New graduate student talks with a rep from the B-Cycle program at the NGSW resource fair - Photo by John Maniaci

Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Welcome
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location TBD

The Graduate School will invite all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event (see tentative Fall 2018 event schedule 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.


Welcome Schedule (TENTATIVE)

11:00 am  Fellows Meeting
New grad students who have fellowships in the 2018-19 academic year will learn about pay schedules, tuition and seg fees; health insurance eligibility; full-time study and satisfactory progress; concurrent appointments; funding beyond the fellowship years; and more.

11:00 am-1:00 pm   Check-In

11:00 am-1:00 pm   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 for Fellows: 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.


Click here to view information on the 2017 Benefits Seminar for Graduate Assistants & Short-Term Academic Staff.

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