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NIH Institutional Training Grants/Other Training Grants
  • Please conatct the Senior Grant Specialist for specific DBBS data requests.
  • Three months advance contact is needed for Insitutional Grant or other award application/renewals in order to allow adequate time to meet all internal and external requirements.
Grants Management
Fall 2016

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2 pm, Holden Auditorium
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Addressing Inclusion & Diversity in Job Market Materials
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 2 pm, Holden Auditorium
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Faculty Career Hiring Panel
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 1 pm, Holden Auditorium
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The Chalk Talk
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 2 pm, Holden Auditorium
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Lab Set-Up
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2 pm, Holden Auditorium
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Lab Finances
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3 pm, Holden Auditorium
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Faculty Career Search Series
Spring 2017

January 2017

Using Mentoring and Individual Development Plans
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, 3:30 pm, Wohl Auditorium
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Prepping for the Career Fair + SLAMs

Multiple dates and times: Jan. 20-Jan. 24 (Danforth Campus)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 6 pm, Danforth Campus, Danforth University Center, Tisch Commons


February 2017

Searching OVID Medline
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 2 pm, FLTC 602
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Graduate Research Symposium Poster Session Preparation (Grad Students Only)
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 12 pm, Liberman Graduate Center, DUC 300 (Danforth Campus)
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New Grant-Writing Tools for R and K Mechanisms (Postdocs Only)
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2017, 12 pm, Schwarz Auditorium
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Discovering Your Strengths (Grad Students Only)
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 4 pm, Liberman Graduate Center, DUC 300 (Danforth Campus)

Selecting a Journal for Publication
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 12:30 pm, FLTC 214

March 2017
How to Create Powerful Search Materials: CVs, Resumes, Cover Letters
Tuesday, March 7 (Medical  Campus), Wednesday, March 8 (Danforth Campus) 
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Networking Workshop
Tuesday, March 14 (Medical Campus), Wednesday, March 15 (Danforth Campus)
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Interview & Negotiate Like a Pro
Tuesday, March 21 (Medical Campus), Wednesday, March 22 (Danforth Campus)
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Increasing Student Engagement Among Peers (Grad Students Only)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 4, pm, Liberman Graudate Center, DUC 300 (Danforth Campus)
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Opportunites for Ph.D.s Beyond the Research Professoriate
Tuesday, March 28 (Medical Campus), Wednesday, March 29 (Danforth Campus)
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Professional Development Programming
Spring 2017

Tauseef Charanya, Ph.D., Boston Consulting Group
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 1:00 pm, Becker 405
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Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8 am-5 pm, online
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Wendy Chapman, Ph.D., Chair of Biomedical Informatics at University of Utah School of Medicine
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 pm, Becker Library King Center
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D. E. Shaw Research Information Session
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00 pm, Connor Auditorium, FLTC
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Career Talks
In the Lab
Postdoc Orientation

WUSM sets a minimum salary/stipend amount for Postdoctoral Research Scholars/Associates, but does not set an amount for each level of experience or a maximum amount.  We recommend that postdocs be reviewed annually and given raises as appropriate. (Link to Annual Review Template.)  Postdoctoral increases are decided by the faculty advisor and may be of any amount.  Postdoctoral increases are not subject to the staff percentage limits set by Human Resources for raises.  Some faculty may also choose to follow the NIH stipend scale, here is a link to the most current scale (NIH’s FY17):  

In fall 2010, WUSM Executive Faculty approved a proposal to tie the WUSM postdoctoral minimum salary/stipend amount to the NIH year 0 postdoctoral stipend amount with a delayed start.  Due to the differences in the federal and University fiscal years, occasional delays by congress in passing budgets, and the need for advance salary planning, the WUSM minimum for a particular fiscal year will be the NIH year 0 amount from the federal fiscal year two years prior.  Therefore, the WUSM FY18 minimum starting on July 1, 2017 will be $47,484. All postdocs are required to meet the minimum on July 1, but may be paid any amount above this.​

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What if I still have other questions that are not covered by the topics above? Who do I contact?

If you have any other questions or concerns that are not addressed, you may send us an email at

Admissions- FAQ What if I still have other questions that are not covered by the topics above? Who do I contact?
What is the application fee and are fee waivers accepted?

The application fee is $45, a fraction of that at many sister institutions.

Fee waivers are granted to applicants from the following programs:
MARC, McNair, RISE, IMSD, LSAMP, PREP, 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

Do you provide campus visits?

