Summer is always an exciting time for Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS) students. It is filled with much needed vacations, a chance to explore Grounds while its empty, and a time to welcome the incoming class. This year, the BIMS program welcomed 52 incoming first-year students. Since starting their rotations in early July, the first-years have been kept busy with lab work, Meet-the-Faculty talks, a summer prep course, and several welcome events.
On a hot Friday afternoon, BIMS students tried to beat the heat with an ice cream social hosted by the Graduate Biosciences Society. It was a great time to reconnect with old friends and get to know new students. Our Women in Medical Sciences organization also hosted an event at Carter Mountain’s “Wind Down Wednesday” series to give the first-years an opportunity to get to know their cohort and other graduate students in the program.
Lastly, BIMS students were treated to a summer garden party on the Lawn hosted by the BIMS administration. First-years were able to have their first taste of everyone’s favorite UVA activity: hanging out on the Lawn with friends!
Starting graduate school can be daunting, but the first-years said their transitions have been aided by talking to senior students who’ve generously shared tips for adjusting to life in Charlottesville. According to upperclassmen, summers in Charlottesville are the best!
Welcome to the BIMS 2023 Cohort! We’re so excited to have you and can’t wait to follow your journey.
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