Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students should have covered genetics in one of their classes prior to attending the event.
  • The event is an information session with small group discussion.
  • The event does not include any hands-on activities. Due to CLIA policies, we are not allowed to have students use our lab equipment. Participants will receive tours of laboratory spaces.
  • Event discussions will focus on various careers in human genetics, how professionals from those disciplines work as a team, and the paths the professionals took to get to their current positions.
  • We do not discuss undergraduate or graduate school admissions requirements during the event, but are happy to provide you contact information for specific programs upon request.
  • Three days before the event, we will send a final schedule along with event and location details and a photo consent form.
  • Participants should eat before coming to campus.
  • Please note, we encourage participants to wear comfortable shoes, as they will do some walking through our academic medical center. If possible, leave bulky coats and bags at home or in the bus during the visit. We do not have a place to store these items during the tours, so students will have to carry them around campus if they choose to bring them.
  • This event does not include a full campus tour.
  • All consent forms are required upon arrival, lack of a consent form may result in ineligibility to participate in the event.

Parking and Directions

We are not able to provide transportation for participants.

If you are bringing a smaller vehicle, you may park across the street in the Newton Road Parking Ramp. Please note this is a parking ramp with an hourly fee. We cannot validate or provide parking passes. The hourly rate is $0.90 for the first hour and $1.20 for each additional hour to a daily maximum of $20. A lost ticket cost is $20. Ramp parking may be paid by cash, check, credit or debit card. Do not park in the meters across the street from the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), as those meters do not allow you to park for several hours and you will be ticketed. We cannot reimburse you or pay for any tickets that you may receive while at the parking meters.

There is a bus stop just outside the northwest entrance of the Medical Education and Research Facility where the bus can drop off students.

Bus Parking

If you will be driving either a school or a charter bus, you may only park at the Hancher Auditorium parking lot. Bus parking is limited due to the ongoing campus building and renovation projects. If you are unable to find adequate parking in the Hancher Lot, please park in the Upper City Park Circle, located off Park Road. Drivers of school or chartered buses must stay with the bus at all times.

Directions to the Hancher Auditorium Parking Lot

Take Newton Road east to South Riverside Drive. Turn north (left) onto South Riverside Drive. Get in the right lane and follow South Riverside Drive as it veers to the right. Hancher Parking Lot will be ahead on your right.

Late Arrivals

If your group or individuals in your group are more than 15 minutes late to arrive, they will likely miss the first experience and it will be extremely difficult to connect the late students with the group since the group visits various locations. UI Health Care does not have additional staff resources available to help latecomers, so it is imperative that the group leaders and group members plan ahead prior to their visit. Please allow an extra 15 minutes to arrive on campus, park, and find the meeting location.

Appropriate Clothing

We encourage participants to wear comfortable shoes, as they will do some walking through our academic medical center. Visitors should wear appropriate attire. Baseball hats, flip-flops, ripped or torn jeans and clothing showing the mid-drift area are not allowed.

If possible, please leave bulky coats and bags at home or in the bus during the visit. We do not have a place to store these items during the tour, so students will have to carry them around campus if they choose to bring them.