Genetics and Genomics Orientation 2017

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Orientation Fall 2017

Quick Look

  • _____ International Student Orientation including English Placement Examination
    Includes Pre-Arrival Online Orientation.
  • _____ Payroll Verification Documents and payroll packet completed and turned in
  • _____ Register for classes
  • _____ Lab Safety Training (Environmental Health and Safety)
  • _____ Obtain ISU ID card, ACCESS PLUS LogIn, ISU Net ID (email account).
  • _____ Sign up for Health Insurance. Do you want Dental Insurance?
  • _____ Have your final transcript from your last institution (if it wasn't complete when you submitted it) sent to Iowa State (Graduate Admissions, 100 Enrollment Services, 2433 Union Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011-2042, USA.)
  • _____ (Optional) Attend Laboratory Boot Camp. We are setting up the activities at this time. Boot Camp will start 10 August, 2017, with two full days of Data Carpentry. We will set up the 2017 activities here as they are confirmed. You will be asked to sign up for the different training modules. If you sign up, this indicates you can participate in the full module's activities.
  • _____ Attend Thursday and Friday, August 17-18, activities.

Things to think about now

  • Plan to arrive no later than the first day that your assistantship starts (Monday, August 14, 2017; P3 Fellows start Thursday, August 10, 2017). If you arrive later than the start date of your letter of intent (LOI), that later arrival date will be the start of your assistantship rather than the date on your LOI. Homeland Security requires that you process your payroll verification documents BEFORE we begin your stipend.
  • Have your payroll verification documents available (Don't pack them; need originals).
  • Download and complete the payroll sign-up packet
    • Students are paid once per month on the last working day of the month. August payroll will be for a partial month from your start date to the end of the month. September payroll will pay 30 September.
    • International students will need a social security number before they can be paid. This may take some time. Plan to have enough funds to support your living expenses until the end of September if you do not have a social security number. The International Students Office will tell you when you can apply for your social security number. Start date of payroll will be either 14 August or the date you process your I-9 form with International Students. We can not begin payroll earlier than the processing of the I-9 because of Homeland Security requirements.
  • Obtain syllabi from previous institutions to show met BBMB 404 and STAT 401 requirements
    • If you have not met the requirements for these courses you may take these classes the first year of training
    • If you would like to try and test out of BBMB 404 on (tentatively) Wednesday, August 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the Molecular Biology Building Computer lab, located in the SE corner of the atrium on the first floor, then Register (you will need an ISU Net-ID) no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14 with Katie Blair (kblair@iastate.edu)
  • For International Students go here. Fall International Student Orientation (including the English Placement Examination) will take place August 10 through August 18. There is pre-check-in and arrival on-line training. Signing up to attend orientation activities is also on-line.

