WELCOME INCOMING STUDENTS 


Congratulations on your recent admission to UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences!

This site will be a useful tool, as it includes everything you need to know regarding getting started at UAB. Please do not hesitate to contact your theme manager, if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Shortly after we conclude this year's recruitment season, your theme manager will send you the following HR paperwork:1.  Fellowship letter
2.  Scholarship letter

Below are items you will need to complete after May 1.  Most are deadline-specific.


Nick Anderson, Brigham Young U | Cancer Biology Theme
Jessie Barra, Emory U | Immunology Theme
Margaret Bell, Seton Hall U | GGB Theme
Melissa Bentley, Kennesaw State U | PBMM Theme
Stephanie Boas, U of Illinois | Neuroscience Theme
Andries Both, Mississippi State U | BSSB Theme
Evan Brettrager, West Virginia U | BSSB Theme
Reggie Brown, UAB | Cancer Biology Theme
Nicole Bryant, Bellarmine U | GGB Theme
Virginia Camacho, Colgate U | Immunology Theme
Eric Carlin, Florida Gulf Coast U | Microbiology Theme
Sarah Connelly, U Texas at San Antonio | Microbiology Theme
Mackenzie Davenport, East Tennessee State U | GGBS Theme
Marcus Davis, UAB | Immunology Theme
Luke Dunaway, Mississippi State U | BSSB Theme
Stephanie Fox, UAB | PBMM Theme
Lacy Goode, Florida State U | Neuroscience Theme
Jeffrey Grimes, U of Central Florida | Microbiology Theme
N'Toia Hawkins, Ohio Wesleyan U | Microbiology Theme
D Wayne Howse, UAB | Cancer Biology Theme
Benjamin Hunt, Birmingham-Southern College | Microbiology Theme
Meagan Jenkins, Florida Gulf Coast U | Microbiology Theme
Kathlene Joyce, Auburn U | GGB Theme
Jessica Kepple, U Florida | Immunology Theme
Zhang Li, Georgetown U | Cancer Biology Theme
Jordan Lingo, Towson U | Microbiology Theme
Joshua Marcus, U Colorado-Boulder | CMDB Theme
Victoria McClearn, U Mississippi | Cancer Biology Theme
Melissa McDaniel, Auburn U | Microbiology Theme
Bre' Minniefield, Virginia State U | GGB Theme
Saeid Mohammadparast, U of Social Welfare & Rehab | CMDB Theme
Sindhu Nair, Rajiv Gandhi U Health Sciences | Cancer Biology Theme
Krystle Ong, Northern Arizona U | Cancer Biology Theme
Sweta Patel, AIP, Amity U | Cancer Biology Theme
Ashleigh Riegler, U Wisconsin Superior | Microbiology Theme
Jonathan Roth, U Missouri Rolla | Neuroscience Theme
Vishal Sharma, U Texas at Arlington | Immunology Theme
Maheshika Somarathna, U Colombo, Sri Lanka | CMDB Theme
Eliana Toren, Bradley U | CMDB Theme
Hayley Widden, Christopher Newport U | PBMM Theme
Sade Williams, U Georgia | CMDB Theme

Visit BlazerID Central to create your own Blazer ID and password, if you have not already done so. Please note the date that appears on the top of your admission letter. You will not be able to establish your Blazer ID and password until the day following the date on that letter.

Deadline:  Prior to registering for classes the first time

UAB's primary concern during any emergency or severe weather situation is the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.During any actual emergency or severe weather situation, this site -- www.uab.edu/emergency -- will be the official source of UAB information. In addition, the UAB Emergency Management Team will use B-ALERT, the university’s emergency notification system, to communicate through voice calls, SMS text messages and e-mails to the entire campus all at the same time. B-ALERT also integrates with Facebook and Twitter.The UAB Severe Weather & Emergency Hotline at 205-934-2165 also will be updated as appropriate to provide official updates on the university's and UAB Hospital's opening and closing status.To register for B-ALERT or update your existing information in the system, go to www.uab.edu/balert. All registration is connected to your BlazerID.

Deadline: Prior to registering for classes the first time

You must either elect or decline student health insurance. UAB requires that all graduate students have health insurance.

If you have insurance through either a parent or spouse and do not want/need student health coverage, be sure to use the Waiver option as you move through BlazerNet to release your registration hold (see bullet points below).

