Current Students

Recent Updates and Info for Students

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.

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 - 3:30 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 During the COVID-19 Pandemic

UConn Health's Masking Protocol has been updated as of 10/17/22: 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 - Daily updates for Connecticut, include statistics, press releases, executive orders, etc.

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.

For All Graduate Students

For Biomedical Science Ph.D. Students

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Graduate Thesis Defenses

Monday, November 21
2:00 PM, Cell and Genome Science Building

Modelling glucocorticoid response in hPSC-derived neural cultures

Olusegun Babaniyi
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Genetics and Developmental Biology Area of Concentration
PI: Dr. Jonathan Covault

Monday, November 21
3:00 PM, Low Learning Center

The Role of TRPM2 in Ischemic Stroke Doctoral field of study: Biomedicine

Pengyu Zong
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Neuroscience Area of Concentration
PI: Dr. Lixia Yue

Upcoming Career Forums

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
3:00 PM- Virtual (registration required-see details below)

Career Path: Stem Cell Engineer

Beyond the PhD is excited to welcome Dr. Vincent Truong, Co-Founder & COO of Anatomic Incorporated. He is a stem cell biologist by training and currently develops cell based assays using human induced pluripotent stem cell derived neurons for neurological drug discovery and toxicology. When he isn’t in the lab, he is traveling to conferences and setting up collaborations with leading academic labs and biotech companies. Dr. Truong will be giving a virtual seminar about his career path on Tuesday, November 29th at 3PM 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