Distinguishing Features of BIMS

“The Lysine Dance” as performed by BIMS students on the steps of the Rotunda.

The following are just a few of the distinguishing features of our graduate program that provide students with a unique and individualized educational experience:

  • Opportunity to train with hundreds of faculty performing cutting-edge research in a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.
  • Association with a vibrant and highly interactive UVA Health System, which provides:
    • Opportunities to interact with clinical faculty, trainees, and patients
    • Access to tumor boards and infectious disease conferences
    • Clinical shadowing experiences
  • Individualized curriculum
    • Instruction begins with an immersive “core course” designed to equip all of our students with the fundamental concepts and skill sets needed to think as scientists. This course is the first step in preparing our students for careers in biomedical research that increasingly require the application of interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to attack biomedical problems.
    • Students develop personalized curriculum by selecting from over forty (40) 6-week modules
    • Students are able to enroll in courses throughout their tenure as a graduate student
  • Career and professional development opportunities
    • PhD Plus
    • Individual Development Plans
    • Entrepreneurship Cup competition
    • Internships at UVA Licensing and Ventures Group
    • Grant-writing workshops
    • Communication workshop
    • Job fairs
    • Networking
    • Webinars
    • Informational interviews
    • Career symposia
    • Site visits