Getting Started

BIMS handbook-AY2014

Computer Resources
BIMS students must adhere to the policies and procedures established by Information Technology Services regarding computing services and authorized access to the internet.  ITS provides detailed expectations for all faculty, staff, and students and instructions regarding set up of wired, wireless, and remote access to University computing systems.

Course Registration
All BIMS students should be registered full-time each academic semester and are typically registered full-time (6 credits) each Summer Session.  All student records (contact address and phone, emergency contact, etc.) must be kept up-to-date in the Student Information System (SIS)

Health Insurance
BIMS students can elect to sign up for the University student health insurance plan offered by Aetna.  Universtiy Student Health provides detailed information regarding deductibles and coverage.

Graduate Guide
Comprehensive listing of University and Charlottesville area resources of interest to graduate students  maintained by Office of the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies.

 

Academic and Scientific Resources

Department and Program Contacts
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and Program Administrator/Coordinator contact information for Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. programs and NIH Training Programs.

Degree and Training Program Requirements
Requirements for Ph.D. Degrees and Training Programs
Requirements for M.S. in Biological and Physical Sciences

Research Cores
The Research Cores house specialized instruments and personnel outside of individual laboratories. Personnel in the cores provide expertise on the various instruments and services and develop new applications for their techniques. The Cores also provide training and support for equipment open for use by laboratory staff (including graduate students).

Honor System
Each student is charged with the responsibility to refrain from dishonorable conduct.

Research Ethics
A requirement for all our programs, here’s how to develop your sense of ethics.

Choosing a Mentor
Choosing the right mentor can be easy for some students, and challenging for others.  It is a decision that should be taken very seriously, since it directly impacts how enjoyable and how successful your graduate career will be.”  Rebekka O. Sprouse, Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics | Vice-President, Graduate Biosciences Society (2006-2007)

Grievance Resolution
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has an academic grievance procedure, but students are advised to make every effort to resolve conflicts prior to starting the official procedure.

Graduate Career Services
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides advising services, workshops and other programs to help students make informed career choices and conduct effective job searches.

Graduation/Final Exercises
BIMS hosts a hooding and diploma presentation ceremony following the main University graduation ceremony (Final Exercises) in late May.

 

Extracurricular Resources

UVa Student Activities

Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS)
The GBS was was founded in 1989 to act as the organizing body and faculty liaison for graduate students in those departments and interdisciplinary programs affiliated with the UVA School of Medicine.