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Money Matters

The 2021-2022 annual stipend is $32,500.  Stipend payments are disbursed the last working day of each month.  You will receive an email notification from HR on how to set-up direct deposit once entered into the payroll system.  If your direct deposit isn’t set-up in time, you will be notified via e-mail when checks are available to be picked up from the DBBS Division Office.

To ensure that you receive your first stipend paycheck, make certain to check in with a DBBS Finance Coordinator to complete the required payroll documents as soon as you arrive.  PIF documents must be completed and submitted no later than the following dates:  June 12, July 10, August 10.

The amount of your first stipend check will be prorated according to your start date.  For more information regarding stipend payments and possible tax implications please visit https://financialservices.wustl.edu/wfin-topic/payroll/tax-issues-fellowship-stipend-recipients/​.

International Students:

Please visit the WUSTL Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) webpage for important information.  Prior to orientation, questions concerning your VISA should be directed to Bridget Coleman at 314-935-8753 or bridgetcoleman@wustl.edu​.  International students must go to the OISS located on the Danforth campus to check-in before coming to the Division office.  Please make certain to bring all appropriate original documentation when you meet with the OISS representative. 

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Deadlines

Intent to Graduate Form must be filed:

October 30, 2020 for January 10, 2021 Graduation
December 17, 2020 for May 21, 2021 Graduation

Final Dissertation must be electronically submitted to the Graduate School (in its final form, all edits corrected):
January 5, 2021 for January 10, 2021 Graduation

April 26, 2021 for May 21, 2021 Graduation​

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DBBS COVID-19 Course Instruction Policies

DBBS COVID-19 Course Instruction Policies 7-2020.pdfDBBS COVID-19 Course Instruction Policies 7-2020.pdf

I. ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The Arts & Sciences spring 2021 academic calendar has been revised in response to feedback from students.  Please note the inclusion of "welness days" and "study days".  There will not be traditional spring break due to concerns about an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 because of travel-related activities.

The Provost and The Graduate School have indicated that all DBBS courses must follow this calendar:

Spring 2021 Semester:

  • ​Classes Start: (T) January 25, 2021
  • Wellness Days - No Classes, Assignments, or Assessments:
    • (T) March 2
    • (W) March 3
    • (W) April 12
  • Last Day of Classes: (T) May 4, 2021
  • Final Exams: (F-Th) May 7-13, 2021

​Additional Study Days:  Following A&S guidance, DBBS spring course directors are strongly encouraged to designate 1-2 additional "study days" in which your class will not meet.

​​​This calendar applies to all DBBS courses and journal clubs that students register for through WebSTAC. Fall 2020 DBBS courses may not start earlier than September 14, 2020 or end later than December 18, 2020. Spring DBBS courses may not start earlier than January 25, 2021 or end later than May 6, 2021.

II. COURSE DELIVERY MODE

  • Medical Campus: Medical campus activities that do not involve direct patient care or clinical education, including DBBS courses and journal clubs, should be conducted remotely while significant COVID-19 community transmission persists. In-person class meetings on the Medical Campus must be approved by the DBBS Associate Dean for Graduate Education and should have educational objectives that necessitate in person education. (See section III for more information.)
  • Danforth Campus: DBBS courses that meet on the Danforth campus will follow policies and guidelines established for that campus.
  • All DBBS courses must make high-quality, interactive remote instruction available for students and instructors in quarantine, high-risk groups, or who otherwise cannot come to campus.

The WU Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and DBBS will host a variety of training opportunities on remote teaching and educational technologies. CTL staff are available to consult with instructors on remote course design.

Regardless of the delivery mode, all DBBS courses should follow these Arts & Sciences instructional policies:

1)    Canvas – All DBBS courses should: (i) be published in Canvas with a syllabus; (ii) ensure all digital course content is accessible in Canvas (may be hosted elsewhere, but linked in Canvas); and (iii) ensure course-wide communication is available through Canvas.

2)    Student Interaction – All DBBS courses should create opportunities for both synchronous and asynchronous interaction between students and instructor(s) as well as among students themselves.

3)    Access to Instructor for Academic Support – All DBBS instructors should hold weekly office hours or an equivalent help session that is open to all students. Office hours may be held online.

4)    Course Policies and Procedures – All DBBS instructors should consider building flexibility into course policies and procedures to manage potential disruptions due to COVID-19. Any flexibility should be explicitly communicated to students so that they understand how potential disruptions will be handled. Such flexibility might include an option for completing the course asynchronously, the opportunity to make-up assignments after missed deadlines, or the potential to drop the lowest grade on a set of assignments.

5)    Accommodations – All DBBS instructors should ensure that students receive their approved accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).

6)    Syllabi – All DBBS instructors should upload their syllabi into Syllabi Central and submit a syllabus by email to dbbscurriculum@wustl.edu by the first day of the semester.

A syllabus is more than a course calendar; it provides a comprehensive overview of the course, including: (i) course information and logistics, (ii) instructors and contact information, (iii) course description, learning objectives, and prerequisite knowledge, (iv) required materials, texts, and supplies, (v) grading and assessment metrics, (vi) assignments and exams, (vii) course policies, (viii) university policies, and (ix) resources for students.

DBBS instructors are encouraged to use the WU Center for Teaching and Learning syllabus template.

III. USE OF MEDICAL CAMPUS CLASSROOM SPACE

Medical campus classroom space should only be used when in-person instruction is educationally necessary and has been approved by the DBBS Associate Dean for Graduate Education. An on-campus class meeting is educationally necessary when the learning objectives cannot be achieved in a remote delivery mode (whether synchronous or asynchronous). Instructors must demonstrate that the educational benefit to students will outweigh the risk of viral transmission incurred by congregating in a classroom while community transmission of COVID-19 persists.

