Grad School 101 - Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences

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Grad School 101:
Welcome to the IDP
Beverly L. Vidaurreta, PhD.
Program Director, Office of Student Counseling
& Development
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Welcome!
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Regina Martuscello  5th year IDP Student
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Concentration: Neuroscience
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GSAC Vice President
Brian Mahon  3rd year IDP Student
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Concentration: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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PhD Student Advocate
Jared Taylor  3rd year IDP Student
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Concentration: Immunology & Microbiology
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GSO Treasurer
Marissa Finkelstein 2nd year IDP Master’s Student
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Department of Pathology
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Master’s Student Advocate
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OUTLINE
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Introduction of IDP- Brian Mahon
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Master’s Program – Marissa Finkelstein
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PhD Program – Brian Mahon
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Living in Gainesville – Jared Taylor
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The Core Course – Jared Taylor
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Managing your PhD – Regina Martuscello
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Student Counseling Services - Dr. Vidaurreta
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Getting Involved @UF – Regina Martuscello
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What is the IDP?
Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences:
Masters and PhD students
 Concentrations
 Biochemistry
(6 basic):
& Molecular Biology
 Genetics
 Immunology
& Microbiology
 Anatomy & Molecular Cell Biology
 Neuroscience
 Physiology & Pharmacology
 Affiliations
 Master
of Science in Medical Science
 Master of Science in Translational Biotechnology
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IDP Student Office
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Location – CG-80
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Password – 123
OPEN TO ALL IDP STUDENTS
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Masters Program
Marissa Finkelstein
Master’s Student Advocate
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Important
People to
Know
Dr. Richard Snyder– IDP Master’s Program Director
[[email protected]]
Kris Minkoff– IDP Master’s Program Assistant
[[email protected]]
* You will be a part of the department your lab is
affiliated with for HR purposes, but Kris will handle
your classes and anything else program related.
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Coursework
Master’s of Science in Translational
Biotechnology
Master’s of Medical Science
Number of credits
48 (9credits Fall / Spring and 6
Summer)
36 (9credits Fall / Spring and 6
Summer)
Duration
2 years
1.5 years
Required Courses
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24 credits of formal coursework (12
credits must be graded GMS
courses)
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24 credits of formal coursework (12
credits must be graded GMS
courses)
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GMS6003 - Essentials of Graduate
Research and Professional
Development (1st semester)
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GMS6003 - Essentials of Graduate
Research and Professional
Development (1st semester)
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GMS6506 – Biologic Drug
Development (1st semester)
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GMS6506 – Biologic Drug
Development (1st semester)
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GMS7194 - Biotechnology Seminar
(every semester except for
Summer session)
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GMS7194 - Biotechnology Seminar
(every semester except for
Summer session)
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12 credits of Laboratory research
(MANDATORY: GMS6971 3 credits
during semester of graduation)
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12 credits of Laboratory research
(MANDATORY: GMS6971 3 credits
during semester of graduation)
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12 credits of Business courses
Internship
Yes (during the final summer semester)
No
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Research
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No Rotations in the Master’s Program
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You should all already have a lab
Committees
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Comprised during Fall semester
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Minimum three faculty (approved by Dr. Snyder)
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Mentor (head of committee)
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Member of Master’s Advisory Board or Director of Program
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Member of your choice
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For Translational Biotechnology: Dean of the Business School
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First meeting in beginning of Spring semester
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Every 6 months after that
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Final meeting will be your public thesis defense
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What to expect…
 Tips:
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Some classes for GMS6506 will be held at CERHB in Alachua
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Carpool out there and leave ample time for getting lost
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Read as many papers on your research as you can find
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Communication is key
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Take any opportunity presented to you
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Attend conferences (there are travel grants available from the
Graduate Student Council)
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Attend guest lectures
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Come prepared
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Keep organized
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PhD Program
Brian P. Mahon
PhD Student Advocate
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Important
People to
Know
Brett Looney– IDP Program Assistant, Student services & Course Management, Fiscal
[[email protected]]
Susan Gardner – IDP Program Assistant, Admissions & Records
[[email protected]]
Also, Contact Concentration Directors for any additional questions
After your first year you will be in contact with
your departments secretary
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Year 1
Year 2
Fall
Spring
-Core Course
-2 Lab Rotations
-Professional Development
-Ethics Course
-Conc. Based Coursework
-1 Lab Rotation
-CHOSE LAB/MENTOR
-Form Committee/Meet
-Conc. Based Coursework
-Research
Year 3
Year 4 and Beyond
Summer
-Committee Meeting
-Conc. Based Coursework
-Research
-Qualifying Exam
-Research
-Research
-(Find) A Dissertation Project
-Prepare/Take Qualifying
Exam
-Any Additional Coursework
-Research
-(Retake Qualifying Exam)
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Lab Rotations
Purpose: To determine if 1) the lab is a good fit for you and 2) you are a good fit for the lab
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Overview
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Required three 5-week Rotations (2 in Fall, 1 in Spring year 1)
At the end of each you will give 1) a presentation 2) submit a “publication worthy”
report
At the end of Rotation 3, you will join a lab
If you do not find a lab by Rotation 3 you will do a Fourth
Please Note!
