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New Student Orientation

IDP Check-in and Start Date:  Tuesday, August 13.  When you arrive in Gainesville, please stop by the Office of Graduate Education at our new location M1-30 (located in the Medical Sciences Building).  Be sure to bring your ID and Social Security cards with you.

Tuesday, August 13
8:00 am – 9:30 am:    Individual student pictures for all IDP, MD-PhD and MS students will be taken in the ARB Courtyard and scheduled in groups of 5. A group photo for IDP students will be taken at 9:20 am.  If you haven’t checked in already or have additional documents, please stop by our office (M1-30). 

9:30 am – 12:00 NoonWelcome Orientation – R2-265 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm:  Lunch with GSO Officers and “Buddies”  (Mcknight Brain Institute room LG-110A&B)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Tours of classrooms, labs, etc. by students.

Wednesday, August 14

8:00 am:   UF Graduate School Orientation for all students. (Ballroom, Reitz Union)

3:30pm – 5:00 pm:  UF Graduate School Orientaiton for International Students (Reitz Union)

1 – 8:00 pm:  (optional) Whitney Tour (reservation only)

**Check webiste for schedule

Saturday, August 17 – IDP Student Mixer hosted by GSO

Tuesday, August 20

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.

Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience tour:  If you might be interested in using comparative models in basic biological and biomedical research, check out the Whitney Laboratory (  Whitney Lab faculty members are affiliated with the IDP, and have research programs in the areas of physiology and biochemistry of vision and olfaction, neurotransmitter physiology, pharmacology and evolution, the structure and function of ion channels, motor pattern generation, membrane transport systems, and gene regulation.  A tour will be available on Wednesday, August 14.  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.
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 by Thursday, August  9th.  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 R1-102, 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.  As outlined below, please check-in on Tuesday, August 13, and be ready to start full-time.  Orientation activities are mandatory.
Utilities:      Gainesville Regional Utilities, 301 SE 4th Avenue, open from 8 AM – 5 PM weekdays, phone 334-3434  Homepage

Web links that might be useful:
City of Gainesville    Searchable UF Campus Map    UF Homepage