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JULY 2013


7/17 Deadline to defend dissertation or thesis for Summer II
7/24 Last day to submit draft to the Dissertation Editor for Summer II
8/02 Deadline to complete dissertation or thesis for Summer II
8/23 New International Student Orientation
8/23 New Graduate Student Open House
8/25 New Graduate Student Orientation


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Registration for New Graduate Student Orientation Open

Incoming graduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year can register for the Graduate School's New Graduate Student Orientation events. To kick things off, the Graduate School is hosting an open house on Friday, August 23. New Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled for Sunday, August 25 and will be followed by the President's Picnic at 3:30 p.m.

Visit our website to register today.

Health Insurance

The 2013-2014 health insurance plan is offered by United Healthcare. This plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the services of the Student Health Service and Counseling Center. To obtain greatest benefits, students will need to utilize the Student Health Service first, where treatment will be administered or referral issued; except in the case of medical emergency, maternity, when away from campus, or when the Student Health Service is closed. There is one rate tier for all students. For more information, visit the Student Health Website. To view the health insurance brochure for 2013-2014, please visit the UHC Brochure.

Eligible Coral Gables campus graduate students (RA/TA/GAs, Fellows, and Trainees who are enrolled in Ph.D., D.M.A. and M.F.A programs) are eligible for 70% towards the annual cost of the Student Health insurance plan. Students are eligible for 70% of the cost as long as they have a payroll assignment. To take advantage of this credit, select the payroll deduction option under the employee tab on myUM.

Explore Online Resources at VPhD

Want to make your PhD more versatile? Join other doctoral students who have already begun to tap into the resources offered by Versatile PhD. It's never too early to start thinking about nontraditional ways to apply your advanced degree! Here are some of the benefits identified by current UM users:

- “I have used the cover letters and materials posted as hiring success stories to help shape my materials.”
- “Discovered at least one interesting career path I didn’t know about before”

Ready to get started? Register or log in today, before the demands of the new school year begin in August. When you visit the site you can put its resources to use by:

- Updating your CV/Resume
- Access premium content to see examples of CVs, resumes, and cover letters of successful  job applicants
- Learning about non-academic career options
- Access premium content for narratives written by PhDs who have landed jobs outside of academia
- Exploring the forums
- Find content according to key words and topics of interest to you
- Posting your own question(s) for discussion

How to Register (New Users) Follow the VPhD link and log in on the Cane Authentication System portal.

Conference Marine Scientists and the Internet

This October 11-13, UM will be hosting ScienceOnline Oceans, a conference focusing on how marine scientists and conservationists can use the internet for collaboration, education, and outreach. While examples will focus on ocean science, the strategies and tactics discussed at this conference will be of interest to anyone interested in science, education, communications, or computer science. Speakers and participants include science education and communication experts from all over the country. 

The conference will include a panel discussion and opening social, as well as a day of field trips allowing participants to experience South Florida's unique marine environment. The program can be found on the ScienceOnline website at http://oceans.scienceonline.com/program. To register, visit https://scienceonline.wufoo.com/forms/x7p3x3/. The event cost is $150 for students and $200 for all others.

Please contact event organizer David Shiffman at david.shiffman@gmail.com with questions.

Driver's License Renewal at the Coral Gables Library

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will operate a mobile office in the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia Street, every second Monday of the month to provide the following limited services. The mobile office is open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second Monday of the month. You do not have to be a Coral Gables resident to use the services available at the mobile office.

DHSMV requires specific documentation depending on the service. For a checklist of accepted documents, visit the gathergoget.com website.

Please visit the Department of Highway and Safety & Motor Vehicles website for more information.