DBBS Course Directors wanting to hold on-campus class sessions must email Associate Dean Robyn Klein (rklein@wustl.edu) by July 20, 2020 to explain the educational necessity.

After receiving approval for on-campus class sessions, a DBBS course may meet on the Medical campus only when the following conditions are met:

1)    Operations Level Medical campus research operations level must be Yellow or Green.  

2)    Physical Distancing Efforts must be made to create spacing of chairs, tables, computers, etc such that occupants remain at least 6 feet apart in all directions from other individuals. 

3)    Health Screening – All students and instructors must follow current Medical campus health screening guidelines prior to entering campus.

4)    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – All occupants in a room should wear a cloth mask or surgical/isolation mask whenever multiple people are present. 

Food – Communal food should not be served during DBBS education activities on the Medical Campus.

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Classes and Instruction

The Arts & Sciences spring 2021 academic calendar has been revised in response to feedback from students.  Please note the inclusion of "welness days" and "study days".  There will not be traditional spring break due to concerns about an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 because of travel-related activities.

The Provost and The Graduate School have indicated that all DBBS courses must follow this calendar:

Spring 2021 Semester:

  • ​Classes Start: (T) January 25, 2021
  • Wellness Days - No Classes, Assignments, or Assessments:
    • (T) March 2
    • (W) March 3
    • (W) April 12
  • Last Day of Classes: (T) May 4, 2021
  • Final Exams: (F-Th) May 7-13, 2021
Additional Study Days:  Following A&S guidance, DBBS spring course directors are strongly encouraged to designate 1-2 additional "study days" in which your class will not meet.

Course Delivery Mode:

·         Medical Campus: Medical campus activities that do not involve direct patient care or clinical education, including DBBS courses and journal clubs, should be conducted remotely while significant COVID-19 community transmission persists. In-person class meetings on the Medical Campus must be approved by the DBBS Associate Dean for Graduate Education and should have educational objectives that necessitate in person education. (See section III for more information.)

·         Danforth Campus: DBBS courses that meet on the Danforth campus will follow policies and guidelines established for that campus.

High-quality, interactive remote instruction will be available in all courses for students in quarantine or who cannot come to campus.  Instruction may occur in a synchronously, asynchronously or in a hybrid manner.  Your instructors will be communicating with you about how their courses will be delivered.

DBBS courses will use the Canvas learning management system or will be meeting through Zoom video conferencing. Be sure to orient yourself to these systems. Please check your email and Canvas Announcements regularly for the latest information. If you haven’t already, turn on email notifications for Canvas Announcements.

Click here for more information about WashU’s Learning Remotely Student Resources.

Becker Library has established off–campus proxy login access for all DBBS students; click here for access.  You can also email AskBecker@wustl.edu to troubleshoot access to library resources.

Please note that there will be no risk of losing course credit while your course meets remotely. While we attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus, we also want to ensure that student training remains on track.

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Journal Clubs

Journal Clubs that are curricular requirements must move to an electronic format, such as Zoom.  All other informal Journal Clubs and/or similarly planned events are encouraged to move to an electronic format.

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Student Organizations and Community Gatherings Policy
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BIOL 5011: Ethics Research and Science

Due to WashU COVID-19 online learning policies, the DBBS course Ethics and Research Science (BIOL 5011) was cancelled in Spring 2020.

New Course Schedule: The course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11am for the July 13-August 13 term (online using Zoom and Canvas). Registration is now closed. Please contact Dr. Tristan McIntosh (t.mcintosh@wustl.edu) or Janie Henderson (janiehenderson@wustl.edu) with questions.

NIH RCR Requirements: DBBS has received guidance from NIH that 8 hours of interactive online instruction will fulfill the Responsible Conduct of Research requirement for trainees under the special circumstances of COVID-19 (see below). This include instruction delivered through Canvas and Zoom, which requires students to thoughtfully engage with course material and to interact online with one another and faculty. PIs of NIH T32s and fellowships are encouraged to contact their Program Officers to notify them of the change in course timing (and course format, if applicable).

How will NIH support a recipient’s need to limit in-person meetings for the sole purpose of instruction/training due to COVID-19?

NIH will allow for special circumstances for trainings and instruction that typically require in-person attendance, such as training in the responsible conduct of research (NIH GPS 11.3.3.5). Training can be completed online during this declared public health emergency. Prior approval is not required in these specific cases.”​

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FAQs

Q:  What if I do not have reliable computer and/or internet access?
A: We know that some of our students have limited access to high-quality, high-speed internet services at home. If you have concerns about your internet access, please call 314-935-8300 or 888-234-2863 and listen to the menu options to learn how to access technical support. Click here for additional information on internet service and connectivity.

Q: Are DBBS students also supposed to call Student Health on Danforth Campus, or are we supposed to go to Student Health Services on the WUSM Campus?
A: Please refer to http://coronavirus.wustl.edu as information and directives can change.

Q: What is considered academic travel? What about travel funds?
A: Please refer to http://coronavirus.wustl.edu​.

Q: Where can I find the list of affected countries and travel restrictions?
A: Please refer to http://coronavirus.wustl.edu​.

Q: Am I allowed to be on campus? Can I go into my lab?
A: Please refer to http://coronavirus.wustl.edu​.  You may also contact Robyn Klein or Cami Spampani if further direction is needed.

Q: Will Commencement be affected?
A: Yes. The WUSTL 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been cancelled as of March 16, 2020. Please click here for the Chancellor’s message.

Q: I work at an offsite facility. Who do I contact to find out if my facility will be open?
A: Please refer to http://coronavirus.wustl.edu​.  You may also contact Robyn Klein or Cami Spampani​ if further direction is needed.

Q: How can I be sure I’m keeping up with the latest information?
A: Always check http://coronavirus.wustl.edu​ first.  DBBS will also be sharing information via email and through social media feeds.

Q: What do I do if my PI is asking me to come into the lab?
A: Although most all University research has been ramped down, some functions may still be necessary. (Please see the Washington University Emergency Management website for the latest information on lab research scaleback - http://coronavirus.wustl.edu.  You may be required to help with essential lab continuity.  The university defines essential personnel as the faculty and staff who are required to report to their designated work location and to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency or when the university has suspended or altered normal operations.  Extra precautions should be in place to ensure the safety of lab personnel.  Shift work, social distancing and heightened cleaning measures should be in place.

If you feel you are being asked to perform non-essential work or if you do not feel safe with your lab conditions, please contact Dr. Robyn Klein (rklein@wustl.edu) or Cami Spampani (cjeliti@wustl.edu) directly.

Q: What can I do if I am experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19?
A: Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing support to members of our community who are facing unexpected financial burdens as a result of our transition to virtual instruction and shifting regulations relating to life on campus. To that end, the Office for Student Success, in collaboration with University management and Student Financial Services, is coordinating efforts to provide emergency funding in order to offset such unexpected costs. The Covid-19 Emergency Fund will be available to support students who incur costs between Monday, March 16 and Friday, May 15, 2020. After that point, we will reassess the funding needs that students have articulated and may transition back to our usual funding operations made available through the Student Success Fund.

Any student regardless of  academic affiliation or location from which they are finishing the semester may submit a request. We will consider every request on a case-by-case basis and work to provide as much support as we are able through institutional funds coordinated by the Office for Student Success and University management. Students may submit requests that relate to the unexpected transition or to cost of living expenses that have arisen as a result of WashU’s shift to an online instructional platform. Students are also able to submit requests that encompass reimbursements for costs incurred as a result of the unexpected changes to individuals’ living and work situations. Each request, even those from repeat applicants, will be considered individually as we understand that this situation is ever-evolving.​ 

Website: https://studentsuccess.wustl.edu/signature-programs/funds/covid-19-emergency-funding/.

Point of Contact in OSS: lucy.w.chin@wustl.edu​

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Ethics and Research Sciences, Responsible Conduct of Research and HIPAA

Entering students are informed of the Washington University Graduate School Academic Integrity Policy and the Research Integrity Policy for Washington University.

All entering students must complete three on-line compliancy requirements. Questions regarding these requirements may be directed to the Division Privacy Liaison (314-362-3362).

*HIPAA 101 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

HIPAA is a federally mandated act that gives healthcare providers guidelines for maintaining the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI). The training and privacy policies that Washington University developed, ensure that our organization complies with HIPAA. As a graduate student working in clinical departments at a medical school, students need to be aware of the HIPAA guidelines and implications to your research.

 *EH&S Initial Lab Safety Training Curriculum (Environmental Health & Safety)

 *PERCSS (Program for Ethical Conduct of Science & Scholarship)
Two part requirement (verbal overview session during orientation and on-line compliancy module)

Students entering 6th year in program will be required to repeat the on-line PERCSS module 

All second-year Division students are required to complete the course, BIO 5011 Ethics and Research Science, which explores ethical issues which research scientists encounter in their professional activities. Case study, scenario presentations and small group discussions provide the focus of the course.

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Academic Integrity

All students must read and understand the principles of academic conduct described in the Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students which each student receives upon matriculation. Failure to abide by these principles can have serious consequences. The policy describes offenses that violate academic integrity and the procedure to be followed where there appears to be misconduct. University policy does not allow individual faculty members, departments, divisions, or students to adjudicate charges of integrity violations at the course or departmental level. Allegations of academic integrity infractions must be filed in writing with the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Entering Division students also receive the Washington University Student Conduct Code​, describing the University’s judicial system and the procedures for filing complaints, and for adjudicating violations.

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Do you accept students during the spring semester?

We only offer enrollment for the fall semester. To obtain admission to one of the 13 graduate programs in the Division, you must apply to DBBS. Our online application is available starting in early September, and the deadline for applying is December 1st.

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Resources for Student Concerns
  • Academic:  Student performance is evaluated by multiple mechanisms: faculty evaluate student performance in their courses;  research rotation mentors complete evaluations at the end of lab rotation; thesis mentors complete evaluations at the end of each semester; dissertation advisory committees complete evaluations after each thesis meeting (which take place every 12 months, or more frequently if required by the program); MTE supervisors complete evaluations at the end of the MTE experience; and program advising committees provide evaluations to pre-thesis proposal students at the end of each semester.  In addition, programs may require periodic evaluation for senior students or those who are otherwise achieving borderline academic progress.  Academic progress concerns are first reviewed by the Program Director and, if necessary, the Program Steering Committee.  If the Program Director and Steering Committee cannot resolve the concern and it involves DBBS policy, it can be taken to the Programs and Student Affairs Committee of DBBS, chaired by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education (currently Steven Mennerick).  Other academic concerns can be taken to Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Interim Dean, or Angela Wilson, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Research Integrity: Concerns regarding research integrity that cannot be clarified in the laboratory should be taken to the Vice Chancellor for Research (Jennifer Lodge). http://www.wustl.edu/policies/research.html
  • Academic Integrity: Issues of academic integrity that cannot be satisfactorily resolved should be brought to the attention of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School (Angela Wilson). 
  • Other: For all other concerns, University policies can be found on the University web site.  http://graduateschool.wustl.edu/policies-and-guides​
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Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

1. Non-Discrimination. Washington University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability (https://hr.wustl.edu/items/discrimination-harassment-policy). A complaint on the grounds of alleged sexual discrimination may subsequently be appealed to the Title IX Coordinator, Campus Box 1167, Washington University. If further satisfaction is desired, appeal may be made to the Title IX Grievance Committee.


