When you first arrive....

Procedures Upon Arriving for New Students

Orientation occurs during the two weeks prior to the start of classes. An orientation schedule is mailed in July to each student.
All Students:
Meet with the Graduate Program Director to arrange for obtaining a copy of the Physics Graduate Student handbook and registering for classes. 
Meet with the Administrative Assistant to fill out paper work for getting on the stipend payroll and arranging for bank transfer of the stipend. Advice will be given on setting up a local bank account.
            Obtain office space in the one of the Graduate Student offices.
            Obtain keys from the Administrative Assistant.
            Set up your Email account.
Obtain student ID card at Card Services in the Harper Center. The campus bookstore is also located there.
Purchase parking permit, if desired.
A graduate student teacher training session will be held the week before classes start. It runs daily from 9:00 am - 3:00pm.
The physics department orientation meetings also meet daily that week from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Among other activities, your teaching schedule will be determined then.
Lab Safety training will occur on either Monday or Tuesday of the first week of classes.
You can take one Part of the Comprehensive Exam without it counting in case you don’t pass it (see schedule).
International Students:
Meet with Mrs. Shama Ali at the International Students Office at the Harper Center. 
Obtain permanent social security number through the International Students Office. This involves completion of an application which needs to be signed off by the Program Director and International Student Coordinator, Mrs. Ali. Transportation to the Social Security Office in Omaha is provided by the International Student Office and usually occurs on Monday or Tuesday of the first week of classes.


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