All PhD students admitted to the Molecular Biology Program and Biological Chemistry Program who remain in good academic standing will receive financial support including a fellowship / living stipend ($29,714 for the 2021-2022 academic year, expected to rise to $30,309 for 2022-2023), tuition waiver through the Tuition Benefit Program, and health insurance throughout their graduate training.
2021-22 Providers are listed below
Check out the Graduate Website for additional details: https://gradschool.utah.edu/tbp/insurance-information/
For specific benefits inquiries, please contact the individual insurance providers
Emotional-Support Help Line with Student Health Insurance
Optum is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line, providing access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19. Optum’s toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.
Covid-19 and Health Coverage
Access to Medical Care, Coverage
Members who feel like they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are being advised to immediately call their provider (The Student Health Center respectfully asks that before traveling to the clinic for symptoms such as high fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact them first at 801-581-6431). To find a network provider, visit www.uhcsr.com/MyAccount or their UHCSR mobile app.
UHCSR has waived the customary referral requirement for COVID-19 tests and/or treatment. Please call providers before visiting – not all healthcare providers are currently able to test for COVID-19, and in cases where they do have the capability, it is important to follow their protocol for visiting any healthcare facility. Please consider using virtual visit options first (see below).
We are encouraging students to take advantage of the Virtual Visit* capability, available through the HealthiestYou mobile app, or for more information through your www.uhcsr.com/MyAccount. UHCSR insureds have access at no charge, Uninsured students can also access this service for a $40 fee. HealthiestYou FAQ
Bioscience PhD Program Policies and Requirements
The Office of Admissions handles matriculation of incoming students.
250S Student Services Building
Toll-Free: (800) 685-8856
International Admissions office will assist with I-20 and other documentation needed for transition. Visit their website for additional information and instructions.
International students will also need to provide International Admissions with marksheets and/or transcripts, and/or diploma
Transcript & Verification Division Office
The Transcript & Verification Division Office can provide a variety of letters to verify student information. Frequently student loan deferments require verification of enrollment status.
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar handles Grades, Enrollments, Change of Graduate Classification, Leave of Absence, etc.
To register for classes, navigate to the University of Utah’s main webpage (www.utah.edu).
- Click on the “cis” icon in the bottom right corner of the page.
- If you are logging in for the first time your pin number is the month, day and year of your birth (e.g. 021668).
The Graduate School
Manages all resources and policies regarding graduate education at the Univerisity of Utah
Requirements for Doctoral Degrees can be found here:
- Dr. Araceli Frias, Assistant Dean for Diversity,
International Student & Scholar Services Office
Our International Student & Scholar Services office will assist international students with work permit letters to be provided to the Social Security Administration Office. They will also continue to assist with Visa status, Leave of Absence, summer and vacations semesters, etc.
Bldg. 53, Rm 410, 801-581-8876
Visit the Social Security Office (Suite 500, 175 East 400 South, Salt Lake City):
- Please take the following forms to the Social Security Administration Office:
- Completed Social Security Application, Form S-5
- Work Authorization Letter
- Offer Letter
- Original I-20
Tuition Benefit Program
Graduate students in the Molecular Biology Program and Biological Chemistry Program receive a tuition waiver from the Tuition Benefit Program. Students are required to remain eligible for this tuition waiver including full-time, matriculated status in good standing and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Please see the link for additional information.
The Tuition Benefit Program periodically sends emails to students with links that need to be followed to approve the tuition waiver.
Fellowship checks are directly deposited into your U.S. bank account on the 1st of each month (usually the first Monday of the month)
A voided bank check is needed to set up the direct-deposit set-up.
- If you want to open a UofU Credit Union bank account go to one of the following locations:
- School of Medicine (Bldg. 521), A level
- University Campus Store (Bldg. 67)
- Student Life Center (Bldg. 110)
International Students- Please note that stipends will not be disbursed until you have received your Social Security Card, have met with Tax Services, & have completed all required paperwork.
U of U Tax Services
Park Building, Room 411
Scholarship/Fellowship Awardees will not receive a W2 or other tax forms. Stipends are reported as income and should be reported on taxes.
Foreign individuals receiving a scholarship/fellowship need to complete the online software GLACIER and/or meet with Tax Services/Payroll Accounting to determine their tax status.
- Documentation required:
- Take I-94
- Social Security Card
International students will need to wait until they receive a tax document (1042S form) from the Tax Services office for income, likely mailed out at the end of February.
Income Accounting has information about tuition bill information including record and registration holds.
Financial Wellness Center
Providing education, guidance, and counseling in all matters of personal finance including taxes.
Students should get an “@utah.edu” e-mail account on the UofU web site through the CIS student portal. Visit “utah.edu” and follow the CIS link to complete this information.
*Please note: The Program Office as well as the University of Utah faculty and staff will be sending all official emails through your @utah.edu account.
Graduate students should go to the “U” Card Office and get a student ID. Ask for a card with “Prox access” or a card reader for building security
- “U” Card Offices:
- Hospital (Rm AC 143C)
- Student Union (Rm 225)
*Please note: Student ID cards and their associated benefits (e.g. public transit) will not be activated until the first day of classes.
International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Clearance
All graduate students are required to work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for one semester after the first year. Thus, the Bioscience PhD Program requires International Students to participate in the ITA Clearance workshop.
Students will receive more information from Diane Cotsonas (firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-585-6659), the ITA Program Manager.
Check University email regularly, including junk mail, to receive ITA Clearance communications.
311 South Fort Douglas Boulevard
Visit the Commuter Services website for information regarding free shuttles, parking permits, and parking locations:
Campus Map: http://map.utah.edu
Free Campus Shuttle: https://commuterservices.utah.edu/campus-shuttle/
Center for Disability & Access
The Disability Center approves and provides reasonable accomodations for students and strive to create an inclusive, safe and respectful environment.
Students who would like to start the process to request accommodations and become registered with CDA should call 801-581-5020 to set up an intake appointment.
University Counseling Center
Provides developmental, preventive and therapeutic services and programs that promote the intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social development of University of Utah students.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
Student Health Center
Student Health Services 555 Foothill Drive Level 1, Bldg. 685
If you are on Student Health Insurance, you will have to work with the Student Health Center for preapproval and scheduling for all medical care.
All students must provide proof of immunizations
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella).
- Some international students will also be screened for TB (Tuberculosis).
- Visit the Student Health Services to show proof of tests or to get vaccinated.
- More information about the Proof of Immunity requiremens can be found here: http://gradschool.utah.edu/graduate-catalog/proof-of-immunity/
Student Housing & Residential
The Learning Center
The Learning Center strives to empower University of Utah students to succeed in their college career and beyond
Free writing tutoring available for all University of Utah students from the first college level paper through dissertation and publication. See the Writing Center website for more information.