Current Students

***Student Resources and Helpful Links During The COVID-19 Pandemic***

UPDATED 4/13/21
Domestic and Foreign Travel Guidelines.  Please review the  Updated Guidance and FAQs regarding travel guidelines for both business and personal travel outside of Connecticut, including guidance for fully vaccinated, recently COVID positive, and not fully vaccinated employees. This information applies to Graduate Assistants as well as staff.  Additional information on the pandemic for employees can be found here

For the latest updates on UConn Health's Universal Mask Protocol for employees. learners, and visitors, click here.

Find the latest State-wide pandemic information on the State of Connecticut website:

**IMPT** If you are not feeling well and are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, 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.

The Graduate School: resources specific to Graduate education

COVID-19 and Graduate Education

COVID-19 FAQs for Graduate Education

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 is currently closed, so their Yoga and Pilates instructors have created virtual classes including Vinyasa Yoga, Morning Stretches, Pilates, Breathing Exercises, and Meditation.

Doggo Friday Blog - While the Doggo Friday therapy dogs are not able to visit campus right now, the library has started a fun blog to check in on some of our favorite furry friends

Additional Information and Guidance:

Questions about COVID-19? Need hep? Call our UConn Health COVID-19 Call Center: 860-679-3199

State of CT Travel Advisory- State of Connecticut information regarding travel outside of Connecticut

State of CT COVID-19 Portal- Daily updates for Connecticut, include statistics, press releases, executive orders, etc.

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.

CARES Act - Information regarding The Coronavirus Assistance, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act emergency funds for current UCONN students

All Graduate Students

Biomedical Science Ph.D. Students

***FYI: Walking Hours Are Temporarily CANCELLED Until Further Notice***
International Graduate Student and Scholar Walk-In Hours

Members of the UConn Health community with quick questions for the International Office are invited to drop-in during International Office Walk-In hours at a convenient location in the Academic Building.

Beginning Tuesday, October 29, an international advisor will be available each week on:

Tuesdays: 2 to 3 p.m. in Academic Building, Classroom B14 (AM013A)

Thursdays: 10 to 11 a.m. in Academic Building, Classroom B15 (AM011A)

Walk-in hours are 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.

*Please note there will be no walk-in hours on the weeks of major holidays

For more information, contact: Kaitlin Dornenburg/HR-International Office at

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Graduate Thesis Defense


Monday, July 26, 2021

Gabrielle Valles
PhD Thesis Defense
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Area of Concentration

"Substrate Specificity and Activation Dynamics of the Deubiquitinase USP7"

PI: Dr. Irina Bezsonova

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Mayte Restrepo
Public Health PhD Thesis Defense

"Armed Conflict, Intimate Partner Violence, and Women's Mental Health"

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Jessica Hensel
PhD Thesis Defense
Cell Biology Area of Concentration

"The Role of the Splice Factor Ptbp1 as a Promoter of Inflammation in the Arterial Endothelium"

PI: Dr. Patrick Murphy

Friday, July 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Arlene Grossman Auditorium, Cell and Genome Sciences Building

Emily Meredith
PhD Thesis Defense
Cell Biology Area of Concentration

"CD13 Regulates Protrusion Formation in Endothelial Cells"

PI: Dr. Linda Shapiro


Remote via WebEx:

Laura Doherty
DMD/PhD Thesis Defense
Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Area of Concentration

"Regenerative potential of periosteal progenitors"

PI: Dr. Archana Sanjay (

Monday, August 2, 2021

David Manz
DMD/PhD Thesis Defense
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Area of Concentration

"Iron Dysregulation in Cancer: Ovarian and Prostate"

PI: Dr. Suzy Torti

Friday, August 6, 2021

3:00 PM
Remote: contact Dr. Martinelli at

Matthew Sticco
PhD Thesis Defense
Neuroscience Area of Concentration

"Biochemical Analysis of the Synaptic Regulator C1QL3 and its Binding Partners"

PI: Dr. David Martinelli

Career Forums

Check your emails for info on ongoing NIH OITE weekly seminars

Check Back for Upcoming Events Later this Year
Stay Safe and Be Well!

Save the Date!

Thursday, August 5, 2021
38th Annual Graduate Student Research Day

Details coming soon!