Life Assistance


The ombudsperson deals with concerns relating to any grievance a student has that grows out of a course in the Department of Biology.

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Graduate Mentoring Center

The IU Graduate Mentoring Center takes a very holistic approach to graduate student health and wellness addressing five primarily areas: Balance, Community, Culture, Mentorship, and Scholarship. Its programs and workshops offer graduate students a path towards deeper self-awareness, decreased stress, long-lasting cultural understanding, increased productivity, and innovative research that can lead to a successfully completed dissertation and fulfilling careers within and outside of the professoriate.

Visit the center's website

Concerned about a student?

If you are concerned about the safety or well-being of a student—if you notice sudden changes in appearance or performance, receive a concerning email, or notice a student's excessive absences—submit an IU Care Referral.

The IU Care Team will follow up with the student to learn more and connect him/her/them with appropriate campus and community resources.

IU Care Referral College's referral guide

IUB sources of emergency funding

The IUB Biology Emergency Fund is open to graduate students with a declared major from IUB Biology and who are in critical “financial emergency” situations for which no other grant funds are available.

Small amount of funding available for graduate students. Contact IU Biology Director of Graduate Studies or department chair who, in turn, will contact Associate Dean Padraic Kenney with a description of your circumstances and the amount of financial need. These requests will be reviewed and funds will be disbursed based on urgency of need.

International students can apply for hardship assistance, which is disbursed through student Bursar accounts. Students must complete an OIS application. Typical award: $500–$2,000.

Get help through the IU Student Advocates Office with unexpected expenses. Usually limited to $500.

Child care

IU Early Childhood Education Services offers year-round, high-quality care and education for the children of Indiana University Bloomington faculty, staff, and students.

Child care resources in the City of Bloomington

IU Biology's lactation room is private, clean, and open for use by department members and guests.


Food security

The Crimson Cupboard is open for pickup of free healthy food; check the website for hours.

Find more options on the Crimson Cupboard's list of on-campus and off-campus partners combatting food insecurity.

Crimson Cupboard

Graduate and professional student resources

The IU Graduate and Professional Student Government strives to connect graduate students with resources available through a myriad of IU departments and offices.

GPSG resources list

Graduate student advising office

As always, feel free to reach out to our graduate student advising office ( for assistance.