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Info for Current Biology Graduate Students

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates for Graduate Students:

  • September 20, 2023: Last day doctoral candidates for a December 2023 degree can submit a Notification of Intent to schedule a final examination in The Graduate School
  • October 23-24: Fall Break
  • November 1:  Last day to apply for a December 2023 graduate degree in myUK
  • November 16: Last day candidates for a December degree can submit a request to schedule a final examination through the GRADUATE SCHOOL.
  • November 22-25: Thanksgiving Break
    November 30: Last day candidates for a December 2023 degree can sit for a final examination.
  • December 6: Last day of classes
  • December 7-8: Reading days (classes do not meet)
  • December 11-14: Final Exams
  • December 15: Commencement 

Thesis template:

Checklist of common errors (also includes info on bookmarks and using landscaped pages).

Instructions on how to upload your ETD document to UKnowledge.


*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 May (Spring) 2020 degree. More information regarding dates and degree requirements can be found on the grad school website and in the graduate student handbook provided by your specific program of study.

Health Plan

Notice: Policy Year August 15, 2023 to August 14, 2024

Student Health Plan Provider is the University of Kentucky underwritten by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, with Second Administrator, AHP.

Learn more at

Please visit Anthem. Once you create an account you will have access to print your ID Card.
Funded Graduate Student Health Plan Declination Form (for domestic funded graduate students only, for 2021-2022 academic year).

Due before the first day of fall class. This needs to be filled out each semester you wish to waive the plan.

International Students: For updated waiver requirements, please see University of Kentucky International Center website.


For billing questions, check out the UK Student Account Services website.

  • Questions about charges
  • Payment options

For registration questions, check out the UK Registrar's website

  • Tuition and fee rates
  • Academic Calendar
  • Residency
  • Course registration and information

For general financial aid questions, check out the UK Financial Aid website.

  • Grants/loans
  • General scholarship information

For information about your health fee and the University Health Service, check out the University Health Service website.

For Fellowship opportunities, check out the Graduate School Fellowship website.

To find your way around campus, check out the University Campus Guide for a campus map.

For tax information with assistantships, check out Graduate School Taxes.

For Information on University of Kentucky parking, check out the UK Parking and Transportation Services website.

Other helpful Student Affairs Links

Campus Recreation
Martin Luther King Cultural Center
Wildcard ID Center
UK Bookstore

Graduate Student Resources – Links to some essential campus resources for graduate students

Who do I go to for...

Department Managers

Jacqueline Burke

Academic Administration Senior 

  • Faculty Affairs
  • Department Payroll
  • Department Budget Approvals
  • All Financial Matters for Graduate Students
  • Summer FWS 

Kristina Morgan
Department Manager Sr. 

  • Department Seminar and Events Coordinator
  • Department Newsletters
  • Office Supply Orders
  • Coordinates TA Observations and Evaluations
  • Assists DGS with recruiting, orientations, Exam Cards, Graduate Forms, Degree Audits​​​​​​​

Allegra Solomon
Department Manager 

  • Undergraduate Affairs
  • Room Scheduling - contact for scheduling rooms for committee meetings, dissertation seminars and, Exit Exams
  • Proctor Schedule