Newly Admitted Students

Please use the following resources and information to prepare for becoming a PhD student in the Biological Sciences Division.

First Steps

Claiming your CNET: Your first step as a student will be claiming your CNET ID. This will enable you to login to various university systems and set up your university-affiliated email address. To claim your CNET ID, you will need to visit the IT Services website and click on the "Create your CNET ID and password" link and then follow the listed instructions to create your email address. The University of Chicago will use this email address as its primary means of communication.

Sending your official transcript:  An official transcript certifying your degree is a required part of your student file. An official electronic copy sent from the registrar’s office to BSD Admissions is preferable. If an electronic copy is not possible, a paper copy can be mailed directly from the registrar, noting the degree(s) conferred, to our office at:

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
c/o Ryan Crisp
924 E. 57th Street, Suite 104
Chicago, Illinois 60637-5416


UChicago Forward

Our University community is returning to campus with a renewed spirit of care for one another, and a commitment to maintaining UChicago’s distinctive academic and intellectual qualities and values. In close collaboration with public health experts and UChicago Medicine, we’re implementing a wide range of health precautions while building a campus culture focused on shared responsibility for health and safety. Visit for more information.


International Students

Visit the Office of International Affairs Admitted Students page for more information on applying for an F1/J1 visa.


Housing Resources


Student Talks

Neuroscience Student Talks
Thierri Callier - Bensmaia Laboratory
Qinpu He - Bensmaia
"Does Spike Timing in S1 Shape Tactile Perception?" | "Sensory Computations in the Cuneate Nucleus of Macaques"
June 21st, 2021

Neuroscience Student Talks
Claire Mckinnon - Sherman Laboratory
Elizabeth Anne de Laittre - MacLean Laboratory

"Transthalamic Pathways Between Primary and Higher Visual Cortex" | "Of Mice and Millet: Functional Relationships in Mouse Motor Cortex During Skilled Movements"
June 14th, 2021

Neuroscience Student Talks
Caleb Sponheim - Hatsopoulos Laboratory
Dalton Moore - Hatsopoulos Laboratory

"Representation of Kinetic Information in Motor Cortex for Brain-Machine Interfaces" | "Validating Markerless Tracking for Assessing Information Content in Motor Cortical Reactivations During Sleep"
June 7th, 2021

Neuroscience Seminar Series 
Athena Akrami, PhD - University College London
"The Lingering Past in Working Memory - From Sensory History to Optimal Learning of Regularities"
June 1st, 2021


Student Research

Responsible Conduct of Research Policies

If your research plan includes relevant types of experimental work that will be covered by experimental protocols, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the University of Chicago policies on the responsible conduct of research before arriving on campus. Specifically, see the links for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Office of Research Safety. Also review the IACUC website for mandatory training modules (CNET ID required), protocols and other information that will be useful to know before you work in a research lab.


Student Health

  • 21/22 academic school year U-SHIP insurance becomes effective on 09/01/2021.  You can read more about student insurance by visiting the Wellness@UChicago page.
  • The State of Illinois and the University of Chicago require students to have proof of immunity and/or vaccinations for certain diseases/illnesses.  Visit the Wellness@UChicago Required Immunizations page for more information.






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