2. Sexual Harassment. Washington University policy states that members of the University community can expect to be free from all forms of sexual harassment. Students, faculty, staff or outside organizations working on campus are urged to actively support this policy. For more information contact the Title IX Coordinator​ at 935-3118.  Please visit http://www.wustl.edu/policies/sexharas.html for the complete policy on sexual harrassment. Graduate student complaints regarding sexual harassment issues may also be addressed to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.​ 

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Laboratory Rotations

Students usually participate in three laboratory rotations before selecting a thesis mentor. Rotations can range widely and may even cross programs. Research rotations are designed to expose the student to new research approaches and different laboratory environments. Significant research accomplishment is not required for a successful rotation. Typical rotations last two to four months. Students who have already conducted research in a laboratory at Washington University are normally prohibited from conducting rotation research in their former lab.

Assistance with identifying appropriate rotation laboratories is available from academic advisers and program steering committees. Students wishing to rotate with a faculty member who is not affiliated with DBBS must receive approval from their program director prior to starting the rotation. Students write a brief description of the rotation project and their objectives prior to beginning the rotation, using page one of the Rotation Report Form. After each rotation, students meet with their rotation adviser to discuss their performance during the rotation. The adviser writes an evaluation for the student’s record, and the student completes the second page of the rotation report form, which evaluates their experience in the laboratory.

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Introduction

The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences is a degree program of Washington University’s Graduate School. The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) is responsible for graduate education in the biomedical and biological sciences at Washington University. DBBS is organized into 13 academic programs, each representing a different scientific area. Students receive current guidelines for these programs upon matriculation, and periodic updates as changes occur. Those guidelines provide students with policies, procedures, and requirements specific to the academic program in which they are enrolled. This document consists of the policies and procedures that apply to the graduate education of all Division students, regardless of their program affiliation. The hallmark of the Division is flexibility, and students should always feel free to explore the possibility of individualizing their programs where appropriate.

The Division presently includes over 500 faculty; ~475 students working toward the Ph.D. degree; and ~190 students working toward the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Member departments of the Division include the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the seven preclinical departments of the School of Medicine, namely: Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Cell Biology & Physiology, Molecular Genetics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Microbiology, and Pathology & Immunology. In addition, there are members of the Division faculty located in the Departments of Chemistry, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the School of Engineering on the Danforth Campus and in the clinical departments of the School of Medicine

  • The chief administrative body of the Division is the Executive Council, composed of the Heads of the eight member departments, the Departments of Chemistry and of Biomedical Engineering, two members of clinical departments, the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, the Director of the MSTP, and the Director of Ph.D. Admissions and Recruiting. The Chair of the Council is the executive officer of the Division.
  • The Associate Dean oversees day to day operations of the Division and chairs the Program and Student Affairs Committee, which consists of the directors of the thirteen academic programs.
  • Each of the academic programs is managed by a Steering Committee. A committee of faculty oversees the recruitment and admission activities of DBBS.

When Graduate School policy is referred to in this guide please consult the Graduate School Bulletin.  M.D./Ph.D. students should refer to the School of Medicine Bulletin​ for policies governing the medical phase of their graduate education.

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A Typical Student Program

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3RD WEEK OF AUGUST IN ENROLLMENT YEAR
Registration and orientation
Meetings with advisors to plan rotations and course work

YEAR 1
Two to five core classes
Laboratory rotations*

YEAR 2
One to three advanced electives and special topics courses
Journal club(s)
Begin thesis research
Mentored Teaching Experience
Complete qualifying examination

YEAR 3
Form thesis committee
Thesis research
Journal club(s)
Thesis proposal

YEAR 4 and THEREAFTER
Thesis research continues
Meet at least yearly with thesis committee
Travel to scientific meetings
Research completed by end of the fifth year
Publish in leading scientific journals
Defend thesis


The first rotation may begin in June prior to Fall matriculation.

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Section III - Cardiovascular Disease

Section Leaders: 
Babak Razani, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology, Cardiovascular Division
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology, Cardiovascular Division

​Date

​Speaker

Topic​

Moderator

Nov 10

Babak Razani, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology
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ardiovascular Division 

Majesh Makan, MD, FACC, FASE

Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Division

Introduction

 

 

Cardiac Imaging

Spotlight on echocardiography

Babak Razani

Nov. 12

Alan Braverman, MD FACC

Alumni Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases
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irector, Marfan Syndrome Clinic & Center for Thoracic Aorta Disease
Director, Inpatient Cardiology Firm
Cardiovascular Division

Aortopathies

     spotlight on Marfan’s 

+ Patient Visit

Babak Razani

Nov. 17

Joel Schilling, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology
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ardiovascular Division

Heart Failure

 spotlight on advanced heart failure

+ Patient Visit

Joel Schilling

Nov. 19

Babak Razani, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology
Cardiovascular Division

Atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction

Babak Razani

Nov. 24

 

Jeff Saffitz, MD PhD

Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology
H
ead of the Department of Pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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arvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Genetics of cardiomyopathies