Things that can be done before you come

  • Obtain ISU Net ID (let Linda know at genetics@iastate.edu your email address).
    • This is your log-in for campus computers and CyMail. Your University ID number is on your Letter of Intent. You may also ask Linda to send it to you via email.
  • Obtain login for ACCESS PLUS
    • To obtain an ACCESS PLUS password, call 515-294-4000, option 1, and ask for a temporary password. They will ask you for your University ID number. You will be able to use your temporary password to get into ACCESS PLUS. The second screen will ask you to reset your password to one of your own choice. This password must be 8 characters of which one must be numerical and one must be a letter. Once you have access to ACCESS PLUS you will be able to register for courses. For international students if you have obtained your ISU Net ID, Linda can call and have the University send you instructions for setting up your ACCESS PLUS password. You will need to let Linda know your ISU Net ID (your email address). There is a 3 hour window that you can set up the ACCESS PLUS password from the instructions sent by the University so you will need to have an idea of when you will be on-line to read and use the instructions.
  • Sign up for lab safety training. You will need an ISU Net ID (see instructions above).
    • Go here www.ehs.iastate.edu
    • Scroll down. Note center menu entitled "Most Popular Links"; click on the Training Logo
    • Center of page; click on ISU Login
    • At the top of the page, on the right, Click on Login
    • Login
    • In Keyword print the following on-line courses
    • Note: you can generally locate the course by typing the first part of the title, but make sure you find and complete the appropriate course
    • To activate the course, click on LAUNCH. Below are the four required courses prior to working in a lab.
      • Laboratory Safety: Core Concepts (about 1 hour).
      • Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training (take the on-line version)
      • NIH Guidelines
      • Biological Risk Assessment for Researchers (about 30 minutes)
    • Frequently asked questions about the EH&S safety training
    • How do I allow pop-ups? On the left hand side of your top tool bar there are 3 horizontal bars that is referred to as a "hamburger". Click on it. A menu will appear. Click on options. Click on content. You then have the option to allow pop-up windows entirely or as exceptions such as: http://www.ehs.iastate.edu/
  • Optional: Signup for test-out of BBMB 404. How to sign up is coming. Multiple Choice Examination by Computer.
    • Test Date is TENTATIVELY Wednesday, August 16; time likely 4:00 p.m.; location likely computer room 1st floor by south doors.
    • You will need your ISU Net ID to participate in sign up for this.
  • Sign up through ACCESS PLUS for fall courses.
    • Do not take more than two 3-credit courses.
    • Present students recommend the following:
      • If you are not used to listening to American English used in the classroom, you might want to consider taking BBMB 404 or STAT 401 the fall semester.
      • GDCB 510 is an intense course. If you do not have any or only have very little molecular biology coursework background, you might want to take this your second fall at Iowa State. It will make more sense then.
    • Courses generally taken can include: BBMB 404, 3cr; STAT 401, 4cr; GDCB 510, 3cr; BCB 544 or BCB 546X, 3cr; GENET 692, 1cr; GENET 691, 1cr; and research, either GENET 699 with your major professor (4 credits) or research rotations, GENET 697 (4 credits). Full time is 9 credits but sign up for 12 total; fill in the difference between coursework and 12 credits with research or research rotations.
      • You may sign up for courses during the summer at anytime; however, we recommend that you do so after August 1
      • Do not take more than two 3-credit courses. If you have not met the requirements for BBMB 404 Biochemistry, 3cr; or Stat 401 Statistics for Researchers, 4cr; you may take either or both of these courses this fall instead of GDCB 510 or BCB 544 or BCB 546X.
      • Do not take GENET 591 or GENET 690; these courses are for advanced students
      • BBMB 404 is offered in class fall and on-line every semester (extral fee charge for on-line)
      • STAT 401 is offered every semester in-class and on-line every semester (extra fee charge for on-line)
        • We would prefer that if you take the in-class sessions for STAT 401, that you take the section that is appropriate for GENGM; usually Section A and Section D
      • Ask Linda for the reference number for your major professor if you are taking GENET 699 Research
      • How to Register in ACCESS PLUS: (menu across the top) Student Tab; (menu on the left) Class Registration; (bottom of page) Continue; Agree/Continue. Proceed to enter courses. Watch to make sure times for the classes you are taking do not overlap. After registering click on Class Registration in the (left) menu. That will provide a listing of the courses, locations and class meeting days and times.
      • P3 Trainees will take a different set of courses. Contact Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu) or Maryann (mamoore@iastate.edu).
        • P3 students will take a STAT course the fall semester (see options at link above).
        • P3 students will also take for fall: ME 600 section P3 (R credits), GDCB 585X (4 credits)
        • If you can fit it into your schedule, consider taking GENET 691 Faculty Seminar Series; this course can, however, be taken in later fall semesters.
        • The website for P3 above indicates you should considering taking a technical elective. The Genetics and Genomics graduate program believes that the STAT course and ME 600 and the seminars are sufficient. The technical elective can be taken the following fall.
      • Schedule of Classes Listing of all courses offered for Fall 2017 and subsequent semesters.
    • For rotation students, be thinking about whom you might like to do your first rotation with.
      • Sometimes the most difficult rotation to set up is the first rotation. Contacting faculty in whose research you are most interested just before or just after arriving may help you secure your first rotation.
      • Rotation Information including faculty looking for students (in progress) and how to go about locating labs for rotations.

