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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.

Spring — Announcements

Updated 4/17/2014


3 week Bio-Innovation Course for PhD students in Sydney!

SPARK is co-sponsoring a course for PhD students in BioInnovation in Sydney, Australia from August 9th-31st. The course will be quite intensive, but will allow students the opportunity to see some sights over the weekends. The Stanford SPARK program is willing to cover the cost of economy flights and living accommodations for three to five Stanford graduate students to attend the course. You must obtain the approval of your PI to attend. For more information contact Dr. Kevin Grimes at Application Deadline April 25, 2014 .

CEO - Career Exploration Opportunities

Apply Now! The CEO Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for trainees to gain meaningful and practical work experience in a broad range of sectors, where scientists make significant contributions to research, education, business, policy, philanthropy and more. The CEO Internship Program is restricted to 20 trainees in this first year of launch. For more information click on link above. Application deadline April 24, 2014.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Primer Workshops

Register now for upcoming workshops that address questions and concerns about the newly-launched Individual Development Plan process - a planning roadmap customized for your training and goals. Questions? Email April 21, 2014 and April 25, 2014.


Stanford School of Medicine Presents Bagel Wednesays with your SOM Student Affairs Staff. Every Wednesday starting February 5th a student affairs professional will be at your service in LKSC! Come get a free bagel from 10:00am to 11:30am. The Office of Graduate Education will host April 9, 2014.

VPGE Spring Programs

Check out the VPGE's Spring professional development programs on the attached flyer and our Events Calendar for VPGE workshops including the new Know Thyself workshop and the popular Emotional Intelligence. Spring Quarter.

Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

Coming back next year? The Stanford Graduate Summer Institute can help you get re-energized for the new year by immersing yourself in interdisciplinary, experiential courses in ethics, design thinking, energy, ethics, food, policy, improv, and much more. The week-long courses are free and not for credit. See attached flyer and apply! May 9th, 2014 priority deadline .

Spring Mini Courses

These intensive 1-3 week courses allow students to tailor their education across disciplines without requiring a full quarter's commitment. Students 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. Winter quarter courses are open for registration. View flyer for more details. Axess opens February 9, 2014.

Please note, Post Doctoral Scholars register through an alternative process. PD's Apply Here .

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.

55th Annual National Student Research Forum (NSRF)

55th Annual National Student Research Forum (NSRF) to be held at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX on April 24th-25th, 2014 .

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, March 31, 2014: First day of Spring Quarter/graduate instruction.
  • Friday, April 18, 2014: Deadline to submit final study list (add/drop units).
  • March 24, 2014 - March 28, 2014: Spring break—no classes.
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014: Last Day of Spring Quarter
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 : School of Medicine Commencement

Student Development Guide

The extra 5% can make all the difference.

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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