Babak Razani

Dec. 1

Phillip Cuculich, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine,
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ardiovascular Division
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enter for Heart Rhythm Disorders

Arrhythmias

spotlight on ventricular tachyarrhythmias

+ Patient Visit

Joel Schilling

Dec. 3

Marc Sintek, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
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nternal Medicine
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ardiovascular Division

Valvular Heart Disease

 

spotlight on advanced non-surgical treatments

Joel Schilling

Dec. 8

ALL

lead by Babak Razani

Wrap Up & discussion of career plans for students

Babak Razani

Dec. 10

Ryan Fields, MD, FACS

Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology
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rofessor of Surgery
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ssociate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
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irector, Resident Research
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epartment of Surgery

Mandatory Clinical Mentorship Orientation

 

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Financial Support & Benefits

All Division students are guaranteed a stipend, full tuition and related fees, including health care, disability and life insurance, as long as satisfactory progress toward the degree is maintained. Students who are not United States citizens receive the same support (further details appear in the section for International Students below). 

Stipends
All Division students receive a stipend throughout their tenure as students. This support is provided through a variety of sources, including University funds, training grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, foundation funds, individual predoctoral fellowships, thesis mentor's research grants, and/or department funds. If support is restricted by a confidentiality agreement the student must submit a “Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement”. Graduate education is a full-time commitment. Division students may not hold any employment inside or outside the University. They may, with mentor approval, serve as tutors or participate in research studies for payment to the extent that it does not interfere with their academic progress. Activities which interfere with a student’s progress are specifically prohibited.

Because of the guaranteed financial support, a single international student is not required to provide proof of financial support. International students in the Division are subject to all regulations of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service as administered through the University’s International Office. International students who have attended another academic institution in the United States must have their visa documents transferred to Washington University. It is illegal for an international student to work in a laboratory or receive stipend payment until the transfer is complete. All matters related to visa status and international student eligibility are referred to the University International Office. The booklet, International Perspectives, which is distributed by the International Office to all international students entering the University, provides important information about international student life in St. Louis. The Director and staff of the International Office are available to assist international students as they prepare to enter the United States and during their student tenure. The telephone number of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is 314-935-5910.

Any PhD or MSTP student who obtains competitive external funding awarding at least $24,816 in stipend annually will receive the base DBBS stipend plus a $5,000 merit award per year for the duration of the fellowship as long as they remain in good academic standing. If the agency award is more than the $5,000 above the DBBS base stipend, the student will receive the agency award only, no merit award will be offered. At the end of the fellowship the student will then return to the current DBBS stipend level at that time.

Tuition/Fees
Throughout a student's tenure in the Division all tuition and fees are paid directly to the University from a variety of sources, including the Division, training grants, fellowships, scholarships, thesis mentors and/or their departments, etc. Currently the fees include a health fee and the network access fee.

Health Coverage
Entering students receive detailed information about their coverage and about procedures for obtaining dental, medical care and/or counseling services. When recommended by Student Health Service, counseling is provided. Student Health Service provides assistance in dealing with a wide variety of concerns and can be reached at 314-362-3523. After a student has turned in the completed thesis and forms to the Graduate School, s/he begins thirty days of emergency only health care; arrangements for continuing medical coverage should be made prior to the thesis defense.

Information regarding spouse and dependent health care coverage is available from Student Health Services staff.

Disability and Life Insurance
Disability and life insurance are provided by the University. These coverages continue for the student's tenure, and details about them are available at the Student Health Service.

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Deadlines

The application deadline for Fall 2021 enrollment is December 1, 2020 @ 11:59 PM PST. All applicants are encouraged to submit ealry.  Submission of the application prior to November 1, 2020 will allow for a discounted application fee.

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What is the application fee and are fee waivers accepted?

DBBS application fee:
$20 for applications submitted on or before October 31st.
$45 for applications submitted on or after November 1st.

Fee waivers are granted to applicants from the following programs:
MARC, McNair, RISE, IMSD, LSAMP, BP-ENDURE, PREP, BUILD, PPIA, DACA students, IRT-Insitute for the Recruitment of Teachers, Target Hope, Fulbright Scholars, AmeriCorps, Vista/Peace Corps, Teach for America, Gates Millennium Scholars, Mellon Mays Graduate Initative, Ron Brown Scholars, Vietnam Education Foundation

Fee waivers are also available for:
-Washington University undergraduates
-Participants in Washington University summer bioscience research programs
-Students mentored by a DBBS Alum
-Applicants with financial need

If you think you qualify for a fee waiver, please send an email to DBBSPhDAdmissions@email.wustl.edu.

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION
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Section I - Alzheimer Disease

Section Leaders:
Joy Snider, MD, PhD, Professor, Neurology;
Nupur Ghoshal, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Neurology & Psychiatry

​Date

​Location

​Speaker

Topic​

Sept 15 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

John C. Morris, MD
Harvey A. & Dorismae Hacker Friedman Professor of Neurology

Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Patient Visit

Sept 17 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

 

John Cirrito​, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurology

Anne Fagan, PhD
Professor, Neurology

Abeta and tau metabolism/fluid biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease

Sept 22

NO CLASS

Wednesday

Sept 23 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

Timothy Miller, MD PhD
David Clayson Professor of Neurology


David Holtzman, MD
Andrew B and Gretchen P Jones Professor and Chair of Neurology

RNA targeted therapeutic strategies for dementia 

 

Propagation of misfolded proteins

Sept 24 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

Brendan Lucey, MD
Associate Professor, Neurology

Joy Snider MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology

Sleep science and dementias 

 

