Incoming Students

Incoming 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.

Fall — Things you need to know

Updated 9/4/2014

Welcome Letter from Ken Hsu

Ken Hsu, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs Director of the Graduate Life Office, welcomes you to campus with some details on the coming week's schedule. Don't forget to download a copy of the New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO '14) brochure (PDF) as well as the Biosciences Orientation Flyer (PDF).

Foundations in Experimental Biology - BIOS 200

Don't forget to register! This course is for all first year Biosciences students and is divided into three 3-week cycles. During each cycle, students work in small teams and will be coached by faculty to develop an original research project and compose a brief written proposal explaining the research. The class meets Monday 10-11:50am, discussion sections meet 10-11:50am Wednesday and Friday. Lunch is provided following each Monday session. *Not required for Neuroscience, Biophysics, BMI, and BioE students. For more information contact your Student Services Administrator. Enrollment opens August 1, 2014.

SBSA First Year Camping Trip

For all first-year School of Medicine graduate students. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz, Calif. September 19-21, 2014.

Fall Orientation Dinner

Enjoy a dinner with faculty and students, and engage in small group discussions on topics including transitioning from undergrad to grad school, choosing rotations and a thesis lab, and keys to success. At the Li Ka Shing Center. Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

SBSA Poster Session and Happy Hour

The Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) Fall Poster Session is open to all graduate students and postdocs. This poster session is a great way to explore the wide range of research projects going on in the Stanford School of Medicine. Stop by for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and discussions with your fellow Bioscience graduate students. At the Deans Lawn. September 25, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

SBSA 1st Mentorship Lunch

The Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) 1st-year mentorship program offers you the opportunity to be paired with a more senior biosciences student who will meet with you at least once per quarter to discuss classes, rotations, and the process of choosing a thesis lab. Lunch for these meetings will be provided by SBSA. Take advantage of this great opportunity, and get valuable advice and free lunches! Sign up on the link above. September 29, 2014 and October 1, 2014.

Lab Coat Ceremony and Deans Reception

Participate in a ceremony for presentation of lab coats—symbolizing the transition to becoming a researcher— followed by a class photo and Deans Reception. At the Li Ka Shing Center. Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. Register and send lab coat size by Friday, July 25th, 2014. Share that you've registered with #stanfordbiosciences!

Academic Calendar

  • Monday, September 22, 2014: First day of Autumn Quarter/graduate instruction.
  • Friday, October 10, 2014: Deadline to submit final study list (add/drop units).
  • December 15, 2014-January 4, 2015: Winter break—no classes.

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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