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New Student Orientation

Below are the orientation presentations given by Dr. Fantone and the advanced students on 8/15/14:

IDP Orientation-2014 Dr. Joe Fantone

Student Orientation Presentation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 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 (  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

8:00 am – 9:00 am      Individual student pictures for all IDP, MD-PhD and MS students will be taken prior to orientation at 8:00 am.  All students are requested to have their pictures taken prior to map

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, 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 – (location TBA)

9:00am           Welcome to IDP

9:15 am           Dr. Joseph Fantone, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

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 President;    GSO Vice President,

                       Kimberly Hawkins,  GSO Advisory Board Member

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”

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


Saturday, August 15

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

                                    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 (Registration is Recommended:
Graduate School Orientation

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm      Graduate School Orientation for International Students (International only)

Grand Ballroom, J. Wayne Reitz Union


Tuesday, August 18 – Friday, August 21

 Remember to check the website often for any changes in the schedule for the training.  Students must register for the Radiation Safety Short Course prior to August 14:
EHS831 Radiation Short Course

Tuesday, August 19 – GMS 6003 – Essentials of Graduate research


(See syllabus on web for complete schedule :


10:00-12:00             Biological Safety, BBP, Animal Contact Program


2:00-3:30                 UF Chem Hygiene Program (CHP) & Chem Safety


Wednesday, August 19


9:00 – 11:15am                     Radiation Safety Short Course


1:00 – 5:00 pm                     Student Introductions


At The Bench – Problem Solving (Wayne T. McCormack, Ph.D.)


Thursday, August 20


9:00 – 12:00 pm      C1-4             Radiation Safety Short Course


3:00 – 4:00 pm                  G103 hpnp    Listening to Learn (Wayne T. McCormack, Ph.D.)


4:00 – 5:00 pm                  G103 hpnp    Selecting a mentor & Dissertation Project (Paul Gulig, Ph.D.)




Friday, August 21


4:00 – 5:00 pm                  G114 hpnp    Life in the Lab (Richard Condit, Ph.D.)




Monday, August 24

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


Thursday, August 27

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.



Helpful Information:


Graduate students on appointment as graduate assistants orpre-doctoral fellows may choose to participate in the GatorGradCare

health plan, an injury and sickness insurance plan underwritten by

BlueCross BlueShield of Florida.

The following is an overview of the benefit options:


For information about eligibility and how to enroll in the GatorGradCare Plan, please contact the GA Benefits Office at 352-392-0003 or



 -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

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 (


Other helpful Web Links:

 City of Gainesville   

Searchable UF Campus Map   

UF Homepage

UF Police Dept Safety Tips

 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.)