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Graduate Students and Postdocs

Learn about the resources available to MS and PhD students.

The Graduate College

The UIC Graduate College provides a number of services to graduate students, including information about financial awards, academic requirements, policies, exams and deadlines. Your home department is another great resource for questions regarding academic programs, Teaching Assistant (TA) and Research Assistant (RA) positions.

Fellowships and Training Opportunities

The College of Pharmacy has developed a list of internally and externally funded graduate student fellowships to assist students in funding searches.  Several institutional training programs provide funding for graduate students working in relevant research areas. Also, senior graduate students can arrange industry internships in US pharmaceutical companies. 

College of Pharmacy Graduate Student Awards

Annually, top-performing graduate students in each department are recognized by one of the College-based scholarships, fellowships or awards. For most recent recipients, visit  Research Day page or download the list.

Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development in the College of Pharmacy provides resources to support various career choices of PhD graduates.  The UIC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) organizes career development seminars and networking events as well.  The UIC Library and ACCC both provide free online seminars and training on various topics.  

Student Organizations

This is a resource for students interested in  joining student chapters of professional organizations (currently four UIC chapters of national professional organizations as well as a Consulting Club) or serving on the COP Graduate Student Committee.

Postdoctoral Organizations

The University of Illinois at Chicago Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of all UIC postdocs. The PDA provides resources for professional development, generate awareness about problems common to all postdocs, and fosters a sense of community among postdoctoral scholars. In addition to organizing events and seminars to enrich the scientific experience of postdocs, we are also interested in promoting programs to encourage social interaction within the community.  Join PDA listserv.

Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Information on research activities in the College of Pharmacy.

Graduate student handbook 2016/2017

This is a comprehensive resource and guide for your first few weeks in the program, College, Chicago and USA. Download the PDF. free online tutorials offers over a thousand video tutorials on leading software topics. Many titles are 6-8 hours of detailed training broken down into easy-to-manage 5-15 minute segments. The video tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning. is available for free if you log in with your bluestem credentials via the UIC portal. 

TALK Center in the College of Pharmacy

TALK (Teach, Assess, Learn, & Know) Center provides resources and support for your teaching and TA needs.  Contact them by e-mail to

Information Technology Unit in the College of Pharmacy

Our ITU staff is ready to assist you with your technology needs. They also provide podium and other classroom technology training.  Contact them by e-mail to

UIC Graduate Employee Organization

The University of Illinois Chicago Graduate Employees Organization (UIC-GEO), American Federation of Teachers Local 6297, is a fair share labor union representing approximately 1400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants across 59 departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Visit their website to find out more, learn about resources and help available to you, and opportunities to socialize across departments.

Additional Resources for Teaching Assistants:

COP Copy Center

The Copy Center, located in Room B20 on the lower level of the College of Pharmacy building, provides copying services to faculty, staff, and students.  The Copy Center is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Copy requests should be placed at least 24 hours in advance of when they are needed.  Visit the Copy Center website to download the copy request form or contact Valentino Gasca with questions.

Room and Equipment Reservations

Classrooms and most conference rooms in the College of Pharmacy are reserved through the Office of Academic Affairs.  Check room availability.  Visit their website for instructions and reservation request form.  Additional conference rooms are available in various College's units and can be reserved via contacts listed on the website.  Contact Cathy Ami with questions or for help. 

Scantron Distribution and Drop off

TAs will receive instructions on when to pick up Scantron forms from their respective course coordinators.  TAs then pick the forms up from office 184A;  enough scantrons and grading requests forms for the entire semester are handed out.  TA needs to contact Kate O'Brian  prior to the scheduled date of the exam in order to arrange a time to drop off the scantrons.The scantrons need to be organized in alphabetical order by last name and have students' UINs both written and bubbled in.  The exams cannot be graded without the student’s UIN.  The Scantron Grading Request sheet should be filled out with the Number of Exams counted when dropping off the exams.