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Set up rotations EARLY.
Do not rely on “outdated” website to learn about a PI’s research.
Strategically pick your rotations
Do well in ALL of your Rotations (even if you know you will not join that lab)
Despite what a PI tells you, a spot in lab is NEVER guaranteed
Have Fun!
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Living & Managing in
Gainesville
Jared Taylor
GSO Treasurer
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Getting to Campus
Parking
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Parking decals for the commuter lot are $154 for the year
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http://www.parking.ufl.edu
10 minutes!
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Getting to Campus
Buses
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Free with your Gator1 Card
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http://go-rts.com
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http://www.ufl.transloc.com
TransLoc App
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Getting to Campus
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Take your bike on your bus
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Getting to Campus
Bike - Theft
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Getting to Campus
Bike - Theft
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Getting to Campus
Bikes
Rules of the Road
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Bikes are the same as cars!!
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Follow all traffic laws, including stop
signs and speed limits!
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Buy a light kit or get a ticket!
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Services
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Free bike repairs at Reitz
Union
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Bike rack on all RTS buses
$154 for moving violation
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Register your bike with UFPD!
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$252 for running red light
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(352)-392-5447 (info line)
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$104 non-moving violation
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http://www.police.ufl.edu
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$52.50 other
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Pay in 30 days or suspended license
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Safety on Campus
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SNAP (Student Nighttime
Auxiliary Patrol)
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392-SNAP (7627)
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Summer: 8:30pm – 3am
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Fall & Spring: 6:30pm – 3am
Later Gator
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Places to Eat on Campus
Sun Terrace
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Chick-fil-A, Einstein Brothers,
Panda Express, Starbucks, Salad
creations
Shands Food Court
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Wendy’s, Subway, Full Cup Frozen
Yogurt
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Exhibition (different hot food),
Classic cuisine (cafeteria food),
Umberto’s Pizza, Austin Grill
Express, Sushi Bar
Lunch from home 
The Terrace Café
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Wood fire pizza, sandwiches,
desserts
Delivery
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Jimmy Johns
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$2 Delivery (2dollardelivery.com)
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Other Places to Know
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Harn Museum & Florida
Museum of Natural History
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Southwest Recreation Center
(Hull Rd)
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Student Fitness and Recreation
Center
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Stadium Gate 18
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http://www.recsports.ufl.edu/
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Grocery - Publix, Winn Dixie,
Wal-Mart Supercenter
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The Core Course
PhD Track Only
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Core course
Module 1
• Biochemistry
• Molecular
Biology
Module 2
• Genetics
Module 3
• Cell
Structure
• Cell
Signaling
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Core Course
Lectures
Team Based
Learning (TBL)
Paper
Discussions
CBL
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Schedule
 GMS
 Five
 IDP
6001 and GMS 6003
days a week!
Home Page  Curriculum  Fall Courses 
Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences (Link to e-Learning)
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Studying for the Core Course
http://insomniac
offee.co/espress
ions/2012/11/lat
e-night/
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How to Manage
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Don’t procrastinate! Study early!
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Rotation 1 starts September 8. Take advantage of this time!
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Find partner(s) to study with
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Ask your buddy about textbooks
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Tips on notetaking
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Recording lectures (must get permission!)
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Free tutoring available!
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Useful tools
 Dropbox
– www.dropbox.com
 Share previous tests
 Share lecture slides
 Facebook
– Set up an unofficial group page for
your class and join the unofficial IDP page
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Managing your PhD
Regina Martuscello
VP Graduate Student Advisory Council
Society For Neuroscience – BAW Coordinator
COM-GAU Steward
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Mentor Selection
Multiple methods to finding a mentor
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IDP online database (Faculty)
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IDP online database (Grants)
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Entire listing of all UF faculty
with IDP affiliations
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Allows you to search for each
faculty members funding
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Can be accessed through
each concentration link
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Gives a rough idea if they
have the financial support to
take on a student
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Contact PI Directly or get in touch with their students
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Best way to find out if they are accepting students is to
ask them directly (websites may be outdated)
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Talking with other grad students can also give you good
insight into available PI’s
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Importance of your rotations and
mentor selection
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You are not only judging a lab while your rotate, but you are
being judged. Take it seriously, do your best work.
