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University Resources for Graduate Students
This document, prepared by the graduate school, is a comprehensive list of resources available to graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program Student Website
A website especially for the BBSP student community that contains a variety of resources including useful documents, announcements from the program and a place to view the BBSP Academic calendar. In addition the site now houses two resources formerly found at other locations: the BBSP Forum and the BBSP Wiki.

Training Initiative in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
A website focused on career awareness and professional development activities designed specifically for UNC PhD students.

Curriculum in Toxicology Resources

Financial Assistance

Curriculum in Toxicology students receive the same yearly stipend offered to all biomedical graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as payment for tuition and fees. Combinations of pre-doctoral traineeships, fellowships, and research assistantships are available to support students working toward the Ph.D. The Curriculum strives to fund all Ph.D. students for each year of training. Funding from training grants is limited by the federal government to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Timeline for PhD Students


Find an Adviser and Committee Members

Administrative Forms

The Curriculum in Toxicology has designed these forms to:

  • Facilitate communication between students and the Curriculum; and
  • Help the Director of Graduate Studies with oversight of the each student’s progress through the training program.

Research in Toxicology – Planned Activities and Evaluation

Doctoral Committee Meeting Record

Acceptance of Final Doctoral Dissertation by the Graduate School

Qualifying Exams

Written Qualifying Exam

  • A written qualifying examination takes place at the end of the second year (after passing core courses). A faculty committee organizes five essay questions; the student selects four and returns the complete answers in five days. Each answer is graded by two faculty members. Results are announced four to six weeks later. Read details here.

Oral Qualifying Exam and the Dissertation Proposal

  • An oral qualifying examination by a five-member faculty committee includes the defense of the Ph.D. research proposal; this exam should take place before the end of the third year. Read details here.

Dissertation and Final Exam

Before Graduation, Toxicology students are expected to:

  • Present doctoral research results at national scientific meetings (Society of Toxicology or annual meetings of other scientific societies);
  • Publish doctoral research in peer-reviewed journals; and,
  • Write the final dissertation (published papers as individual chapters). Read details here.

Final Exam (Dissertation Defense): Once the doctoral committee is satisfied with the accomplishments of the student, a public seminar is scheduled for the presentation of the doctoral research data and interpretation. The seminar is followed by a private meeting of the doctoral committee with the PhD candidate when the final exam takes place. The committee identifies all changes that must be made to the dissertation before the document is submitted to the Graduate School. Read details here.

Submission of approved dissertation to the Graduate School

  • The requirements for the Ph.D. degree will not be completed until the final dissertation document is accepted by the Graduate School. Instructions can be found here.
  • It will be the responsibility of the student and the research advisor to inform the Toxicology Graduate Program that this last requirement has been fulfilled. For this purpose, the form Acceptance of Final Doctoral Dissertation by the Graduate School should be completed, signed, and forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies together with the requested documents.