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



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.

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


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 2020-21 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

  • Winter TA Orientation
    Friday, January 7, 1–4pm PDT
    Link to more information about TA Orientation
    Link to register for TA Orientation
    This event is highly recommended for all winter quarter TAs. It will provide a foundation in evidence-based teaching practices for new and returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community. Topics covered include teaching to promote well-being, creating inclusive learning environments, and fair and equitable grading practices.

    TA Orientation: While university events are still deemed to be safe and there is no evidence of classroom spread thusfar, we don’t want to unfairly disadvantage any students who may test positive and not be able to attend TA Orientation in-person. So in order to provide a more equal footing regardless of potential health status, we’ve decided that TA Orientation for Winter 2022 will be held online. You can register for TA Orientation at this link: TA Orientation registration. The program will run from 1–4pm on Friday, January 7, via Zoom and include workshops on supporting mental health and well being in teaching and learning, creating an inclusive classroom, leading discussion sections, grading, and more. More information about TA Orientation

    For questions and accommodation requests, please contact Amanda Modell 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
  • Online Teaching Open House: Since many may have questions about teaching section or holding office hours online during the first weeks of the quarter, we will be holding an Online Teaching Open House on Tuesday, January 4, from 1–2pm via Zoom (register for Online Teaching Open House). Graduate students can come and get questions answered about online office hours, section, and the best way to support your students and yourselves during yet another unusual quarter. If there are questions you would like to address on a one-to-one basis, please request a consultation through CTL. We will be happy to match you with a trained Graduate Teaching Consultant to consult with you during week 1 of winter quarter.
  • Grant Writing Academy

The Grant Writing Academy coaches graduate and postdoctoral trainees in developing and articulating research strategies to tackle important scientific questions. Visit the website for workshops and resources:

Mini Proposal Bootcamp (offered next in 2022)

Spring Proposal Bootcamp (offered next in 2022)

Resources and Opportunities

Visit the Center for Teaching and Learning site.

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.