Clinical trials in dementia

Sept.29 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

Nupur Ghoshal, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Neurology

Non AD dementias

Oct 1 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

Cyrus Raji, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Radiology

Imaging in dementia

Oct 6 @ 1:30PM

Zoom

Richard Dunham, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology 

Autoimmune causes of dementia and rapidly progressive dementias 

Patient Visit

Oct 8

Zoom

ALL

Wrap up discussion & lunch

Pathobiology of Human Disease States Course
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Section II - Hearing Loss

Section Leaders:
Keiko Hirose, MD,
Professor, Otolaryngology, Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Mark Rutherford, PhD, Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

​Date

​Speaker

Topic​

​Moderator

Oct 13

Craig Buchman, MD
Li​ndburg Professor & Chair, Otolaryngology

Intro to Auditory System

+ Guest CI pediatric patient

Mark Rutherford

Oct 15

Pablo Blazquez, PhD
Associate Professor Otolaryngology

Jonathan Peelle, PhD
Associate Professor Otolaryngology

Vestibular Physiology

Cognitive Consequences of Hearing Loss

Keiko Hirose

Oct. 20

MichaelAnne Gratton, PhD
Professor, Otolaryngology

Kevin Ohlemiller, PhD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

Prebycusis

Noise-induced hearing loss

Mark Rutherford

 

Oct 22

Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Harvard Medical School

Keiko Hirose, MD
Professor, Otolaryngology
Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Physician Scientist Pathway


Cochlear Inflammation

Keiko Hirose

Oct.27

Mark Rutherford, PhD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

Mark Warchol, PhD
Professor, Otolaryngology
Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Excitotoxicity and Synaptopathy

Regeneration, Repair

Mark Rutherford

Oct. 29

Jeffrey Holt, PhD
Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurology
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Program in Neuroscience

Tatyana Yakusheva, PhD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

Mechanotransdution


Vestibular Behavior

Keiko Hirose

Nov 3

Lavinia Sheets, PhD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

Tobias Moser, MD
Göttingen Graduate Center for Neursciences, Institute for Auditory Neuroscience and InnerEarLab

Genetics of Deafness, Gene Therapy

Optical Cochlear Implant

 

Mark Rutherford

Nov 5

ALL

Wrap up Discussion

Keiko Hirose

Pathobiology of Human Disease States Course
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Nearby Neighborhoods

Below is a list of neighborhoods bordering the WUSTL campuses:


DeMun

Streets: Aberdeen, Alamo, DeMun, Northwood, Rosebury, San Bonita, Skinker, and Southwood.

This neighborhood is well situated, close to Washington University's Danforth Campus, and tucked away between Skinker and Concordia Seminary. With Forest Park to the east, the area is quiet with reasonably to expensively priced apartments mixed with houses and families. You may even discover a few professors that live here. The Dorchester, a high rise overlooking Forest Park, is home to some students, while the rest of the 1920’s era apartments are generally large and well kept. Features a small shopping district on DeMun that includes antique stores, salons, a landromat, Jimmy’s on the Park, Sasha’s Wine Bar, and the original Kaldi’s Coffee House. Close to Schnucks, Hi-Pointe, and the Esquire.

Moorlands
Streets: Buckingham, Byron Place, Cromwell, Forest Court, Oxford, Parkdale, Wellington Way, Westwood, Wydown, and York.

This is a quiet, friendly area with a refreshing number of older people and young kids. However, this means that there aren’t that many students around either. The apartments are large and in the reasonable-to-expensive range for St. Louis and located approximately 1 mile from the Danforth Campus. There is limited shopping within walking distance, including Protzel’s Deli, Starbucks, a salon, and a dry cleaner. Downtown Clayton is relatively close by. 
 
University City
Streets: Washington Ave, University Drive, Kingsland, Kingsbury, The Loop  (Delmar Blvd)

The 6600-6800 blocks of Washington, University, and Kingsbury are very popular. The area is close to the Danforth campus, and is located due north of the Law School building, between Forest Park Parkway and Delmar. The Delmar Loop is to the north and east of this area. You will find a high concentration of undergrads in this area because it is adjacent to both campus and shopping areas, and the university-owned Greenway and University Drive options are also in this area. The apartments are usually fairly spacious, although often in poorer shape than those in other areas. The Loop has an easygoing community spirit more evident than in some of the other areas. Many local merchants cater to students. Living south of Delmar is preferable to living north of Delmar for your safety.
 
Skinker/DeBaliviere Neighborhood
Located a few blocks northeast of the Danforth campus, this neighborhood is very popular with both undergraduates and graduate students. Apartments are generally spacious and reasonably priced. There is a strong neighborhood association that welcomes students interested in volunteering for community projects. The university-owned Rosedale and Horseshoe options are also located in this area. Parking can be a challenge, but the Skinker MetroLink stop at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway makes this an ideal neighborhood for those who want to be close to campus and also have interest in exploring the greater St. Louis area. Kayak’s Coffee, a branch of the St. Louis Public Library, and a few quirky establishments are in the neighborhood, and the Loop is just a short walk up Skinker. Forest Park is also just a few blocks away.
 
West End and Central West End (CWE)
About five blocks east of Skinker is DeBaliviere Place. DeBaliviere Place is in the area known as the “West End.” Many apartments have been recently renovated. The Euclid-McPherson area is close to the Medical School and is known as the “Central West End.” One of the most cosmopolitan areas in St. Louis, it contains a fascinating shopping area and tons of unique entertainment and nightlife. The Chase Park Plaza, one of St. Louis’ finest hotels, also has residences available. The neighborhoods are populated by many beautiful old houses along private streets and in other sections, picturesque sidewalk cafes and boutiques line the streets. The West End is served by the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station, and the CWE is served by the Central West End Station. Trains and busses provide convenient connection to both the Medical School, Danforth Campus, and West Campus.
 
