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I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)
Loved the campus and facilities; cost of living is inexpensive and you can enjoy your time after work and weekends without worry.
Academia is governed by funding and changing research priorities, so change is inevitable.
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.
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.
I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (More than 3 years)
great university for metrology research work
there is no cons about the program
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I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)
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.
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.
I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)
From a scientific research standpoint, there are many quality researchers and opportunities for collaboration. The facilities are high quality. Basically anything you need you can find somewhere on campus.
Transportation can be quite an issue. At peak times, the small roads in and out are extremely congested. Parking is horrendous compared to my former university. They are working on expanding garages, but it will still be an issue.
It's a great school and has a lot of top-ranking graduate and professional programs. A lot of top-notch research is conducted here. Several UNC Chapel Hill affiliates have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The campus is beautiful and the people here are generally very friendly. The bus system is also wonderful. It's free to ride and the routes cover most of Chapel Hill and Carrboro- the neighboring town. The cost of living is pretty low and it's easy to find an apartment. Also, the school system in Orange county is pretty well ranked within the state- it you have children.
Chapel Hill is a small, college town so there is little opportunity for stimulating social activities. This can also be an advantage however given that graduate school is extremely time consuming. It also helps to save money. However, it is nice to be able to go out from time to time and enjoy life a little but if you're not into the bar scene then it can be difficult to find things to do. Also, there are basically no avenues for intra-program mingling. The graduate students in the various programs here are extremely disconnected. Each program exists as its own microcosm so it can be challenging to meet people.
Advice to Management
Senior Management, or my principal investigator, is great in my case. My principal investigator is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. He is also extremely approachable. He always makes time for his students and his post-doctoral fellows no matter how busy he may be. He encourages us to attend conferences and has an outstanding track record of publications. I am fortunate to have a PI like him. Not everyone is so lucky. Its important- if you join a program that requires lab rotations- that you use that time to establish whether or not the lab you are rotating in is a good fit for you. Remember, you are going to be there awhile so you want to make sure you will be happy.
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