Fall 2022 New Graduate Student Virtual Orientation

Welcome to the Biological Sciences Department, everyone!

We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to the university. The Biological Sciences new graduate student orientation will be held virtually on August 23rd, and we will discuss the Biological Sciences program and answer any questions you may have! Most other new student/employee orientations and trainings will be virtual as well, and we’ve included links to each of these below.

The Graduate Organization of Biological Sciences is also holding an informal in-person social event/picnic on Friday, August 26th, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, and we are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Orientation Information

Fall 2022 FAQ

New Employee To-Do Items

Student Resources


Biological Sciences New Student Orientation Information

  • Tuesday, August 23rd 10:00 – 11:30 AM CST (Click here to join orientation via Microsoft Teams)
    • 10:00 – 10:30 AM Introductions
      • Dr. Gerlinde Höbel (Bio Sci Graduate Program Representative)
      • Rhianna Driebel (Bio Sci Graduate Program Coordinator)
      • Ayo Amoo
      • Hossein Asgari
      • Taylor Brittain
      • Anish Chakraborty
      • Parker Dietry
      • Emmanuel Divinagracia
      • Ryan Feldmann
      • Billie Harrison
      • Chong Lor
      • Mackinnley Rybolt
      • Sara Seidita
      • Sonali Shedge
      • Brandon Sherman
      • Joe Srok
      • Temitope Temenu
      • Lauren Voigt
      • Ben Western
    • 10:30 – 10:45 AM Program Overview & Guidelines
    • 10:45 – 11:00 AM Discussion with GOBS (Graduate Organization of Biological Sciences)
    • 11:00 – 11:30 AM Q&A and Closing Statements

Fall 2022 Orientations & Trainings Schedule

  • Friday, August 19th
    • New International Students Only: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST – International Student Orientation (In Person – Library 4th Floor Conference Room – International Students, Please Register Online by 8/12/22)
  • Monday, August 22nd
    • 9:00 am – 4:40 pm CST – Teaching Assistant Orientation, presented by the UWM Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (Virtual – Please Register Online) required for new Teaching Assistants only
  • Tuesday, August 23rd
  • Thursday, August 25th
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST – Chemical Hygiene and Safety Training, presented by University Safety and Assurances (Virtual) required for all Teaching/Research Assistants
    • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm CST – New Graduate Student Orientation, presented by the UWM Graduate School (Virtual – Please Register Online) strongly recommended for all students
  • Friday, August 26th
    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST Graduate Organization of Biological Sciences Picnic (In person – outdoors on campus, behind Enderis Hall) there will be food and drinks provided – we can’t wait to meet you all there!
  • Tuesday, August 30th
      • 10:00 am – 11:30 am CST – Benefits Review Session (On Campus – Please Register Online) – 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 22nd (the start of your contract)

Online Asynchronous Trainings




New Employee To-Do Items


  1. ASAP: Meet with HR to complete I-9 employment authorization and other hire documents.
    • The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has a centralized on-boarding process with campus Human Resources, and the required forms and instructions for this process can be found here. There are open onboarding hours in Engelmann Hall, Room 125 (Map) at the following dates and times:

      • Friday 8/19 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
      • Monday 8/22 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
      • Tuesday 8/23 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
      • Wednesday 8/24 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (No other orientations or trainings scheduled at this time)
    • If none of these dates and times work, you can click here to request an appointment to complete your I-9 and submit paperwork.
  1. Submit your Benefits application. You have thirty days from your start date (8/22/22) to submit your benefits application. Click here for more information.
  2. 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.
  3. We will send information about scheduling your student photo, at the beginning of the semester.

Student Resources

  • Biological Sciences Main Office (Lapham S181)
  • Print/Copy Information
    • Location: Lapham S182
    • Copy Code: I’ll send individual copy codes as the semester approaches
  • Keys
    • 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.
  • Mailbox
    • All employees 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.
  • GOBS (Graduate Organization of Biological Sciences) Break Room
    • You will have access to the GOBS room (LAP S197) to sit between classes, study or attend GOBS meetings.
  • Graduate Assistant Handbook
    • This is a great resource for you to review during your time in the graduate program, when you have any questions about your graduate appointment.