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 was on Wednesday, August 27th. An email invitation with registration link was 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.

Secrets of a PhD Headhunter

Monday, August 25, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:15pm, with reception to follow from 4:15-5:00pm
Where: 1125 Biochemistry Building
*This event is open to the entire campus community

Secrets of a PhD Headhunter: 5 Key Tips for Landing a Job Outside Academia
Presented by Sue Basalla

Find out how to get a job outside academia, even if you aren’t yet sure whether you really want one. Sue will share tips and strategies from her experience as an executive recruiter for higher education. You’ll learn what employers really think about your resume, how to stand out in the crowd, and the critical first step that most graduate students and postdocs overlook when hunting for non-academic jobs.

Sue Basalla is co-author of “So What Are You Going To Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia”. She earned her Ph.D. in English at Princeton University and for more than a decade has been a regular columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Beyond the Ivory Tower” column as well as a frequent speaker at universities across the nation on alternative careers for graduate students and postdocs. She is a principal with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education.

Madison Bike Tour

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Free Giveaways, sponsored in part by Madison B-cycle
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, downtown and the near eastside! Before the ride begins at our meeting/starting point, there will be a quick overview of bike safety provided by members of UW Transportation Bike/Ped Sub-committee. Several bike enthusiasts will be joining us for the ride so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to speak with a bike specialist about maintenance, safety and resources. The ride will be at a leisurely pace suitable for all biking abilities.

Route details: We will meet at the UW Bike Resource Center and then head over to Union South before biking up State Street to the Capitol Building. Next, we will head east and cross over to Willy Street to link up with the Capitol Trail, which will take us under Monona Terrace, before we head back to campus on the Southwest Trail.

Due to liability issues, you must bring your own bike and helmet. Don’t have a bike in Madison yet? Madison B-cycle is donating a limited number of free rides for the tour. Click here to sign up for one of these rides. Also, consider borrowing a free bike from Madison’s Red Bike Project, or renting from one of Madison’s many bike shops.

New Graduate Student Welcome

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
11:15 am – 2:30 pm;reception from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Union South, 2nd Floor, Varsity Rooms and the Marquee

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 28, 2014
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Memorial Union, Great Hall (4th Floor)

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 required.

Welcome Social at Memorial Union Terrace

Friday, August 29, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Memorial Union Terrace
Rain or Shine

For both new and current graduate students: Join fellow students from across campus for an informal Welcome Social at Memorial Union Terrace, hosted by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.  Overlooking Lake Mendota, the Terrace is the perfect location for a late summer social before the academic year is underway.

In addition to the events described in the tabs above, the Office of Human Resources Benefit Services offered 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), your health plan application must be filed by September 1, 2014 for your benefits to become effective for September. The Graduate Assistants Benefits Seminar & Drop-in Sessions website provides more information.