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Hello Stanford Biosciences students!

Your development as a graduate student and scientist is top priority in the Biosciences Home Programs. We strive to provide you with excellent training throughout your time at Stanford. This website will provide you with information and links on the great resources, courses and workshops, support, and mentorship available to you.

In addition to the guided sections linked in the right sidebar, you will find useful information in the Frequently Asked Questions and Resources sections. If you have any questions, general feedback, or specific information you would like to see included, please contact us.

Fall — Announcements

Updated 11/21/2014

Stanford receives new grant to host Amgen Scholars Program!

Stanford University has been awarded a grant from the Amgen Foundation that will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program. This marks the ninth year that Stanford University will participate in the program, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduates with hands-on summer research opportunities at many of the world's premier educational institutions.

To learn more about Stanford Amgen Stanford Research Program see our program page here.

Fall Skills Pizza & Beer Workshop! "Choosing Your Rotations and Thesis Lab"

RSVP for the first Pizza & Beer Skills Workshop of the academic year - "Choosing Your Rotations and Thesis Lab." The panel will be around 60 minutes from 5:30 to 6:30pm with pizza and beer following unitl 7pm. We will have 3 faculty and 2 graduate students serving on the panel helping field questions and sharing their views on finding rotation labs and choosing a thesis lab. Hope to see you there! Please RSVP. This workshop is intended for all first year students and are highly encouraged to attend. December 4, 2015, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alway M114.

Winter Quarter Mini Courses

These intensive 1-3 week courses allow students to tailor their education across disciplines without requiring a full quarter's commitment and our open to postdocs. Students and Postdocs explore new directions for current research, potential postdoctoral avenues, or just topics of interest. Stanford Biosciences students and postdocs have highlighted these offerings as among the most exciting parts of their education, for the way in which they catalyze their research and open new paths. Please click here for winter quarter mini course listings and for more registration information. Courses are open to both students and post doctoral fellows. Please register early. Enrollment is limited . Axess opens for course registration October 26, 2014.

Looking ahead? See PDF of available Full Year Mini Course Offerings!


You are invited to SUMCAA's annual Fall Tailgate and Football Game scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Stanford Medical alumni, students, and their guests will once again gather at Taube Plaza, just steps away from Stanford Stadium, to cheer on the Cardinal before heading to the game. Mark your calendar and plan to join in on the pre-game fun before we square off against Utah. Registration fee includes food, all drinks, and activities. November 15, 2014.

From ADVANCE to the Lab Coat Ceremony

Tawaun Lucas started at Stanford with both the ADVANCE Summer Institute and the Stanford Summer Research Program/Amgen Scholars Program (SSRP), sparking his interest and demonstrating his potential as a scientist. "If you told anyone in high school that I would go to Stanford someday, they would probably just have laughed at you," he said. Now he has started here as a graduate student in the neurosciences program. Read more about his story at the Stanford Medicine News Center. More information about ADVANCE and SSRP is available in our Diversity section.

New Wellness Network!

Student Affairs has launched the Wellness Network at Stanford, an online directory which features more than 150 resources that connect students to immediate help, health and wellness, and communities of support. Resources for faculty, staff and families are also featured. The site spans the spectrum of support available for students, including professional counseling, crisis response, community centers, academic support, for-credit courses, financial assistance, stress, productivity, mentoring and many other resources available across Student Affairs, VPUE and VPGE. See link for more information.

Go Passes!

IT'S A GO! New pilot program for Go Passes (passes for CalTrain rides) for Stanford postdoctoral scholars announced. Follow link for more information.

CALTRAIN GO PASS for OFF-CAMPUS GRADUATE STUDENTS NOW ALSO AVAILABLE. Eligible off-campus graduate students can purchase their 2014 Caltrain Go Passes for $55. Please visit link above for more information on purchase and pick-up. Off-Campus Graduate student must first update their address on Axess. Allow two to three days for updates to Axess to be reflected at P&TS. Once you complete these steps, if you are eligible, you will be able to purchase the Go Pass. Sales to begin September 1, 2014.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities!

Graduate student funding opportunities: New master list of graduate student funding opportunities, resources, and fellowships. See list for more information and upcoming deadlines.

Travel Grant Program

To encourage students to participate in conferences, especially at times when travel funds are in short supply, the SBSA (Stanford Bioscience Student Association) and School of Medicine Office of Graduate Education has established a fund to help with professional travel.

Academic Deadlines

  • Monday, September 22, 2014: First day of Autum Quarter/graduate instruction.
  • Friday, October 10, 2014: Deadline to submit final study list (add/drop units).
  • Decemeber 15, 2014 - January 5, 2015: Winter break—no classes.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2014: Last Day of Autumn Quarter

Student Development Guide

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Academic Milestones

Information and advice on key steps in your graduate training. Learn More

Curriculum and Requirements

Home Program handbooks and information on rotations, coursework, and other requirements. Learn More

Advising and Mentoring

Advice on how to establish great mentoring relationships and how to be a good mentor to others. Learn More

Career of Choice

Resources and information on discovering and pursuing your passion at Stanford and beyond. Learn More

Diversity and Engagement

Programs, partnerships, and outreach that support our mission of diversity. Learn More

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