For those who will be covered by student health insurance, remember that GBS only pays for single health coverage. If you choose to also have coverage for any dependent(s), you will be responsible for paying for this additional coverage. Student health insurance posts to your student account in fall and spring semesters. GBS will pay the dollar value for the individual coverage. The remaining amount to cover the cost of your dependent(s) is your responsibility and will need to be cleared from your student account before the end of each semester in which coverage costs post to avoid a hold on your registration.

Instructions to release your student health/registration hold from your account (which also includes insurance waiver):

  • Log in to BlazerNet -- www.uab.edu/blazernet
  • Click “Personal Information” at the top of the page
  • Click  “Mandatory Student Health Insurance Selection/Waiver” towards the bottom of the page
  • Verify if you will be returning in the fall
  • Verify the address where you will live while taking classes at UAB. ***This step is very important. Any student who uses an out-of-state address in this section will be charged for out-of-state insurance. **If you have not moved here yet, please click "Moving to Alabama but don’t know my address yet"
  • Click either "I will have my own personal health insurance coverage" if you do not need student health insurance (because you have outside insurance either through parent or spouse) or "I wish to purchase health insurance coverage through UAB" if you do not have private insurance and need student health coverage
  • If you choose to waive coverage, you will be asked to provide coverage information. Enter information and click on "Confirm insurance"
  • The final screen should summarize your choices
  • Go back to BlazerNet home and the hold should be removed
  • If you encounter a problem, please contact Candace Ragsdale at Student Health by email crags@uab.edu or by phone 205-996-2589.

Instructions on signing up for Health Insurance:
If you did not click to sign a waiver, you need student health insurance, which is a requirement for all graduate students.See the link below to download an application. There are several potential start-dates: June 1 (early summer admit), July 14 (Neuroscience Theme) or August 8 (most popular start date).

Please use the GBS address - 1825 University Blvd, Birmingham AL 35294 - on the application where you are expected to list your local address. This will ensure you are seen as a local versus out-of-state student.Student Health Insurance becomes effective on these dates
 Early Admits -- June 1, 2016; Mid-Term Admits -- July 14, 20165;  Fall Admits -- August 8, 2016.

Deadline to sign-up:  August 1

VIVA Health Mandatory Student Health Insurance Application | Insurance Waiver (thru BlazerNet)

VIVA Health Student Insurance Information | Most Current Mandatory Student Health Brochure

Your theme manager will provide you with detailed information regarding registration, which is done via www.uab.edu/blazernet.
Deadline: Registration begins April 4 and must be completed by May 6 for summer (if applicable) and April 11-August 28 for fall semester. 

NOTE: You will not be able to register for classes until you have completed the items above: set up your Blazer ID account and B-Alert notifications and taken care of your mandatory health insurance.
To ensure a safe and healthy campus, UAB requires all entering students to satisfy immunization/TB requirements and providing documentation of those immunizations through Patient Portal. All requirements must be met prior to registering for class at the University. 

Instructions for Domestic Students

Requirements:
> MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
> Tdap - (Tetanus, Diptheria, Acellular Pertussis)
> Varicella (Chickpox/Shingles)
> Meningococcal
> Tuberculosis Screening

Submit your documentation:
> Log into BlazerNet at www.uab.edu/BlazerNet using your BlazerID and password
> Click on "Patient Portal" and log in using your BlazerID and password
> Click on "Forms", then click "Add immunication record"

You will have the ability to scan and upload documents or to send by fax. Please note: the scan and upload feature will NOT support pdf, so if you are using a copier/scanner, you will need to go to settings and set to jpeg (since most are preset to pdf). If you are taking a picture with your mobile device, this is not necessary.

You can access your specific immunization/TB requirements are general information at www.uab.edu/studenthealth/medical-clearance/general-info. You can access an Infographic with easy to follow instructions for this process, if you need it.


Instructions for International Students
Requirements:
> MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
> Tdap - (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis)
> Varicella (Chickenpox/Shingles)
> Meningococcal
> Tuberculosis testing

Submit your documentation:
> Log into BlazerNet at www.uab.edu/BlazerNet using your BlazerID and password
> Click on "Patient Portal" and log in using your BlazerID and password
> Click on "Forms", then click "Add immunication record"

You will have the ability to scan and upload documents or to send by fax. Please note: the scan and upload feature will NOT support pdf, so if you are using a copier/scanner, you will need to go to settings and set to jpeg (since most are preset to pdf). If you are taking a picture with your mobile device, this is not necessary.