Things that can be done after you arrive

  • Payroll. Have your payroll verification documents available (Don't pack them; need official or originals; can not be expired).
    • Students are paid once per month on the last working day of the month. August payroll will be for a partial month from your start date to the end of the month. September payroll will pay 30 September.
    • Payroll Documentation is taken to University Human Resources, 3810 Beardshear Hall.
    • All new ISU employees must complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on or before their first day of work. What this means is that we can not start your payroll until you have turned in the I-9 form with the correct verification documentation. If you turn in your payroll verfication documents AFTER the start date of your letter of intent, the start date of your payroll will begin with the date your payroll verficaton documents are received.
  • Lab Boot Camp, Thursday-Thursday, August 10-17. OPTIONAL.
  • Obtain ISU ID card. 0530 Beardshear Hall; take photo ID
  • Sign up for health insurance (This is part of your benefits as a student on an assistantship. Estimated savings to you for single 12 month health insurance is $1600) on-line through ACCESS PLUS (Student Tab). Some information on health insurance can be found here, but you need to register for this insurance through the student tab in ACCESS PLUS.
    • Decide if you want dental insurance and sign up for dental insurance (or not) at same time as health insurance. You do pay (about $8.00 per month) for the dental insurance. This insurance is subsidized by the University for graduate students on assistantships.
    • Approximate cost to you for spouse and children on medical and dental insurance.
    • You have to be registered for classes before you can sign up.
  • Let Linda know you are on campus, provide email address, and contact information
  • If you drop by the office (2102 Molecular Biology) Linda will have some "free stuff" for you.
  • Meet with your major professor or temporary advisor
  • Contact your graduate student mentor
  • If you are taking GENET 692, contact Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu). The syllabus and course materials are in CYBOX and Linda will give you access to the course materials.
  • Optional: Wed, August 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Take test-out of BBMB 404 (need to pre-register for this by 14 August; see above). You will need your ISU net-ID. Registion is not yet available.
  • Optional but encouraged: Wed, August 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Interdepartmental picnic. Faculty and graduate students invited from a variety of interdepartmental graduate programs. Maple Shelter, Brookside Park. Brookside park is just east of campus on 6th Street. Google for map of Ames. This might be helpful if you click on the Ames map.
  • Required Attendance: Genetics and Genomics program orientation activities on Thursday, August 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Carver Co-Lab Conference Room (just inside the front door).  Note that the Carver Co-Lab is northwest of the Molecular Biology building, just across the parking lot.  The Carver Co-Lab is not Carver Hall.  We will release those students going to the 1:00 p.m. "Seven Minutes of Science" activity at 12:40.  Lunch provided.  Meet and greet.
  • Required Attendance: Friday, August 18 activities, Faculty Presentations and Poster Presentations.
    • 8:15 a.m. Light breakfast in 1102 Molecular Biology with other new interdepartmental graduate students
    • 9:00 a.m. Presentation on being a graduate student, 1420 Molecular Biology (Tom Peterson, GDCB)
    • 9:45 a.m. Can choose which faculty presentations you wish to attend for the remainder of the day
    • Genetics and Genomics graduate students will attend a minimum of six faculty presentations and 4 posters and return this form to Linda in 2102 Molecular Biology at the end of Friday.
  • Classes begin Monday, August 21, 2017
  • Required: Two meetings with your graduate student mentors and other advanced graduate students
    • September __, 2017
    • October ___, 2017
  • TBA: The Graduate College and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) invite all incoming students to an Orientation activity at the ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Avenue
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Optional but well worth your time.
    • Sign up at: https://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/277
      • 5:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served
      • 6:00 p.m. Welcome to ISU from ISU administrative leaders
      • 6:45 p.m. Representatives from student service organizations will be available to answer questions.
    • Orientation information is also available on the Graduate College New Student Orientation website, http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/orientation/. A videotape of the orientation will be posted at this website following the event.
  • International Students will take Oral English Certification Examination (OECT) to prepare to be Certified as Teaching Assistants.
    • Registration in November
    • Testing in December and/or January
      • Why is this important?
        • A lab you wish to join may require their students to TA during part of their training for financial support. If you are not prepared to TA, you may not be able to join the lab.
        • Taking OECT certification at the end of the fall semester will allow you to take any additional courses during the spring semester to bring your Teaching Certification Level to 1 (a requirement for most teaching assignments in the sciences).
        • You will be glad you did this!

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Orientation Spring 2017

Quick Look

  • _____ For International students, International Student Orientation including English Placement Examination
  • _____ For domestic students, Payroll Verfication Documents and payroll packet completed and turned in at Beardshear Hall
  • _____ Register for class (GDCB 511, STAT 401, GENET 697, GR ST 565)
  • _____ Lab Safety Training (Environmental Health and Safety)
  • _____ Obtain ISU ID card, ACCESS PLUS LogIn, ISU Net ID (email account).
  • _____ Sign up for Health Insurance. Do you want Dental Insurance?
  • _____ Have your final transcript from your last institution (if it wasn't complete when you submitted it) sent to Iowa State

     

Things to think about now

  • Plan to arrive no later than the first day that your assistantship starts (Monday, January 3, 2017)
  • Have your payroll verification documents available (Don't pack them; need originals, not expired).
  • Download and complete the payroll sign-up packet
    • Students are paid once per month on the last working day of the month. January payroll will be for a partial month from your start date to the end of the month. January payroll will pay 31 January.
    • International students will need a social security number before they can be paid. This may take some time. Plan to have enough funds to support your living expenses until the end of February if you do not have a social security number. The International Students Office will tell you when you can apply for your social security number. Start date of payroll will be either 3 January or the date you process your I-9 form with International Students. We can not begin payroll earlier than the processing of the I-9 because of Homeland Security requirements.
  • Obtain syllabi from previous institutions to show met BBMB 404 and STAT 401 requirements
    • If you have not met the requirements for these courses you may take these classes the first year of training
    • For International Students go here. Fall International Student Orientation including registering for the English Placement Examination will take place January ____, 2017

