Spring 2018 New Toxicology Graduate Students

Orientation Spring 2018

Quick Look
  • _____ International Student Orientation including English Placement Examination
    Includes Pre-Arrival Online Orientation.
  • _____ Turn in of I-9 form during Orientation for students on assistantship.
  • _____ 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.)
Things to think about now
  • Plan to arrive no later than Tuesday January 2, 2018. If you are on payroll, the start date of your payroll will be the date you process your I-9 form (but no earlier than the start date on your Letter of Intent).
  • For International Students go here. Spring International Student Orientation (including the English Placement Examination) will take place Tuesday January 2 to Friday, January 5, 2018. 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 lmwild@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/ and https://training.ehs.iastate.edu/IOWASU/
  • Sign up through ACCESS PLUS for spring courses.
    • You can sign up anytime after you are admitted but we recommend you wait and sign up after you arrive.
    • Take TOX 502 (3 credits)
    • Take BBMB 405 or STAT 401 (Section A) or a course recommended by your major professor.
    • Sign up for TOX 689. To meet TOX 689 requirements for spring, students will attend posted seminars that begin after spring break. The posted seminars are available through the Toxicology homepage under Advanced Students Information.
    • Sign up for Research, Tox 699 with your major professor (ask Linda for the reference number).
    • Check with your major professor regarding other potential coursework.
    • Generally, students take only two 3-credit courses during the spring.
  • Schedule of Classes Listing of all courses offered for Spring 2018 and subsequent semesters.
Things that can be done after you arrive
  • Payroll. If will be on an assistantship, 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. February payroll will pay February 28.
    • International students will fill out payroll documentation during their appointment with International Students.
  • 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 $1700) 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 $12.00 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.
    • If you can not sign-up online, contact Linda and she will obtain a paper copy of the sign-up form for you to take to Beardshear.
  • Let Linda know you are on campus, provide email address, and contact information
  • Meet with your major professor or temporary advisor

Classes begin Monday, January 8, 2018.

  • International Students will take Oral English Certification Examination (OECT) to prepare to be Certified as Teaching Assistants.
    • Registration in May
    • Testing in June
      • 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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    Fall 2016 New Toxicology Graduate Students

    Things to think about now

    • Plan to arrive no later than the first day that your assistantship starts (Monday, August 15, 2016)
    • Payroll documents must be processed no later than the start date of your Letter of Intent (Monday, August 15, 2016).
    • Have your payroll verification documents available (Don't pack them; need official or originals; can not be expired).
  • If you believe you may have met the requirements for these courses, obtain syllabi from previous institutions to show met BBMB 404 and STAT 401 requirements.

    Things that can be done before you come

    • Obtain ISU Net ID (let Linda know at toxmajor@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/ .
    • Sign up through ACCESS PLUS for fall courses (generally BBMB 404, 3 credits; STAT 401, 4 credits) and TOX 689, R credits; and research, either TOX 699 with your major professor (5 credits) or research rotations, TOX 697 (5 credits). Full time is 9 credits but sign up for 12 total.
      • 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.
      • BBMB 404 is offered in-class fall and on-line every semester (extral charge to the student for on-line)
      • STAT 401 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 TOX; usually Section A and Section E
      • Ask Linda for the reference number for your major professor if you are taking TOX 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.
    Things that can be done after you arrive
    • Sign up for payroll no later than the first day on your Letter of Intent (Monday, August 15). Payroll Sign-up is located at University Human Resources, 3810 Beardshear Hall. Fill out as much of the paperwork prior to going over to Human Resources. Be sure and take required documents with you. These documents must be official and they can not be expired.
    • Lab Refresher, Tuesday-Wednesday, August 16-17. Linda will contact you first of August to pre-register for this training. OPTIONAL
    • Obtain ISU ID card; 0530 Beardshear Hall; take photo ID
    • Sign up for health insurance (we pay for this for you) through ACCESS PLUS (Student Tab). You need to be registered for fall 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.
      • 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
    • Optional, but highly recommended, activity on Friday, August 19.
      • 8:30 a.m. Light breakfast in 1102 Molecular Biology
      • 9:00 a.m. Presentation on being a graduate student, 1420 Molecular Biology
    • REQUIRED Activity on Friday, August 19: 12:15 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. Lunch with present TOX faculty and graduate students in the Carver Co-Lab Conference room. The Carver Co-Lab is northwest, across the parking lot, from the Molecular Biology Building.
  • Optional: under discussion; Sat or Sunday (August 20 or 21?): Green Corn Tamale Social, Iowa style. Early afternoon pick locally grown corn, husk, clean husks, cut kernels, grind corn, make masa, grate cheese, roast chilies, peel chilies, assemble into Northern Sonora and Southern Arizona style tamales. Enjoy an early evening meal with faculty and graduate students from a variety of majors.