You can access your specific immunization/TB requirements are general information at www.uab.edu/studenthealth/medical-clearance/general-info. You can access an Infographic with easy to follow instructions for this process, if you need it.


Student Health and Wellness | medclearance@uab.edu | 205.975.7753

Deadline:  August 1 

We receive many questions about housing on-campus or in Birmingham. A few resources for you to explore include:
On-Campus Housing: The application for graduate student housing goes live in April, and due to the small number of spaces, early application is encouraged. More information is available at the Student Housing website.

Starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, Graduate Student housing is located in Denman Hall, which is in the heart of UAB’s campus, about a 2-4 block walk from most GBS academic buildings and research labs. The price is $4,550/semester (i.e., about $910/month) for the fully-furnished apartments, which includes all utilities, internet, and free laundry. You will pay separately for parking (just as any other student with a car on campus) and will have two parking options available. The rooms will be single occupancy, although married couples are also allowed to live together in one of the apartments. For more information and to apply online, please go here. Please note that students who live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan option, with the lowest-cost plans starting at $200/semester.

A map of where some GBS students live has been compiled, and you can access it by clicking here. This is not all inclusive, so if you have questions about a particular area of the city, please contact your theme manager. You can also check out one complex at this site and others are available at UAB Off Campus Housing and in this listing from the School of Medicine student site.
You may go online to make your arrangements for student parking with UAB Parking & Transportation Services. It is best to do this early. UAB has limited parking options.

Deadline: If you need parking, it is best to do this immediately after registering for classes.
Orientation is scheduled for Monday, August 8. Last year's agenda is provided to give you an idea of what to expect.
2015 GBS Orientation Agenda
This day includes an overview of importation information, lunch and photos. Orientation is in the Bevill Biomedical Research Building (BBRB), room 170. This is the same location where you meet each day for your first core courses.

Map to Orientation

If you arrive on time, you can park for free in the deck behind the Community Health Services Building (CHSB), on the corner of 19th Street and 10th Avenue. Note that the entrance to the free parking in deck is on the 10th Avenue side.
Map to parking

You will receive your paycheck the last business day of each month.

For students starting in June, you will receive your first paycheck, covering June 1-30, on June 30th.
For students starting in July, you will receive your first paycheck, covering July 14-31, on July 29th.
For students starting in August, you will receive your first paycheck, covering August 8-August 31, on August 31st.

To ensure timely payment, all students must do the following:
1. Check to make sure your local address and phone number are correct in Oracle. If changes are needed, follow the instructions in this document:  Changing your personal information
Deadline:  Early Admits --- June 18: Fall Admits --- August 18

2. You must set up your direct deposit. UAB does not issue payroll checks. Here are the instructions on doing this:  Direct Deposit Initial Set-up

Deadline: Early Admits --- June 18; Mid-Term Admits --- July 15; Fall Admits --- August 18
Before any training module or requirement can be accessed via the Learning Management System (LMS), the student's personnel paperwork must have completed the process to be in the appropriate human resources system.
Instructions: 
  • Go to www.uab.edu/learningsystem (IE is the preferred browser)
  • Select "Access Learning System"
  • Log in using your BlazerID and password
  • Click to place the radial button under "Student/Manager"
  • Select "Proceed with Login"
  • "UAB/UABHS HIPAA Privacy and Security Training" will appear under "Assigned Learning"
  • Select "UAB/UABHS HIPAA Privacy and Security Online Training" (choose the ONLINE version and not the classroom version)
  • Click "Enroll"
  • Select "Online Presentation"
  • Select "Click here to view slide presentation"
  • Presentation slides will display
  • View all training material
  • When complete, exit by selecting either the "X" at the top of the screen or "Exit" at the bottom
  • Select "Post Test" and read the instructions
  • Complete the quiz as presented, being careful to answer each of the 16 questions
  • Return to course details
  • An option to print a certificate is displayed in the green banner (this certificate is available to be printed at any time by accessing "My Transcript", selecting the HIPAA course, and a green banner for printing a certificate displays)
  • An evaluation of the course is available, but it is optional
  • Successful completion (a score of 75% or better) will automatically be recorded by the LMS. If you are unsuccessful and must retake the quiz, repeat these steps

Deadline: August 10

Rotation Dates for 2016-2017 Academic Year
     Summer Admits:
          Rotation 1 --- June 2-August 5
          Rotation 2 --- August 15-October 14
          Rotation 3 --- October 17-December 16
          Rotation 4 --- January 9-March 10 (if needed)

     Fall Admits:
          Rotation 1 --- August 15-October 14
          Rotation 2 --- October 17-December 16
          Rotation 3 --- January 9-March 10
          Rotation 4 --- March 13-May 12 (if needed)

You may explore a comprehensive list of more than 350 UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Faculty who offer graduate research training in highly diverse areas of the biomedical sciences.

