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In-Text Elements


Placing images within your content is a bit tricky. In many cases, you can put images in content areas which takes a lot of the work out of working with images. But to put any image in your site, you need to learn how to upload to Cascade and you need to understand aspect ratio. Get comfortable using your photo editor of choice (don't have one? Pixlr is a great option) and get a grip on aspect ratio:


You can use videos in any content area with a WYSIWYG editor. Use the URL for the youtube, vimeo or other online player and stick it inside this code:

<div class="flex-video widescreen vimeo">
<!-- YouTube/Vimeo code goes here -->


Use Font Awesome, our standard icon set, to create consistent, clean, fast sites. This icon set can be easily customized to match your design and align with FIU’s color palette.

See icons and learn more about Font Awesome


To create forms for signing up, requesting information, contacting and more, FIU uses Machforms, an easy to use form builder. Build your own form using Machforms at


Useful for organizing content and making text easier to read

  • Example

    Ordered List:

    1. Pellentesque euismod quam ut volutpat tincidunt.
    2. Sed sodales tellus a massa mattis, vel varius lacus malesuada.
    3. Praesent eu urna quis sem tempus bibendum nec a velit.
    4. Donec efficitur eros id diam dignissim vehicula.
    5. Mauris vitae nisl sagittis, imperdiet arcu in, facilisis eros.
    6. Suspendisse hendrerit ipsum quis massa vulputate ornare.

    Unordered List:

    • Pellentesque euismod quam ut volutpat tincidunt.
    • Sed sodales tellus a massa mattis, vel varius lacus malesuada.
    • Praesent eu urna quis sem tempus bibendum nec a velit.
    • Donec efficitur eros id diam dignissim vehicula.
    • Mauris vitae nisl sagittis, imperdiet arcu in, facilisis eros.
    • Suspendisse hendrerit ipsum quis massa vulputate ornare.


Do not make tables with more than 4 columns (to accomodate smaller screens)

  • Example
    Course Credits Description
    GMS 6103 3 Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: This course introduces the general principles of infectious diseases and the host response to infection.
    GMS 6220 6 Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology: The course gives graduate students an introduction to fundamental concepts in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics with an emphasis on medically-relevant themes.
    GMS 6481 4 Physiology and Immunology: This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of physiology and immunology from a biomedical perspective that will assist in evaluating pathology and therapeutic target options.
    GMS 6605 3-4 Basic Structure of the Human Body: The course gives graduate students an introduction to basic concepts of human anatomy, including embryology, histology, gross anatomy and neuroanatomy.
    GMS 6864 2 Principles of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics: This course provides an introduction to the elements and foundations of epidemiology and biostatistics.
    GMS 6939 1 Graduate Seminar: A weekly seminar/discussion course consisting of research presentations by students, faculty, and visiting scientists in the area of biomedical sciences will form part of a recurring credit.
    GMS 6940 1 Supervised Teaching in Biomedical Science: Students will assist the faculty members who teach either graduate or medical students.
    GMS 6942 1 Laboratory Rotations: Laboratory rotations in specific laboratories of the HWCOM graduate program dissertation advisors that will eventually lead to the choice of a thesis laboratory.
    GMS 6961 5 Qualifying Examination: The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to confirm the readiness of the graduate student to conduct Ph.D. research.
    GMS 6962 1 Formation of Committee: Appointment of Dissertation Committee: Preliminary Proposal: The student submits preliminary research proposal approved by his/her committee.
    GMS 6963 3 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal written in the style of an AHA, NIH or NSF predoctoral fellowship application.
    GMS 6964 1 Dissertation Proposal Seminar: After completion of the Qualifying Examination (QE) and Dissertation proposal approval, the student must present his proposal to the Dissertation Committee. The student will give a PowerPoint presentation the proposed research to the members of the dissertation committee. The dissertation committee will specifically evaluate the following: (i) Has the student demonstrated the ability to design a feasible project? (ii) Has the student shown a reasonable knowledge of the literature regarding the project? (iii) Has the student presented the proposal (both written and oral) in a scholarly fashion? (iv) Has the student demonstrated competent scientific knowledge with respect to overall fundamental principles and applications in biomedical science? and (v) Does the proposed research constitute an acceptable and feasible dissertation project? This will be achieved through an oral question and answer component within the scheduled time of the dissertation proposal exam meeting. The chairman of the dissertation committee will (i) insure that the proposal exam is held to a reasonable length of time; (ii) insure that the student is evaluated fairly and rigorously; and (iii) see that a written evaluation is promptly prepared and sent to the student and to the director of the graduate program.
    GMS 6979 1-10 Research Credits: Research may be conducted in the Ph.D. advisor’s laboratory. May be repeated.
    GMS 7980 1-10 Dissertation Research Credits: Research towards the completion of a doctoral dissertation. May be repeated.
    GMS 7981 1 Dissertation Defense Seminar: Dissertation defense seminar.