Students ride through Madison on a bike tour during the Graduate Student Welcome Week.

Welcome Week 2013 included a bike tour throughout the city of Madison

Graduate Student Welcome Week

Each fall the Graduate School offers a line-up of events during the week before classes begin to welcome and help acclimate new graduate students to campus.

This fall, the New Graduate Student Welcome will be held on Wednesday, August 26th. An email invitation with registration link will be sent to each newly admitted grad student at the end of July. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, hear from a panel of current students about grad student life, attend informative workshops, learn about the many resources available to you, and meet other new students.

See details about all Welcome Week events for new graduate students below.

The Enjoyment of Employment

Monday, August 24, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:30pm, with reception to follow from 5:30-6:30pm
Where: TBA
*This event is open to the entire campus community

The Enjoyment of Employment: Finding the Right Workplace Culture
Presented by Doug Kalish, Ph.D. 

Whether you are considering an academic or non-academic career after graduate school or your postdoc, you’ll want to find a place where you are happy.  Are you aware of the different kinds of workplace cultures you’ll encounter? People look for different things in a job: one person might want to change the world, while another just wants a paycheck. Matching your work personality to the culture of the organization is one of the prime factors in workplace happiness. In this workshop you’ll assess your workplace personality which we will then match against different work environments to see what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style. We’ll end with a checklist and timeline for starting your job search so that you’ll be fully prepared when the time comes.

Before the workshop, go to, take the personality assessment and bring the results with you.

Doug Kalish is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, with a PhD in Biology from Harvard and more than 30 years of management experience. He’s been a founder or early executive in four startups, as well as being Managing Partner of the Price Waterhouse World Technology Centre and Chief Knowledge Officer at Scient. He has advised the IT and biotechnology industries on issues from knowledge and content management to collaboration and conflict resolution. Having navigated the switch to a nonacademic career, he devotes his time to helping students make the transition from academia to the business world, and maintains an extensive set of free resources at

Madison Bike Tour

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Meeting Point: UW Bicycle Resource Center at Helen C. White Hall

Registration is Required–Bike Tour is limited to 30 participants

Get to know Madison with a guided bike tour around campus and downtown! We will meet at the UW Bike Resource Center before the ride begins for a quick overview of bike safety provided by members of the UW Transportation Bike/Ped Sub-Committee. The ride will be at a leisurely pace suitable for all biking abilities. Route details forthcoming.

Due to liability issues, you must bring your own bike and helmet. Don’t have a bike in Madison yet? Consider borrowing a free bike from Madison’s Red Bike Project, or renting from one of Madison’s many bike shops, or Madison B-Cycle.

New Graduate Student Welcome

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
11:15 am – 2:30 pm; reception from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Union South, 2nd Floor

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a panel of current students about grad student life, learn about the many campus and community resources available to you, mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, and meet other new graduate students from across campus. For more information and the full schedule, visit the New Graduate Student Welcome webpage. Registration link will be sent to all newly admitted grad students in late July. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

MGN Welcome Celebration

Thursday, August 27, 2015
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: TBA

The Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN) is part of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding at the Graduate School. The MGN Welcome Celebration provides an opportunity to meet new and current graduate students within a multicultural context and learn about resources for underrepresented students on campus. Food and entertainment provided! Registration is required, and the link will be sent to all newly admitted grad students in late July.

Welcome Social

Friday, August 28, 2015
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: TBA
Rain or Shine

For both new and current graduate students: Join fellow students from across campus for an informal Welcome Social, hosted by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

In addition to the events described in the tabs above, the Office of Human Resources Benefit Services will be offering several Benefits Seminars and Drop-In sessions for new graduate students during Welcome Week. If you have a graduate assistantship (Teaching Assistantship, Project Assistantship, Research Assistantship or Fellowship), please refer to their office for information and deadlines regarding your health plan application.  The Graduate Assistants Benefits Seminar & Drop-in Sessions website provides more information.