Prospective applicants wanting to visit the campus between June and August should contact our Recruiting Department through email at Visits during the admissions season are by invitation only.

Admissions FAQ- DBBS Overview
Application Process
Students applying in year 1 must be good academic standing. 
Students applying in year 2 must have completed the Program-specific qualifying exam. 
Students are encouraged to have completed one or more of the following courses: Genomics (Bio 5488), Advanced Genetics (Bio 5491) or Fundamentals of Mammalian Genetics (Bio 5285), however all interested students should apply.    
- Name, birth date, address, academic program and year and citizenship.  
- Contact information (e-mail and telephone)
- PI in which thesis work is being conducted
- CV or resume (include a list of graduate courses taken and grade)
- Paragraph description of why the student is interested in the Pathway
- Paragraph description of thesis research.* 
- Assemble these components into a single PDF, and send to
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which is from the thesis advisor*, should be sent directly to
*If you have not yet joined a thesis laboratory then a rotation lab project and a rotation advisor can be used as a substitute.
All application material should be submitted by June 15, 2017, to
Applications will be reviewed by the Pathway Co-directors, Tim Schedl (Genetics), Chris Gurnett (Neurology) and John Welch (Medicine).
Genetics & Genomics Pathway Application Process
Washington University Postdoc Society (WUPS)

The WU Postdoc Society plans a variety of activities and seminars specifically for postdocs. Please visit the website at If you would like more information or are interested in helping plan activities, please contact Postdoc Society officers at You can connect with other WU postdocs on Facebook at (@WUPostdocs) and stay up to day on Postdoc Society events and opportunites!

Organizations & Campus Groups - Postdocs
Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE)

Basic MTE: All DBBS students are required to have a Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE) for at least one-semester, documented by registering for Mentored Teaching Experience (Dept. L41, LSG 600, Section 01, Credit=0).  This is typically completed during the second year of graduate training.

The mentored teaching experience (MTE) will involve one of the following:
  • lead discussions and/or problem-solving sessions
  • prepare and deliver one or more lectures as part of the regular lecture schedule
  • provide regular instruction in a laboratory environment
The primary focus of the course is development of instructional skills, which includes live classroom practice and regular meetings between teaching assistants and instructors of the courses (course masters) they are co-teaching regarding:
  • the teaching duties 
  • evaluation of their performance
  • discussion of other matters 
As part of DBBS MTE training, students are required to:
  • Attend the University’s Orientation for the Mentored Teaching Experience.
  • Read the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Mentored Teaching Experience Handbook (received at orientation).
  • Complete three 90-minute workshops, each covering a different topic, offered by the WUSTL Teaching Center-- The Teaching Center's Basic Mentored Teaching ExperienceTraining Workshops will introduce graduate students to effective pedagogical methods.  A new topic will be offered each month, September-November and February-April.  IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS START ATTENDING WORKSHOPS PRIOR TO OR DURING THE SEMESTERS OF THE MTE.  THE STUDENT WILL NOT RECEIVE A GRADE UNTIL PARTICIPATION OF 3 WORKSHOPS HAS BEEN RECORDED.
  • Register for LGS 600 Mentored Teaching Experience in WebSTAC.
  • Meet the expectations of the course master for the MTE.
  • Complete a written evaluation of the MTE. 
Students will receive a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade at the conclusion of their assistantship only when the following has been completed:
  • Participation in a minimum of 3 different workshops
  • Mentored Teaching Experience evaluation  (by the student)
  • Course master evaluation (submitted to DBBS) 
Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade for any reason will be required to complete a second MTE.


Advanced MTE: The communication of one's scientific knowledge and findings within one's field is a critical skill for all scientists.  To foster this skill, all DBBS students must complete the Advanced MTE by engaging in a minimum of 4 scientific presentations.  Presentations may include oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings and program retreats before faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others in the field.  The following will not count towards this requirement: lab meetings, journal clubs, thesis committee meetings, the thesis examination, presentations to undergraduates or a non-academic audience.


Students will be required to certify their Basic and Advanced MTE on the Teaching Requirements form, which is submitted to the Graduate School prior to the thesis examination.


