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					Undergraduate Orientation
Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Fall 2005

Presentation by: Inés Avilés-Spadoni, M.S. Edward Dugan, Ph.D.

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering
Welcome! We hope you are enjoying your semester. Please feel free to come talk to us about any questions or concerns you may have. Our primary goal is to make your experience at Nuclear & Radiological Engineering the best ever!

Department Contact Information
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Chairman: Alireza Haghighat, Ph.D., 392-1401, Ext. 306 (Geri Roberts, Assistant), haghighat@ufl.edu Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. Edward Dugan, Ph.D. 392-1401, Ext. 309, edugan@ufl.edu Academic Coordinator: Ines Aviles-Spadoni, M.S., 392-1401, Ext. 302, iaviles@ufl.edu OPS Appointments, Keys: Diana Dampier, 3921401, Ext. 303, damp@ufl.edu Travel, Purchases, Keys: Teri Sparks, 392-1401, Ext. 304, terria@ufl.edu Computer Specialist: Peng Lu, 392-1401, Ext. 325, penglu@ufl.edu

Information Available to Students
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UF Undergraduate Catalog on sale at the Reitz Union Book Store, also available online at http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog.html Registrar’s Office (Criser Hall), 392-1374 (or visit ISIS) ISIS at www.isis.ufl.edu (check grades, unofficial transcripts, register for classes, pay tuition and fees, Registrar forms, etc.) UF Career Resource Center (Reitz Union), 3921601, http://www.crc.ufl.edu/

College of Engineering Office of Student Services www.eng.ufl.edu/ess
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The Office of Engineering Student Services provides and coordinates resources for undergraduate engineering students including advising, tutoring, success workshops and special programs. Example of programs and services:
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Tutoring Schedule Success Workshops Freshmen Programs Mentoring Opportunities Transfer Students

College of Engineering Office of Student Services
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Contact information: (Ph) 392-0944
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Deborah Mayhew, assistant director, dmayh@eng.ufl.edu Stephen Roberts, assistant director, srobe@eng.ufl.edu Karen Bray, coordinator, kbray@eng.ufl.edu Jeffrey Citty, coordinator, jmcitty@ufl.edu

**The advisers listed above are available to assist you with your college-level advising needs**

Make sure you have a Gatorlink account
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You will need a GatorLink account to access your e-mail, grades, transcripts, make tuition payments, etc. Make GatorLink your primary e-mail account. This is the best way the department, university and CoE can contact you regarding important information (e.g., registration, drop/add, critical dates, opportunities, etc.) www.gatorlink.ufl.edu

NRE Academic Advising
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Department policy is for professors to advise students. Students are assigned to professors based on the first letter of their last name CoE places a registration hold every semester (check GatorLink e-mail account for message indicating hold), so that you will meet with your adviser to discuss next term courses/registration When this happens, immediately make an appointment to speak to your adviser (See List of Undergraduate Advisers) Pick up a “Course Approval Form” from the main NRE office (Room 202). Some professors already have copies of this form with them

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NRE Academic Advising
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Take form to your adviser/professor, discuss courses, list courses on form, get adviser/professor signature on form Bring “Course Approval Form” to Ines Aviles-Spadoni (Academic Coordinator). She will lift your hold You can then register for classes

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NRE Undergraduate Adviser List
Adviser Dr. Anghaie Dr. Bolch Dr. Dugan Dr. Gilland Dr. Haghighat Dr. Hintenlang Dr. Vernetson Dr. Baciak Dr. Sjoden Student Last Name A,H B,R D,J,Y E,M C,P S G,L,V F,N,T O,W

Student Responsibilities (Academic Advising)
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Maintain GatorLink e-mail to read official university and department correspondence Meet with department adviser on regular basis, especially if unsure about major and career options Review degree audit on ISIS each semester (shows remaining degree requirements) SEEK ADVISEMENT WHEN IN ACADEMIC DIFFICULTY (e.g., below 2.0 GPA, doing poorly in critical-tracking course) Maintain personal academic records, including catalog of year of admission to UF, transcripts, degree audits, evaluation of transfer of work, and notes from previous advising sessions

Source: Undergraduate Catalog

** Anytime you are confused about academic requirements or progress toward a degree, we encourage you to meet with your appointed department academic adviser or visit with your primary department contact person (Ines Aviles-Spadoni) for more information**

CoE Drop Policy
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Only two drops are permitted in lower division (<60 hours completed at UF) Only two drops in upper division (60 or more hrs at UF) A student with 15 credits or more will be permitted an extra drop if drop is completed by end of 7th week of class and if the remaining credits are 12 or more Drops beyond those already listed above will be approved only when there are circumstances beyond a student’s control

Combined BS/MS Program
Also known as the 4/1 program, this program allows students who qualify academically to get a head start on their graduate education. Graduate courses (up to 12 credit hours) are taken while in the junior and senior year and are double-counted into the master’s program, thus cutting down the time it takes to complete both degrees.