Things that can be done before you come

  • Obtain ISU Net ID (let Linda know at genetics@iastate.edu your email address).
    • This is your log-in for campus computers and CyMail. Your University ID number is on your Letter of Intent. You may also ask Linda to send it to you via email.
  • Obtain login for ACCESS PLUS
    • To obtain an ACCESS PLUS password, call 515-294-4000, option 1, and ask for a temporary password. They will ask you for your University ID number. You will be able to use your temporary password to get into ACCESS PLUS. The second screen will ask you to reset your password to one of your own choice. This password must be 8 characters of which one must be numerical and one must be a letter. Once you have access to ACCESS PLUS you will be able to register for courses. For international students if you have obtained your ISU Net ID, Linda can call and have the University send you instructions for setting up your ACCESS PLUS password. You will need to let Linda know your ISU Net ID (your email address). There is a 3 hour window that you can set up the ACCESS PLUS password from the instructions sent by the University so you will need to have an idea of when you will be on-line to read and use the instructions.
  • Sign up for lab safety training
    • Setting up a login for Environmental Health and Safety for Lab Training on-line. This can be taken before you arrive or by the end of the first week. It takes a minumum of 1-2 business days to create your account. After you receive your login information you will (1) log into the learning management system, (2) click on the Course Catalog under My Menu, (3) scroll through the alphabetized ONLINE Course Catalog, and (4) click the Launch link next to the desired course. Take "Laboratory Safety: Core Concepts" and "Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training". Do not use Internet Explorer as your browser. Everything else should be okay.
    • Frequently asked questions about the EH&S safety training
    • How do I allow pop-ups? On the left hand side of your top tool bar there are 3 horizontal bars that is referred to as a "hamburger". Click on it. A menu will appear. Click on options. Click on content. You then have the option to allow pop-up windows entirely or as exceptions such as: http://www.ehs.iastate.edu/ and https://training.ehs.iastate.edu/IOWASU/
  • Sign up through ACCESS PLUS for spring courses (generally GDCB 511, 3cr; Stat 401 Section A; GR ST 565, Section 1 or 3; and Research GENET 697. Full time is 9 credits but sign up for 12 total.
    • Do not take more than two 3-credit courses. If you have not met the requirements for BBMB 404 Biochemistry, 3cr; or Stat 401 Statistics for Researchers, 4cr; you may take either of these courses this spring.
    • BBMB 404 is offered in class fall and on-line every semester (there is an extra charge to you for all on-line courses)
    • STAT 401, Section A, is offered every semester in-class and on-line every semester (extra charge for on-line)
      • We would prefer that if you take the in-class sessions for STAT 401, that you take the section that is appropriate for GENET; usually Section A and Section E
    • Ask Linda for the reference number for your major professor if you are taking GENET 699 Research
    • In ACCESS PLUS: Student Tab; Class Registration; Continue; Agree/Continue; Enter courses.
    • Schedule of Classes
  • For rotation students, be thinking about whom you might like to do your first rotation with.
    • Rotation Information including faculty looking for students (in progress) and how to go about locating labs for rotations.

Things need to be done after you arrive

  • Payroll. Have your payroll verification documents available (Don't pack them; need official or originals; can not be expired).
    • Students are paid once per month on the last working day of the month. January payroll will be for a partial month from your start date to the end of the month.
    • Payroll Documentation is taken to University Human Resources, 3810 Beardshear Hall.
  • Obtain ISU ID card. 0530 Beardshear Hall; take photo ID
  • Sign up for health insurance (we pay for this for you) on-line through ACCESS PLUS (Student Tab). Must be registered before you can sign up for health insurance.
    • Decide if you want dental insurance and sign up for dental insurance (or not) at same time as health insurance. You do pay for the dental insurance but it is subsidized. NOTE: Unsure if Spring admits will have the dental insurance option.
    • You have to be registered for classes before you can sign up.
  • Let Linda know you are on campus, provide email address, and contact information
  • If you drop by the office (2102 Molecular Biology) Linda will have some "free stuff" for you.
  • Meet with your major professor or temporary advisor
  • Contact your graduate student mentor: http://www.genetics.iastate.edu/new2015.html
  • We will plan for an opportunity after class begins in the spring for you to meet other Genetics and Genomics graduate students.

     

  • International Students will take Oral English Certification Examination (OECT) to prepare to be Certified as Teaching Assistants.
    • Registration in November
    • Testing in December and/or January
      • Why is this important?
        • A lab you wish to join may require their students to TA during part of their training for financial support. If you can not TA you will not be able to join the lab.
        • Taking OECT certification at the end of the fall semester will allow you to take any additional courses during the spring semester to bring your Teaching Certification Level to 1 (a requirement for most teaching assignments in the sciences).
        • You will be glad you did this!

         

Orientation Summer 2016

CheckList:

 

  • International Student Orientation including English Placement Examination
  • Payroll Verfication Documents
  • Class Registration
  • Lab Safety Training (Environmental Health and Safety)
  • Obtain ISU ID card, ACCESS PLUS LogIn, ISU Net ID (email account).
  • Sign up for Health Insurance. Do you want Dental Insurance?
  • Have your final transcript from your last institution (if it wasn't complete when you submitted it) sent to Iowa State
  • BBMB 404 and STAT 401--have you taken equivalent courses?

