University of Wisconsin–Madison

New Students

New Graduate Student Welcome

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street

The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event. A formal invitation will be sent to new students in July, but you can plan ahead with the information below. This will be an opportunity to mingle with Graduate School deans and staff and other campus leaders, 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.

Tentative Schedule

(Check back later for official event times)

  • 11:00am Fellows Meeting

    This session is specifically designed for new graduate students who have fellowships in the 2018-2019 academic year. Information will be provided 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, and more.

  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm Check-In and Resource Fair

    Representatives from more than 40 campus and community services answer your questions and provide assistance. Visit their tables and talk in person with informative individuals.

  • 11:45 am & 12:30 pm Information Session: Research, Funding & Professional Development*

    NOTE: Both 35-minute sessions have the same content, so plan to attend either at 11:45 or at 12:30.

    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. Presenters include:

    • Office of Professional Development, Graduate School
    • Writing Center
    • Libraries and Grants Information Collection
    • Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, Graduate School
    • Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and Software Training for Students (STS)
    • University Health Services (UHS) End Violence on Campus
  • 1:00 pm-2:15 pm Graduate Student Panel: 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-3:00 pm Welcome Remarks

    Campus leadership will welcome graduate students and kick off the reception.

    • Dean of the Graduate School, Bill Karpus
    • Provost, Sarah Mangelsdorf
    • Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Patrick Sims
    • Dean of Students, Lori Berquam
  • 3:00 pm-4:30 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.

*Information Session Resources

Degree Dash

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 and to welcome back current graduate students. Welcome Week 2017 (August 28 – September 1) included events such as the second annual Degree Dash, the Multicultural Graduate Network welcome celebration, and workshops and presentations on topics of interest to graduate students. Below is a sample of last year’s Welcome Week events. Check back soon for finalized events, dates, and times for Welcome Week 2018!

  • Discover Your Options Beyond Graduate School, Take Charge of Your Career

    As a graduate student, you have a knowledge base and skill set that makes you an attractive candidate to prospective employers in industry, government, and nonprofit sectors. In this seminar, you will learn how to inventory your transferable skills and market yourself to prospective employers. Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro of Beyond the Tenure Track will show you the similarities and differences between the academic and postacademic job markets; the top applied career fields for graduates of STEM, social science, and humanities programs; the transferable skills and leadership competencies you need to compete for jobs in both academic and applied careers; and the job application materials and online presentation you need to apply for jobs and to stand out in a competitive marketplace.

  • Time Management for Graduate Students

    In this interactive workshop, you will learn tips and techniques for staying on track and managing your time. We’ll cover goal-setting, minimizing distractions and staying focused, and overcoming some of the most common challenges to staying on task. Participants will leave with strategies that they can apply immediately. The strategies we’ll cover are appropriate for students in any discipline.

    Dr. Jenny Faust is a consultant in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement. She wishes that she had attended a workshop like this one when she was in graduate school!

  • Cool Tips: Apps to Increase Productivity

    Prepare to maximize your time and energy this semester by taking advantage of software available to UW–Madison graduate students that can help streamline your workflow. This hands-on workshop, presented by Software Training for Students (STS), will introduce you to both basic and advanced software tools, including cloud storage services, notetaking apps, mobile scanners, research tools, tasks managers, password managers, lifestyle apps, and more. The workshop covers mobile, tablet, and laptop/desktop apps, so bring your favorite device and find the software that suits your style and needs.

  • Let's Talk: Invitation to Dialogue about Diversity

    The Graduate School is excited to partner with Prof. Steve Quintana of Counseling Psychology to hold dialogues for graduate students. These sessions will briefly review principles of dialogue in order to engage meaningfully with others who have different experiences or perspectives, which is an important skill to use as a graduate student and throughout your career. Learn why dialogues are well suited for our culture and how dialogues can be used to promote understanding across difference, leading to a more positive community and climate for everyone. Spend 60 minutes in a dialogue with other graduate students to experience the dialogue process. The session is based on Prof. Quintana’s work for conducting dialogues across the UW campus and local Madison community for the past 10 years.

    Note: These two sessions are identical.

  • Multicultural Graduate Network Welcome Celebration

    The Multicultural Graduate Network, through the Graduate School at UW–Madison, kicks off the start of a new school year with a large celebration to invigorate the vibrant community of graduate students on campus.

  • August 31: Graduate School Degree Dash

    Friday, August 31, 2018
    Check-in: 7:15am
    Doctoral Derby: 8:00am
    Master’s Mile: 8:30am
    Library Mall (located just west of Memorial Library)

    Registration opens June 18.

    Get your semester off to a fast start! Join fellow graduate students, faculty and staff for the 2nd Annual Degree Dash hosted by the Graduate School at UW–Madison.

    Set your goal for 5.7 miles for the Doctoral Derby (no, you don’t have to be in a PhD program to participate), or for 1.75 miles for the Master’s Mile (for those who need to “graduate” early). Race distances are based on average time-to-degree.

    You will meet fellow students, faculty and staff, tour campus, have your photo taken with Bucky, come away with a t-shirt or water bottle, and gather information that will help you to start your semester off quickly. And the best part is, whether you come in first or last place, you’ll get a diploma at the finish line.

    All are encouraged to participate in this event – new and current graduate students, faculty, staff and family members. Teams are encouraged and eligible to win prizes.

  • 2017 Benefits Seminar for Graduate Assistants & Short-Term Academic Staff

    Click here to view.