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Graduate Student Orientation - All Graduate Students

Graduate Student Orientation - September 21, 2020

Sponsored by Graduate Studies, Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is an intensive social and academic overview for new graduate students, comprised of workshops, panel discussions, and social activities designed to help new students prepare for some of the expected and unexpected side effects of graduate school and become familiar with the various university services available to graduate students.

All incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to register for orientation

2020 Agenda

Please note that the events and times listed below are subject to change.

  • Welcome
  • Welcome from Dean Delplanque and the Graduate Student Association Chair, Jonathan Minnick
  • Graduate Student Financial Support Overview
  • Overview
    Funding graduate school is a significant financial commitment, but the funding experts in Graduate Studies can help make it easier. This workshop will help incoming students navigate the various funding methods at UC Davis. Information about accounting systems, fellowships, academic appointments, and educational loans will be discussed.  

    Steven Albrecht, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support

    Graduate Studies Student Financial Support 
  • Proactive Professional Development Using GradPathways
  • Overview
    As you embark on your new career as a graduate student, you may wonder how you can make the most out of this experience while preparing for your eventual career in academia or beyond. UC Davis has a number of professional development programs and services designed to help you be successful in graduate school and as you transition to your career.  Join us as we explore the ways different students can connect their graduate school experience and their future career goals and make the most of opportunities at UC Davis. 

    Teresa Dillinger, Ph.D., Director, GradPathways Institute and Academic Administrator, Professional Development Programs
    David Blancha, Ph.D., Assistant Director, GradPathways Institute

    Graduate Studies Professional Development Website

  • Advising & Wellness Panel: Resources for Your First Year

  • Overview
    This panel will introduce graduate students to key advising and wellness resources for their first year.  Graduate students will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding how to navigate some common challenges of graduate school.  This session will also provide graduate students with a better idea of who to go to when they have a concern and when to escalate issues.

    Bai-Yin Chen, Coordinator of Counseling Services for Graduate Students
    Slande Erole, Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Chancellor (GSADC)
    Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
    Brad Wolf, Senior Academic Advisor
    Devin Horton, Graduate Studies Diversity Officer