Microbial Biology Orientation and Registration 2017-18

Welcome! This brief document provides the essential information that you will need to start your education in the Microbial Biology Graduate Program at Rutgers University. If you have any specific questions or need help on any matter please contact the Program Administrator Lindsay Robinson [(848) 932-5642 lindsay.robinson@rutgers.edu] or the Program Director Dr. Gerben Zylstra [(848) 932-6298 zylstra@sebs.rutgers.edu].

NetID and Email: If you do not already have a Rutgers NetID please go to the Rutgers NetID website and register. This process will also give you an official Rutgers email address (@scarletmail.rutgers.edu). Your NetID is needed for almost everything at Rutgers: course registration, electronic access to the library, etc. All official communication will be through email so please check your official Rutgers email often.

Sakai and Email Listserves: Your netID will be used to add you to the Microbial Biology email listserve. All official Microbial Biology Graduate Program announcements will be sent to this listserve. Your NetID will also give you access to the Sakai file sharing site. All graduate courses use Sakai to disseminate course material (syllabi, course readings, grades, etc.).

Orientation: The School of Graduate Studies' orientation will be August 28 at 1:00pm or August 29 at 10:00am in the Rutgers College Avenue Student Center. You only need to attend one of these two orientations. International Student Orientation is a one week mandatory program, August 28 to September 1.

Microbial Biology Program Welcome Meeting: We will have a one hour meeting to welcome all new students to the program sometime in the first few weeks of classes. Please watch for an email announcement for the date, time, and place.

Safety Training: All graduate students are required to attend Laboratory Safety Training before working in a research laboratory. Once you have your NetID please sign up for one of the "Laboratory / Biological / BBP Safety Training - Combined" sessions.

Academic Calendar: The Academic Calendar, the registration calendar, and the schedule of classes are all available online. The 2017 Fall term courses start Tuesday, September 5, and end Wednesday, December 13. Final exams are held between December 15 and 22.

Registration: Once you have a NetID you can register for the Fall semester at the WebReg registration web site. You must register by September 4! Courses can be dropped or added until September 18. If a course is full or if a special permission number is needed please contact Ms. Robinson for assistance. All Ph.D. students sign up for the same courses in the Fall term (see PhD Degree First Year Information web page). M.S. students have more options (see MS Degree First Year Information web page). Dr. Zylstra serves as the academic advisor for all Ph.D. and M.S. students so if you have any questions please contact him directly.

New Jersey Residency: Students should apply for New Jersey residency as soon as they are eligible in order to reduce the tuition cost. Please see the directions and forms at the In State Residency for Tuition Purposes web page.

Transportation: The University has a very efficient bus system for transfer around campus. Parking permits can be obtained at the Parking Permit web page. All first year courses are taught on the Cook Campus but microbiology research laboratories are located on all campuses.