First year Stanford Biosciences students in class

Incoming & New 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.

Orientation Announcements

Updated 09/24/2015

SBSA First-year camping trip

Bond with fellow classmates as you explore the beautiful California wilderness in Henry Coe State Park. September 18-20, 2015

Foundations in Experimental Biology (BIOS 200) 1st Class Session

This course is for first year Biosciences students (some programs are exempted). 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. September 21, 2015, 10:30am to 12:20pm


Hear perspectives on success in graduate school from distinguished speakers, then enjoy dinner and mingling with fellow students (new and continuing), faculty, and administrators. September 22, 2015, 5:00pm to 6:00pm at James H. Clark Center Auditorium, with dinner to follow from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the LKSC Lawn

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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. September 24, 2015, 4:30pm to 6:30pm on the Dean's Lawn


Enjoy lunch and meet your SBSA mentors and get your questions answered. September 25, 2015, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Dean's Lawn


Celebrate your transition to graduate studies with your family, new peers, and department chairs. September 30, 2015, 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the LKSC Berg Hall, with Deans Reception to follow from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on the LKSC Lawn

Gateway for New Graduate Students

Courtyard at Stanford

A resource for incoming graduate students to welcome, inform and connect to Stanford. Learn more

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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