First year Stanford Biosciences students in class

Incoming & New Students

Welcome to Stanford and the Biosciences community!

The information below will provide you with key upcoming events and responsibilities for autumn quarter 2016. You are encouraged to consult the events calendar for information on workshops, seminars, thesis defenses, and social gatherings, and refer to the Graduate Student Gateway for answers to all of your questions related to housing, financial aid, and other aspects of graduate student life.

We are here to support you throughout your time at Stanford—if you have any questions throughout at any time here, please contact us.

Orientation Announcements

Updated 09/16/2016

SBSA First-year camping trip

Bond with fellow classmates as you explore the beautiful California wilderness. Carpools will be organized and all supplies will be provided! Cost: $10. Note: Sign-up for this event is no longer available.

Learn more about SBSA.

September 23-25, 2016 at Chabot Regional Park (East Bay)


Graduate Orientation And Lunch Information Event (GOALIE), sponsored by the Graduate Life Office. All graduate students are invited to attend this event to receive information on resources available to graduate students. Participants include student affairs offices, central university offices, and graduate student groups.

September 23, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm at Canfield Court near the Law School

Foundations in Experimental Biology (BIOS 200) 1st Class Session

This course required is for many first year Biosciences students (some programs are exempt). Students work in small teams and will be coached by faculty to develop an original, two-page research proposal and an oral presentation. Skills emphasized include: 1) reading for breadth and depth; 2) developing compelling, creative arguments; 3) communicating with the spoken and written word; 4) working in teams.

September 26, 2016, 10:30am-12:20pm


Hear perspectives on success in graduate school, then enjoy dinner and mingling with fellow students, faculty, and administrators. Event Flyer: Click Here.

September 26, 2016, check-in at 4:45pm* at LKSC 130; Dinner to follow 6:30-8:00pm in LKSC Berg Hall

*Note: The Orientation Program is intended for incoming PhD trainees in the 14 Home Programs, Epidemiology, and Health Research & Policy, and will feature a success in graduate school panel discussion on choosing your rotations and thesis lab. Students in the Bioengineering program are invited to join us for the dinner reception beginning at 6:30pm in Berg Hall.


Celebrate your transition to graduate studies with your family, new peers, and department chairs.

September 28, 2016, check-in at 5:00pm at LKSC Berg Hall. Ceremony begins at 5:0pm. Deans Reception to follow from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on the LKSC Lawn


Enjoy lunch and meet your SBSA mentors and get your questions answered.

September 29, 2016, 12:00-1:00pm at the Dean's Lawn


This poster session is a great way to explore the wide range of graduate student research projects across the Stanford Biosciences. Stop by for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and discussions with your fellow Bioscience graduate students.

September 30, 2016, 4:00-5:30pm at the Alway Courtyard

Gateway for New Graduate Students

Courtyard at Stanford

A resource for incoming graduate students to welcome, inform and connect to Stanford. Learn more

Getting Started

Checklists, orientation information, and essential links for first-year students. Learn more

Living at Stanford

Transportation, fellowships and taxes, housing options, campus life, student organizations, and other information you should know about living at Stanford. Learn more

Choosing Rotations and a Thesis Lab

Important advice on choosing your laboratory rotations—and ultimately your thesis lab—as you explore our network of Home Programs. Learn more

Transitioning to Graduate School

Guidance on advancing beyond your undergraduate experience and developing a successful approach for graduate school. Learn more

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