This fall, more than 1,000 incoming graduate and professional students participated in the annual New Graduate Student Orientation, or NGSO.
The day-long event featured welcoming remarks from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Fiona Doyle, and other campus leaders; 20 unique workshops offered over four breakout sessions; and complimentary lunch. In his keynote address, Professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton offered advice to new students about reducing ambiguity in their academic careers and creating more equitable structures for future generations of students.
Many schools and academic departments host their own orientations for their graduate students, so NGSO sessions were designed to help graduate and professional students make connections outside of their discipline and learn about campus-wide resources. “Many of the presenters built networking time into their workshops,” said Ellen Gobler, Senior Public Events Manager and Co-Chair for NGSO. “It was great to see so many students engaged with one another.”
After NGSO, students were encouraged to attend GradFest, a graduate student organization and campus resource fair co-hosted by the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, and Graduate Division, that also featured snacks and prize giveaways. Organizers also arranged for a happy hour meet-up after the event, which drew over XXXX students.
For students who weren’t able to attend NGSO or make it to one of their preferred sessions, slides and handouts can be found at the NGSO website.