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 was sent to new students on July 17, 2018. The registration deadline is August 21, 2018.

The Welcome is 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.

Welcome Schedule

  • 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
  • 1:15 pm-2:15 pm 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.

  • 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
    • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Lori Reesor
  • 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.

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.

  • Monday, August 27: Design (& Build) Your Life - Lessons Learned on a Journey from Seoul to Madison
    2:00 – 3:30 pm (Reception with refreshments to follow at 3:30 pm)
    1310 Sterling Hall

    Register here.

    When Soyeon Shim was a young girl growing up in Korea, at dinner every day her dad would ask his children if they had done anything to earn the food set before them. This challenge, and the sense of purpose it instilled, has guided Soyeon ever since, helping her to design her life, and prototype and build the kind of career and personal relationships needed to achieve happiness and fulfillment. She has learned first-hand that a successful design for living must balance personal and professional interests and nurture the collaborative bonds with family, friends and colleagues. In this talk for UW-Madison graduate students, with design thinking as a framework, Soyeon will describe her ongoing life-design project and the lessons she’s learned along the path to achieving it.

    Dean Shim will conclude the session with a Q&A. Please plan to join us for refreshments at a reception after the talk.

    This event is sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

  • Tuesday, August 28: Flourishing in Graduate School - How to Manage Stress and Maintain Your Mental Health
    1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Union South (Check TITU)

    Register here.

    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.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and University Health Services.

  • Tuesday, August 28: Time Management for Graduate Students
    4:00 – 5:30 pm
    1310 Sterling Hall

    Register here.

    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.

    This event is sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

  • Thursday, August 30: Cool Tools - Apps and More to Increase Productivity
    3:00 – 4:30 pm
    Location TBD

    Register here.

    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.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and Software Training for Students (STS).

  • Thursday, August 30: Multicultural Graduate Network Welcome Celebration
    Sonata Room, Gordon Dining and Events Center

    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.

  • Friday, 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)

    See the race maps and register on the Degree Dash 2018 page.

    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.

  • Tuesday, September 4: Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias
    11:00 am – 12:15 pm
    Union South (Check TITU)

    Register here.

    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.

    This event is sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.