Graduate Student Welcome Week

New Graduate Student Welcome Reception 2014 - John Maniaci Photography

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.

Events will include the New Graduate Student Welcome, which will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. An email invitation with registration link will be sent to each newly admitted grad student at the end of July.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, hear from a panel of current students about grad student life, attend informative workshops, learn about the many resources available to you, and meet other new students.

Learn more about all Welcome Week events below.

Speaker Session: 2:00 – 5:00pm, Reception 5:00 – 6:00pm
1310 Sterling Hall

Join guest speaker Anne Krook for this three hour session where you will learn how non-academic employers think about graduate students and postdocs as potential employees, how to get ready for the non-academic job market while you are still in graduate school or a postdoc, and how to conduct a job search. We will also review a tool (provided after the session) that assesses all your skills – not just academic ones – and review a resume and discuss how to write yours.

The Graduate School Office of Professional Development will also host a reception with refreshments following this session.

9:00 – 10:30am
Location: TBD

Need to streamline your workflow this semester? Learn about all the best tools and skills to increase your productivity and decrease your stress. Cool Tools covers a multitude of program, from file organizers to annotation software, from note-taking tools to tools-on-the-go, and more! Workshop will include both tablet and desktop applications.

Note: This workshop will be conducted again on Thursday, September 1. The content will be identical.

3:00 – 4:30pm
Location: TBD

Need to streamline your workflow this semester? Learn about all the best tools and skills to increase your productivity and decrease your stress. Cool Tools covers a multitude of program, from file organizers to annotation software, from note-taking tools to tools-on-the-go, and more! Workshop will include both tablet and desktop applications.

Note: This workshop is also being conducted on Tuesday, August 30. The content will be identical.

4:30 – 6:30pm
Gordon Dining and Event 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.

Check-in open: 7:30am
Doctoral Derby: 8:00am
Master’s Miler: 8:30am
Location: Check-in and start/finish line located on Bascom Hill. Look for Graduate School banners.

Get your semester off to a fast start! Join fellow graduate students, faculty, and staff for the first annual Degree Dash hosted by the Graduate School.

Set your goal for 5.7 miles for the Doctoral Derby (no, you don’t have to be in a Ph.D. program to participate), or for 1.75 miles for the Master's Mile (for those who need to “graduate” early). You will meet fellow students, faculty and staff, tour campus, come away with a t-shirt, 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.

All are encouraged to participate in this run, walk, or roll event – new and current graduate students, faculty, staff, and family members. Both routes are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Please sign up individually. Participants have the option to form a race team on-site. You do not need to indicate whether you intend to this when you register.

Signed waiver forms are required for participation in the event You may either print this form, sign it, and bring it with you to the race OR forms will be available for you to sign at the race check-in table.

If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in an any of these events, please contact the Office of Professional Development by sending an email to gspd@grad.wisc.edu or by calling 608-265-9704, preferably at least a week in advance of the event.

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