Additional Teaching Opportunities: Division students interested in a teaching career may seek additional training through the Department of Biology’s Second Mentoring Teaching Experience Fellowship Program.   Students who pursue this additional training will be hired as part-time lecturers by the department.  The Chair of the Department of Biology can provide students with more information about this program.  Students may also gain additional teaching experience through the Teaching Center's Teaching Citation Program.  Students wishing to participate in either of these opportunities must obtain the approval of their thesis mentor and their Program Director.  (MSTP students will also need approval of the MSTP).

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National Institute of Health

Ehiole Akhirome - Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Michael Bern - Immunology

Katherine Conen - Neurosciences

Jennifer Davis - Molecular Cell Biology

Vivek Durai - Immunology

Trent Evans - Molecular Cell Biology

Gary Grajales-Reyes - Immunology

Breanne Harty - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Amy Herbert - Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Sarah Kaufman - Neurosciences

Andrew Kraft - Neurosciences

Mariah Lawler - Biochemistry

Vivian Lee Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Cheryl Leyns - Molecular Cell Biology

Dov Lerman-Sinkoff - Biomedical Engineering

Lucy Li - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Stephen Linderman - Biomedical Engineering

Christine Luo - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Cates Mallaney - Human & Statistical Genetics

Cristina Mazuski - Neurosciences

Hannah Miller - Immunology

Anish Mitra - Neurosciences

Patrick Olson - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Eugene Park - Immunology

Chelsea Parker Harp - Immunology

Caitlin Purman - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Michelle Robinette - Immunology

Emilie Russler-Germain - Immunology

Alexandra Russo - Neurosciences

Sarah Smith - Neurosciences

Benjamin Solomon - Immunology

Avik Som - Biomedical Engineering

Caitlin Spaulding - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Calvin Stephens - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Samantha Van Hove - Molecular Cell Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
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); TA supervisors complete evaluations at the end of the TA 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 of Graduate Education (currently John Russell).  Other academic concerns can be taken to the Dean (William Tate) or Associate Dean (Diana Hill Mitchell) of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Research Integrity: Concerns regarding research integrity that cannot be clarified in the laboratory should be taken to the Vice Chancellor for Research (Jennifer Lodge).
  • 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 of Arts and Sciences (Diana Hill Mitchell).
  • Other: For all other concerns, University policies can be found on the University web site with links under Graduate Students on the DBBS home page.
DGSP Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students in the Ph.D. program are expected to satisfy the academic performance requirements of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which can be found in The Graduate School Bulletin’s General Requirements section. In addition, there are specific DBBS satisfactory academic performance requirements before and after passing the qualifying examination.

Before the Qualifying Exam

Before passing the qualifying examination, satisfactory academic progress is achieved by timely completion of required course work with satisfactory grades (overall B average), successful laboratory rotations (based on mentor evaluation at the end of the rotation) and timely completion of the qualifying examination (as defined by individual program guidelines).

Except in cases of extreme underperformance warranting immediate dismissal, students failing to make satisfactory academic progress will be placed on academic probation as outlined in the Academic Probation and Dismissal section (below). In the case of failure of the qualifying examination, the student will be placed on academic probation for a period of up to three months.  The program committee will provide the student with feedback on the deficiencies in their performance, and a timeline for the administration of the second examination.  Failure of the examination a second time could result in immediate dismissal by the steering committee.  In certain cases, a student who fails the qualifying exam may petition the committee for the awarding of a masters degree.

After the Qualifying Exam

After passing the qualifying examination, satisfactory progress is maintained by completing the following steps in a timely manner.

