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Fall Update: UW–Madison plans to hold most fall semester courses in-person

UW–Madison plans to begin fall classes as scheduled on Sept. 2 and offer in-person instruction in many courses until the Thanksgiving recess. After Thanksgiving, most undergraduate and course-based master’s classes will switch to a virtual format for courses for the final nine days of instruction plus exams. Research-based master’s and PhD degree students, as well as graduate assistants, should consult their faculty advisors and supervisors for additional guidance.

The course array and the modality of instruction will be determined by departments, working with the deans of their respective school or college. This will include course instruction plans for students not able to return to the U.S. for in-person instruction. While we hope that most students will be in Madison, we recognize that some may not be able to attend in person. We are making plans for those students as well as our on-campus students.

The health and safety of the campus community is a top priority, and many modifications will be in place based on public health guidance. The Smart Restart plan outlines the university’s approach to instruction, health and safety, and more. As more details are available, they will be communicated on a regular basis.

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New Graduate Student Welcome 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to participate in the fall New Graduate Student Welcome event each year.

This year’s virtual Welcome is an opportunity to hear from the Graduate School and campus leaders, get advice from a panel of current students about grad student life, learn about the many campus and community resources available to you, and connect with other new graduate students from across campus. New students will receive an official invitation to New Graduate Student Welcome in July.

2020 Welcome Sessions (Tentative)

Below are session description for the fall 2020 New Graduate Student Welcome, which include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Finalized session information will be updated with the final schedule in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Welcome Remarks

Campus leadership will welcome graduate students to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • Dean of the Graduate School William J. Karpus
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs John Karl Scholz
  • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor
  • Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Cheryl Gittens

Resource Fair

Learn about the campus and community services that are available to help graduate students succeed at UW–Madison.

Graduate Student Panels: 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.

Fellows Information Session (Tentative)

This session is specifically designed for new graduate students who have fellowships in the 2020-2021 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.

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.

Check out the fall 2020 lineup of events, which will be offered online. Event times and registration information will be available closer to Welcome Week.

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How to Develop a Mentor Network for Academic and Career Success

In this live webinar for graduate students, Fatimah Williams, founder and CEO of Beyond the Tenure Track will help graduate students discover how to build meaningful, robust relationships with a diverse network of mentors and how to draw on mentorship to achieve academic and career goals. Attendees will leave the workshop better able to identify potential mentors from the university and beyond, confidently build meaningful relationships with career advocates, and develop a professional presence.

Learning objectives:

  • prioritize responsibilities so that productivity is not sacrificed
  • understand the presenter’s 7 Domains of Professional Development: Academic, Network, Leadership, Career, Funding, Personal, and Well-Being
  • develop strategies to enjoy yourself while working toward goals

Flourishing in Graduate School: How to Manage Stress and Maintain Your Mental Health

Want to make graduate school a time to thrive and not just survive? This workshop will focus on promotion of psychological well-being in graduate school. Topics covered will arm graduate students with strategies to thrive through the challenges of graduate school, including managing the transition/adjustment process, coping with stress, promoting work/life balance, and establishing habits to maintain or improve mental health.

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.

Cool Tools: Apps and More 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.

Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias

Building cultural competence is critically important for graduate students and professionals across all disciplines. This interactive talk introduces graduate students to the concepts of implicit or unconscious biases and assumptions about diverse groups of people by treating the application of such biases as a habit of mind. Students will learn how to uncover their own biases, discover the underlying concepts and language used in the psychological and social psychological literature to describe such processes, and learn evidence-based strategies for reducing the application of these biases as they cultivate relationships with people from different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures.