Student at New Graduate Student Welcome Resource Fair

New graduate student talks with a rep from the Red Bike program at the NGSW resource fair - John Maniaci Photography

Fall 2014 New Graduate Student Welcome

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Union South, 2nd Floor

The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event. Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, hear from a panel of current students about grad student life, learn about the many campus and community resources available to you, and meet other new graduate students from across campus.  We hope you will join us.

All new UW-Madison graduate students will be sent an email invitation with registration link in late July.

Welcome Schedule – Wednesday, August 27, 2014

11:00 am Fellows Meeting* (Computer Science Bldg., Room 1325)
11:15 am – 1:15 pm Check-In
11:15 am – 1:15 pm Resource Fair
Representatives from more than 35 campus and community services answer your questions and provide assistance. Visit their tables and talk in person with informative individuals.
11:45 am – 12:15 pm


12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Information Session: Research, Funding and Professional Development Resources
Learn more about important resources for graduate students at UW-Madison. Hear directly from staff about the ways their offices can help you find and apply for funding, use databases and other tools to gather information related to your research, write better and smarter, and develop your professional and career-related plans and skills.

*NOTE: There will be two sessions with the same content, so choose to attend either the 11:45 or the 12:30 session

  •  The Office of Professional Development, Graduate School
  •  The Writing Center
  •  The UW Libraries and Grants Information Collection
  •  The Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources (OFFR), Graduate School
  •  The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and Software Training for Students (STS)
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Graduate Student Panel: Presentation and Question & Answer Session
A panel of seasoned graduate students will answer the large and small questions you have about everything from what can make your graduate student life easier and less stressful to establishing and maintaining relationships with faculty and staff in your program.
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Meet & Greet/Reception
Enjoy refreshments at this informal reception as you get to know people from the Graduate School, from your own program, and from across campus

At the Welcome event, you will check in using your Wiscard, the official UW-Madison identification card. You can obtain your card by visiting the Wiscard Office in Union South. Remember to bring some form of personal identification, such as a valid passport or U.S. Driver’s license.

* Information for Fellows:  This session is specifically designed for new graduate students who have fellowships in the 2014-15 academic year.  We will provide information about the rights and responsibilities you have as fellows.  Topics will include:  your pay schedule, tuition and seg fees, health insurance eligibility, full-time study and satisfactory progress, income tax issues, concurrent appointments, and funding beyond the fellowship years.