Welcome to the Biological Sciences Department, everyone! We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to the university, and are sorry that you’re starting your graduate studies at a time with so much uncertainty. Although we won’t be able to have our traditional orientation and meet in person, we are planning a virtual orientation to discuss the Biological Sciences program, answer any questions you may have and virtually meet all of you! All other new student/employee orientations and trainings will be virtual as well, and we’ve included links to each of these below.
Biological Sciences New Student Orientation Information
- Tuesday, August 18th 10:00 – 11:00 AM CST Click here to join the orientation
- 10:00 – 10:15 AM Introductions
- Dr. Steve Forst (Bio Sci Graduate Program Representative)
- Rhianna Miles (Bio Sci Graduate Program Assistant)
- Miliya Ansad
- Hossein Asgari
- Fatemeh Cheraghi
- Samuel Engel
- Taranjeet Kaur
- Jonathan Kelly
- Alyssa Kline
- Lauran Liggan
- Drew Little
- Claudia Rodriguez
- Sierra Wachala
- James Welty
- 10:15 – 10:30 AM Program Overview & Guidelines
- 10:30 – 10:45 AM Discussion with GOBS (Graduate Organization of Biological Sciences)
- 10:45 – 11:00 AM Q&A and Closing Statements
- 10:00 – 10:15 AM Introductions
Fall 2020 Virtual Orientations & Trainings Schedule
- Tuesday, August 18th
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST – Biological Sciences New Student Orientation (Virtual) if possible, we would love for you all to attend, even if you’re deferring your admission
- 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST – Chemical Hygiene and Safety Training, presented by University Safety and Assurances (Virtual) only required for Teaching Assistants – if you’re deferring your admission, you do not need to attend
- Wednesday, August 19th
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST – Norris Health Center Presentation (Virtual) strongly recommended for all students, whether you’re starting in the fall or spring semester
- New International Students Only: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST – International Student Orientation (Virtual) also offered August 31st12:30 – 4:30 CST, only have to join one of the international student orientations – if you’re deferring your admission, you do not need to attend
- Thursday, August 20th
- 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST – New Graduate Student Orientation, presented by the UWM Graduate School (Virtual) if possible, we would love for you all to attend, even if you’re deferring your admission
- Monday, August 24th
- 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST – Teaching Assistant Orientation, presented by the UWM Graduate School and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (Virtual) only required for new Teaching Assistants – if you’re deferring your admission, you do not need to attend
- Thursday, August 27th
- 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST – Benefits Review Session (Virtual) – please register not required, but strongly recommended for all new employees. As a reminder, all new employees have to apply for benefits within 30 days of August 24th (the start of your contract)
- Monday, August 31st
- New International Students Only: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm CST – International Student Orientation (Virtual) also offered August 19th 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST, only have to join one of the international student orientations – if you’re deferring your admission, you do not need to attend
Online Asynchronous Trainings
- Biological Sciences Department Safety Training and quiz (required for all students/employees working in labs)
- Biosafety Training (required for new Teaching Assistants)
- UWM Graduate School COVID-19 Information
- Fall 2020 semester updates about classes, enrollment, research, graduate assistantships, housing, etc.
- Center for International Education (CIE) COVID-19 Updates to Students
- Fall 2020 semester updates for international students
New Employee To-Do Items
- ASAP: Schedule appointment to complete I-9 employment authorization document. Please click here for more information and see page 9 for a list of acceptable documents.
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has a centralized on-boarding process with campus Human Resources. You can click here to request an appointment to complete your I9 and submit paperwork.
- Submit your Benefits application. You have thirty days from your start date (8/24/20) to submit your benefits application. Click here for more information.
- If you’ll be on campus, review parking and transit information here.
- There are several options for parking on campus, including Pay by Phone Parking (Parkmobile), Ride Sharing, Staff Permits, Prowl Line (campus shuttles), discounted Milwaukee Country Transit bus passes, and more. For complete information, please see the Parking & Transit website.
- Biological Sciences Main Office (Lapham S181)
- Print/Copy Information
- Location: Lapham S182
- Copy Code: I’ll send individual copy codes as the semester approaches
- If you will be working on campus, we will issue keys for you to access labs. You can work with your advisor to make sure we issue the proper keys.
- You will have a mailbox in Lapham S181.
- My UW System
- The My UW System portal gives you access to your payroll, absence management, benefits, and etc. portals.