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University of North Carolina Graduate Student Reviews

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Pros
  • great work-life balance, flexibility in scheduling to honor student schedules (in 24 reviews)

  • The work environment is intellectually stimulating (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for teaching fellows/contract (in 17 reviews)

  • University gives little to no oversight or support for higher level courses compared to what is available for entry level courses (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher | Undergraduate and Graduate Student Mentor in Lithonia, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher | Undergraduate and Graduate Student Mentor in Lithonia, GA (US)

    I worked at University of North Carolina (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    School has lots of opportunities for collaborative research. Health insurance for postdoctoral researchers is very decent. It's a good place to work overall.

    Cons

    If you do academic research, do your best to vet out any professor and find out the quality of their mentorship skills. This is the deciding factor for your morale in a high-stress work environment.


  2. "PhD Student-Epidemiology"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Recommends

    Pros

    Love it here! The department is very supportive of students, the student service managers are great and provide meaningful help and guidance with every aspect of the process.

    Cons

    Faculty are very busy so you often have to be persistent.


  3. "Graduate student workers"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Current Employee - Graduate Student

    I have been working at University of North Carolina (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great collaborative work environment for students

    Cons

    Long work hours but it is graduate school


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  5. "One of the Best Working Environments"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the campus and facilities; cost of living is inexpensive and you can enjoy your time after work and weekends without worry.

    Cons

    Academia is governed by funding and changing research priorities, so change is inevitable.


  6. "about UNC"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time

    Pros

    pretty good university, good department

    Cons

    too theoretical, more suitable for PhD

    Advice to Management

    good


  7. "Graduate Student Researcher - Biomedical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lovely campus, great gym and recreational activities, talented and diverse people to work with. Grad school schedules can be flexible to allow for work/life balance (depends on your adviser). Having a joint department with NCSU allows for collaboration and sharing of facilities on both campuses.

    Cons

    Graduate student assistant stipend is not that high compared to other research universities. Joint department also means the labs and students are spread out over two campuses and can be isolating.

    Advice to Management

    Consider raising TA and RA stipend to match other leading institutions. Foster more professional development programs and socialization within department colleagues.


  8. "Working at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment for research, Many collaborations available for basic science research, translational research (with UNC Hospital Faculties), and interdisciplinary collaborations between labs in the school of Medicine, school of Pharmacy and school of Public Health.

    Cons

    Depending on the principal investigator, the workload can be heavy. In order to succeed in science at the highest level, you need both luck and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Great career if you are passionate in doing science research.


  9. "Graduate student life is tough"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - World class researchers, collaborative research environments (depending upon discipline);
    - Ability to develop research skills;

    Cons

    - Public university = education budget dependent on the state. During the recession, lots of gloomy talk about cutting budgets with potential uncertainty in student funding;


  10. "research assistance"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great university for metrology research work

    Cons

    there is no cons about the program


  11. "A typical graduate student experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Just like other PhD student salary, at least in the bio area. You can live ok with the stipend in chapel hill area.
    The TIBBS often send out "Jobs, Postdocs, and Other Opportunities" emails to students and post-docs.

    Cons

    Benefit sucks, insurance package is not good. Not just the RA/TA insurance, my staff friends/coworkers told me their previous jobs provide much better benefit and insurance package.