  • Establish a thesis committee and successfully present a thesis proposal.
    In some programs, a successful thesis proposal is a part of the qualifying examination. In cases where it is not, satisfactory academic progress requires that the student assemble a thesis committee and present a thesis proposal by the deadline specified in the program guidelines. A student not completing a thesis proposal by the date specified by the relevant program guidelines or by no later than the fifth semester of graduate study will be given notice that they are on academic probation and could be dismissed if the proposal is not completed within three months.
  • Maintain a thesis committee that meets the requirements of the program guidelines.
    The thesis advisory committee composition must be in accordance with the requirements of the specific PhD program.  At a bare minimum, the advisory committee must consist of four eligible Washington University faculty(s). At least four committee members must be present at the thesis proposal and update meetings.  If a member of the thesis committee resigns, the student must identify a new member within three months of face academic probation.  The thesis examination committee consists of a minimum of five faculty(s), in accordance with the requirements of the PhD program.
  • Review research progress with the thesis committee regularly.
    Students are required to meet and provide progress reports to their thesis committee at least once per year or more frequently if the program or the committee so recommends. The chairman of the committee will document the student's progress to the program coordinator, using the thesis committee report form ( Failure to meet as directed by the program or thesis committee will result in academic probation. 
  • Make acceptable progress toward completion of the thesis.
    Both the thesis committee and the thesis mentor must be satisfied that the student is progressing toward the completion of an acceptable thesis. If the thesis committee and mentor agree that a student is not meeting the expectations for progress for degree completion, the student will be placed on academic probation. Any disagreements between the thesis committee and the mentor should be resolved by the program steering committee. If the steering committee is unable to resolve the differences, the Program and Student Affairs Committee shall have final jurisdiction.
  • Complete the requirements for the Ph.D. degree by the end of the seventh year of graduate study.
    Students will be notified in writing at the beginning of the seventh year of graduate study that they must complete and defend an acceptable thesis by the end of the seventh year. The student and the mentor may petition for extension of this time limit. The petition must be approved by the steering committee and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education before being forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School for consideration.  If the petition is denied or the student is unable is otherwise unable to complete the PhD requirements, the student will be dismissed from the program at the end of the seventh year.

Academic Probation and Dismissal.  Review the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy on Probation and Dismissal for Academic Reasons.

Students who do not meet performance expectations in coursework, qualifying examination, teaching1, research, thesis committee meetings or other scholarly activities will be subject to academic probation and possible dismissal from the program.  Students may be dismissed immediately for extreme academic underperformance, but in most cases, they will be placed on academic probation and given the opportunity to remediate the deficiencies.  The period of an academic probation will normally be 3 months, though in some instances (such as poor performance in courses or an exceptionally poor qualifying examination) the academic probationary period may be of a shorter duration.  Individuals placed on academic probation will receive a letter from the program committee informing them of the imposition of academic probation.  The letter will establish the criteria necessary to return to good academic standing. At the end of the three-month probationary period, the program will inform the student in writing that have either been (1) returned to good standing, or (2) placed on a second consecutive academic probation, or (3) dismissed from the program. A second consecutive academic probation must be accompanied by a new letter identifying the steps required to return to good standing. While the purpose of the academic probationary period is to provide the student with time to improve, the decision of the program at the end of an academic probationary period could involve immediate notification of dismissal. At the end of a second continuous academic probation, the student will be either returned to good standing or dismissed. A third academic probation will be allowed only if it is does not immediately follow a second probation. A fourth academic probation will not be allowed. A student whose performance would result in a fourth academic probation will be dismissed immediately. A leave of absence cannot be used by a student to delay or nullify the consequences of a third consecutive or fourth academic probation.

Individuals on academic probation will continue to receive a stipend unless the student is failing to meet the basic expectations of their position, (including failure to carry our lab duties, MTE duties, compliance requirements or thesis committee meetings); in those cases, the individual will be given a two week notice prior to the suspension of the stipend.  All other benefits (access to Student Health, library and research facilities, etc.) will continue for the duration of the probationary period.

The Associate Dean for Graduate Education reviews all recommendations for dismissal before they are forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School.  If the student disagrees with the steering committee's recommendation, a written petition may be submitted to the DBBS Program and Student Affairs Committee and, if warranted, they will hear the appeal.


1Complete a one-semester Menotred Teaching Experience (MTE) and a minimum of three qualifying workshops.  students lead discussions and/or problem-solving sessions, prepare and deliver one or more lectures as part of the regular lecture schedule, and/or provide regular instruction in a laboratory environment. MTE will invlove student lead discussions and/or problem-solving sessions, preparation and delivery of one or more lectures as part of the regular lecture schedule, and/or regular instruction in a laboratory environment.

DGSP Academic Progress
Thesis Research

After rotations have been completed, students select a thesis mentor (Thesis Affiliation Form). Students are encouraged to gather information from several sources, including consultations with faculty and current students, before choosing a thesis lab. Ph.D. students must be in a thesis laboratory by September 1 of their second year, MSTP students by September 1 of the first year of Ph.D. training. If a student is interested in pursuing their graduate studies with a faculty member who is not affiliated with DBBS, the student must identify a co-mentor who is affiliated with DBBS. Please refer to your program coordinator for more information.

