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. Welcome Week 2017 (August 28-September 1) includes events such as the second annual Degree Dash, the Multicultural Graduate Network welcome celebration, and workshops and presentations on topics of interest to graduate students.
Monday, August 28
12:00-1:30pm, with reception to follow at 1:30-2:00pm
1310 Sterling Hall
As a graduate student, you have a knowledge base and skill set that makes you an attractive candidate to prospective employers in industry, government, and nonprofit sectors. In this seminar, you will learn how to inventory your transferable skills and market yourself to prospective employers. Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro of Beyond the Tenure Track will show you the similarities and differences between the academic and postacademic job markets; the top applied career fields for graduates of STEM, social science, and humanities programs; the transferable skills and leadership competencies you need to compete for jobs in both academic and applied careers; and the job application materials and online presentation you need to apply for jobs and to stand out in a competitive marketplace.
Tuesday, August 29
159 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
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.
Dr. Jenny Faust is a consultant in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement. She wishes that she had attended a workshop like this one when she was in graduate school!
Wednesday, August 30
New Graduate Student Welcome is for newly admitted graduate students. Registration is required. Newly admitted graduate students will receive an email invitation with the registration link in mid July.
Thursday, August 31
2241 Chamberlin 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. The workshop covers mobile, tablet, and laptop/desktop apps, so bring your favorite device and find the software that suits your style and needs.
Thursday, August 31 or Friday, September 1
The Graduate School is excited to partner with Prof. Steve Quintana of Counseling Psychology to hold dialogues for graduate students. These sessions will briefly review principles of dialogue in order to engage meaningfully with others who have different experiences or perspectives, which is an important skill to use as a graduate student and throughout your career. Learn why dialogues are well suited for our culture and how dialogues can be used to promote understanding across difference, leading to a more positive community and climate for everyone. Spend 60 minutes in a dialogue with other graduate students to experience the dialogue process. The session is based on Prof. Quintana’s work for conducting dialogues across the UW campus and local Madison community for the past 10 years.
Note: These two sessions are identical.
Thursday, August 31
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, September 1
Doctoral Derby: 8:00am
Master's Mile: 8:30am
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 Ph.D. 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, 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.