Prospective Students

Welcome From the Dean

What an exhilarating time to begin graduate study in biomedical research!  The explosion in new discoveries coupled to rapid advances in technology make it possible to tackle virtually any fundamental biological question that motivates you.  Many of the most exciting developments have been made working at the interface between two (or more) disciplines.  For this reason, today’s scientific researchers need to be collaborative, communicative, and imaginative.  We develop these professional qualities in each of our 14 graduate programs starting from your first weeks in BBSP. Explore this Prospective Students section for details about how the BBSP structure can be tailored to your specific goals.

What makes graduate study at UNC so special?  In large part it’s the community of outstanding students and faculty working together. We recognize the integral role our diverse graduate student population plays in the research enterprise, and students are involved in internationally competitive projects from the beginning – no waiting on the sidelines for you!  For this reason many of UNC’s outstanding contributions to the frontiers of knowledge are the discoveries of dedicated and talented graduate students.

UNC Chapel Hill ranks 9th nationally in NIH funding (2012), and many of our individual departments and graduate programs are ranked in the top 10 as well.  We attract the best and brightest faculty, and we house the most sophisticated equipment in modern core facilities. Our distinguished faculty are international leaders, members of the National Academy of Sciences, NIH Merit Award winners, and a 2007 Nobel laureate (Oliver Smithies). Visit our Current Students News section  for a sampling of high-impact student achievements and our Research & Faculty section to see the tremendous breadth and depth of research pursued at UNC.

Our graduates hold leadership positions in multiple professions: academia, biotechnology, public policy, education, scientific writing, and more.  Becoming a top-notch independent scientist requires more than strong experimental skills however. We have established an extensive network of professional development resources to support you throughout your graduate training. These resources include specialized certificate programs, guidance with proposal writing, and career counseling. Explore the Professional Development (TIBBS)  and Diversity & Outreach sections for more information about career support and unique growth opportunities .

All of these elements come together in Chapel Hill with its natural beauty, pleasant weather, diverse cultural offerings, and relaxed living environment. I invite you to explore this website to see how UNC will launch your unique scientific career.

Jean Cook
Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Director of BBSP