By the fifth semester of graduate study, students establish a thesis committee and present a thesis proposal. The purpose of the thesis committee is to advise the student in his or her thesis research and to provide the student with a readily accessible source of advice and constructive criticism during the dissertation research. The composition of thesis advisory committee requires approval from the respective Program Director, and the "Thesis Advisory Committee Approval Form" should be filled out (Thesis Advisory Committee Approval Form).

Dissertation Defense Committee Policy
The committee before which the student is examined consists of at least five members, who normally meet two independent criteria:
  1. Four of the five must be tenured or tenure-track Washington University faculty; one of these four may be a member of the Emeritus faculty. The fifth member must have a doctoral degree and an active research program, whether at Washington University, at another university, in government, or in industry.
  2. A minimum of three of the five must come from the student's degree program; at least one of the five must have an appointment outside of the student’s degree programs.

All committees must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences or by his or her designee, regardless of whether they meet the normal criteria.



Attendance by a minimum of four members of the Dissertation Defense Committee, including the committee chair and a faculty member from outside the student’s degree program, is required for the defense to take place. This provision is designed to permit your defense to proceed in case of a situation that unexpectedly prevents one of the five members from attending. Student’s must not schedule a dissertation defense at a time when only four members will be in attendance; the provision for defending in front of a committee of four will only be permitted if a committee member unexpectedly is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.  Note that the absence of the outside members or of the committee chair will necessitate rescheduling the defense.

Members of the Dissertation Defense Committee normally attend in person, but one of the five (or, in case of an emergency, one of the four) members may attend virtually (e.g., teleconference) instead.

Read individual program guidelines for specific requirements and "Satisfactory Academic Progress" below for detailed information.


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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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Qualifying Examination

Students must pass their program's qualifying examination. The format of the examination varies from program to program but an element common to all is an oral examination. The student should check their program's guidelines to determine the specific format of their exam. The purpose of the exam is to determine that the student has acquired sufficient knowledge to pursue independent research.

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Five Year Training Limit and Extensions to the Term Limit

Postdoctoral positions are limited to five years of training, including time at other institutions. Please check the PIF or the new postdoc’s CV to see if they had prior experience when entering the appointment. The Postdoc End Date field will automatically default to five years out from the initial date of appointment.  If the postdoc has prior experience, please change the postdoc end date on the Additional Personal Data page.  (It also displays on the Additional Job Data page, but cannot be changed there.)  The clock begins when the person begins postdoctoral training, not from the date of degree, though in most cases these two dates are very close. Clinical training (residencies & clinical fellowships) does not count towards this five year limit.

​Extensions to the five year limit to postdoctoral training may be granted by the Postdoc Policy Review Committee for extenuating circumstances, changes in lab or other significant personal or medical issues. To request an extension, please submit the form with required documents to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs three to six months in advance of the end date. Please take into consideration if you need to file for a visa. Generally speaking, extensions are granted for a maximum of one additional year. (Link to Policy and Form)

You do not need to file the official Request to Extend with the Committee if:
1. A postdoc will be leaving WU within three (3) months of their end date;
2. A postdoc has received an individual fellowship that extends past their postdoctoral training end date, but is within one year of that date (i.e., a postdoc has an AHA individual fellowship through June 2018, but their postdoc end date is November 2017).

In these two situations, please send an email to the OPA at explaining the details and copying all affected parties (postdoc, faculty advisor & department administrator) and they will respond via email. If you have questions about this process please contact the OPA at

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Diversity Postdoctoral Association (DPA)

Founded May 2007, the Diversity Postdoctoral Association (DPA) seeks to enrich the postdoctoral experience of the Postdoctoral Research Scholars & Associates from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences at Washington University.

If you are interested, please contact Rochelle Smith at or the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at

Organizations & Campus Groups - Postdocs
Ethics and Research Sciences, Responsible Conduct of Research and HIPAA

Entering students are informed of the Washington University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 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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All incoming students to WUSM are required to meet certain entrance health requirements.  These entrance requirements include proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases, in accordance with immunization guidelines, and a physical within one year of matriculation. Incomplete information will result in a student’s inability to attend classes.  The student alone is responsible for ensuring that all required forms are completed and returned to Student Health Service by July 15th.  For those students starting in the summer, form submission is required one month prior to your start date.  Failure to comply will result in a $95.00 late fee.  Please visit the Student Health web-site at for detailed requirements, instructions and forms.  Using your WUSTL key, you are able to submit your information using electronic record submission.​

If you need a physical, contact the following organization; they offer a reduced rate for WUSTL students.

