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 and GOALIE 2019

The Graduate Life Office works with student volunteers to coordinate New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) and the annual Graduate Orientation And Lunch Information Event (GOALIE). 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 and GOALIE (link will be updated over the summer as events are planned).

Key events include:

  • President’s Reception: 9/19, 3:30pm – 5:00pm at the Lou Henry Hoover House
  • GOALIE Activities Fair: 9/20, 12:00pm-2:00pm at Canfield Courtyard (Law School)

September 15-21, 2019

SBSA First-Year Camping Trip

Don’t miss out 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 at Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Carpools will be organized and all supplies will be provided. Learn more about SBSA. Watch your email inbox for signup instructions and contact Tyler Benster ( or Alvin Han ( with any questions.

Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2019

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 16.

Monday, September 23 – Friday, November 15, MWF 10:30am-12:20pm. Locations vary.

On Mondays, free lunch is offered after class from 12:30-1:30pm – all first-year Biosciences PhD students are invited to join for lunch even if not enrolled in BIOS 200.

Biosciences PhD Lab Coat Ceremony & Dean’s Reception

Celebrate your transition to graduate studies with your new peers and department chairs. Family and friends are welcome to attend and cheer you on 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. View photos from the 2018 Lab Coat Ceremony on Facebook..

Monday, September 23, 2019; check-in at 4:00pm at LKSC Berg Hall.

Ceremony begins at 4:30pm. Reception to follow from 6:00-7:00pm on the LKSC Alumni Lawn, featuring drinks and light appetizers (dinner is not served at this event).

New Biosciences Student Orientation & Welcome Dinner

Hear perspectives on success in graduate school while enjoying dinner and conversation with fellow students, faculty, and administrators, hosted by Will Talbot, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. More details to be sent via email this summer.

Thursday, September 26, 2019; 5:00-7:00pm

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.

Thursday, October 3; 3:00-5:00pm, LKSC Lawn

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