New Toxicology Graduate Student Orientation

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Fall 2018 New Toxicology Graduate Student Orientation and Rotation Information


Quick Look


  •            Contact person is Glenn Clark.  glennc@iastate.edu  515 294 2440

    • Location is 2008 Veterinary Medicine (have to check into VET MED building at doors by flag pole.  From the bus stop go south and turn east (left) into the plaza.  Doors are at the
  • _____ International Student Orientation including English Placement Examination

    Includes Pre-Arrival Online Orientation.
  • _____ Bring payroll verification forms with you to Iowa State (domestic students)
  • _____ Turned in I-9 form (payroll verification)
  • _____ Register for classes (after August 1)
  • _____ Completed 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?  Health Insurance Form
  • _____ 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:  Domestic students (August 15) and International students (August 8 or as specified by the International Student Office). If you are on payroll, the earliest start date of your payroll will be the date as specified on your Letter of Intent (LOI) provided you have processed your I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)  paperwork by this date.  No payroll can begin prior to the processing date of the I-9 paperwork
  • For International Students go here. Fall International Student Orientation (including the English Placement Examination) will take place Wednesday, August 8, 2018 through Friday, August 17, 2018. There is pre-check-in and arrival on-line training. Signing up to attend international orientation activities is also on-line.
  • For Information on research rotations go here

New Fall 2018 students                             Major Professor                                  Graduate Student Mentor(s)     


        Bailey McGuire                                  Aileen Keating, akeating@                              Caleb Corona, clcorona@iastate.edu                                                                                       TOX 699 KT 6784111       


        Rachel Sorensen                              (temp) Aileen Keating, akeating@                          Tesia Posekany (Genetics),                                                                                                     TOX 697                                                    posekany@iastate.edu              


         Cristina Santana                               Wilson Rumbeiha, rumbeiha@                         Dwane Schrunk, duey@iastate.edu                                                                  TOX 699 WR 6784227                                  Laura Burns, lburns@iastate.edu                                                                                                                                                                   Scott Radke, slradke@iastate.edu 


        Estefania Gonzalez Alvarez              Aileen Keating, akeating@                Beatriz Mizoguchi, biakemi@   (LASPAU), Genetics                                                                  TOX 699 KT 6784111                       Christian Montes, chrisfm@iastate.edu (Genetics)


         Shadi Parvin Roo                             Arthi Kanthasamy, arthik@                     Niranjana Krishnan, nkrish@                                                                                                            TOX 699 KA 6784


Things that can be done before you come


  • Obtain ISU Net ID (email toxmajor@iastate.edu your ISU email address).

    • This is your log-in for campus computers and CyMail. Your University ID number is on your Letter of Intent.
  • Obtain login for ACCESS PLUS.  This has to be done manually by calling IT (Information Technology).
    • To obtain an ACCESS PLUS password, call 515-294-4000, option 1, and ask for a temporary password. They will assist you in gaining access. 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.
  • 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)
    • Lab Safety Training must be completed before you handle lab equipment. 
    • Frequently asked questions about the EH&S safety training login
    • 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 fall courses.
    • You can sign up anytime after you are admitted but we recommend you wait and sign up after August 1.
    • By waiting till August 1 you will not be billed over the summer for tuition
    • Take TOX 501 (3 credits)
    • Chose one additional course:   BBMB 404 or STAT 587 (Section A) or a course recommended by your major professor.
    • Schedule of classes
    • Sign up for TOX 689. To meet TOX 689 requirements for fall, students will attend posted seminars that begin in September. The posted seminars are available through the Toxicology Homepage under Present Students Information.
    • Sign up for Research, Tox 699 with your major professor or TOX 697 research rotations if you are participating in rotations.
    • Check with your major professor regarding other potential coursework.
    • Generally, students take only two 3-credit courses during the fall.
    • Full time for fall is 9 credits.  If you are on a 1/2 time assistantship, you are considered full time no matter how many credits you take (1 to 15). 
  • Schedule of Classes Listing of all courses offered for Fall 2018 and subsequent semesters.

