Incoming & New Students

Welcome to Stanford and the Biosciences community!

These pages provide information about upcoming orientation events and resources for navigating the transition to graduate school. You are encouraged to consult the events calendar for workshops, seminars, thesis defenses, and social gatherings, and refer to the Graduate Student Gateway for answers to all of your questions related to housing, financial aid, and other aspects of graduate student life.

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


NGSO 2020

The Graduate Life Office works with student volunteers to coordinate New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO). All graduate students are invited to attend and receive information on resources available to graduate students. Participants include student affairs offices, central university offices, and graduate student groups. Learn more about NGSO. 
(link will be updated over the summer as events are planned).

August 30 – September 11, 2020

SBSA First-Year Camping Trip

Stay tuned for more information on this first year PhD student tradition, organized by the Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA)! Bond with fellow classmates as you explore the beautiful California wilderness. Carpools will be organized and all supplies will be provided. Learn more about SBSA. Details about plans for the trip will be provided as available.

Dates TBA Spring 2021

Foundations in Experimental Biology (BIOS 200)

BIOS 200 is required for many first year Biosciences students – check with your department or home program if you’re unsure whether or not you should enroll. Students are coached by faculty and by peer feedback to develop an original, two-page research proposal and an oral presentation. Skills emphasized include: 1) reading for breadth and depth; 2) developing compelling, creative arguments; 3) communicating with the spoken and written word; 4) working in groups or teams. Please enroll via Axess by September 4th.

Monday, September 14 – Friday, October 23, MWF 10:30am-12:20pm. Online.

Biosciences PhD Lab Coat Celebration

Celebrate your transition to graduate studies as you receive your personalized lab coat (watch for an email this summer requesting your coat size!). This event is co-sponsored by the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association, and the Office of the Dean.

Details TBA

New Biosciences Student Orientation

Hear perspectives on success in graduate school, hosted by the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, Sheri Krams. More details to be sent via email closer to the event.

Wednesday, September 16th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm PT, via Zoom

Biosciences Activities Fair

Join SBSA, BioAIMS, and the Office of Graduate Education for an Activities and Resources Fair, showcasing student organizations and resources from across the School of Medicine and the wider Stanford campus.

Details TBA

SBSA Poster Session and Happy Hour

This poster session is a great way to explore the wide range of graduate student research projects across the Stanford Biosciences. Stop by for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and discussions with your fellow Bioscience graduate students. This event is hosted by SBSA.

Details TBA