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New Student Orientation


Optional Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Tour

If you are interested in using comparative models in basic biological and biomedical research, check out the Whitney Laboratory (  A tour will be available on Wednesday, August 12.  Transportation, box lunch, and dinner provided for up to 17 students.  If you are interested in touring the Whitney Lab to find out more about research opportunities, please contact  Susan Gardner or  Dr. Paul Linser, by August 6. Transportation, box lunch and dinner provided (up to 17 students – must sign up)

Friday, August 14

  • When you arrive in Gainesville please stop by the office M130
  • Check-in available prior to August 14:  Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Update student records and complete additional payroll forms
  • International students need to obtain social security cards and check for holds on student records.
  • (MS students – please check-in with Kris Minkoff, R2-220)
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Welcome to the IDP – HPNP Auditorium
9:00 am Michael Good, Dean, College of Medicine
Thomas Rowe, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education
9:30 am Eileen Parris, COM Student Financial Aid Coordinator
10:00 am Dr. Beverly Vidaurreta, Office of Student Counseling & Development, “Grad School 101”
Graduate Assistants United Representative
GSO Vice President, Brittany Lee, GSO Advisory Board Representatives; Brian Mohan, Miranda White
11:30 am Master’s students will meet with Dr.  Richard O. Snyder, Associate Professor in R2-215
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch for all new students with the GSO Officers and “Buddies”
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tours of classrooms, labs, library, etc. by graduate students.
5:00 – 7:00 pm IDP – Couples Orientation (BMS Broad-Bussell Atrium )

Saturday, August 15

  • 7:30 pm – until
    IDP Student Mixer – Mother’s Pub & Grill Map to Mother’s
    hosted by GSO

Monday, August 17

Tuesday, August 18 – Friday, August 21

  • (See syllabus on web for complete schedule :
  • Students must register for the Radiation Safety Short Course prior to August 14:
    EHS831 Radiation Short Course
  • The IDP Radiation Safety Short Course is now available for registration.
  • Using GatorLink username and password, students will login at:

Tuesday, August 18

  • Biological Safety, BBP, Animal Contact Program
  • UF Chem Hygiene Program (CHP) & Chem Safety
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM
    Student Pictures; all incoming students (IDP2015, MS 2015, MD-PhD 2015)

Wednesday, August 19

  •  Radiation Safety Short Course

Thursday, August 20

  •  Radiation Safety Short Course

Friday, August 21

  •  Life in the Lab

Monday, August 24

  •  IDP Core Course Begins – visit the website regularly to check for updates/changes

Tuesday, August 25

  •  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Welcome Reception (BMS Atrium)

Orientation Details

GatorLink accounts

Please be sure to set up your GatorLink account over the summer – no later than July 15.  GatorLink accounts are required of all graduate students, and will be your “official” e-mail address while here at UF.  You will be able to set up automatic forwarding to another e-mail address if that is your preference.  As soon as you have your GatorLink address, please notify Susan Gardner.

Update your Emergency Contact Information.  You must log on to MyUfl to update, and this must be done before you can register.

International Students

Attention INTERNATIONAL students!  Please be sure to have enough personal funds to support your living expenses for 2-3 months when you move to Gainesville.  Your target date for moving to Gainesville should be during the first week of August, so that you can find a place to live and be settled.  Because of all of the paperwork that must be done to get you on payroll, your first pay check will be delayed by as much as 2 months.  Please contact Susan Gardner in the Office of Graduate Education (room M130, phone 273-8601) as soon as you arrive in Gainesville, so that you can begin the paperwork as soon as possible and minimize the delay.  (Please note that it also takes a few months for the travel award to be processed.)

You should plan to move to Gainesville no later than the week of August 1-7, to give you enough time to settle in, arrange for utilities, phone connections, etc. Orientation activities are mandatory.


The University of Florida has a mandatory health insurance requirement for all newly admitted students who are enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking program and are attending any campus of the University of Florida.  Students are required to show proof of adequate health insurance as a condition of enrollment.  It is important that you check ISIS to review the mandatory health insurance requirement hold on your academic record and read and agree to the policy.  More information including insurance coverage guidelines, frequently asked questions, how to submit one’s insurance information and more, can be found at


  • On-Campus Graduate and Family housing, sponsored by the UF Division of Student Afffairs: On-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus housing resource, sponsored by the UF Division of Student Affairs: Off-Campus Housing


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301 SE 4th Avenue
open from 8 AM – 5 PM weekdays

Campus Parking

As with all university campuses, parking on campus can be a challenge.  Please note that all UF students have free access to our community’s public bus transportation system, the Gainesville Regional Transit System (  However, if you must drive to campus, getting your campus parking permit is your responsibility.  Decals may be purchased at the Decal Office located at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Mowry Road (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) or on-line.  More detailed information is available by phone at (352) 392-2241 and at their web site (

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