​​Welcome Entering Students!

Please download and complete the Student Contact Information form and the File Permission Form found below in "Rotations".  This will assist your DBBS Program Coordinator as they prepare for your arrival.  Also arrange for your final transcript with proof of degree to be sent to Patrice Foy in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences at the address listed below.  Visit the links below and the "Entering Class Checklist​" to help with your transition to Graduate School.  Contact your DBBS Program Coordinator for any concerns or questions.

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 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 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)

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.

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).

Rotations

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 Research Rotation Form and give to your program coordinator.  
  • Please visit the Student Forms section of the DBBS website for all student forms.

Health

​As an incoming student, Washington University Student Health Services requires you to have a physical and/or immunizations and to complete the forms found at the link above.  You will also be required to attend Student Health orientation before beginning a lab rotation.  Students arriving early for a summer rotation should contact Student Health to schedule an orientation appointment.  Summer orientation appointment dates are as follows:  June 7, June 21, July 5, and July 19.  All appointments are at 8:00 am.  Students starting after July 18th will be asked to attend an appointment during Orientation week, August 22-26, 2016.
Note - Student Health will not be able to schedule an appointment without first receiving the required paperwork at least two weeks prior to arriving.

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:  ~$58.00
Immunizations could be ~$372.00
You may want to have this done at your undergraduate school.
In addition, they DO NOT accept insurance.

Transportation

​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.

​The Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Box 8226

660 S. Euclid Ave.

St. Louis, MO  63110

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