Orientation Spring 2016

Prior to arrival:

 

  • This link is specifically for International Students: Spring 2016 Orientation/Temporary Housing/Graduate Student Checkin/Orientation Checklist
  • For International Students: Tuesday, January 5, English Placement Examination from 9:00 a.m. till 12 noon in 0125 Kildee Hall. Take sharpened pencils and photo ID with you.(Note to Emmanuel--you likely will not have to take this, but you do need to check in with them to make sure it is not required).
  • Obtain an ISU Net ID and let Linda know your net ID. This is your log-in for campus computers and CyMail. Your University ID number is on your Letter of Intent. You may also ask Linda to send it to you via email.
  • Obtain your ACCESS PLUS password. To obtain an ACCESS PLUS password, call 515-294-4000, option 1, and ask for a temporary password. They will ask you for your University ID number. You will be able to use your temporary password to get into ACCESS PLUS. The second screen will ask you to reset your password to one of your own choice. This password must be 8 characters of which one must be numerical and one must be a letter. Once you have access to ACCESS PLUS you will be able to register for courses. For international students if you have obtained your ISU Net ID, Linda can call and have the University send you instructions for setting up your ACCESS PLUS password. You will need to let Linda know your ISU Net ID (your email address). There is a 3 hour window that you can set up the ACCESS PLUS password from the instructions sent by the University so you will need to have an idea of when you will be on-line to read and use the instructions.
  • Setting up a login for Environmental Health and Safety for Lab Training on-line. This can be taken before you arrive or by the end of the first week. It takes a minumum of 1-2 business days to create your account. After you receive your login information you will (1) log into the learning management system, (2) click on the Course Catalog under My Menu, (3)scroll through the alphabetized ONLINE Course Catalog, and (4)Click the Launch link next to the desired course. Take "Laboratory Safety: Core Concepts" and "Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training". Do not use Internet Explorer as your browser. Everything else should be okay.
  • Students on ISU assistantships receive single paid health insurance which you will sign up for under ACCESS PLUS. Do you want Dental Insurance? The cost of dental insurance is partially covered by the University and partially paid for by the student. Here is the cost of dental insurance and health premiums for family. You will not be able to sign up for health insurance until you register for classes. The computer may tell you that you are not on an assistantship and ask if you still want to sign up. Go ahead and sign up. When you receive the bill, do not pay for health insurance. In early January, Linda will begin to submit the assistantship information.
  • If you have not yet sent an official transcript from your educational institution(s), do so after your degree is awarded.
    Graduate Admissions, 100 Enrollment Services, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2011, USA
  • All genetics students must meet upper level undergraduate biochemistry and statistics course requirements. If you believe you have met these requirements, obtain course syllabus from your previous institution and email to Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu) before arrival at Iowa State.
  • Bring payroll verification documents (i.e. passport; OR driver's license AND social security card). Students will receive partial pay January 4 through January 31 (this is not a full month), provided they turn in their elibility for employment and other payroll documents prior to or on January 4. All future Payrolls are paid once per month on the last working day of the month.
  • Registering for courses for Spring. You may do this before you arrive or after you arrive.

 

New SPRING 2016 and Fall 2015 Genetics Students with Advisors and Graduate Student Mentors

 

 

International Student Orientation begins on Monday, January 4. That schedule is located here: https://www.isso.iastate.edu/new-student-orientation/spring-orientation

  • Information specifically for International Students
    • Payroll: If the program is providing your funding and you do not have a U.S. Social Security number you will need to bring sufficient funds to live through the end of February. You will receive your partial January pay and your February pay on the last working day of February (29).
    • The International Student Office will advise you as to when it is best to apply for your social security number. This will be somewhere around two weeks after you arrive in the country. You will need a letter from ISSO. You will apply at the Social Security Administration Office at 2615 University Boulevard in Ames (south of Highway 30). You will need to take your passport/visa, I-20, I-94 card, and documents showing that you will be receiving an assistantship or Fellowship (letter of intent).
    • ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST DURING INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION: This test is REQUIRED for all international students whose TOEFL score is less than 105 and can be taken only by admitted students. International students with TOEFL scores of 105 or better or have a US degree should check in with the Graduate College in 1137 Pearson to establish they do not need to take the English Placement Test. The Graduate College will note on your graduate student records that you have met this requirement. International students who are from countries where the TOEFL examination is not required, do not need to take the English Placement exam. After taking this examination you may be required to take English coursework your first semester. Failure to take the examination and/or failure to take the required English coursework, during your first semester, will result in your not be allowed to register in the summer or fall. You will need to bring two #2 sharpened pencils, a ballpoint pen and your ISU Card or passport. Students bring ISU ID Card or a valid photo ID. They should also have a black or blue ballpoint pen for the test. Additional information is available at https://apling.engl.iastate.edu/english-placement-test/. If you need more information, please contact the English Department, 337 Ross Hall.
    • For International Students who are participating in rotations: It is a requirement of the Genetics and Genomics Graduate program that all students who participate in rotations take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) at the end of the Fall semester.
      Because your graduate training will likely include a semester or two of teaching, international students will be required to take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) at the end of the fall semester. Take with you a copy of your TOEFL examination in November as your scores may be sufficient to be exempted for either the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or TEACH teaching simulation section. International students who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. institution of higher education OR have been educated in a school where English was the official language ARE NOT EXEMPT. Students who show The Graduate College OECT officials (1137 Pearson) the following official scores are exempted from the Oral Proficiency Interview, but required to take the TEACH test:

      • IBT TOEFL listening and speaking scores of 25-27
      • IELTS listening and speaking modules of 7-8
      • Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50-55

      Students who show The Graduate College OECT officials (1137 Pearson) the following official scores are exempted from both the Oral Proficiency Interview and TEACH teaching simulation tests:

      • IBT TOEFL listening and speaking scores of 28;
      • IELTS listening and speaking 9;
      • Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 60

      If you do not receive a rating of "1" on the Speak Teach examination, you will receive information on the necessary class or classes that you will be expected to take in the spring semester. You will be expected to take this class during the spring semester. If the time it is scheduled conflicts with core courses, you will have to take the core course the next year. If you have questions at any time regarding the above or other issues, the best person to ask is Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu) 294-7697. If she does not know the answer she will find out who does. Please check on this list several times during the first month at Iowa State to make sure everything is completed.

For Everyone -- As Soon as you Arrive on Campus.

  • Obtain Iowa State University ID card at 0530 Beardshear Hall
  • Payroll signup Information and the Payroll Sign-up Packet. All new graduate students on assistantships MUST complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligiblity Verification on or before their first day of work
  • Be sure and have available your payroll verification information (i.e. passport OR driver's license AND social security card) available when you arrive at Iowa State. Note: even if you have previously been a summer intern at Iowa State or are presently employed as other than a graduate student, you will still need to provide this information. You must check in with Payroll by Wednesday, August 19, 2015. It can be taken care of as soon as you arrive at Iowa State. Payroll is the last working day of each month; you will be paid once per month.

 

Click here for Information for rotation students.

 

 

 

Monday, January 11, Classes Begin

  • Changes can be made through ACCESS PLUS to your class schedule through this week. After this week all changes to class schedules will have to be made through forms, signatures, and walking to Enrollment Services.

 

QUICK CHECKLIST

  • Obtain ISU Net ID and Access Plus ID. Let Linda know your Iowa State email address.
  • Sign up for Payroll
  • Obtain ID Card
  • Sign up for Environmental Health and Safety for Lab Training on-line
  • Take courses "Lab Safety" and "Fire Extinguisher" Training on-line
  • Sign up for classes
  • Sign up for health insurance (after you register)

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Orientation FALL 2015; this is under construction/available in June 2015

Prior to arrival:

 

  • This link is specifically for International Students: Fall 2015 Orientation/Temporary Housing/Graduate Student Checkin/Orientation Checklist
  • Obtain an ISU Net ID and let Linda know your net ID. This is your log-in for campus computers and CyMail. Your University ID number is on your Letter of Intent. You may also ask Linda to send it to you via email.
  • Obtain your ACCESS PLUS password. To obtain an ACCESS PLUS password, call 515-294-4000, option 1, and ask for a temporary password. They will ask you for your University ID number. You will be able to use your temporary password to get into ACCESS PLUS. The second screen will ask you to reset your password to one of your own choice. This password must be 8 characters of which one must be numerical and one must be a letter. Once you have access to ACCESS PLUS you will be able to register for courses.
  • Setting up a login for Environmental Health and Safety for Lab Training on-line. This can be taken before you arrive or by the end of the first week. It takes a minumum of 1-2 business days to create your account. After you receive your login information you will (1) log into the learning management system, (2) click on the Course Catalog under My Menu, (3) scroll through the alphabetized ONLINE Course Catalog, and (4) click the Launch link next to the desired course. Take "Laboratory Safety: Core Concepts" and "Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training". Do not use Internet Explorer as your browser. Everything else should be okay.
    • Lab Safety Orientation. Lab Safety Orientation is offered August ____. This is NOT required but highly recommended. EHS provides an overview of their services, how to navigate their website, their resources and requirements.
    • Frequently asked questions about the EH&S safety training
    • How do I allow pop-ups? On the left hand side of your top tool bar there are 3 horizontal bars that is referred to as a "hamburger". Click on it. A menu will appear. Click on options. Click on content. You then have the option to allow pop-up windows entirely or as exceptions such as: http://www.ehs.iastate.edu/ and https://training.ehs.iastate.edu/IOWASU/
  • Students on ISU assistantships receive single paid health insurance which you will sign up for under ACCESS PLUS. Do you want Dental Insurance? The cost of dental insurance is partially covered by the University and partially paid for by the student. Here is the cost of dental insurance and health premiums for family. You will not be able to sign up for health insurance until you register for classes. The computer may tell you that you are not on an assistantship and ask if you still want to sign up. Go ahead and sign up. When you receive the bill, do not pay for health insurance. In early August Linda will begin to submit the assistantship information.
  • If you have not yet sent an official transcript from your educational institution(s), do so after your degree is awarded.
    Graduate Admissions, 100 Enrollment Services, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2011, USA
  • All genetics students must meet upper level undergraduate biochemistry and statistics course requirements. If you believe you have met these requirements, obtain course syllabus from your previous institution and email to Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu) before arrival at Iowa State. If you wish to try and test out of BBMB 404 on Thursday, August 20, probably at 4:10 p.m., let Linda know by August 10. There is no cost for this option; syllabus and text book.
  • Bring payroll verification documents (i.e. passport; OR driver's license AND social security card). Students will receive partial pay August 31 for August 19-31 (this is not a full month), provided they turn in their elibility for employment and other payroll documents prior to or on August 19. All future Payrolls are paid once per month on the last working day of the month.
  • Registering for courses for Fall. You may do this before you arrive or after you arrive.

