Mini-Courses Overview

These intensive, one to three week, interdisciplinary courses taught by faculty, postdocs, and students allow participants to enhance their education without requiring a full quarter’s commitment. Mini Courses address topics of high visibility and interest to the Biosciences community and utilize innovative approaches to learning, teaching, and research. In particular, Mini Courses provide opportunities to develop a broad range of scientific and professional skills, to engage in rigorous and responsible research, to promote diversity & inclusion, and to enhance career preparation.

Graduate students should enroll for Mini Courses by the deadlines on the University Academic Calendar. To add or drop mini-courses after the quarterly deadline, or to petition to adjust research units, first discuss with your PI and your Student Services Administrator (SSA). Then complete the Petition to Change Course Enrollment (Graduate Students). For other eligibility and tuition questions please contact your SSA. International Students should also check with Bechtel International Center regarding any changes to course enrollment.

Mini-Course Registration Instructions

Note for postdocs regarding Mini Courses: Postdocs are invited to express interest in attending mini-courses each quarter. Because space is limited, submitting an interest form does not guarantee your participation. You will receive a separate confirmation email if you have been admitted to a mini-course. There are no fees to take these courses, and postdocs do not receive units of credit or certificates of participation. For more information, visit the Mini-Course FAQ

Teaching a Mini-Course

Students can also go on to teach their own Mini Course if they get a Faculty member to be the Course Director. To learn more about this opportunity at  Faculty Mini Course Info

Mini-Courses — Autumn 2021

Course Title
BIOS 203 Market Design and Field Experiments for Health Policy and Medicine
BIOS 204 Practical Tutorial on the Modeling of Signal Transduction Motifs
BIOS 207 Just Enough Software Engineering
BIOS 209 CTS200-Statistical Design of Experiments for Bioscience
BIOS 214 The Art of Science Communication for Graduate Students and Postdocs
BIOS 215 Stanford SKY Campus Happiness Retreat
BIOS 277 Prions in Health & Disease
BIOS 287 Proteostatis: guarding the proteome in health and disease
BIOS 290 Preparation & Practice: Law

Mini-Courses — Winter 2022


Course Title
BIOS 206 Matrix Methods for Dynamic Models and Data Analysis
BIOS 231 Public Speaking Bootcamp: How to Give a Stronger Presentation
BIOS 274 Introductory Python Programming for Genomics

Mini-Courses — Spring 2022

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