New Student Information

A. Overview
There are many things that new students must complete before and soon after arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. New students will receive an email notification instructing them to activate their UW email address, NetID, and to register for 990 research credits prior to arriving at UW-Madison.
B. Wiscmail and NetID

  • To establish a UW email account (Wiscmail), visit, click on "My UW"
  • Students will need a student ID number and their date of birth to activate their Wiscmail account
  • Follow the instructions to create a NetID and password
  • Students should notify the Biophysics Office ( of their email address
  • If problems occur, contact the DoIT Office (264-4357)

C. 990 Research Credits
Incoming rotation students follow the procedure below to register for eight credits of Physiology 990 research with Dr. Meyer Jackson (Biophysics Program Chair).
To register for 990 research credits:

  • Visit, click on "My UW"
  • Log into "My UW" using the UW NetID and password
  • Click on the "Student Center" link in the top right corner (a new window will pop up)
  • Click the blue "Course Enrollment" link
  • Under the "add" tab, select term: Fall 2015-16
  • In the blank field that states "Enter Class Nbr," fill in 72113
  • In the field that states "Units," select 8 from the pull-down menu, then click "Next"
  • Click "Next" again
  • On the following screen select "Proceed to Step 2 of 3"
  • Select "Finish Enrolling"
  • The class schedule can now be viewed

D. Coursework

  • Biophysics students will choose their courses following Orientation

E. Health Insurance

  • In the summer, incoming rotation students will be sent benefits information with instructions and application forms
  • Benefits packets must be completed and submitted to the Biophysics Office

F. UW ID Card

  • A UW ID card (Wiscard) is a student's campus photo ID
  • To obtain a Wiscard, students must be registered for at least eight credits
  • Students will be able to pick up obtain their Wiscard during Orientation
  • Personal ID (drivers license, passport, or state issued ID) must be presented when requesting an initial or replacement Wiscard

G. Bus Pass

  • Graduate students are eligible for a free City of Madison Metro unlimited ride bus pass
  • A valid Wiscard must be presented in order to pick up a bus pass
  • New fall 2015 bus passes will be available beginning August 24.  Visit the link for details about where to pick up your bus pass.

I. Biological Safety at UW-Madison
There are various safety trainings that a student may need to take when working in a lab on campus. If a student is working with animals or radiation, UW-Madison requires that the student complete the necessary training. For each lab rotation, the student should check with each faculty trainer about which training sessions he/she will need to attend for that specific lab. Below are the various training courses offered by the UW Office of Biological Safety. 
Biological Safety Training

  • All training is administered through the UW Office of Biological Safety
  • For more information, see the Biological Safety Training website
  • Additional training is offered for lab animal certification, chemical safety training, hazardous materials, and radiation safety