Science, Training and Diversity

Supporting Graduate Training at UNC School of Medicine

It's about Training...

Training Initiatives in Biomedical & Biological Sciences (TIBBS) exists to develop well-rounded, professional scientists.  Providing professional development workshops, career counseling, and job postings, TIBBS exists beause there is more to being a successful scientist than having a great pair of "lab hands".

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, STaD coordinates a Graduate Training Program in Translational Medicine. Participants get the unique opportunity to work directly with a mentor in the research laboratory and in the clinic.

It's about Community...

STaD hosts monthly socials (free food) for our graduate student community.  Past socials include sushi, cupcake trees, fondue fountains, wine and cheese, BBQ, and more!  STaD socials are a great opportunity to take a (quick) break from the lab and mingle with fellow grad students.  And did we mention there was free food?

In addition to serving our UNC research community, we oversee several programs that provide students with opportunities to serve the greater community.  We encourage all students to get involved with Science Outreach and share their passion for science and research with the citizens of North Carolina (and beyond)!

It's about Diversity...

An ideal learning environment contains a multitude of ideas and backgrounds.  As such, UNC is committed to fostering a research environment that mirrors the diversity of our population.  TIMA directs several federally-funded initiatives that foster diversity at the graduate (IMSD), post-baccalaureatte (PREP), and undergraduate level (SMART).  Our IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity) program is comprised of a community of over 70 PhD students from ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds traditionally under-represented in the sciences.  The Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) provides training for under-represented post-baccalaureate scholars who are interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences.

It's about YOU...

Our staff consists of five PhD scientists who work full time to provide training opportunities, to offer counsel and advice for navigating the twists and turns of graduate school, and to augment your educational experience.  STaD exists for YOU!