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Computational Bioscience Program Resources

Mentoring and Advising

General academic advising is done by the Graduate Studies Director or Program Administrator. Be sure to meet with the Program Administrator first at the beginning of each term, prior to registration and before completion of program milestones (prelims, comps, etc.) to ensure you are adhering to the graduate school rules. Once students have passed their comprehensive exam, they are admitted to candidacy for their PhD. At this point, they are advised by the Graduate Studies Advisor, Dr. Pollock on how to create their own curriculum vitae, which they are now responsible for maintaining. Once they have been admitted to candidacy, students only have to meet with Dr. Pollock twice a year (at the beginning of each semester) and demonstrate, using an updated C.V., that they are making adequate progress.

Contact: David Pollock, Graduate Studies Director
Contact: Elizabeth Wethington, Program Administrator

Postdoctoral and Career Development Office

The mission of the Postdoctoral and Career Development Office at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Denver/Anschutz) is to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows acquire the non- science skills and experiences they need to successfully transition in their careers, both inside and outside of academia. We strive to supplement the world-class research training at CU Denver | Anschutz with world-class "non-bench" training, making our alumni highly sought after employees in a myriad of professions.

The Postdoctoral and Career Development Office (PCDO) serves as an informational resource for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and administrators. We encourage you to visit the website often to learn about all the professional and career development opportunities that we provide - the skills and experiences you gather now can be the keys to opening the doors to your future.

As part of our career development program, we feature workshops that were developed through an NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) award. In 2013, the NIH selected the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus as one of 17 universities nationwide to receive a BEST award. This award has enabled the development of unique career development opportunities in biomedical science training that increase the preparedness and employability of bioscience PhDs in the non-academic workforce, and we are excited to incorporate these opportunities into our programming.

Visit the website for more information.

Grants and Fellowships

All students receive a stipend and benefits throughout their tenure in the program. Additional grants and fellowships are available to advance research projects and support career development. The Graduate School maintains a database of grant and fellowship opportunities for your consideration. Access the database here.

Housing Information

The Graduate School, in concert with current graduate students, has created this residential information website to help you with your housing needs. The Graduate School surveyed all graduate and medical students on the Anschutz Medical Campus and compiled the results presented on the webpage. If you have questions about the housing survey or would like to ask about particular neighborhoods, please consult your graduate program administrator.

Visit the website for more information.

Program FAQ

 Do I have to take the GRE General or GRE Subject Test?

GRE General is required for all applicants. GRE subject tests are not required. Please see the Admissions and Application page for details.1

 Do I have to take the TOEFL?

​If you are an international student, then an official report of a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or other demonstration of adequate English language skills is required. If you are not sure, contact the Graduate School directly at Graduate.School@ucdenver.edu.2

 Is there an application fee?

​Yes, the application fee is $50 domestic and $75 international non-refundable.3

 Is there financial aid? How do I apply?

​​All first-year PhD students are supported on a stipend from the Graduate School. After the first year, students are supported by individual faculty after entering a thesis laboratory. We encourage students to apply for financial aid, fellowships, scholarships and grants as they apply.4

 What about other scholarships, fellowships, and/or grants?

​American students are encouraged to apply for various graduate fellowships from funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, AWIS and DOE. Students from other countries are encouraged to explore these opportunities as well in their home country.5

 How can I find out the status of my application?

​Log onto the application portal using your username and password.6

 When can I expect a decision on my application?

​The deadline for application is December 1st. Decisions are made as quickly as possible, however the process may run into April.7

 Where should I send my statements, my transcripts, or any other materials?

​Please refer to The Application Process on this web site. Do not send materials to the Director of the Computational Bioscience Program, or to individual faculty members. The documents may get lost.8

 I don't have the conventional admission background you require, but instead have related experiences. Am I still eligible for admission?

​We do consider outstanding applicants from related disciplines. If we think you can easily bridge from your existing background to an adequate bioinformatics background, we may admit you. Students with significant deficiencies will not be admitted.9

 Are there opportunities for me to attend major North American conferences in my area of interest?

​Yes. It is often the case that faculty send their graduate students to major conferences in North America, to present joint research papers. At UC Denver, there is a regional annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference for graduate students to share research results and make connections.10

 If I am a foreign student in the US, is it likely there will be anyone else there from my country?

​The University of Colorado is multi-cultural and we encourage diversity. There are students from all over the globe studying at UC Denver; there is an annual international festival at CU Boulder. No matter where you are from, you will be able to make connections with others from around the world.11

 Where can I get information on off-campus residence?

​You can visit the Graduate School housing information website here.12

 What do current Bioinformatics students say about the program?

​Go to the Ph.D Students page on this site. We encourage you to email students directly and ask them about their experiences.13

 What are the research areas of the faculty?

​Take a look at the Faculty and Research page.14

 What it is like living in Denver and what is there to do?

The cost of living in the Denver metro area is slightly higher than the national average but considerably lower than other major cities in the U.S. Although the campus is in Aurora, CO most people from campus live in the City of Denver. That works because there is great public transportation to campus and generally speaking everywhere around the Denver metro area. So if you’re savvy with public transportation it’s really not necessary to drive a car every day. These are good resource to cruise through when you have some time: Living in Denver, Denver Center for Performing Arts

Here are few of the reasons why we love living in Colorado, and the Denver metro area: 1) accessibility of the mountains, 2) relatively low congestion in the city itself with lots of access points in and out, 3) mild climate and 300+ days of sunshine a year, and 4) access to pretty much anything you can wish for (culture, cuisine, recreation including tons of trails in the city, quality neighborhoods, diversity, etc.).

The climate in Denver and throughout the state is pleasant with relatively mild, sunny winters and warm, dry summers. Denver averages more than 300 days of sunshine per year. The nearby Rocky Mountains offer a spectacular array of outdoor recreational activities, including skiing, climbing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, gliding, paddling, and a variety of other water sports. Popular vacation and sightseeing spots include Boulder,Rocky Mountain National Park,Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Steamboat Springs,Breckenridge,Telluride, andAspen. Cultural assets include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, theColorado Symphony Orchestra, theDenver Art Museum, countless smaller organizations and artists of all kinds throughout the region.

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