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Mini-Courses Frequently Asked Questions

Mini Courses take place the last 3 weeks of Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarter. Do normal Add/Drop deadlines apply?

Graduate students: Mini-courses must be added to your schedule by the Final Study List Deadline each quarter. To add or drop a mini-course after the 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 eligibility and tuition questions please contact your SSA. International Students should also check with Bechtel International Center regarding any changes to course enrollment. Please also notify Monica Devlin (mkdevlin@stanford.edu) of your post-deadline changes, as the Office of Graduate Education would like to keep a record of mini-course enrollment changes.

When does registration open for postdocs?

Depending on course capacity, postdocs will be permitted to express interest in most Biosciences mini-courses each quarter; timelines vary by quarter and are advertised to the postdoc mailing lists. Expressing interest in a mini-course does not guarantee admission; space is limited and is at the discretion of each course instructor. If admitted to a mini-course, you will be notified approximately two weeks before the mini-course start date by the instructor or the Office of Graduate Education. When active, interest forms are available on the Mini-Courses Homepage.

When does registration open for current graduate students?

Registration opens in Axess the same day course registration opens for that quarter. Deadlines can be found on the academic calendar.

Is there a fee to take mini-courses?

There is no fee to take Biosciences mini-courses.

Graduate students should be aware of their tuition rate (8-10 unit rate or 11-18 unit rate) and contact their SSAs with any questions regarding tuition. 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).

I am neither a student nor a postdoc; can I take a mini-course?

Due to limited capacity, mini-courses are typically only available to matriculated graduate students and postdocs. Participation in each mini-course is at the discretion of the individual instructors/course directors.

I am a postdoc who was not admitted to a mini-course - is there a waitlist?

Due to limited capacity and an overwhelming interest in some courses there is no official postdoc waiting list in place. However, many mini-courses are repeated each year; the following year's mini-course schedule will be available each summer.

Can I enroll in more than one mini-course?

If space is available and time in your schedule permits, you are permitted to take more than one mini-course in the same quarter. Please note that these courses are highly intensive and you must be present for all scheduled class meetings.

I am student/postdoc and want to propose and teach a mini-course. What is the process?

Each spring, the Office of Graduate Education makes a call for proposals that is open to students, postdocs, and faculty. The application closes at the end of April. Please note, that students and postdocs must have a faculty co-Course Director to teach a mini-course.

The call for proposals will be posted on the Biosciences Announcements page and the Mini-Course Proposals page.

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