New Students

New Graduate Student Welcome 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street

The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event each year.

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.

Below is a sample agenda from the 2018 New Graduate Student Welcome, as well as information session resources for graduate students. Check back for details about 2019 New Graduate Student Welcome in summer.

Tentative Welcome Schedule

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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. View a list of organizations and campus units that were represented at the fair.

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)
  • Dean of Students Office

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 Chancellor for Student Affairs, Lori Reesor
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, Patrick Sims

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. Check out the fall 2019 lineup and event registration information below.

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Monday, August 26 - Starting Strong and Staying on Track: Strategic Goals and Planning for Productivity

11 am – 12:30 pm
1310 Sterling Hall

In this presentation for graduate students, Fatimah Williams, founder and CEO of Beyond the Tenure Track, will introduce you to holistic strategies and tools for strategic goal-setting and planning so you can achieve your vision of success in graduate school and beyond.

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 your goals

Reception with refreshments and time to speak with Fatimah Williams will follow.

Register here for Starting Strong and Staying on Track

Tuesday, August 27 - Flourishing in Graduate School: How to Manage Stress and Maintain Your Mental Health

1 – 2:30 pm
Union South (Check Today In The Union)

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.

Register here for Flourishing in Graduate School

Tuesday, August 27 - Time Management for Graduate Students

3 – 4:30 pm
1310 Sterling Hall

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.

Register here for Time Management for Graduate Students

Thursday, August 29 - Cool Tools: Apps and More to Increase Productivity

3 – 4:30 pm
1310 Sterling Hall

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.

Register here for Cool Tools

Thursday, August 29 - Multicultural Graduate Network Welcome Celebration

5 – 7 pm
Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.

The Multicultural Graduate Network kicks off the start of a new school year with a large celebration to invigorate the vibrant community of graduate students on campus.

Read more about the Multicultural Graduate Network.

Friday, August 30 - Graduate School Degree Dash

8 am: Doctoral Derby
8:30 am: Master’s Mile
Library Mall

Get your semester off to a fast start! Join fellow graduate students, faculty and staff for the 4th Annual Degree Dash hosted by the Graduate School at UW–Madison.

Read more on the 4th Annual Degree Dash webpage. Registration opens July 8.

Tuesday, September 3 - Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias

11 am – 12:15 pm, reception  to follow from 12:15 – 1 pm
Industry Room, Union South

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. Stick around after the event for a reception where you can enjoy lunch (with vegetarian and gluten free options) and network with other graduate students who value diversity and inclusion.

Register here for Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias