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UCH Grad School Newsletter

Learn more about UCH Grad School programs in our latest Newsletter: UCH Grad School Newsletter__Sept 2023

Recent Updates and Info for Current Students

New Off Campus Housing Resource

UConn Health does not have on-campus housing available on our campus.  However, the University’s Off-Campus Housing Office has a new section to search for housing in the UConn Health campus area of Farmington and beyond. Visit for more information!

The Roommate Finder section is also active, and is a password protected site where students can log in using their NetID to search for roommates.

Roommate Finder Info.pdf

Schafer Study Rooms Available for All UConn Health Graduate Degree Program Students

The Schafer Study Rooms (located adjacent to our campus library, on the basement level of the Academic Entrance) are available to all UConn Health graduate level students, including Biomedical Science PhD and MPH students.

These study rooms are available 24/7; students must use their UConn Health badge to gain entry to the rooms.

Your badge should be active for use of these rooms. If you find that your badge does not grant access to the rooms, please contact Ms. Teri Shiel, Head of User Services at the UConn Health campus library (email:; ext. 4108) for assistance.

UCH International Office Walk-In Advising in Main Building on Thursdays

The International Office at UConn Health will resume their weekly walk-in advising for international students and scholars in the main building on Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Walker Conference Room (room AG070, just down the hall from The Graduate School Office suite on the Ground floor of the main building). Walk-in advising is meant for quick questions (5-10 minutes). Examples of walk-in services include: travel advice, I-20/DS-2019 signatures, document drop-off, etc. If you have an issue requiring a more in-depth discussion, please contact the HR – International Office to make an appointment (Kaitlin Dornenburg, email:; phone: 860-679-4472) .

Student Resources and Helpful Links Regarding COVID

UConn Health's Masking Protocol has been updated as of 6/27/23; masking is now optional in most areas of the campus, with some exceptions. See revised guidelines for masking.

Travel Guidelines - Updated 10/24/22: Travel guidelines for both business and personal travel outside of Connecticut. This information applies to Graduate Assistants as well as staff.

Important: If you are not feeling well and are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have COVID-19 related questions, call our UConn Health COVID-19 Call Center: 860-679-3199 to report your symptoms and get further instruction. Do not come into school or the lab if you are not feeling well. Additional guidance can be found here.

UConn Health Support Services and Wellbeing

Student Behavioral Health Service - Free and confidential mental health services, counseling, and resources

Ombuds Office - Confidential, informal, independent, and impartial assistance to individuals through dispute resolution and problem-solving methods

Virtual Group Exercise Classes - The Wellness Center has reopened, but their Yoga and Pilates instructors have also created virtual classes including Vinyasa Yoga, Morning Stretches, Pilates, Breathing Exercises, and Meditation.

Additional Information and Guidance

State of CT COVID-19 Portal - Last updated June 2023, this CT Department of Public Health site provides FAQs and helpful links to State and Federal information.

CDC Travel Guidance - Guidance for planning domestic and international travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NIH Office of Intramural Education and Training - The OITE has provided recordings of their recent sessions and pre-recorded panel discussions and interviews that trainees can access online covering a wide variety of topics.

One-Time Federal Student Loan Debt Relief Program

Students who have federal student loan debt may be eligible to apply for one-time debt relief as part of the Biden-Harris Administration student debt relief plan.  For more information on the program, including qualification and application details, please visit the government's One-Time Federal Student Loan Debt Relief page. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2023.

For All Graduate Students

For Biomedical Science Ph.D. Students

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Graduate Thesis Defenses

Wednesday, September 20th
2:00 PM, Grossman Auditorium, CGSB 

Regulation of Atherosclerotic Plaque Immune Cell Composition by Endothelial Ptbp1 and Elavl1

Sarah-Anne Nicholas
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Cell Biology Area of Concentration

PI: Dr. Patrick Murphy

Upcoming Career Forums

Cracking the Code to Interview Success
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
4:00 PM ET- Virtual (registration required-see details below)

Interview preparation is crucial when it comes to securing a position. It allows candidates to showcase their skills, knowledge, and suitability for the role with confidence. Adequate preparation helps individuals anticipate and answer potential interview questions effectively, enabling them to highlight their strengths and address any weaknesses. Researching the company or university, understanding the responsibilities, and practicing common interview scenarios can greatly enhance an individual's chances of success. Moreover, preparation instills a sense of preparedness and self-assurance, enabling candidates to present themselves as capable and professional during the interview process. Ultimately, investing time and effort into interview preparation significantly increases the likelihood of landing the desired job. Join Beyond the PhD and partner, Amy Aines, as she leads an informative virtual workshop on “Cracking the Code to Interview Success.” This workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 25th at 4PM ET. Registration for the event is free and is open to anybody interested. To attend the event, you must register using the link below.

For recordings of previous career seminars & workshops, career blog posts, and more from this student-led group, check out their website:

For more information, contact: Rachel Gilmore at