How TIBBS and ImPACT will help you:

Get one-on-one career coaching…Make an appointment with one of us if you need help choosing a career path or need help with CVs, resumes, or cover letters. We’ve helped hundreds of students just like you.

Learn about careers…Career awareness events introduce you to PhD scientists in academic and non-academic career paths, We will help you create an Individual Development Plan, and then you can join a Career Cohort of other students and postdocs with similar career interests.

Develop non-bench skillsTIBBS organizes professional development workshops on a variety of subjects, including scientific writing, teaching, dissertation writing, presentation skills, and more.

Experience a day, a week, or a month, in a career you are considering…Through ImPACT you can be paired with a PhD scientist at a local company or organization in the career you are considering.  Short-term job shadowing opportunities and longer-term paid internships are available in your third year and beyond.

Click the puzzle pieces below to learn more about career and professional development opportunities in each category!

Core Competencies Internships Career Workshops Career Cohorts


A Brief Program History

Since 2006, TIBBS has been providing workshops and trainings to give students like you a full and rewarding graduate school experience and to prepare you for a satisfying career. In 2014 TIBBS expanded significantly thanks to a 5-year, $1.8 million grant from the NIH known as the BEST Award, which stands for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training. UNC was one of only 7 universities that received one of these awards in 2014. The new funds have helped us provide immersive training opportunities for a wide array of careers in addition to preparation for the traditional academic research track. That’s why we call it the Immersion Program to Advance Career Training, or ImPACT. The BEST Award has allowed us to expand our offerings for trainees, providing innovative career exploration, training, and experiential learning opportunities at UNC as part of 17 schools funded nationwide to help prepare trainees for fulfilling and exciting careers.

Learn more about how you can take advantage of these great resources, including Career Cohorts, Career Workshops, ImPACT Internships, and Core Competencies, by clicking the links above.

Learn more about what is being offered by our program and other BEST Award program awardees nationally with the aim of “Supporting the Biomedical Research Workforce,” made possible by the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the BEST Award website.

We would like to acknowledge the work of the many who contributed to envisioning ImPACT, a program developed with guidance from a team of academic and professional experts across a variety of fields, the ImPACT Advisory Committee.


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