Combined BS/MS Program
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Some Advantages:
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Cost to MS degree is reduced because up to 12 credits are automatically added to the master’s degree transcript Students can get head start on MS thesis or MS research project More time to decide whether to pursue grad degree or professional degree Students are more marketable because many employers now require a master’s degree for entry-level positions

Combined BS/MS Program
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Requirements/Procedure:
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Take GRE as soon as possible (before or early in your junior year). Minimum score is 1100 (verbal + quantitative) GPA must be at least 3.3 or better
Talk to your UG adviser and/or a Graduate Coordinator

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Combined BS/MS Program
(continued) Requirements/Procedure (continued):
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Submit a “Combined Master’s Bachelor Degree Request” form (see Ines Aviles-Spadoni). You and your adviser must discuss graduate level courses to be double counted. Decide what graduate program and area of specialization (nuclear engineering, medical physics, health physics) you are interested in and talk to a professor or professors in that area and inquire about space in his/her program and assistantship availability

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Combined BS/MS Program
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Things to consider:
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Bright Futures Scholarship Program will fund graduate tuition at the undergraduate level - students are responsible for paying only the difference between undergraduate and graduate tuition. Florida Pre-Paid College Tuition Program will fund the first 120 credit hours, covering graduate courses taken toward the undergraduate degree at the undergraduate level. Financial aid may be available for the graduate degree portion of the program.

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Source: Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

NRE Department-Specific Information, Policies & Procedures
Course Substitution Petition Process:
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Use this process to substitute courses that are not part of the approved NRE undergraduate curriculum Letter from student requesting the course substitution (please be specific and provide course descriptions, syllabi, etc.) Send letter to Ines Aviles-Spadoni (electronic copy and hard copy) she will keep copy for your file and make sure it is included in faculty meeting agenda Petition will be discussed and voted on at regular monthly faculty meetings Student will be notified of outcome via e-mail

NRE Department-Specific Information, Policies & Procedures
Computer Lab Use & Department Keys:  The computer lab is available to all students during regular hours, after hours and on weekends. To access the lab after hours, reserve the key from Diana Dampier or Terri Sparks in the main office  The department issues key to all undergraduates for use of certain facilities related to their studies. Please see Diana Dampier or Terri Sparks for more information.

NRE Department-Specific Information, Policies & Procedures
Special Course Registration (ENU 4905,4906,4930,4944,4949)
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Register for these courses if you will be working on a special project or class with a professor, or if you will be on an internship Registration for these courses is controlled by department Must fill out a Multiple Registration form every semester indicating brief description of work. Your adviser must sign form Form is returned to Ines for registration

**CAUTION: some of these courses have limitations to the amount of credits you can register for per semester and per entire program. See catalog for more information**

Undergraduate Scholarships & Fellowships Opportunities
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American Nuclear Society (ANS) Scholarships $2,000-$4000 annually (visit www.ans.org for more information) Nuclear Engineering & Health Physics Scholarship Program $1,4000 monthly, contact Nancy Cardner at 843-792-1469 or at cardern@musc.edu Pagano Scholarship, up to $2,000 per year, contact Charles Scheer at 352-392-1401, Ext. 3458 or at cscheer@ufl.edu National Academy for Nuclear Training Scholarships, $2,500 annually, contact NANT at nanteap@inpo.org or call 1-800-828-5489

Undergraduate Scholarships & Fellowships Opportunities
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Florida Power & Light Elite Nuclear Engineering Scholarship  Given to incoming freshmen  Up to $6,000 stipend divided over fall and spring semester  Given to two students  GPA must be 3.5  SAT of 1300 or better  Two letters of recommendation  Florida resident Carry a minimum12-credit course load, maintain 3.5 GPA Spend summer internships as employee of FPL and participate in research project at UF that is of interest to company sponsor Contact Charles Scheer at 352-392-1401, Ext. 345 for more information

Undergraduate Scholarships & Fellowships Opportunities
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The Paul H. Robbins, PE Honorary Scholarship for an outstanding sophomore (disbursed during the junior year: $10,000) Professional Engineers in Industry (PEI) Scholarship is awarded annually. Goal is to further the educational opportunities of a student studying to become an engineer. Available to any student, but children of NSPE members are given preference. Amount is $2,500

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NRE Internships
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It is strongly recommended that you do an internship as this can be a valuable part of your educational experience. Although usually done at the junior or senior level, some internships are available at freshman or sophomore level.

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Internships are available with vendors (companies), utilities, national labs, government agencies, etc. Availability information in NRE is often by “word of mouth.” Info will be posted in NRE Department, emailed, announced in classes, etc.

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NRE Student Organizations
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American Nuclear Society (Student Chapter), http://ans.nre.ufl.edu/, contact: Taylor Moulton at tmoulton@ufl.edu Society of Health & Medical Physics, http://grove.ufl.edu/~shmps/, contact: Kayla Kielar at kay21@ufl.edu Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society, contact: Matt Denman at ramstein@ufl.edu

And finally…
Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that you monitor your own progress toward graduation, make sure every deadline observed, seek immediate assistance when you are falling in behind in your classes, and that you use the Undergraduate Catalog as references to policies, rules and regulations.


				
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