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Here are important links to help students make academic progress while working remotely:

Instructions for virtual committee meetings [meetings less than 3 months overdue may be postponed)

Instructions for virtual candidacy exams [may be postponed]

Instructions for virtual defenses [all defenses will be held virtually until further notice] 

Instructions for graduating while working remotely

Instructions for submitting academic forms for review by the Academic Standards Committee

A video with tips for a virtual defense that could apply to other academic meetings (Zoom was used instead of WebEx but the info is still relevant)

Additional GSBS academic info

Information about postdoctoral positions
If you are a graduating GSBS PhD student who is planning to move into a postdoctoral position at MD Anderson or UTHealth, please contact GSBS Academic Affairs ( for advice.

MD Anderson has lifted the hiring freeze for new trainees and classified employees being paid 100% from Fund Group 90 funds. GSBS PhD graduates may now be hired as postdoctoral fellows or in appropriate classified positions. If you have questions, please contact Medhanit Zekarias or Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD.

Academic milestone update
The Graduate School will be extending deadlines for all academic milestones for students who entered any degree programs prior to fall 2020 for a period of one semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions, please contact Bill Mattox, PhD, or Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD (PhD students) / Eric Swindell, PhD, or Nicolle Patterson (MS students).  

The requirement that PhD students must have an accepted first-author publication before they graduate has been suspended through summer 2021 due to research delays caused by the pandemic. In order to both defend and graduate, the GSBS minimum requirement is now that the student must have submitted at least one first-author (or co-first author) research paper. Please keep in mind that, beyond this minimum, the student's advisory committee may require additional submissions or publications for graduation. If you have questions, please contact Bill Mattox, PhD, or Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD.

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:

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.