Living in Denver

Denver is at the feet of the Rocky Mountains and is routinely ranked one of the best places to live in the country. The Graduate School has a good overview on Denver Life.



For winter sports lovers, Denver is the gateway to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country, with many popular mountains within a 1-3 hour drive. CU Anschutz Student Senate sponsors a SkiDaze event in late September where students can purchase discounted packs of ski lift tickets or season passes.



Public transportation

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides light rail, commuter train, and bus services throughout the Denver metro area. The RTD College Pass is free of charge to all active Molecular Biology Ph.D. students and includes unlimited rides on all regular fixed routes including the University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport. The A Line’s Peoria station is a 5 minute drive from campus, and accessible via RTD’s 121 bus line.

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus Rail Shuttle provides regular service to Fitzsimmons Station on the R Line. A convenient option for traveling to Boulder is RTD’s Flatiron Flyer, which connects the Anschutz campus to the downtown Boulder station by bus.


Students who wish to park on campus during business hours can purchase a parking pass. Visit the CU Anschutz Parking page for more information.

16th Street mall in Downtown Denver

Reporting Issues or Concerns

Are you a student, faculty, or staff who has a concern or would like to report an issue? Please complete and submit the ORE Maxient Form.

What is it?
 Maxient is a software program utilized by U.S. higher education institutions to track and record trainee behaviors (i.e. student discipline, academic integrity, care and concern records, Title IX matters, or just an “FYI”).

Why is it useful? Maxient has centralized reporting and record keeping that will help us connect the dots and prevent students from falling through the cracks by helping us identify students in distress and coordinate the efforts of various departments to provide follow-up.

How will ORE Use Maxient? We have created an ORE Maxient Form for students, faculty, and staff to share any concern or report any type of issue or concern about oneself or others. Once submitted, the form will be routed to the corresponding Program Director and Program Administrator for follow up. If an individual prefers NOT to notify the program, they may select "ORE" from the Program list and the form will instead be routed to the ORE Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

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Student Handbook

Detailed information about the program, program curriculum, student requirements, policies, and procedures can be found in the Molecular Biology Student Handbook.

Travel Awards

Student travel awards are available from the Graduate School. Funds are provided from an endowment entitled the “C. Werner and Kitty Hirs Graduate Student Enrichment Fund” made to the University of Colorado Foundation for the use by the Graduate School at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Awards are up to $500 and are to be used to help defray the expenses incurred by a PhD student who attends a nationally recognized meeting and presents their work.

Travel Award Application


Campus Services

As a student at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, you are encouraged to take advantage of campus resources and programs that are designed to help you realize your maximum academic potential and achieve your personal goals.

Explore resources on CU Anschutz

Career Development Office

The mission of the Career Development Office (CDO) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) is to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows acquire the non-science skills and experiences they need to successfully transition in their careers, both inside and outside of academia. We strive to supplement the world-class research training at CU Anschutz with world-class "non-bench" training, making our alumni highly sought after employees in a myriad of professions.

The CDO serves as an informational resource for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and administrators. We encourage you to visit the website often to learn about all the professional and career development opportunities that we provide - the skills and experiences you gather now can be the keys to opening the doors to your future.

Visit the CDO website for more information.


Housing Information

The Graduate School, in concert with current graduate students, has created this residential information website to help you with your housing needs. The Graduate School surveyed all graduate and medical students on the Anschutz Medical Campus and compiled the results. If you have questions about the housing survey or would like to ask about particular neighborhoods, please consult your graduate program administrator.

Visit the housing website for more information.


Academic Calendars, Deadlines, Forms, and Policies

The Graduate School Resource database is your one-stop shop for academic calendars, deadlines, forms, and policies. 

Access the Calendars, Forms, and Policies.


Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion

The Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion recognizes, welcomes, and celebrates disability as an integral part of a diverse health professions campus and workforce.  To facilitate inclusion, we partner with students and programs to identify opportunities to create and promote meaningful access.

Visit the website for more information


Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office is a safe, confidential, and nonbiased resource that members of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz can approach to discuss, voice, and clarify any university-related concerns. We are a neutral third-party resource that is available to hear individual complaints and help sort out and identify options for resolving those concerns.

Visit website for more information.



Compared to other campus PhD programs, current and former Molecular Biology PhD students make outsized contributions to our chapter of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science). Our chapter is truly exceptional, having been named in 2022 SACNAS Chapter of the Year, out of 133 student chapters nationally.

For more information, visit websites here and here.

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