New Student Orientation
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Optional
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 (http://www.whitney.ufl.edu) A tour will be available on Wednesday, August 13. 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 7. Transportation, box lunch and dinner provided (up to 17 students – must sign up)
Friday, August 15
8:00 am – 9:00 am Individual student pictures for all IDP, MD-PhD and MS students will be taken prior to orientation at the HPNP Reception area at 8:00 am.
When you arrive in Gainesville please stop by the office M130
Check-in available Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Update student records and complete additional payroll forms, website pictures
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)
8:45 a.m. MD-PhD students – individual pictures
8:50 a.m. Group photo HPNP Reception Area
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Welcome to the IDP – HPNP Auditorium
9:00am Welcome to IDP
9:45 am Dr. Joseph Fantone, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
10:00 am Eileen Parris, COM Student Financial Aid Coordinator
10:30 am Dr. Beverly Vidaurreta, Office of Student Counseling & Development
Graduate Assistants United Representative
Shweta Kailasan, GSO President; Brittany Lee, GSO Vice President
11:30 am Dr. Richard O. Snyder, Associate Professor (Master’s Program R2-215)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch for all new students with the GSO Officers and “Buddies”
(HPNP Reception Lobby)
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tours of classrooms, labs, library, etc. by graduate students.
Saturday, August 16
7:30 pm – until IDP Student Mixer hosted by GSO
Monday, August 17
8:00 am – 1:00 pm UF Graduate School Orientation (incoming PhD students) –
Grand Ballroom, J. Wayne Reitz Union
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Graduate School Orientation for International Students (International only)
Grand Ballroom, J. Wayne Reitz Union
Tuesday, August 19 – Friday, August 22
GMS 6003 – Essentials of Graduate research – For a detailed schedule and training, please check the website
Remember to check the website often for any changes in the schedule for the training.
Monday, August 25
IDP Core Course Begins – visit the website regularly to check for updates/changes
Thursday, August 28th – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception (BMS Atrium)
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.
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.
pre-doctoral fellows may choose to participate in the GatorGradCare
health plan, an injury and sickness insurance plan underwritten by
BlueCross BlueShield of Florida.
For information about eligibility and how to enroll in the GatorGradCare Plan, please contact the GA Benefits Office at 352-392-0003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-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
Gainesville Regional Utilities, 301 SE 4th Avenue, open from 8 AM – 5 PM weekdays, phone 334-3434 Homepage
-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 (http://www.go-rts.com/). 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 (http://www.parking.ufl.edu/).
Other helpful Web Links:
UF Student Nightime Auxillary Patrol (The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is a free, nightly, campus
safety and transportation service co-sponsored by Student Traffic Court, Student Government, and the University of Florida Police Department.)