There are various tasks that students must complete before, or soon after, arriving on campus.

  • Your NetID and password will be used to access your email account and other online services like Learn@UW and your MyUW Student Center for registration, course schedule, grades, tuition bills, etc. It is also the source of your current address for the University, so it is important that you keep your address up-to-date. 
  • To activate your NetID, visit http://my.wisc.edu and click on the “Activate NetID” link. Enter your 10 digit campus ID number and date of birth.

990 Research Credits

  • During rotations, you will register for 5-7 credits of Oncology 990 research with Program Co-Director, Dr. Dan Loeb. Once you have joined a lab, you will register for 990 research credits under the section of your Advisor.    


  • After you have enrolled, you can access your Wiscmail email account using your NetID and password to login. Please notify the Program Coordinator of your new wisc.edu email address.
  • If problems occur, contact the DoIT Help Desk (608-264-4357).
  • You should obtain a UW student ID (Wiscard) after you have enrolled for classes (at least 6 credits). 
  • Your Wiscard can be obtained at the Union South Wiscard Office (1308 Dayton St., Rm#149) from 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday. You will be required to present some form of personal photo identification (e.g., a driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to receive your Wiscard.  
  • A fee of $25.00 is charged for the replacement of lost or stolen cards.  Any card that becomes worn or damaged through normal wear and tear will be replaced free of charge if the damaged card is surrendered. 
Bus Pass
  • As a UW-Madison graduate student, you are eligible for a free Madison Metro bus pass.
  • You must present your valid Wiscard to receive the pass. 
  • Bus passes may be picked up each semester, usually the week prior to classes, at ASM Student Print (Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall, 3rd Floor).
Biological Safety
  • There are a variety of safety trainings that students are required to take when working in a lab on campus. Three basic online trainings are required for new students and should be completed by the start of the first rotation. See the “Lab Safety” section of this handbook for more information.
International Students
  • The International Students Services Office (ISS) is the primary resource for international students on campus. The ISS office assists students and their families in maintaining their non-immigrant visa status. ISS is located in the Red Gym (room 217), 716 Langdon Street, (608-262-2044), http://iss.wisc.edu/.
  • All international students are required to attend a mandatory orientation through the ISS Office: http://iss.wisc.edu/students/orientation During this orientation, visa holders will be allowed to register before starting their program. This is a requirement of the US Department of Homeland Security. 
  • International students must also be assigned a social security number which is necessary to work in the United States. Eligibility for a social security number depends on the type of visa that an international student holds. Visit the following website for more information: http://iss.wisc.edu/students/current-students/social-security