BarnesCare Midtown
5000 Manchester Ave. 
314-747-5800 (call for appointment)
Hours:  Monday – Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm

Cost for physical:  ~$62.00
Immunizations could be ~$380.00
You may want to have this done at your undergraduate school.
In addition, they DO NOT accept insurance.

Entering Students
National Science Foundation

Alejandro Akrouh - Neurosciences

David Anderson - Immunology

Prachi Gopal Bagadia - Immunology

David Antoine Anderson Baranger - Neurosciences

Kirsten Brenner - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Melissa Marie Budelier - Biochemistry

Amy Kate Clippinger - Neurosciences

Melissa Cook - Immunology

Rebecca Lynn CunninghamDevelopmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology​

Tara Enders - Plant Biology

Vincent FasanelloEvolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Alexis Shontae Fennoy - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Anshu Priyanthi Gounder - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Percy Griffin - Molecular Cell Biology​

Sarem Seifu Hailemariam - Molecular Cell Biology

Zuzana Kocsisova - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Nathan D. Kopp - Human and Statistical Genetics

Brian Malpede - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Allyson Leigh Mayer - Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology

Lisa McLellanMolecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Ashley Muehler - Plant Biology

Elizabeth Mueller - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Amelia Nguyen - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Christina Marie O'Neill - Immunology

Luis Sandoval - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Stephanie Schultz - Neurosciences

Jennette ShootsPlant and Microbial Biosciences

Matthew Singh - Neurosciences

Allison Soung - Neurosciences

Melanie Anne Sparks - Biochemistry

Cassondra Leigh Vernier - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

James Weagley - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Marshall WedgerEvolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Rachel Wong - Immunology

Sara Wright - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Anne Zimmerman - Plant and Microbial Biosciences​

External Fellowship Awardees
Money Matters

The 2017-2018 annual stipend is $30,000.  Stipend payments are disbursed the last working day of each month.  You will receive an email notification on how to set-up direct deposit.  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.  Documents must be completed no later than the following dates:  June 16, July 17, August 16.

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​.

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​.  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 documentation when you meet with the OISS representative. 

Entering Students

Intent to Graduate Form must be filed:

December 22, 2016 for May 19, 2017 Graduation

August 1, 2017 for August 17, 2017 Graduation

October 2, 2017 for December 20, 2017 Graduation

Final Dissertation must be electronically submitted to the Graduate School:

April 24, 2017 for May 19, 2017 Graduation

September 5, 2017 for August 17, 2017 Graduation

January 2, 2018 for December 20, 2017 Graduation

Getting Ready to Graduate

The long awaited release of "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct" is now available for viewing on the ORI web site. The video simulation allows users to assume the role of a graduate student, post-doc, research administrator, or PI and make decisions that affect the integrity of research.

“On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research” National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy

Website for the Hastings Center

General Refs
Fall 2016

Andy Geisse Career Talk
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 10:15 am, McMillen Lab 311, Danforth Campus
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Boston Consulting Group
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, 2 pm, FLTC 207
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The Influence of Graduate Teaching and Volunteerism on Academic and Non-academic Career Paths
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, 1:30 pm, Connor Auditorium
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Paul R. Eisenberg Career Talk
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, 3:00 pm, Cori Auditorium
Register and more info:

Precision Medicine Pathway Career Panel
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, 3:00 pm, McDonnell Sciences 426
More info:

Career Talks

Fall 2016 Events

Ted Drewes Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, McDonnell Sciences Courtyard, 4:30 pm

Postdoc-PI Happy Hour to Celebrate Postdoc Appreciation Week!
Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, FLTC Hearth, 4:30 pm

Career Transition Fellowship Panel for Postdocs
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 1 pm, FLTC 205

Halloween Happy Hour
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, FLTC 214, 4:00 pm

Career Talk & Coffee Hour (Danforth Campus): Dr. Arlene Taich of the Career Center will lead a discussion regarding career paths for postdocs
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, Green Hall L0159 (Danforth Campus), 4:30 pm

Free Yoga Class for Postdocs Courtesy of Wash U Postdoc Society
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, FLTC 213, 5:30 pm

Postdoc Holiday Party
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, FLTC Hearth, 4:30 pm

Spring 2016 Events

Postdoc New Year Happy Hour
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, FLTC Hearth, 5 pm

