Current Students

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

UPDATED 10/27/21

ARP Fall Emergency Grant Applications: Students who are experiencing an expense related to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition, and childcare) may complete an emergency grant application at To qualify for an emergency grant the student will have to meet the following criteria:

  •  Enrolled and degree seeking for Fall 2021 term

If eligible, the value of the grant will be for $500.

Domestic and Foreign Travel Guidelines.  Please review the  Travel Guidance and FAQs UPDATED 11/9/21 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, 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 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 reopening, but 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 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

***FYI: Due to COVID restrictions, 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

Friday, January 7
3:00 PM, Hybrid: Please contract Tracy Hintz for Webex link

"IL-17 and glucose: mechanisms of immunomodulation in the gut during intestinal inflammation and cancer"

Elise Pitmon
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Immunology Area of Concentration
PI: Dr. Kepeng Wang

Career Forums

Thursday, January 20, 2022
2:00 PM-Virtual

Todd Jensen
Field Application Scientists Manager for
Northeast and MidAtlantic
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Beyond the PhD is excited to welcome Todd Jensen, a manager of field application scientists in the Northeast and MidAtlantic for Thermo Fisher Scientific. These scientists provide training and support for our qPCR instruments and assays including all EUA approved COVID testing kits. Prior to this, Todd worked as a research technician, research associate 2, and laboratory manager at different labs in Connecticut. For the last 14 years, Todd has also taught as an adjunct instructor for human biology lecture courses.

Todd will be giving a virtual seminar about his career path on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. 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 

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