Choosing a Rotation Lab.
Students should choose their rotation labs in consultation with their theme director and/or manager. To help students become familiar with faculty research interests, a faculty poster session will be held August 12, during Orientation Week. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty to request a one-on-one meeting to learn more about faculty research interests (and that person's interest in taking rotation students). While rotations will typically occur with faculty in the student's chosen theme, students are free to rotate with faculty in other themes and research areas.
Each student should contact faculty via email to set up a time to meet face-to-face to discuss doing a rotation in that lab. When a student secures a rotation, she/he needs to notify the theme manager, as there is a form for the rotation mentor to use for evaluation purposes. Faculty are very busy, so it is important that you follow up by email, phone, or in person.

Deadline for choosing 1st rotation lab: Early admits -- June 1;  Fall admit students --- August 14.

The choice of a dissertation advisor/mentor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a graduate student. Thus, you should keep this matter in mind as you choose laboratory rotations and participate in lecture and seminar activities throughout your first year in the program. First year students arriving in August should select a dissertation advisor by June 1. Students who arrive during summer semester, should make this decision in mid-February. Students should make this choice in consultation with appropriate faculty so that the student and the faculty member can come to a mutually agreeable decision and arrangement. In special cases, students unprepared to make this choice may be allowed to complete an additional laboratory rotation during the summer term. Clearly, a fourth rotation should be elected only after careful consideration, since doing so could delay the student's completion of the doctoral program. Your program manager should be advised of your preference of dissertation mentor on the appropriate form.
Students enter with a given theme affiliation but have the flexibility to rotate with any faculty with active GBS status and may change theme affiliation if their research training interests change. Alternatively, faculty outside of a given theme may elect to join additional themes, if consistent with theme interests, wherein the student could retain his/her original theme affiliation. Additionally, first year theme-specific courses that may be required upon theme transfer can be completed in year two in fulfillment of advanced course requirements. Communication among the student, selected mentor, and both the original and the new theme directors will be necessary to facilitate transfer among themes. All students should confirm their theme affiliation at the time of selecting the dissertation mentor.
Many students are admitted to Graduate Biomedical Sciences while in the final semester of undergrad or a master's program. Your admission is contingent upon successful completion of that prior degree so you may have additional steps (e.g. submitting a final transcript) to complete. Likewise, your admission may have been contingent on other factors. You will not be allowed to register for the second semester until all contingencies are cleared, so be attuned for message from the Graduate School on your student account in BlazerNet and from your program manager. Not clearing these will result in a hold that will prevent you from progressing in graduate school.

Important Dates
Start Date for Early Admits       June 1
Summer Rotation for Early Admits       June 2-August 5
Summer Orientation for Early Admits       June 1
Fall Orientation for All Students       August 8
Faculty Poster Session       August 10
Welcome Reception       August 9
Rotation Dates       • June 2-August 5 (Early Admits Only)
      • August 15-October 14
      • October 17-December 16
      • January 9-March 10
      • March 13-May 12
Classes Begin       August 9
First Paycheck Issued       Early Admits: June 30
      Fall Admits:  August 31
GBS 708-Genetics       August 9-September 19
GBS 707-Biochemistry       September 20-October 31
GBS 709-Cell       November 1-December 16

 

Important Deadlines:

Set up Direct Deposit           Early Admits: June 18
          Fall Admits:  August 18
Update Personal Information          
                                in Oracle
          Early Admits:  June 18
          Fall Admits:  August 18

  • Check out the new student information on the GBS website. Information on first year courses is available online, including the syllabi for GBS 707, 708 and 709.
  • Review the GBS Handbook. The UAB Graduate School Handbook is also a helpful resource.
  • Consult the UAB Academic Calendar for important updates.
  • Review resources on the Graduate School website for enrolled students, including an overview of "Succeeding in Graduate School" and very important "Completing a Graduate Degree".
  • Check out this Guide to Dining in Birmingham.