Preview Weekend

SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2018

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Preview weekend.

What is the BBSP Preview Weekend?
The preview weekend is a unique opportunity for competitive applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences to learn more about BBSP and the 14 affiliated biomedical PhD programs at UNC. Participants will receive individual guidance on crafting competitive graduate school applications. Additionally, participants will meet faculty and current PhD students to learn more about the research opportunities and diverse community at UNC. We hope attendance at the preview weekend will help applicants learn about BBSP,  UNC IMSD, and solidify the decision to apply for admission. If you are wondering whether UNC is a good fit for you, we encourage you to consider our preview weekend.

Why UNC and BBSP?
UNC offers a highly collaborative research environment, and our students receive outstanding doctoral and career training. UNC is 1 of only 17 institutions awarded an NIH training grant (BEST award) to provide students exposure to various career options.  Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently (December 2017) ranked UNC Chapel Hill 1st nationally for PhD completion by African-American scholars in the biological and biomedical sciences and 5th nationally for total minority PhD completion in the biological and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the BBSP provides students access to nearly 400 faculty affiliated with 14 PhD programs in the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Dentistry, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Our vibrant and diverse research community is an outstanding place to launch your research career, and Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas are a great place to live.

Who Should Apply?
This program is open to undergraduate seniors, postbacs, and others who plan to apply to BBSP in November 2018.  Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences at the graduate level (as defined by the National Science Foundation) are strongly encouraged to apply.  These groups include individuals with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Cost of Attendance
All visit expenses including travel, lodging, and meals will be covered by UNC.

Application Process
Interested students must complete an online application and submit the required materials.  Space is limited, so applications must be completed by the deadline.  As we are unable to accept any late materials, please make sure that all of your application materials (including reference letters) are submitted prior to the deadline.  Required materials include: reference letters from two individuals who can describe your research achievements for potential success in graduate school, unofficial transcript(s), and a statement of purpose.

If you have questions please contact us at: or by phone at 919-843-6960

BBSP Preview Weekend Schedule of Events

Preview Weekend attendees are expected to participate in all scheduled events.

Thursday Friday Saturday
  • Afternoon/evening arrival
  • Welcome dinner
  • Grad School Interview demonstrations
  • Breakfast
  • Application review circuit (CV, SOP, transcripts)
  • Lunch with faculty
  • Mock interviews with faculty
  • Lab tours
  • Overview of UNC/BBSP support programs
  • Dinner with grad students
  • Breakfast
  • Campus tour, visit to Student Stores, and lunch with grad students
  • Afternoon departure