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Things to consider when choosing a mentor:
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Funding, publication record, current laboratory personnel,
number of graduated students, current time at UF, personal
relationship, availability…
Its important to know that you have the right to interview
your new mentor as much as they have the right to interview
you. Don’t be afraid to speak up and talk about what YOU
want out of your graduate and future career
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Life Outside of Lab
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PhD duration is 4-7 years
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This depends on many
factors
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There is more to the IDP
than just great science
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You can choose to be
very involved with the
IDP or not – it is your
choice to make
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We recommend taking
breaks WHENEVER you
can…
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Take Care of Yourself
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After your first year you go off
on your own
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Attend our social events:
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Mixers
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Tailgates
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Dinners/cooking club
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Utilize the counseling and
wellness center resources
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Get involved with UF graduate
school
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Utilize the SW rec center gym,
boot camps and group fitness
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IDP Facebook page
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We post about anything and
everything – JOIN!
Intramural Facebook pages
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Soccer
Softball
Volleyball
Flag football
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Student Health Services
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There is a student health service
center in the Dental Tower: D249
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PHONE: (352) 294-5700
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LOCATION: Health Science
Center, Dental Towers, 2nd
Floor, Room D2-49
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HOURS:
 Fall/Spring: Monday-Friday, 8
a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)
 Summer: Summer: Monday–
Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(closed 12-1 p.m.)
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Student Counseling Services
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Confidentiality
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potential threat to
self or others
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suspected abuse of
children, disabled
or elderly persons
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when disclosure is
required by law
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 office
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location
M-135
 appointments
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352-273-8383
“Dr. V” - [email protected]
 emergency
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911
CWC Counselor on Duty
352-392-1575
Alachua County Crisis Center
352-264-6789
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK
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Involvement @ UF and The
Graduate School
Regina Martuscello
VP Graduate Student Advisory Council
Society For Neuroscience – BAW Coordinator
COM-GAU Steward
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New Student Orientations
**Note – You must register for Orientation**
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If you are interested in more
orientations and learning about
other events going on throughout
campus:
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Monday August 18th,
2013 Orientation Session for All
New Graduate Students 8:00 AM to
3:30 AM Reitz Union
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Monday August 18th, 2013 Special
Orientation Session for New
International Graduate
Students 10:15 AM to 11:30
AM Reitz Union
9-10AM: Graduate School Welcome
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10:30-3:30PM: Resource Fair
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Grand Ballroom, Reitz Union [2nd Fl]
10:30-3:30PM: Information Sessions
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Assigned classrooms
Auditorium, Reitz Union [2nd Fl]
12-2PM: Campus Tours
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Circular Breezeway, Reitz Union
[Ground Floor]
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Some of The MANY UF Graduate
Student Organization on Campus
GSC
 Graduate Student Council
COM-GSO
 College of Medicine Graduate
Student Organization
GSAC
 Graduate Student Advisory
Council
WiSE
 Women in Science &
Engineering
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IGSA
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GAU
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Graduate Assistants United
PhDMoms
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Indian Graduate Student
Association
Grad assistants with kids
B.G.S.O
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Black Graduate Student
Organization
https://www.studentinvolvement.ufl.edu/StudentOrganizations
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COM-GSO: College of Medicine
Graduate Student Organization
IDP has its own student
organization
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We will be looking for 2
first year representatives
to join the GSO to help
integrate you first years
After your first year you
can nominate yourself for
any position (~20
positions)
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Range from academic, to
social, to community
service events
Project Downtown Gainesville
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SAC & GSAC: If you need help
Graduate Student Advisory
Council
Student Advocacy Committee
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Brian Mahon is your PhD student
advocate
 [email protected]
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Marissa Finkelstein is your
Master’s student advocate
 [email protected]
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Brittney Newby is your MD/PhD
student advocate
 [email protected]
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They are available for any and all
students to voice their concerns
and help them with any issues
they have
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I am the Vice President of GSAC
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We work towards integrating all
graduate departments on
campus through collaborative
research and rounding out
graduate degrees:
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Professional development
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Mentoring
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Ethics
http://i3.institutes.ufl.edu/whatis-icubed/graduate-studentadvisory-council/
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GAU: Graduate Assistants United
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UF has a graduate assistant union that negotiates the
contracts all graduate students sign when they are accepted
at UF.
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Negotiate for:
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Health insurance – you have GatorCare
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Student fees – you have some each semester, GAU is always
working towards reducing these
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Contracts
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Stipends
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Much more
If you would like to join GAU I have enrollment forms, dues
are 1% of your stipend [approx ~$22 a month]. I have T-shirts
and benefit cards for those that wish to enroll.
http://ufgau.org/wp/join-now/
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UFIC
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There are lots of opportunities and information for
international students at the UFIC
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Each year there is an international festival in downtown
Gainesville
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http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/
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Located in The Hub
Welcome to the IDP
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