St. Louis Blues Hockey Game
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, Scottrade Center, 7 pm

Coffee Hour - Teaching Skills: Drs. Chad Rogers & Jessica Williams will talk about teaching during their postdocs 
Monday, March 21, 2016, FLTC 213, 9 am

Immigration Seminar
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Erlanger Auditorium, 1:30 pm

Free Bowling courtesy of Wash U Postdoc Society
Thursday, April 28, 2016, Moolah Lanes, 6:30 pm

International Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, FLTC Hearth, 5 pm

Postdoc Society Events
Leaves of Absence

Students making satisfactory academic progress may request permission from the Director of their academic program for a leave of absence from graduate school of up to one year. The Director, in consultation with the program’s steering committee, will decide whether a leave will be granted. Leave will not normally be approved for a student who is not making satisfactory academic progress, or who wishes to take more than one year off. Students do not receive stipend support while on leave; however, Division payment for health insurance may be negotiated when the leave is taken for medical reasons. Students contemplating leaves should see their student coordinators to discuss health benefits and other details.

Students who take a leave without prior approval or who do not resume study at the end of the time granted must reapply for admission in order to return to the Division.

Sick Leave and Other Leave . Students may continue to receive stipends for up to 12 calendar days of sick leave per year. Sick leave may be used for the medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. 

New Child Leave. Students also may receive stipends for up to 8 weeks of New Child leave per year for the adoption or the birth of a child. Either parent is eligible for New Child leave.

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Time Off Policy
Student appointments to the Division are considered to be 52-week appointments and do not follow academic vacation schedules. Planned absences should be approved by the advisor and unplanned absences reported to them. “Advisors” in the graduate years are program directors, rotation mentors, TA course master and/or thesis mentors, as is appropriate. For MSTP students during their medical training, the Director of the MSTP program will serve as the supervisor. The total amount of excused absence should be consistent with that of academic employees of the University. This would include: University approved holidays; 22 days of vacation; and 12 days of sick time off annually. Sick time off and vacation are not carried over from year to year, are not accrued (available from time of appointment) and are not subject to payout at the termination of the graduate student appointment. Therefore, informal monitoring of this time off by advisors and students will normally be sufficient. For students in Ph.D. training, disputes between advisors and students should first be addressed by the Program Director. For MSTP students in medical training, disputes will be resolved by consensus between the MSTP Director and the clinical advisor. 

If you decide to travel and be away from the lab for any reason other than to perform research or attend a scientific meeting, your time away from work will be considered a vacation. Should you exceed the allotted 22 days of vacation per fiscal year, you may be required to take an unpaid leave of absence. Students who travel outside of the US are not covered by student health; however, travel insurance can be purchased and information is available at Student Health Services.

Special note for International Students: Due to increased security measures, the process of renewing student visas has been prolonged in several countries. In most instances, it is not necessary to travel home to renew a visa. If you decide to travel to home, please contact the International Office to obtain the required signature of an official representative on your I-20 form prior to traveling out of the country.

New Child Leave
Students may also receive stipends for up to 8 weeks of New Child leave per year for the adoption or birth of a child. Either parent is eligible for New Child leave.

EMail & Internet Access
All students are provided with email accounts and access to the Internet free of charge.  Most of the Division's communications about events, changes in policy, courses, etc. are sent by Wustl email.  Please see​​ for more information.

Emergency Short-term Loans
Students (PhD students and MSTP students in PhD years) may apply for a short-term emergency loan through the Graduate CenterShort-term loans are available for $500 or less to eligible students for a short period of time.  Short-term loans are billed to your student account and must be repaid in one month.  Please contact the Graduate Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Danforth University Center, in Room 300, 9am – 5pm, Monday - Friday.

MSTP Students in ME years may apply for similar loans through the Medical Alumni Fund.  Please contact WUSOM Office of Student Financial Planning 362-3045 or

Verifications for Federal Student Lenders
It is not necessary for students to request enrollment or degree verification from the Office of the University Registrar or the School of Medicine Registrar for federal student loan deferments. The lenders and servicing agencies for federal student loans download this information directly from the NSC on a regular basis.

Note that the anticipated degree date reported by the Clearinghouse to your loan lenders prior to your actual graduation is a calculated value based upon your year in school and enrollment status. They use it to project when you may no longer be in school and entering repayment on your loans.

Please contact The Registrar’s office for further questions:​

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