Current Students

Recent Updates and Info for Students:

REMINDER: Open Enrollment for Continuing Graduate Assistants and Postdoctoral Trainees

Open Enrollment is the time of year when continuing Graduate Assistants and Postdoctoral Trainees are able to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including changes for their eligible dependents, without a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment must be submitted by August 31, 2022, and will become effective September 1, 2022.

This is the only opportunity for continuing Graduate Assistants and Postdoctoral Trainees to change their current health insurance enrollment elections for the 2022-2023 academic year  (i.e. add/drop medical or dental, add/remove dependents, etc.) without a verified qualifying life event. If you do not wish to make any changes to your current enrollment, you do not have to take action; you will automatically be continued with your current selections.

Please email Charles Rowland at if you are a GA and wish to make adjustments to your current health insurance plans; he will refer you to the appropriate UConn Health Human Resources representative to move forward with your changes. Please do not contact HR at Storrs; your enrollment and changes are processed by UConn Health.

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

Domestic and Foreign Travel Guidelines.  Please review the  Travel Guidance and FAQs UPDATED 3/11/22 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.

**IMPT** 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.


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.

All Graduate Students

Biomedical Science Ph.D. Students

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Graduate Thesis Defenses

Friday, August 12
Noon, JAX GM 1405

Resolution of Cellular Heterogeneity in Bladder Aging and Cancer

Dylan Baker
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Genetics and Developmental Biology Area of Concentration
PI: Drs. George Kuchel and Paul Robson

Monday, August 15
1:00 PM, Edmund and Arlene Grossman Auditorium, Cell and Genome Sciences Building

Integrative transcriptomic analysis during human embryonic development

Tara Yankee
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Genetics and Developmental Biology Area of Concentration
PI: Dr. Justin Cotney

Upcoming Career Forums

Thursday, August 18, 2022
3:00 PM- Hybrid (registration required-see details below)

Career Path: Assistant Professor

Beyond the PhD is excited to welcome Dr. Vanessa Scanlon, an assistant professor in the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Biology at UConn Health.

Dr. Scanlon was born and raised in CT. She received a bachelor's degree in molecular cell biology and a second bachelor's degree in diagnostic genetic sciences, both from UConn, Storrs. She studied the process of fracture repair in her Ph.D. in the lab of Archana Sanjay, Ph.D., at UConn Health, and pursued postdoctoral training in hematopoiesis and long-term time lapse imaging in the lab of Diane Krause, MD, Ph.D., at Yale School of Medicine. She is passionate about science and strengthening the pipeline of underrepresented individuals to successful research careers. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, gardening, and star gazing.

Dr. Scanlon will be giving a hybrid seminar about her career path Thursday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m.

Registration for the event is free and is open to anybody interested. To attend, you must register using the link below. Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to students, faculty, and staff at UConn Health only. In-person attendees also must register using the link below and select “In-person Attendance” for your ticket option. The virtual portion of the event will be via our Zoom platform, and the in-person portion of the event will take place in the Low Learning Center.

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