigor & Reproducibility: TBA TBA
7.Animal & Human Subjects: TBA TBA


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.

2017-18 Rotation Schedule

Rotation Choice forms can be downloaded here (prompts PDF file download). 
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 28-Friday Nov 3 (Okay to start before Aug 29)
Rotation choice form due Friday August 25

WinterMonday Nov 6-Friday Feb 9
Rotation choice form due Friday Oct 16
NOTE: Two BBSP Breaks scheduled during this rotation: Nov 22-24; Dec 22-Jan 2. 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 12-Friday Apr 27
Rotation choice form due: Friday Jan 26 
(note: this deadline is extended to Feb 2 if choosing thesis lab early)


Thesis Lab Choice Forms Due: Friday Apr 27
*summer rotation students joining early: due Feb 2

First Day in Thesis Lab: Monday April 30
*summer rotation students joining early: Feb 20, start of Spring rotation