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.
Graduate Students at UC Davis are eligible for a full Zoom license on the main campus system. If you've never used Zoom before, visit the UC Davis Zoom website and sign-in with your UC Davis credentials (CAS). This will automatically create a full Zoom user license for you and will give the availability of hosting meetings for up to 300 participants and no time limit. If you already created a basic Zoom account using your UC Davis email address, you can migrate it to the UC Davis Zoom system by following this procedure.
Note: This process applies to Davis campus affiliated folks. UC Davis Health and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have their own Zoom system.
Please note that the events and times listed below are subject to change.
- 9:00 a.m. Welcome
- Welcome from Chancellor May, Vice Provost and Dean Delplanque, the Graduate Student Association Chair, Jonathan Minnick and the Graduate Student Advisor to the Dean and Chancellor, Slande Erole.
- 9:15 a.m. Graduate Student Financial Support 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
Presentation and Resources
Graduate Studies Student Financial Support
- 10:00 a.m. Proactive Professional Development Using GradPathways
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
10:30 a.m. Advising & Wellness Panel: Resources for Your First Year
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 Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Chancellor (GSADC)
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
Devin Horton, Graduate Studies Diversity Officer
Brad Wolf, Senior Academic Advisor
11:00 a.m. Q&A Session
Open Q&A Session with Graduate Studies staff.
12:15 p.m. Virtual Resource Fair
The Graduate Student Resource Fair is going virtual! The Zoom rooms will be open at the 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. Visit any of the 20+ vendors by clicking their specific Zoom link listed in the email (will be sent on Monday, Sept 21) and "zoom" between rooms to learn all about the campus vendors.
12:15 p.m. Campus Vendors: