The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) is led by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Jean Cook. The Associate Dean for Graduate Education (ADGE) reports to the Vice Dean for Research and is a member of the OoR team. The Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Office of Graduate Education work closely with the 11 PhD granting programs in the SOM, as well as programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Dentistry and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
The OGE manages a variety of programs connected to graduate training in the School of Medicine and other PhD granting departments such as Chemistry, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Oral Biology. Entry to any of these graduate programs is through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP), a unified mechanism for application to graduate study in the biological or biomedical sciences at UNC Chapel Hill. The BBSP is also responsible for graduate students during their first year, giving them an opportunity to gain research experience with a variety of faculty that is not limited to a single degree program. In addition to the admission program, the OGE works on maintaining diversity and offering career development throughout the training experience. Activities include workshops on teaching, managing a lab, non-traditional career paths; as well as social events to encourage interactions throughout the School.
The PhD in Biomedical Engineering is not part of the BBSP because this department is a joint department at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Click here for more information on the UNC-NCSU BME department.