 

New Fall 2015 Genetics Students with Advisors and Graduate Student Mentors

 

 

International Student Orientation begins on Monday, August 17. That schedule is located here: https://www.isso.iastate.edu/new-student-orientation/fall-orientation

  • Information specifically for International Students
    • Payroll: If the program is providing your funding and you do not have a U.S. Social Security number you will need to bring sufficient funds to live through the end of September. You will receive your partial August pay and your September pay on the last working day of September (30).
    • The International Student Office will advise you as to when it is best to apply for your social security number. This will be somewhere around two weeks after you arrive in the country. You will need a letter from ISSO. You will apply at the Social Security Administration Office at 600 5th Street in Ames. You will need to take your passport/visa, I-20, I-94 card, and documents showing that you will be receiving an assistantship or Fellowship (letter of intent).
    • ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST DURING INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION: This test is REQUIRED for all international students whose TOEFL score is less than 105 and can be taken only by admitted students. International students with TOEFL scores of 105 or better or have a US degree should check in with the Graduate College in 1137 Pearson to establish they do not need to take the English Placement Test. The Graduate College will note on your graduate student records that you have met this requirement. International students who are from countries where the TOEFL examination is not required, do not need to take the English Placement exam. After taking this examination you may be required to take English coursework your first semester. Failure to take the examination and/or failure to take the required English coursework, during your first semester, will result in your not be allowed to register in the spring. You will need to bring two #2 sharpened pencils, a ballpoint pen and your ISU Card or passport. Students bring ISU ID Card or a valid photo ID. They should also have a black or blue ballpoint pen for the test. Additional information is available at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~apling/eptfaq.htm. If you need more information, please contact the English Department, 337 Ross Hall.
    • For International Students who are participating in rotations: It is a requirement of the Genetics and Genomics Graduate program that all students who participate in rotations take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) at the end of the Fall semester.
      Because your graduate training will likely include a semester or two of teaching, international students will be required to take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) at the end of the fall semester. Take with you a copy of your TOEFL examination in November as your scores may be sufficient to be exempted for either the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or TEACH teaching simulation section. International students who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. institution of higher education OR have been educated in a school where English was the official language ARE NOT EXEMPT. Students who show The Graduate College OECT officials (1137 Pearson) the following official scores are exempted from the Oral Proficiency Interview interview, but required to take the TEACH test:

      • IBT TOEFL listening and speaking scores of 25-27
      • IELTS listening and speaking modules of 7-8
      • Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50-55

      Students who show The Graduate College OECT officials (1137 Pearson) the following official scores are exempted from both the Oral Proficiency Interview and TEACH teaching simulation tests:

      • IBT TOEFL listening and speaking scores of 28;
      • IELTS listening and speaking 9;
      • Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 60

      If you do not receive a rating of "1" on the Speak Teach examination, you will receive information on the necessary class or classes that you will be expected to take in the spring semester. You will be expected to take this class during the spring semester. If the time it is scheduled conflicts with core courses, you will have to take the core course the next year. If you have questions at any time regarding the above or other issues, the best person to ask is Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu) 294-7697. If she does not know the answer she will find out who does. Please check on this list several times during the first month at Iowa State to make sure everything is completed.

For Everyone -- As Soon as you Arrive on Campus.

