Program in Biomedical Sciences
Below is a typical PIBS-year curriculum. Before registering for courses, students make course choices by consulting with Scott Barolo, Director of PIBS, Michelle DiMondo, Academic Affairs & Student Success Coordinator, and the Grad Chairs and Student Service Representatives in their primary program of interest.
- PIBS 600 Research Rotation, 3-4 credits, graded course
- PIBS 503: Research Responsibility and Ethics, 1 credit, pass/fail course
- PIBS 800: PIBS Seminar Series, 1 credit, graded course
For Spring/Summer, students do not register for courses.
PIBS students are also required to complete the following OSEH Lab Safety Trainings prior to starting work in a lab:
- BLS025w: General Laboratory Safety Training
- BLS101w: Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogen Training
- BLS204w: Shipping Regulations for Shipping Materials with Dry Ice
- Note: Other courses may be required by your specific lab
To do this, go to Wolverine Access. Under the Faculty and Staff tab, find MyLinc. Log into MyLinc with your uniqname and password and use the search bar to find the courses listed above. Once completed, send your certificate of completion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registering for Courses
You can start registering for classes in late August. To get started with course selection for fall and winter, you can find a class schedule through the Office of the Registrar and descriptions for each course on the U-M Course Catalog. Each program requires certain courses in the first year. Some courses can count for multiple programs or can be substituted and applied to another program, in case you switch. Meet with the Graduate Chair of your primary graduate program of interest to discuss these options. PIBS students do not need to register for classes until Fall Welcome Week, however, you must make sure that you are registered before September 3, 2019 or late fees will apply. You will need to register for a minimum of 9 credits each Fall and Winter term with a maximum of 12 credits. Over 12 credits will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis. Most PIBS-affiliated PhD programs offer a 1-credit student seminar course that is highly recommended for students interested in that program. Consult the program websites and/or program advisor for more information.
You can start registering for PIBS 600 (Independent Study, 3-4 credits) in late August. To register:
- Register via Wolverine Access > Student Business > Student Center > Backpack/Registration
- Uncheck “Show Open Classes Only”
- Enroll in Scott Barolo’s section, #027
- Choose the number of credits (3-4) to reach at least 9 total credits.
To change the number of credit hours, you must edit the course. Do not drop PIBS 600 without consulting Michelle DiMondo.
PIBS offers over 500 faculty members to choose from for rotations. All PIBS students must complete at least two rotations and must rotate through at least the end of Winter term. Most students complete three rotations, but you could do up to five.
Tools for choosing a rotation lab
- List of PIBS faculty who are actively looking for graduate students
- PIBS faculty search page
- Websites for the 14 PhD programs
- UM Experts Database
You are strongly advised to talk to students, faculty, staff, and program advisors about your research interests and which labs or mentors might be a good fit for you.
Setting up a Rotation
Make contact with faculty members whose research interests you. Set up a meeting to discuss potential research projects, the lab environment, the mentor’s philosophy for research and mentoring, and both your expectation and goals for a research rotation. Once you and your mentor have agreed on a rotation, both will fill out and sign the PIBS rotation form provided by Michelle DiMondo.
Timing of Rotations
You’ll get your Rotation Worksheets before the start of each term. You can also access them here:
- Rotation Worksheet – Summer 2019
- Rotation Worksheet – Fall 2019
- PIBS Rotation Evaluation (the same form is used for all rotation periods)
***If you feel your rotation is not working out, please see Michelle DiMondo, Michelle Melis, or Scott Barolo as soon as possible to discuss your options. It is possible to change labs, but there is a process. You will be asked to have back-up rotations lined up and these must be approved by the PIBS Office as well as your primary program’s Grad Chair. Once the new rotation has been approved, simply submit a new rotation worksheet to make it official and you may begin working in that lab for the agreed upon length of time (full-term, half-term). You will also be responsible for notifying your current rotation mentor of your decision to end the rotation early.***
Rules for PIBS research rotations by Scott Barolo, PIBS Director:
- You must complete OSEH Lab Safety training prior to starting work in your lab rotation. You can do this in person or online through MyLinc in Wolverine Access.
- You can do full-term or half-term rotations in the Fall and Winter terms. Talk to your mentor about this – some faculty prefer one over the other.
- Rotations must be approved by the faculty member, your primary choice of Ph.D. program, and by PIBS.
- You cannot rotate in a lab in which you have already done significant amount of research in (more than a summer).
- You cannot make an agreement to join a lab before mid-April in order to give all students a fair chance to do rotations before students start matching with labs.
- Near the end of the rotation, set up an ‘exit interview’ with your rotation mentor. There is a PIBS form for this, which must be filled out by both you and your mentor. The form is provided by Michelle DiMondo in PIBS 800.