  • Classes begin Monday, August 22, 2016

    TOX Retreat 2016, Saturday, October 8, 2016. This fulfills TOX 689 requirements for the semester. 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. at McFarland Park Conservation Center ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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    Orientation FALL 2015


    Prior to arrival:

    • This link is specifically for International Students: Fall 2015 Orientation/Temporary Housing/Graduate Student Checkin/Orientation Checklist: https://www.isso.iastate.edu/new-student-orientation/fall-orientation
    • Obtain an ISU Net ID and let Linda know your net ID. This is your log-in for campus computers and CyMail.
    • 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 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21. 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/
    • You receive single paid health insurance which you will sign up for under ACCESS PLUS--do you want Dental Insurance? 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. When you sign up for health care, the computer may indicate that you are not on an assistantship and that you will be billed for health insurance. Please go ahead and sign up for health insurance. Linda will begin payroll information in early August and the computer will update so that you are not charged for health insurance. If you see a charge for health insurance on your University bill, do not pay it.
    • If you have not yet sent an official transcript from your educational institution(s), do so after your degree is awarded.
      Registrar, 210 Enrollment Services, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2011, USA 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).
    • Registering for courses for Fall is done through ACCESS PLUS. You may do this before you arrive or after you arrive. First year students should check with their advisors regarding coursework for fall and spring, but you should plan to take TOX 501 in the fall and TOX 502 in the spring. Contact Linda (lmwild@iastate.edu) for the reference number for your major professor's research TOX 699 section. Students should sign up for TOX 689 every semester.
    • A possible fall course list could look like this:
      • TOX 501
      • STAT 401 or BBMB 404
      • GR ST 565
      • TOX 689
      • TOX 699 research (contact Linda lmwild@iastate.edu for reference number for your major professor). The number of research credits you take should bring your total number of credits to 12. For example, TOX 501 (3 credits), STAT 401 (4 credits), GR ST 565 (1 credit), TOX 689 (R credit) = 8 credits so the student would sign up for 4 credits of research.

    International Student Orientation begins on Monday, August 17.

    • Information specifically for International Students: https://www.isso.iastate.edu/new-student-orientation/fall-orientation
      • 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. 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 Toxicology Graduate program that all students who participate in rotations or who are paid through Toxicology accounts during their first year take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT).
        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. Information on who is exempt can be found here: http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/speakteach/testing_information/whoneeds.php . International students who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. institution of higher education OR having 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. 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.

    Information for Everyone -- As Soon as you Arrive on Campus.

    • Obtain an ISU 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 you will still need to provide this information. You must check in with Payroll by Wednesday, August 19, 2015. It should be taken care of as soon as you arrive at Iowa State.
    • You are paid on the last working day of each month; you will be paid once per month.

    Friday, August 21.

    • Attend light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in 1102 Molecular Biology with other life science graduate students.
    • Attend "Thinking like a Graduate Student: Leaving the Undergraduate Life Behind" at 9:00 a.m. in 1420 Molecular Biology and 9:30 "Lessons Learned in Graduate School: Reflections and Advice from an ISU Graduate in 1420 Molecular Biology.
    • 10:00 to 11:00 free time
    • 11:00 to noon: Meet with TGSO students in 1102 Molecular Biology; students will also have posters available for review. TGSO is Toxicology Graduate Students Organization. Monical Langely of the Kanthasamy Lab, Biomedical Sciences, is President.
    • These are only activities planned by Tox for this day.
    • You are welcome to attend any other Friday activities if you wish, but you are not required to do so. It is a chance to meet other new students, check out other research on campus both in faculty research presentations and the noon poster session. We provide lunch.

    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)

    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.

    CANCELLED


    Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
    Required Attendance: Welcome by Toxicology graduate students and faculty.