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 2019-20

Welcome to the Class of 2019-20, our 12th cohort of BBSP students!  Click here to meet your classmates (downloads or opens a PDF file).

Student Resources

Dave is available any time to answer questions, advise on courses or rotations, for coaching, or to direct you to resources. You can email him to set up an appointment (

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.

2019-20 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 affiliate with a PhD program in May. The group meets once a week and is a 2 credit course.

Monday 3:35-5:05pm
Samir Kelada: GMB 2007
Dan McKay: Bondurant G074 (except 2/24 in Bondurant 2035)
Lisa Tarantino: GMB 1007

Wednesday 3:35-5:05pm
Peggy Cotter: Marsico 6004
Chris Mack: MacNider 18
Jeremy Purvis: GMB 2007
Jason Whitmire: Bondurant 2025


2019-20 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 2019

Monday Wednesday
1. Mentor+ Mentee Responsibilities Sept 9 Sept 11
2. Authorship + Plagiarism Oct 14 Oct 16
3. Peer Review Oct 21 Oct 23
4. Misconduct + Whistleblowing Nov 4 Nov 6

Spring 2020

Monday Wednesday
5. Conflict of Interest Jan 27 Jan 29
6. Rigor & Reproducibility Feb 17 Feb 19
7.Animal & Human Subjects Mar 23 Mar 25


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 Dave McDonald ( for assistance.

2019-20 Rotation Schedule

Rotation Choice forms can be downloaded here (prompts Word document 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 26 – Friday, Nov 1 (okay to start before Aug 26)
Rotation choice form due Friday, August 23

WinterMonday, Nov 4 – Friday, Jan 31
Rotation choice form due Friday, Oct 11
NOTE: Two BBSP Breaks scheduled during this rotation: Nov 27-29; Dec 23-Jan 1. These are suggested holidays to account for typical vacations/travel during this time of the year. Total time out of lab and exact dates can be negotiated between the student and PI.

SpringMonday, Feb 3 – Friday, Apr 17
Rotation choice form due: Friday, Jan 17

Thesis Lab Choice Forms Due: Friday, Apr 17
*summer rotation students joining labs early: due Jan 24

First Day in Thesis Lab: Monday, April 20
*summer rotation students joining labs early: Feb 3