Maplewood and Richmond Heights
Students and postdocs with cars have a greatly expanded range of possibilities. Richmond Heights and Maplewood, both south on Big Bend, are loosely defined by Clayton Rd. to the north and Highway 44 to the south. Big Bend and Manchester roads serve as the heart of these residential communities with lots of housing in the student price range. Shopping and affordable eating are quite convenient.
 
Dogtown
Roughly the area between bounded by I-64/40, McCausland, Manchester, and Hampton.
Dogtown is a close-knit community that is popular with graduate students for its inexpensive housing and proximity to campus. The apartments and rental homes are generally midsized and inexpensive and there is significant population of life-long residents. There is a small business district as an old world feel and is found at the intersection of Tamm and Clayton. It includes the original Cairdea’s Coffee, Felix’s, and Seamus McDaniel’s Irish Pub. Dogtown is the center of St. Louis’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration and is a nice, quiet community that feels slightly more removed from WashU despite its proximity to campus. Forest Park and the Hi-Pointe are nearby
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Other neighborhoods nearby (car probably required)
Brentwood, Downtown, Midtown, Tower Grove, and Olivette.
Many of these neighborhoods are accessible by MetroBus or MetroLink as well.
 
A MAP OF NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS
NearbyNeighborhoodsCWE.jpg

  • A. DeMun
  • B. Moorlands
  • C. University City
  • D. Skinker/DeBaliviere
  • E. West End
  • F. Central West End
  • G. Maplewood
  • H. Richmond Heights
  • I. Dogtown


Check out More Neighborhoods in St. Louis and the surrounding region  


Relocating Resources
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Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE)

Role of Teaching in the Discipline of Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Effective communication of information and concepts is a critical skill for biomedical research scientists. While much of the teaching that scientists engage in is through one-on-one interactions with individuals in the laboratory, all scientists must be able to deliver lectures to a wide audience (from peers in the field to neophytes with a limited understanding of the nuances of the topic), and scientists in faculty positions will often teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Therefore, DBBS students must demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas and concepts to groups of individuals at various levels of understanding.

Pedagogical Preparation

Prior to beginning their Mentored Teaching Experience, DBBS students will be required to complete the Graduate Student Teaching Orientation and a minimum of three 90-minute teaching workshops, each covering a different topic, offered by the Teaching Center. Individualized instruction and mentoring will be provided by the course master of the class they have been assigned to. The course master will provide feedback throughout the semester, and will complete an evaluation upon the completion of the Mentored Teaching Experience. If the course master determines that the student’s facility with essential teaching skills is unsatisfactory, the student will be counseled by the course master and the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, and will complete another Mentored Teaching Experience to attain mastery of these skills.

Sequence of Teaching Opportunities for PhD Students
Teaching experience will consist of two components: basic and advanced. In the basic component, the DBBS student will serve as a mentored Assistant in Instruction (AI) in a course designated by the Associate Dean. The mentored teaching training must incorporate at least one of the following activities: delivering lectures, leading lab demonstrations, or conducting review sessions for groups of students. (Grading exams or papers, holding office hours, one-on-one tutoring, etc., may also be components of the teaching experience, but they are not sufficient to meet the DBBS teaching training requirement.) Mentored teaching opportunities will be reviewed annually to ensure that the experience meets the requirements established in this policy. 

To complete the basic MTE, students are required to:

  • Register for LGS 600 Mentored Teaching Experience in WebSTAC.
  • Attend the University’s Orientation for the Mentored Teaching Experience.
  • Read the Graduate School's Mentored Teaching Experience Handbook (received at orientation).
  • Complete three 90-minute workshops on different topics, offered by the WUSTL Teaching Center -- The Teaching Center's Foundations in Teac​hing Workshops​​ have been designed with the MTE training requirement in mind.  
  • Meet the expectations of the course director for the MTE.
  • Complete a written self-evaluation of the MTE. 

Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade for any reason will be required to repeat MTE teaching.

One semester of basic MTE is required, but students may participate in up to a maximum of three semesters if they request additional learning experiences as an AI in an effort to enhance their professional portfolio and teaching skills. Students can earn a Teaching Citation for completing three semesters of teaching. Students should enroll in LGS 600 each semester when they are fulfilling the basic MTE requirement (amended, September 2020).

The advanced component consists of presenting ideas and concepts to groups of individuals who are not necessarily expert in the student’s particular research niche. DBBS students will satisfy this component by presenting papers at journal clubs and delivering talks at scientific meetings, conferences and retreats. The trainee’s thesis mentor will provide guidance and feedback to trainees engaged in the advanced component. (This requirement will not be satisfied by presenting one’s work at lab meetings, thesis update meetings, or at the thesis examination.)

DGSP Degree Requirements
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Prerequisites
DBBS welcomes applicants with outstanding baccalaureate training in natural, physical or engineering sciences that are committed to a career in research. The strongest applicants will have had significant research experience and have a strong undergraduate record not only in their area of concentration, but also in related disciplines. For example, some of our programs will give preference to applicants who have strong training not only in biology, but also 3 to 6 semesters of chemistry (including biochemistry) as well as appropriate course work in calculus and physics (1 to 2 semesters each). Other programs, depending on their emphasis, will consider individuals with less extensive backgrounds in chemistry, physics, psychology or mathematics but with related training in biology. For example, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology gives preference to applicants that have completed one semester of physical chemistry or an equivalent course.

