​Current Students

Student.pngThe Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences is organized into twelve academic programs, each representing a different scientific area.  At the beginning of the 2019 academic year, Division students numbered 698, with 494 enrolled in PhD training and 204 pursuing the combined MD/PhD degree under the auspices of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Students receive current guidelines for these programs upon matriculation, and periodic updates as changes occur. These guidelines provide students with policies, procedures, and requirements specific to the academic program in which they are enrolled. In addition, the Division offers several Special Emphasis Pathways to enhance our rigorous graduate training.  Career Development is available, as well, to assist students with planning for life after grad school. Please explore the links in the left column to learn all about the opportunities and resources available to DBBS students.

Money Matters

The 2019-2020 annual stipend is $30,500.  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.  Documents must be completed no later than the following dates:  June 11, July 11, August 8.

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. 

Compliancy Training

DBBS requires all students to complete the following e-training modules:

  • HIPAA 101
  • Lab Safety Initial Training Curriculum
  • PERCSS (Program for Ethical Conduct of Science & Scholarship)
  • Sexual Harrassment

You will receive an e-mail from DBBS-Student Finance containing instructions on how to complete these mandatory compliancy modules.

Housing and Relocation

Have you found a place to live?

Information about relocating to St. Louis can be found on the DBBS Relocating​ to St. Louis webpage.  The Division maintains a roommate list for current and incoming graduate students online.  A link to this list will be provided to you from your coordinator via email.  Check back frequently for updates.

Student IDs

When you arrive in St. Louis, contact your DBBS Program Coordinator to obtain authorization for an ID Card.  All Washington University students should carry their WU Student ID Card whenever they are on campus. The ID gives you access to buildings on the Medical Campus and select Danforth campus buildings, or using the campus shuttle.  

To ride the MetroLink you must have your WU Student ID and Metro U-Pass (see Transportation below for additional information on the Metro U-Pass).


When searching for a lab in which to rotate, the PI of the lab may ask your DBBS Program Coordinator to view your application. Please complete the File Permission Form to ensure a seamless transition to each rotation.

Setting Up Your First Rotation
We encourage all DBBS students to research our faculty database and to contact potential research mentors before arriving on campus. Here are a few tips to make setting up your first rotation a success: 

  • Review faculty and their research interests to get an idea of where you want to rotate.
  • Most faculty members prefer to be contacted initially by email, so contact faculty before you arrive.
  • To prepare for your first meeting with the faculty member, read some recent papers from the faculty member's laboratory.
  • Download and fill out the Researc​h Rotation Form​ and give to your program coordinator.  
  • Please visit the Student Forms section of the DBBS website for all student forms.


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 http://wusmhealth.wustl.edu 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 - $118.00
Immunizations could be ~$405.00
You may want to have this done at your undergraduate school.
In addition, they DO NOT accept insurance.


​Washington University U-Pass Program

Washington University in St. Louis offers a comprehensive transportation program through Metro St. Louis, the region's public transportation agency.  The U-Pass program provides Metro passes for full-time students, benefits-eligible faculty and staff, and full-time employees of qualified service providers.  This program provides students and other members of the University community unlimited access to the St. Louis Metropolitan region on public transit.  In addition, there are three bus routes that specifically target the connection of Washington University's campuses to nearby residential and shopping areas.  For more information on the U-Pass program, please call (314) 935-5601 or visit parking.wustl.edu/transportation/Pages/u-pass.aspx.  Metro route and schedule information is available online at metrostlouis.org.  Faculty, staff, and students who use the U-Pass as the primary mode of transportation to and from campus may enroll in the Occasional Parking program and are also eligible for the Citizens for Modern Transit Guaranteed Ride Home program.  See your DBBS Program Coordinator to register for the fall semester to become eligible for the U-Pass.

For information on parking & shuttle routes on the Med School campus, visit the Washington University School of Medicine(WUSM) Transportation Office online or call 314-362-6824.

For information on parking and shuttle routes on the Danforth (main) campus, visit the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Transportation Office​ online or call 314-935-5601.

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