Resources for 1st Year BBSP 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 2018-19

Welcome to the Class of 2018-19, our 11th cohort of BBSP students!  Click here for photos of your classmates (downloads or opens a PDF file).

Student Resources

Anna is available any time to answer questions, advise on courses or rotations, for coaching, or to direct you to resources. You can email her to set up an appointment (  Also, Anna holds open office hours every Wednesday and Thursday from 9-10am in her office, 1125 Bioinformatics.  No appointment is needed.

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)

Resources for All Students: This page contains information and links to a wide variety of UNC resources for all bioscience graduate students.

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 Development (IMSD). It includes a PhD Glossary of commonly used terms and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The guide was written for an audience that knows very little about science culture and graduate school so that you can also share it 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 curious what it means to be a graduate student in the biosciences.

2018-19 First Year Groups

As a BBSP student you will be assigned to a First Year Group (FYG). The FYG is a small, mixed interest group of students and faculty which serves as your academic and advising home until you matriculate into a PhD program in May. The group meets once a week and is a 2 credit course.

Monday 3:35-5:05pm
Lisa Tarantino: Marsico 4004
Alisa Wolberg: Carrington 304
Donita Robinson: Bondurant G074

Wedesday 3:35-5:05pm
Ben Major: Marsico 4004
Chris Mack: Macnider 18
Samir Kelada: GMB 2007

2018-19 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 session order may be rearranged compared to past years so do not go by the session number but instead choose the relevant topic from below.

Fall 2018

Monday Wednesday
1. Mentor+ Mentee responsibilities: Sept 10 Sept 12
2. Authorship + Plagiarism: Oct 15 Oct 17
3. Peer Review: Oct 22 Oct 24
4. Misconduct + Whistleblowing: Nov 5 Nov 7

Spring 2019

Monday Wednesday
5. Conflict of Interest: Jan 14 Jan 16
6. Rigor & Reproducibility: Feb 11 Feb 13
7.Animal & Human Subjects: Mar 18 Mar 20


Reading assigned materials in advance, attendance, and full participation in the discussion are required to receive credit for a session.  If you need assistance accessing readings please contact Anna O’Connell at for assistance.

2018-19 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)

FallMonday Aug 27-Friday Nov 2 (Okay to start before Aug 27)
Rotation choice form due Friday August 24

WinterMonday Nov 5-Friday Feb 8
Rotation choice form due Friday Oct 12
NOTE: Two BBSP Breaks scheduled during this rotation: Nov 21-23; Dec 21-Jan 1. 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.

SpringMonday Feb 11-Friday Apr 19
Rotation choice form due: Friday Jan 25
(note: this deadline is extended to Feb 1 if choosing thesis lab early)

Thesis Lab Choice Forms Due: Friday Apr 26
*summer rotation students joining early: due Feb 1

First Day in Thesis Lab: Monday April 29
*summer rotation students joining early: Feb 11, start of Spring rotation.