Resources for PhD Students

Bioinformatics Handbook

Curriculum and Timeline of Course Requirements

Registration & Petition Forms

• Registration Form

• Course Adjustment Form

• Continuing Student Status Registration Form (For full-time students)Use this form if you’re not registering for any credit and need to have continuing student status.

• Certificate of Full-Time Participation in Graduate ProgramUse this form only when you’re registering for credits and need to be certified full-time.

• Summer Research Status Registration Form

• Petition for Approval of Credits for Transfer

• Bioinformatics Program Petition FormUse this form to use one course in lieu of another or to request a waiver for requirement. Please be sure to attach any relevant course descriptions.

• Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Procedures and FormsIncludes forms and instructions related to: PhD Diploma Applications, Dissertation Prospectus Approval and Submission, Submission of Dissertation Defense Abstract

Lab Rotation and Research Advisor Forms

Lab Rotation Approval Form
To be submit prior to the start of each lab rotation

Lab Rotation Report Form
To be submit upon completion of each lab rotation
Research Advisor Election Change Form

Committee Forms

Travel Fellowships, Conferences, Poster Printing

The Bioinformatics Program has travel funds available for PhD students who have been invited to present a poster or give a talk at a scientific conference or workshop.

BF Travel Funding Request

­• Print your poster using – just stop by the Bioinformatics office or call a staff at 358-0752 for instructions

• If you work in a BME lab print your poster in ERB 211

How to print a poster in the Biology Media Center in LSEB 631.

Room Access and Reservations - 24 Cummington Mall

Disability Services

The faculty, students and staff of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program recognize the importance of a diversified student body. We believe all of our students benefit from being part of a close-knit community where they can share and learn about each other’s educational backgrounds, cultures, religious beliefs, physical and mental abilities, political views and career aspirations.

Student Accommodations

Accommodations and support services are available to ensure that students have access to academic, social, cultural and recreational programs.  Available services include auxiliary aids such as sign-language interpreters, exam accommodations, note taking services, text in alternative format, and assistive technology.  Strategic Education Services (SES) are available for students with conditions that may affect academic progress on a continuing basis, including ADHD, head injuries, mood disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s. Accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual’s diagnosis and documented needs. SES is a free, individualized, one-to-one weekly strategy session, where an individual’s skills are developed in several areas, including organization, test taking, interpersonal skills and self-advocacy.

Please visit the Disability Services website to learn more about services available for specific disabilities, or contact the office by email at You can also contact Caroline Lyman in the Bioinformatics Program at with any questions or concerns you may have regarding support services.

Campus Accessibility

View a campus map to locate accessible parking areas, audible crosswalk signals, TTY/TDD payphones, as well as curb cuts and building wheelchair accessible entrances at BU Maps or head over to the T Access Guide for information on the MBTA.