Things that can be done after you arrive


  • Payroll. If you will be on an assistantship, have your payroll verification documents available (Don't pack them; need official or originals; documents can not be expired).

    • Payroll sign up forms.
    • 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 September 28.
    • International students will fill out payroll documentation during their appointment with International Students.  Because students need to have social security numbers before payroll will be approved, likely the first check for an international graduate student on an assistantship will be paid at the end of September. 
  • 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. Often new students can not sign up for health insurance through Access Plus so you may need to print out a paper copy.  The Insurance Form can be found here
    • Decide if you want dental insurance and sign up for dental insurance (or not) at same time as health insurance. You do pay (about $13.00 per month) for the dental insurance. This insurance is subsidized by the University for graduate students on assistantships. 
    • You can only sign up for dental insurance prior to the fall semester.
    • 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 for health insurance.
  • Meet with your major professor or temporary advisor

Classes begin Monday, August 20, 2018


September 4:  TOX 689:  Welcome to Toxicology.  September 4 at 4:10 p.m. in 1102 Molecular Biology.  Meet with faculty and graduate students at a welcome to Toxicology event.  Social


November 2018: 


  • International Students will take Oral English Certification Examination (OECT) to prepare to be Certified as Teaching Assistants.

    • Registration in November
    • Testing in December
      • 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 Fall 2017


Quick Look


  • _____ International Student Orientation including English Placement Examination

    Includes Pre-Arrival Online Orientation.
  • _____ Payroll Verfication 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 will participate in the full module's activities.
  • _____ Attend Friday, August 18, activities.
  • _____ We will have several activities that involve food. Please let Linda know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences (i.e. vegetarian, no pork, etc.) The default foods are usually turkey sandwiches and cheese pizza.

Things to think about now


  • Plan to arrive no later than the first day that your assistantship starts (Monday, August 14, 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. 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 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/ .
  • Sign up through ACCESS PLUS for fall courses.
    • You can sign up anytime this summer but we recommend you wait and sign up after August 1.
    • Take TOX 501 (3 credits)
    • Take either BBMB 404 or STAT 401 (Section A or D) or a course recommended by your major professor.
    • Sign up for TOX 689. To meet TOX 689 requirements for fall, students will attend CSSOT September 21-22.
    • Sign up for Research, Tox 699 with your major professor (ask Linda for the reference number) or TOX 697 research rotations.
    • (students joining the Joel Coats lab: Take TOX 501, ENT 370, TOX 689, and research TOX 699 JC (contact lmwild@iastate.edu for reference number))
    • Check with your major professor regarding other potential coursework.
    • Generally, students take only two 3-credit courses during the fall.
    • For students participating in rotations review this information.
  • Schedule of Classes Listing of all courses offered for Fall 2017 and subsequent semesters.

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. THIS IS IN PROGRESS and WILL CHANGE
  • 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
  • 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.

FRIDAY, August 18, 2017: Meet with tox faculty and graduate students, NOON, Carver Co-Lab. Informal lunch


  • Required Attendance: Friday, August 18 activities, Faculty Presentations and Poster Presentations.

    • 8:30 a.m. Light breakfast in 1102 Molecular Biology with other new interdepartmental graduate students
    • 8:30 a.m. Presentation by Vivek Lawana, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (also a TOX major)
    • 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
    • NOON: Join tox faculty and graduate students for lunch (social) in the Carver Co-Lab (just northwest across the parking lot of the Molecular Biology building; has a glass greenhouse in front). Will last until about 2:30 p.m. Seminar by Scott Radke (case studies).

Classes begin Monday, August 21, 2017


Graduate College and GPSS Orientation, Thursday, August 24, 2017


  • 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 onThursday, August 24, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

September 21-22, Central States Society of Toxicology meeting (CSSOT) Required Attendance


  • CSSOT attendance required of all Toxicology graduate students. 

    • Thursday, September 21 (evening), Atrium, Molecular Biology
    • Friday, September 22. (all day)  Let course instructors know you will be gone this day. Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.

Oral English Certification Examination for Teaching (TA)


  • 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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