  • Obtain Iowa State University ID card at 0530 Beardshear Hall
  • Payroll signup Information and the Payroll Sign-up Packet. All new graduate students on assistantships MUST complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligiblity Verification on or before their first day of work
  • Be sure and have available your payroll verification information (i.e. passport OR driver's license AND social security card) available when you arrive at Iowa State. Note: even if you have previously been a summer intern at Iowa State or are presently employed as other than a graduate student, you will still need to provide this information. You must check in with Payroll by Wednesday, August 19, 2015. It can be taken care of as soon as you arrive at Iowa State. Payroll is the last working day of each month; you will be paid once per month.

 

Click here for Information for rotation students.

 

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 18-19, 2015 Laboratory Refresher Exercises

  • Molecular Biology Building
  • More information on this will be provided: pippetting; PCR; gels; media; solution calculations.
  • Hands on. Relaxed atmosphere. Tied into some fun activities.
  • We will ask who plans to attend the first of August.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • Genetics and Genomics Graduate program Orientation, Fall 2015. We will meet as a group on Thursday, August 20, at noon in the Carver Co-Lab (ends at 2:00 p.m.). We will provide lunch. Introduction to program, to each other. This is a required but informal activity. The Carver Co-Lab is northwest of the Molecular Biology building across the parking lot.

     

  • Test Out Opportunity for BBMB 404 at 4:00 p.m. in Computer Room, 1st Floor, Molecular Biology. 40 Multiple choice questions. Need 70% to pass. The computer room is at the southeast end of the Atrium of the Molecular Biology Building. This activity is OPTIONAL

     

Friday, August 21, 2015

  • Friday, August 21, Faculty presentations and Poster Presentations. All new students attend. Provides introduction to genetics research on campus and provides rotation student with possible rotation labs. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. is in 1102 Molecular Biology which is in the northeast corner of the Atrium of the Molecular Biology Building. Classrooms 1420, 1424, 1428 are in the southwest corner of the Atrium. Conference rooms 2034, 3034, 4034, are two right turns out of the elevators on the appropriate floors

Monday, August 24. Classes Begin

  • Changes can be made through ACCESS PLUS to your class schedule through this week. After this week all changes to class schedule will have to be made through forms, signatures, and walking to Enrollment Services.

2015 Graduate Information Session (for new and current graduate students)

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Avenue, Ames, IA 50011
  • The Graduate College and GPSS are sponsoring an orientation for new graduate students at the ISU Alumni Center. President Leath, Provost Wickert, and other ISU Administrators will be on hand to welcome graduate students to ISU. Representatives from GPSS, CELT, Parks Library, Legal Services, Health Services, and other ISU services will be available to answer questions and distribute handouts. Food and beverages will be served.
  • Students are asked to register for the orientation on the Graduate College Homepage, under News, Register for Graduate Student Orientation August 27 at http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/ This is an optional but highly recommended activity.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT LEARNING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES--REQUIRED OF ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

  • Tuesdays at 5:10 p.m.: Sept 1, 15, 22. Oct 13, 27. Nov 3, 17.
  • Goals:
    • Aid in transition from undergraduate to graduate student
    • Surviving the first year.
    • Building Community

       

QUICK CHECKLIST

  • Obtain ISU Net ID and Access Plus ID
  • Sign up for Payroll
  • Obtain ID Card
  • Sign up for Environmental Health and Safety for Lab Training on-line
  • Take courses "Lab Safety" and "Fire Extinguisher" Training on-line
  • Sign up for classes
  • Sign up for health insurance (after you register)
  • Be aware of Graduate Student Fall Meetings

NEW GRADUATE STUDENT FALL MEETINGS

  • Graduate Students will meet as a group every 2 weeks. This information will become available around 1 August. Some of the meetings will be informational and others social. Goal: Transition into successfully completing your first year of graduate school. The first year involves socialization into profession of geneticist; increased rigor of coursework; performing at a higher level; connecting with peers, university and the community; and cultural changes.

     

     

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    Orientation SPRING 2014

    Information regarding Interdepartmental Genetics Orientation for Spring 2014
    Payroll Signup Packet
    Please note documents needed to establish identify and employment authorization on page 2.
    Orientation, Spring 2014, domestic students
    Orientation, Spring 2014, international students
    Additional information for students participating in rotations. If you are participating in rotations you should try and have an idea of which faculty you might like to do your first rotation with before you arrive.
     

Bioethics art

The Molecular Biology Building at Iowa State University contains art reflecting bioethics in science. Art by Andrew Leicester.

Participating Departments

Agronomy

 

Animal Science

 

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

 

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

 

Entomology

 

Food Science and Human Nutrition

 

Horticulture

 

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

 

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

 

Plant Pathology

 

Statistics

 

Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine

 

Veterinary Pathology

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