Incoming Students

Incoming & First-Year Students

Welcome to Stanford and the Biosciences community!

The entire Biosciences community is excited to have you at Stanford. Your training as a graduate student and person is our top priority, and this site features several resources to aid your transition to graduate school. The information below will provide you with key links and dates each academic quarter. You are encouraged to also consult the events calendar for current information on academic programs, seminars, thesis defenses, and social gatherings.

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

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

Academic Calendar

Calendar listing important registration and academic deadlines.


OGE Workshops

Goal Setting
and Time Management

Skill Development Workshop: Goal Setting and Time Managment: Graduate Students face many pulls on their time, with short-term deadlines and on going responsibilities. Start your year off with a positive attitude, goals, and productive work habits. October 28, 2013

Student/Advisor Relationship

Skill Development Workshop: How to make the most of the Student/Advisor Relationship: You have them. Your advisor has them. Take those expecatations and learn how to talk about them with your mentor and make the most of your relationship. November 11, 2013

Advice and Guidance from the 2013 Orientation

A recap by Inside Stanford Medicine of the themes and lessons from the 2013 graduate student orientation, which welcomed 126 new students to the Biosciences program.


Graduate Life Office Director Ken Hsu welcomes you to New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO). Be sure to download the NGSO Brochure/Schedule.

Events Calendar

Check often to make keep up with the latest special events, seminars and schedules.

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