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First-Year Students

All PhD students admitted to the Molecular Biology Program and Biological Chemistry Program who remain in good academic standing receive financial support including a fellowship ($28,000 for the 2017-18 academic year), tuition waiver through the Tuition Benefit Program, and health insurance throughout their graduate training.

Calendar and Schedules

Fall 2017 Classes

1st Half Monday, August 21 to Friday, October 6
2nd Half Monday, October 16 to Thursday, December 7
Final Exam Week December 11 - 15

Spring 2018 Classes

1st Half Monday, January 8 to Tuesday, February 27
2nd Half Wednesday, February 28 to Tuesday, April 24
Final Exam Week April 26 - May 2

Academic Calendar 2017-18 | Curriculum Page


Fall 2017 Lab Rotations

First Rotation Monday, August 28 to Friday, October 20
Second Rotation Monday, October 23 to Friday, December 8

Spring 2018 Lab Rotation

Third Rotation Tuesday, January 16 to Friday, March 9

2017-18 Lab Rotation Schedule Succeeding in Lab Rotations | Rotation Verification Form   



Health Insurance Information


2017-18 Providers are listed below.



U of U Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan

Provider United Healthcare

Coverage is from 8/16/17-8/15/18

Student Insurance Plan.pdf


Town and Country Insurance

Coverage is from 9/1/17-8/31/18            

           Town and Country Providers


Town and Country Insurance 

Coverage is from 9/1/17-8/31/17





Program Resources


Upcoming First Year Dates:

  • Wednesday, August 16th: First Year MB/BC Orientation
  • Thursday, August 17th: MB Genetics Pretest
  • Friday, August 18th: Student Retreat
  • Monday, August 21st: First Day of Classes and in-person Radioactive Materials Safety class


 Frequent Forms


Bioscience PhD Program Policies and Requirements



Last Updated: 10/24/17