Minimum Requirements:
  • All applicants must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is not required to apply to DBBS.  However, it is optional for some of DBBS Programs. Scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required.  If you will be applying to one of those programs and wish to submit a score (NOT REQUIRED), applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1 deadline. See “Test Scores” below for additional information.
  • Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted. To be eligible for an automatic (no request needed) TOEFL/IELTS waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. PLEASE NOTE: The US Immigration service may require a TOEFL/IELTS​ exam score if the entire program of study is less than 3 years in duration.
 
PhD Application Instructions
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Essays
Applicants are encouraged to give considerable time and thought to writing the two essays. (Some schools ask for a general “personal statement”, however DBBS requires that the applicant answer the specific essay questions listed.) The Admissions Committee evaluates a number of characteristics in order to assess a candidate’s ability to benefit from and contribute to their selected program. These include academic ability, research experience, leadership, teamwork, communication skills and other personal qualities. The essays are an opportunity to help the Committee relate to the applicant’s distinctive values, motivation, and perspectives and obtain as much information as possible about their previous research experience.
 
For essay 1 you will provide information on your research experiences.  For up to your 3 most substantive research experiences provide mentor name, Institution, length of project in months, and the approximate hours per week of effort, up to Dec. 1 of this year. (A grid will be provided to capture this information). You will also write an essay for one or more of these experiences providing your specific contributions to the work.  Please also describe your motivations for graduate study and a fundamental biological question that most intrigues you, highlighting potential Washington University faculty mentors. Drawing on your past and planned experiences, please conclude with a statement articulating why you will be an outstanding graduate student. 
 
For essay 2 you will have the opportunity to tell us anything else you would like us to know that wasn't covered in the applications materials.
 
Applicants are requested to upload each essay as either a PDF or Word document. Applicants will be allotted approximately two (2) pages per essay (or approximately 8000 characters including spaces). Please address each essay question separately. Do not insert a personal statement in lieu of the two essay questions.
PhD Application Instructions
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Campus Safety and Security
Information on Campus Safety and Security in Compliance with Title II of the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990
 
Each year, the University publishes a brochure, Safety and Security, which details what to do and whom to contact in an emergency and includes the federally required annual security report.  For a copy, contact the Washington University Policy Department, Campus Box 1038, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO  63130-4899, (314) 935-9011, email: pam_green@aismail.wustl.edu, or visit http://police.wustl.edu
 
For the Medical School Campus Security statement, go to the Protective Services Report at the following website:  http://medicine.wustl.edu/students/infosvc.html
DGSP Administrative Policy
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Disability Resources

The University makes every effort to ensure that all students can take full advantage of the courses, programs, activities, and opportunities that our University offers. If you are a student with a disability and would like to learn more about the accommodations and services provided at Washington University, please contact the Disability Resources (DR) in Cornerstone: Center for Advanced Learning at 935-5970, located in Gregg Residence Hall. For more information, visit http://disability.wustl.edu/disabilityResources/index.htm.

DGSP Administrative Policy
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Internships

Students may accept an internship to train at an organization for a limited amount of time.  When a student desires to train at another location, they must obtain the approval of their thesis mentor, the thesis committee chair, the Program Director, and the Associate Dean.  All requests for internships will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The student should submit a letter to provide the name and location of company/organization where internship will be preformed, duration of the internship, and a brief summary to explain how the internship will benefit their professional growth.  The letter must be signed by the thesis mentor, thesis committee chair, and program director and submitted to the Coordinator.  The Coordinator will send the letter to the Associate Dean for review.   If approved, the student and company must also complete the “Student Internship Acknowledgement” form, which can be obtained from the Coordinator.

DGSP Academic Progress
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Completion of the Ph.D. at Another Site

Permission to accompany a thesis advisor who leaves Washington University must be obtained in advance from the appropriate Program Director and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Permission will be granted if the student has:

1) Satisfied the qualifying examination requirement;
2) Received approval of the Thesis Proposal and discussed expected progress with the Thesis Committee. The chair of the thesis committee will assume the role of co-mentor, and will be listed as such on the dissertation.
3) Received approval of the educational program and environment at the host institution;
4) Agree to hold thesis update meetings annually or as recommended by the thesis committee for progress reports. Student and thesis mentor have two options for these meetings; a) return to Washington University; or b) video conference.
Expenses for travel to and from St. Louis or video conferencing is the dissertation mentor's responsibility.
5) For the thesis examination, the thesis mentor must attend the thesis examination. Expenses for travel to and from St. Louis are the dissertation mentor's responsibility.

1.Oversight. If, after consultation with thesis committee, the program steering committee determines that either the thesis project is no longer viable or the training environment is no longer acceptable, it may require the student to return to Washington Univresityand affiliate with a new thesis lab.

2. Registration. Tuition for any courses that must be taken at another institution will be the responsibility of the thesis mentor or the host institution.

A student with 36 units of credit will register for LGD 9001, Full-time Graduate Status in Absentia. Students will receive full funding, tuition remission and student health coverage. Student Health Fee (see note below). 

3.Student Health Coverage. Students are required to have health care coverage. A student leaving in the middle of a semester to accompany their thesis mentor to another University continues to have emergency room and in-hospital coverage for that semester, but is not eligible for out-patient benefits.

A student who plans to move should discuss health insurance with the thesis mentor and with Student Health and make arrangements with the mentor and the new institution to provide coverage​.

DGSP Academic Progress
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