Info for Current Students

Important Dates for fall 2018

August 2018

  • August 14-20 - Tuesday through Monday -- Fall registration for new program graduate students
  • August 21 - Tuesday -- Last day a student may officially drop a course or cancel registration with the University Registrar for a full refund of fees
  • August 22 - Wednesday -- First day of classes
  • August 28 - Tuesday -- Last day to add a class for the 2018 Fall Semester

September 2018

  • September 3 - Monday -- Labor Day - Academic Holiday
  • September 20 - Thursday -- Last day for doctoral candidates for a December 2018 degree to submit a Notification of Intent to schedule a final examination to The Graduate School
  • September 20 - Thursday -- Last day to apply for degree for a December 2018 graduate degree

October 2018

  • October 15 - Monday -- Midterm of 2018 Fall Semester
  •  October 29-November 20 - Monday through Tuesday -- Priority registration for the 2019 Spring Semester

November 2018

  • November 8 - Thursday -- Last day candidates for a December 2018 degree can schedule a final examination in the Graduate School
  • November 21-24 - Wednesday through Saturday -- Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
  • November 28-January 6, 2019 - Wednesday through Sunday -- Add/Drop for registered students for the 2019 Spring Semester
  • November 29 - Thursday -- Last day candidates for a December 2018 degree can sit for a final examination

December 2018

  • December 7 - Friday -- Last day of classes
  • December 7 - Friday -- Last day for candidates for a December 2018 degree to submit thesis/dissertation (ETD) for format review to The Graduate School via UKnowledge
  • December 10-14 - Monday through Friday -- Final Examinations
  • December 14 - Friday -- End of 2018 Fall Semester
  • December 14 - Friday-- Last day for candidates for a December 2018 degree to submit final revised thesis/dissertation (ETD) for acceptance by The Graduate School for those students who first submitted December 7
  • December 14 - Friday -- December Commencement


Checklist for NEW Biology Graduate Students - 2018

Orientation Schedule for NEW Biology Graduate Students - 2018

August 9-10 (Thursday and Friday) International TA Orientation and Language Screenings. Language screenings for new International TAs will be held on Friday, August 10.

August 13 – 14 (Monday and Tuesday) New TA Orientation - Attendance at the entire University Orientation is part of your contract and required of all new domestic and international TAs. The Graduate School will send you information regarding the University orientation during the summer.

August 15th (Wednesday) 10:30 am - noon Room 109 THM Biology Department Orientation with Graduate Program Manager, Jacqueline Burke. At this orientation session we will go over things like parking passes, payroll procedures, tuition/fees and course registration.  Lunch will be provided.

August 15th (Wednesday) noon – 4:30 pm Room 109 THM Biology TA Orientation with Biology Department Chair, Vincent Cassone, Associate Chair, Dr. Ann Morris and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jennifer Osterhage.

August 16 (Thursday) 9:30 am 116 THM Biology Lab Safety Training with the UK Environmental Health and Safety Division. (Mandatory for all new Biology Graduate Students and new Biology TAs.)

August 17 (Friday) Departmental Picnic 5pm-10pm Hartland Clubhouse – more information to follow on picnic.

August 20 (Monday) 9:30am – 10:30am Biology Graduate Program Orientation and Advising with Dr. Westneat

August 21 (Tuesday) Biology TA Training - mandatory for all Biology Graduate Students and Biology TAs.

August 22 (Wednesday) First Day of classes


Note: This is not intended as an exhaustive list of all grad school dates and requirements. It is simply a reminder of important dates/deadlines for students anticipating a summer 2018 degree. More information regarding dates and degree requirements can be found on the grad school website.


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