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UNC’s Office of Graduate Education has multiple opportunities to gain research experience. Read through a description of each program to see which may be the best fit for you.

Summer of Learning and Research (SOLAR)

The OGE hosts a summer research program for rising college juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups. Our program partners with students’ home institutions and other entities that provide funding for stipends and housing.

To learn more about the SOLAR program, check out their website.

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

UNC PREP is specifically designed to equip and encourage students interested in pursuing a PhD in the biological and biomedical sciences, especially for groups who have traditionally been underrepresented. Students who have recently completed their Bachelor’s degree spend one year on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill gaining and strengthening skills needed for entry and success in top-tiered PhD programs. UNC PREP alumni have been very successful in transitioning directly into top biomedical PhD programs across the country.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD Program (BBSP)

BBSP is an umbrella admitting program for 14 different PhD programs across UNC’s campus. With just 1 application, BBSP students have access to over 350 research faculty in many different disciplines.

Part of BBSP is the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), which seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students that attain PhDs and go on to successful careers in the biosciences.