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First-Year Students

All PhD students admitted to the Molecular Biology Program and Biological Chemistry Program who remain in good academic standing receive financial support including a fellowship ($29,130 for the 2020-2021 academic year, $29,714 for the 2021-2022 academic year), tuition waiver through the Tuition Benefit Program, and health insurance throughout their graduate training.


COVID-19 Information

Please contact the Bioscience Office if you have questions about changes about the current response to the COVID-19 Guidance from the University and Graduate School


Information for Graduate and Professional Students


A Hybrid Fall 2020 Semester


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 Calendar and Schedules

Fall 2020 Classes

The majority of Fall 2020 lecture and didactic courses will be online through Canvas with a combination of recorded and streamed lectures and IVC small group discussions through Zoom and other digital technology.

1st Half Monday, August 24 to Tuesday, October 13
Labor Day Monday, September 7
Fall Break Canceled
2nd Half Wednesday, October 14 to Thursday, December 3
Thanksgiving Break Thursday, November 26 to Friday November 27
Final Exam Week Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11

Spring 2021 Classes

1st Half Tuesday, January 19 to Tuesday, March 9
Martin Luther King Jr. Day  Monday, January 18
Presidents' Day Monday, February 15
2nd Half Wednesday, March 10 to Tuesday, April 27
Spring Break Canceled
Final Exam Week (Capstone Exams) April 29 - May 5 

Curriculum Page | Updated Academic Calendar 2020-21


Fall 2020 Lab Rotations

Fall 2020 Rotation Guidelines - Developed by the MB & BC Programs to promote quality rotation experiences for students and mentors at the University of Utah under Orange Alert Level conditions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lab rotations will be hybrid with limited in person interactions.

First Rotation Monday, August 31 to Tuesday, October 13
Rotation Verification Form Due: Friday, October 23
Rotation Report Due: Friday, October 23
Second Rotation Wednesday, October 14 to Wednesday, November 25
Rotation Verification Form Due: Friday, December 11
Rotation Report Due: Friday, December 11

Spring 2021 Lab Rotation

Third Rotation Tuesday, January 19 to Friday, March 12                                            
Rotation Verification Form Due: Friday, March 19
Rotation Report Due: Friday, March 19
Lab Commitments can begin Monday, March 15
Student join Thesis lab & Department May

2020-21 Lab Rotation Schedule Succeeding in Lab Rotations | Rotation Verification Form   



Health Insurance Information


2020-21 Providers are listed below.

Check out the Graduate Website for additional details: 



U of U Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan

Provider United Healthcare

Coverage is from 8/16/20 - 8/15/21

Student Insurance Plan.pdf


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 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).

Additional Support

We are encouraging students to take advantage of the Virtual Visit* capability, available through the HealthiestYou mobile app, or for more information through your UHCSR insureds have access at no charge, Uninsured students can also access this service for a $40 fee. HealthiestYou FAQ

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.


U of U Student Dental Insurance Plan

Provider EMI Health

Coverage is from 8/16/20 - 8/15/21     

Please Note: The .pdf is last year's health benefit plan. Your plan will be similar but not exactly as listed. 

              Student Dental/Vision Plan.pdf

               EMI Login Information


U of U Student Vision Insurance Plan

Provider EMI Health

Coverage is from 8/16/20 - 8/15/21

Please Note: The .pdf is last year's health benefit plan. Your plan will be similar but not exactly as listed. 

              Student Dental/Vision Plan.pdf

              EMI Login Information





Program Resources


 Frequent Forms


Bioscience PhD Program Policies and Requirements



Last Updated: 5/5/21