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GSBS News and Updates:

Updated April 2, 2020

Child care: GSBS GRAs at MD Anderson can utilize Bright Horizons Houston for child care needs. This is currently the only option for any GSBS students. See link for complete details (requires MD Anderson credentials to access.)

Parking rate updates from TMC, MD Anderson, and UTHealth: The Texas Medical Center will be reducing all contract parking rates by 50%, for the month of April. All customers that pre-pay at the beginning of the month, will be charged the reduced rate of 50% for the facility they park in. All customers that receive a monthly invoice, will also see the 50% reduced rate for every active contract on their account. These rate reductions also apply to MD Anderson-owned garages.

Auxiliary Enterprises-Parking Services will also be discounting all monthly parking contracts in UTHealth-owned garages and lots by 50% for the month of April.

 Get complete details on the GSBS Alerts Parking and Transit page.

Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an extension to the Stay Home, Work Safe order for the Greater Houston area. This new order runs through Thursday, April 30. See link above for complete details.

Academic milestone update: The Graduate School will be extending deadlines for academic milestones, including advisory meetings, for students in all degree programs. The length of the extensions is unknown at this time but will be based on the period of disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions, please contact Bill Mattox, PhD, or Brenda Gaughan (PhD students) / Eric Swindell, PhD, or Kelly Moore, PhD (MS students).  

Emergency loan information for GSBS students: Students in good academic standing may apply for a 90-day interest-free emergency loan up to $1,000.  More information can be found here. Students must submit an e-loan application and promissory note:

Emergency loan applications received before 4 p.m. are processed the same day. The Bursar’s office will disburse the funds the same day through direct deposit or regular mail. It’s important to make sure your direct deposit is set up in myUTH to expedite the process. Please contact Priscila Ramirez for questions on emergency loans:

Effective March 29, 2020: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expands travel/quarantine order: The governor also issued a proclamation regarding his prior Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine for individuals arriving from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Executive Order now includes air travelers arriving from the following states and cities:

Having a hard time staying productive while working remotely? GSBS Associate Dean Cherilynn Shadding, PhD, and Assistant Director Raquel Salinas, PhD, have compiled tips for working from home. Check out these tips and more here.

Find self-care tips here on our GSBS Alerts Health and Travel page.

GSA anonymous survey for concerns during COVID-19Unedited responses will be forwarded to GSBS Deans' Office. The GSA and GSBS Deans' Office will address issues and provide further assistance.

Stipend information: All GSBS students will continue to receive their stipends while our parent institutions implement changes to lab structures. If GSBS faculty/PIs or students have concerns regarding stipends, please contact Pat Bruesch.

GSBS 2020 Commencement: As the Graduate School and our parent institutions, MD Anderson Cancer Center and UTHealth, continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, it is with considerable regret that the GSBS announces the cancellation of the 2020 GSBS Commencement Ceremony, which was to be held on May 9, 2020. Click here for more information.

The actions below are effective through April 30, 2020 (this date may be extended):

GSBS messages regarding COVID-19

April 2: The Essential

March 26: The Essential

March 23: GSBS COVID-19 Update: Stipend and lab information for March 23

March 20: A message about the 2020 GSBS Commencement Ceremony

March 19: The Essential

March 17: GSBS COVID-19 update for March 17

March 16: GSBS guidelines for WebEx meetings 

March 13: GSBS administrative offices to go online on March 16

March 13: GSBS Coronavirus Update and Information for March 13

March 12: Please respond: Important GSBS Student Survey