Resources for Current Students

Welcome to Stanford University!

We are excited that you have chosen Stanford University’s PhD Program in Immunology for your PhD studies.

Who is this site for?

The Resources page is for new grad students as well as all graduates in the Stanford Immunology PhD program. This page provides links to resources necessary for your training and outlines the Immunology PhD curriculum.

What will you find here?

This site provides important updates about things to take care of before and when you begin your graduate studies, current policies in the Stanford Immunology PhD Program Handbook, required University and program forms for all graduates, and resources on Stanford University's recovery and return to work and academic research efforts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How to Submit Student Forms, Petitions, and Requests


The Stanford Immunology PhD Program Handbook is a guide to current policies, standards, procedures and resources that govern students in the Immunology PhD program at Stanford. In addition, students participating in Stanford University’s PhD program are subject to policies and standards established by both Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Immunology.

Familiarize yourself with the program rules and requirements as well as curriculum requirements. The handbook also includes directory of current students, tips on how to choose rotations and a thesis lab, as well as how to prepare for qualifying exam. First years are recommended to be completely familiar with the material presented in this handbook before starting their first quarter at Stanford.

Every effort is made to ensure the information contained in this online handbook is accurate and current. Stanford Immunology Program reserves the right to make changes and revisions in the applicable regulations, procedures, policies, requirements, and other information contained in the handbook at any time without notice.

  • To provide intra-program mentorship and support beyond the First Year Mentorship Committee, confidential one-on-one mentorship office hours are available. These sign-up or drop-in sessions should provide a safe, no-judgment space for students to ask for advice from or vent to faculty and senior (3rd year and above) graduate students.
  • Check the office hours for peers and faculty mentors here
  • Nominate faculty and peer mentors who you have found helpful and/or you think would be helpful to others here
  • Immunology PhD candidates must complete 135 units of graduate course work and research. In addition to courses, students must also complete at least three lab rotations, pass qualifying exams, present at the annual Stanford Immunology retreat, and serve as teaching assistants to two immunology courses. Further details for program requirements can be found on the Curriculum page and in the program training timeline document below.
  • Program Training Timeline


Student eForms

eForms is the platform that provides student access to and submission of Registrar-related and enrollment-based petitions. Both new electronic forms and existing pdf forms are housed there. By Spring 2021, this platform is scheduled to replace all pdf petitions with electronic forms that are routed to the Office of the Registrar for final approval.

To go to Stanford eForms, log in to Axess, hover over the Student mega menu, and select “Student eForms”.



Mental Health Resources at Stanford

You or someone you may know will experience new and unexpected challenges during your time at Stanford. Below, you can find a list of mental health resources to help you navigate challenging times. Visit the Student Affairs Mental Health Resources page.

Faculty and Staff can find resources in the Red Folder to support student well-being in a virtual campus environment.


Congratulations and welcome to graduate studies at Stanford Immunology! 

Please check out Grad Connect, a virtual orientation for incoming Stanford doctoral and masters graduate students. This “course” on Canvas is full of information to help you take care of things before and when you begin your graduate studies, aggregating from multiple sources so you don’t have to search for what you need (Grad Connect complements the Gateway for New Graduate Students).

You should have received an invitation to join Grad Connect on Canvas, Stanford’s learning management system (you’re going to use Canvas for your courses, so get started now!). If you didn’t receive an invitation, you can self-enroll here).

Read the welcome letter to incoming graduate students from Vice Provosts Stacey F. Bent and Susie Brubaker-Cole for important updates and resources.


Get updates and prepare for the 2020-21 academic year

Check out Stanford Grad Updates - a new website aggregating important information for the 2021-22 academic year. Stanford Grad Updates helps graduates prepare for the 2020-21 academic year with  health and education as top priorities. The site has current information for new and continuing graduate students, including those pursuing professional degrees.

Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning

Upcoming Events

    Thursday, February 10 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST

  • Learn resilience-focused techniques to help you thrive in grad school, even during a pandemic.

    In these extraordinary times, personal and academic resilience are as critical as ever. How do we survive, cope, and thrive in the current moment? How might we manage uncertainty and cultivate compassion? What will “academic progress” look like in the coming months, and how do we learn effectively in the context of disruptive events?

    Motivation, self-relevance, and resilience are the unsung cornerstones of effective learning. This workshop will introduce a system for students who may feel disconnected from class material and highlight ways they can bounce back from potential setbacks while cultivating resilience in both personal and academic realms.

    Topics covered: Resilience; growth-mindset


    This workshop is presented by the Peer Learning Consultant Program ( at the Center for Teaching and Learning. For more information about the program and upcoming events, visit For any questions or inquiries, please contact us at
  • Online Teaching Resources: We’ve also compiled several that TAs can consult as they prepare to teach online for the start of winter quarter: 
    10 Strategies for TAing Online
    10 Strategies for Virtual Office Hours
    Teaching Commons Remote Teaching Guide
    CTL Strategies for Teaching Online
  • Co-sponsored by the Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) and the Biosciences Grant Writing Academy, the Mini Proposal Bootcamp starts February 23, 2022. It is designed to boost your grant writing efforts!
    Learn More & Register:
    Workshops (Zoom) --- Wednesdays @ 1-2:30 PM – February 23, March 2, 9, 16
  • 2/23 - Getting Started on your Proposal
  • 3/2 - Writing Crystal Clear Specific Aims
  • 3/9 - Crafting a Compelling Training Plan
  • 3/16 - Addressing the Why, What, & How of the Research Strategy
  • Time to Write (Hybrid) --- Thursdays @ 4-6 PM – February 24, March 3, 10, 17
    Reserve time on your calendar to work on your proposal or other writing project. Join in person (Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Research Building) or over Zoom.

    All Stanford graduate students, postdocs, instructors, clinical fellows, etc. are welcomed, in-person or on Zoom. SUNet ID is required to join the Zoom meetings. 

    Join all activities or only a few. 
    Each activity you join provides a digital raffle ticket for a random drawing for 10 (ten) winners, who will receive a Stanford T-shirt or other swag from the Stanford Bookstore (up to $35 value each). Raffle is open to only trainees and not staff nor faculty. 
  • BIOSCIENCES GRADUATE STUDENTS (2nd & 3rd year): Don’t forget that the pilot FY22 incentive provides you with $250 when you submit a proposal to NIH or other external sponsor, regardless of the proposal’s outcome. Learn More.
  • Questions? Please email Crystal Botham (

Resources and Opportunities

A single source emergency preparedness website

The Office of Emergency Management created CardinalReady. The website houses scenario-specific guidance for students, staff, and faculty. Scenarios include earthquakes, active threats, power outages, and more.


Resources available for graduate students, staff, and faculty

Shelter in place, financial resources and other updates
Stanford Mutual Aid is a collective student support site
Basic Needs Fund for grad students

SOM Education Restart related to the restart of MD, MS, MSPA, PhD, Post-Doc, and Continuing Education

Cardinal Recovery guide to returning to campus
Research Recovery plan to resume research activity

Connect with the Immunology community and others in Biosciences.

Current students, postdocs, and alumni can make connections, share ideas, and learn in a mutually beneficial way.