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Biology Department Contacts:

Director of Graduate Studies — Jose Dinneny (; 650-724-2366)

Supports graduate students and faculty with departmental polices, requirements, and practices and helps resolve conflicts. The director evaluates special requests and petitions regarding program requirements.

Biology Student Services —  Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm in Gilbert 118 

The student services office supports students with questions and concerns regarding academics, finances, student activities, personal issues, etc.    

Helpful Stanford Resources for Students and Postdocs (from H&S Dean's Office) 

General University Resources:

Graduate Life OfficeProvides comprehensive and impartial guidance and information about all aspects of life as a graduate student. The Assistant Deans can help you with personal issues, roommate problems, family issues, health concerns, academic challenges, financial difficulties, etc.

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Academic Support & Policies


Confidential Resources

Family Life

Funding Resources

  • Graduate Cash Advance – Helps graduate students with expenses before their graduate financial support is posted to their student account and/or TA/RA salary is paid
  • Graduate Student Aid Fund – Assists with University fees (i.e., health services fee, health insurance)
  • Graduate Grant-in-Aid Funds – If graduate students experience an unexpected financial hardship (e.g., medical, legal), it is possible to apply for grant-in-aid (small grants, not loans)
  • Financial Aid Office – Information and application forms for federally subsidized student loans
  • Graduate Housing Loan – assists with move-in costs for off-campus housing
  • Opportunity Fund – assistance with expenses (including conference travel) for diversity and first-generation students (SUNet ID login required)
  • Biosciences Travel Grant Program – defray conference fees including registration, travel, lodging, and food
  • Student Budget – provides estimated expenses
  • Bechtel – provides information on on-campus employment, CPT, OPT, internships and tax information for international students
  • Student Financial Services – provides information about the bill, tax information, third party sponsor invoicing, etc.
  • Mind Over Money – free online financial literacy tool
  • School of Humanities & Sciences website – information about graduate awards & fellowships
  • VPGE – provides information about graduate fellowships
  • Gateway to Financial Activities – provides administrative resources (e.g., sign-up for direct deposit, tax treaty information)

Health and Wellness

International Students

Professional Development


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