All University personnel - including graduate students - are expected to comply with health and safety procedures, including wearing a mask while inside any university building or when it is not possible to maintain 6-feet of physical distance. Return-to-lab safety protocol remains in effect. Protocol and recommendations can change on a daily basis so please check your email often for updates and contact your PI if you are unsure about requirements.
College of Science leadership is working closely with the department to implement safety measures before the beginning of Fall semester. We will do our best to minimize course interruptions through a mix of in-person and online course content delivery. Please note changes to the academic calendar.
As always, the mental and physical well-being of our students is a top priority. If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or unwell the University has many resources available. Virus testing remains free for students and the Counseling Center is operating normal office hours. You can find comprehensive information and resources here: https://gradschool.utah.edu/covid-19/
The Graduate Student Advisory Committee exists to serve current graduate students. GSAC is an invaluable resource for improving the graduate experience. Learn more.
Departmental and University Resources
Thesis bootcamps, mediation, career guidance, writing workshops, outdoor equipment, you name it! It's all available to you. Here is a list to get you started but it's by no means definitive.
All required forms are available as PDFs at this link. If you cannot find the form you need it may be listed on the Graduate School or Registrar webpage.
Milestone MS Procedure
Students enrolled in the PhD program may apply for the Milestone MS upon completion of their Qualifying Exam and Program of Study. The Milestone MS is no different than a non-thesis MS and might benefit your grant and fellowship applications. If you wish to apply for your Milestone MS please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Tuition Benefits and Insurance
The Tuition Benefit Program has been slightly restructured to simplify the process of awarding tuition benefits and health insurance to all qualified students. Students employed as RAs, TAs, GAs, and GFs are now all eligible to receive GSHIP as of Fall 2020. Read more about it here.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy will also continue our new initiative of fully covering the health insurance premium. In addition, we will cover the International Student fee. These fees will still appear on your student account so it's important that you contact the Graduate Program Coordinator before payment deadlines.
These initiatives are evaluated each semester and will be supported so long as it is financially possible for the department to do so.
Ready to defend?
If you are within a semester or two of defending your thesis please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator to set up a final semester meeting. International students should also schedule an appointment with ISSS.
Your semester of defense does not necessarily correspond with your semester of graduation. Thesis submission deadlines are critical to determining your graduation semester. With very few exceptions, you must be enrolled in a thesis credit during the defense semester.