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Graduate Student Orientation

Win a Scholarship!

Students who register for and attend orientation have the chance to win one of three scholarships: $100, $250 and $500. Students must be present to win.

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Center for Biotechnology and Life Science, 120 Flagg Road, Kingston
Ryan Family Auditorium (CBLS 100)

Orientation is open to all incoming Fall graduate students, as well as those who started their studies in the Spring and Summer. Break-out sessions will cover a variety of academic topics as well as issues of health and wellness, professionalism, and more. Lunch will be served following orientation.

In advance of orientation, review the following:

New Student Checklist (PDF)
New Student Guide (PDF)


Download/Print Agenda (PDF)

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast & Registration

9:00-9:15 a.m. – Dean and Provost Welcome

9:15-9:25 a.m. – Campus Life Panel:

  • Disability Services: Pamela Rohland, Director Disability Services
  • Career Services: Cara Mitnick, Professional Development Director
  • Women’s Center: Penny Jo Rosenthal, Director Women’s Center
  • Multicultural Center: Karoline Oliveira, Assistant Director
  • Health Services: Ellen Reynolds, Director Health Services

9:30-10:20 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions:  Student Success Strategies – Student Panels:

For Thesis and Ph.D. Students
Moderator:  Dr. Colleen Mouw, Graduate School of Oceanography

  • Anna Brecke: English Ph.D. student
  • Faramarz Joodaki: Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student
  • Shannon May: Neuroscience Ph.D. student

For Professional Degree Students
Moderator:  Cara Mitnick, Professional Development Director, Graduate School

  • Marisca Mozeleski: Master of Library and Information Studies student
  • Gloria Kostadinova: Master of Environmental Science and Management student
  • Freddie Maiorano & Courtney Parkinson: Masters of Labor Relations & Human Resources students

10:25-10:55 a.m. – Resource Fair

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions:  Skills to Succeed in Graduate School:

How to Write an Effective Grant Proposal to Fund Your Research
Moderator:  Dr. Ingrid Lofgren, Associate Professor

  • Erin Harrington: Biological and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. student

It’s Who You Know! The Importance of Networking in Graduate School and How to Do It

  • Alycia Mosley Austin, Assistant Dean, Graduate School
  • Cara Mitnick, Professional Development Director, Graduate School

12:00-12:15 p.m. – Q&A, Scholarship Raffle, and Closing Remarks

12:15 p.m. – Lunch

For more information, contact the Graduate School by email or phone: 401.874.2262.

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