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BioPh.D. Handbook | Facilities and Services

Bioengineering Ph.D.
For the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year
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A. Library

The University Library system consists of a number of libraries. Circulation policies and operating hours are available at each of the libraries. Students should make themselves aware of the resources the libraries provide and become more familiar with them by visiting the University library web site, http://library.nd.edu/.

B. Computing Facilities

The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) oversees an extensive variety of computers, workstation clusters, and personal computer facilities throughout campus. Many are open year-round, twenty-four hours a day. The University has a wide range of software and printing services available for the use of all students. For a complete current listing of University facilities, which change often, students should visit http://oit.nd.edu.

C. Laboratory Facilities

You may work in a wide variety of laboratories across the University campus. These may be specific laboratories to your research group, or shared facilities that are supported by user fees.

D. Office Facilities

All full-time graduate students have access to personal office space. Offices are typically shared with other students. Each student will also have a mailbox located in or near the main administrative office in the building to which you have been assigned. Students are expected to maintain professional office environments, to maintain a neat office, and to be respectful and courteous to their officemates and others in their office environment.

E. Copying Facilities

There are a number of copying facilities on campus, with services available at a charge. Many small machines are located in Hesburgh Library and each branch library. Your home department or your research group may maintain a copier for student use. Check with the administrative staff or your advisor to determine if you are allowed to use these resources.

F. Student Government Service

Graduate students are responsible for the activities of the Graduate Student Union (GSU). Through a council of elected officers, appointed officers, and representatives from the departments of its constituent colleges, the GSU provides a variety of services and represents its membership on various University councils and committees. It publishes the bimonthly GSU newsletter, conducts a graduate orientation program, and sponsors workshops, travel grants, and various social and cultural activities. The GSU is the graduate students' official liaison with University administration, the Office of Student Activities, and the Library Administration. The GSU finances operations through a yearly fee assessed on all graduate students. The GSU maintains offices in 219 LaFortune Student Center, 631-6963; their website URL is: http://www.gsu.nd.edu/.

G. Health and Counseling

There are many additional services available to graduate students. Most are described in detail in the Bulletin of Information or on the web at: http://graduateschool.nd.edu/resources-for-current-students/.

University Health Services, located in the University Health Center, 631-7497, provides immediate, follow-up, and ongoing health care. The services provided include outpatient clinics, dispensing medication, administering allergy injections, laboratory and x-ray facilities, and a twenty-five-bed inpatient unit. Health insurance is required of all international and full-time students. The University offers a plan for all students. The student's spouse and children have the option of purchasing health insurance through this plan. More information can be obtained by calling 631-6114. The University Counseling Center, located in the University Health Center, 631-7336, offers professional services to all graduate students and their families.

The University has several excellent athletic and exercise facilities, most of which are available free of charge.

H. Career and Placement

The University’s Graduate Career Services provides assistance with post-graduate placement and professional development through online services and the guidance of its graduate career consultants. (See Section IV. Advising, page 8, for additional information.)

I. International and Religious Services

The University supports an International Student Affairs Office, 205 LaFortune, 631-5243, which aids in immigration matters, serves as liaison with sponsoring agencies and governments, and promotes interaction within the University. The International Student Organization (ISO), 204 LaFortune, is a club for interested students.

Campus Ministry, 103 Hesburgh Library, 631-7800, offers programs and organizations to serve students' spiritual needs across a full range of faith traditions.

J. Graduate Student Life

A unit within the Division of Student Affairs and in cooperation with the Graduate School, Graduate Student life (http://gradlife.nd.edu/) is committed to enhancing the educational experience and quality of life for Notre Dame students pursuing advanced degrees. The Graduate Student Life website contains reference links for special events and programs, family resources and information regarding campus life in general. A helpful Q&A weblog to answer your questions is also featured.