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Updated on Jan. 18, 2022

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available to order
The U.S. Postal Service has begun taking orders for free at-home coronavirus test kits. Every household in the U.S. is eligible to order four (4) free at-?home COVID-?19 tests. The tests are completely free and orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Click here to place your order.

GSBS classes to go online for the month of January
To avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the GSBS has recommended that, where possible, all didactic courses begin the spring semester with virtual classes through Monday, Jan. 31. The school will continue to monitor the situation and reassess this move to determine if classes may transition to a hybrid/in-person format or should remain online. Lab-based graduate student research should continue to be carried out in-person with appropriate PPE and following institutional policies for the lab’s location.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available via UT Physicians
The UT Health Vaccine Clinic is located in the UT Health Science Center Professional Building, Suite G-125 (in the garage) located at 6410 Fannin, Houston, TX 77030. The hub is open Monday through Friday, from 12:30 to 4:20 p.m. Click here to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcomed

Students can get COVID-19 testing at student health services
UTHealth Student Health & Counseling Services is located at UT Professional Building, Suite 130, 6410 Fannin, Houston, TX 77030. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and appointments are preferred. Click here for complete details

Reminder: Schedule for GSBS administrative offices
The school's administrative office is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Most GSBS staffers are working a hybrid schedule and can meet with students in person. Please note that a mask must be worn at the BSRB and our administrative offices. To schedule an in-person appointment with a GSBS staff member, please contact them before arriving at their office. We look forward to seeing you at the BSRB. If you have questions please email us at

Click here to read the latest COVID-19 updates from MD Anderson and UTHealth Houston:

For the latest information regarding safety protocols, travel, shuttles, parking, health, and more, the Graduate School asks that you refer to these institutional websites listed below. These sites, which require institutional credentials or network to access, are updated on a regular basis and should be checked often as MD Anderson and UTHealth maybe different information for its labs/clinics/employees.

Note: Institutional links require credentials to access.

The Office of Academic Affairs has made updates regarding academic milestones. For students that matriculated into their current degree program prior to fall 2020, the Graduate School will continue to provide a one-semester extension for most degree milestones due to delays in student progress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, this extension will no longer apply to advisory committee meetings. As we move to resume in-person classes for fall 2021 and our parent institutions progress towards regular, in-person operations, the Graduate School expects that our students will be able to schedule their committee meetings at least once every six months.  Students who have not had an advisory committee meeting within the last six months should schedule one as soon as possible. 

Additionally, the publication requirement will be reinstated for all PhD students graduating in the fall 2021 semester. All students that graduate on or after August 30, 2021, will be required to have an accepted first-author scientific publication in order to graduate

Below are additional informational websites and resources regarding the pandemic:

If you still have questions after consulting the resources above, please email for assistance.

Archived messages from the GSBS and our parent institutions 

*Please note that the messages below require institutional credentials or network to access