Professional Development

Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (TIBBS)

TIBBS offers a variety of programs to give students a full and rewarding graduate school experience. We give students the opportunity to do the following:

Develop non-bench skills…To help you hone your non-bench skills, TIBBS organizes professional development workshops on a variety of subjects, including scientific writing, teaching, dissertation writing, presentation skills, and more.

Learn about jobs…TIBBS career awareness events introduce you to PhD scientists in academic and non-academic career paths, and our office will help you get the information and experience you need to prepare for those careers. TIBBS has a staff of PhD-level scientists who can meet one on one with any interested students to talk about career options and to review CVs, resumes, and cover letters.

Explore translational medicine…Being part of the UNC research community provides the advantage of proximity to a top medical center. For students interested in bridging the gap between the bench and the bedside, our office coordinates the UNC Program in Translational Medicine. Participants have the unique opportunity to work directly with a mentor in the research laboratory and in the clinic.

Socialize with other graduate students…TIBBS socials give graduate students the opportunity to get to know one another and get involved with the UNC community. Take a quick break from the lab and join us for sushi, popsicles, or other treats.

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