Back to Welcome Week

1-2:00 pm LaSells Stewart Center, Guistina Gallery

  • Registration (1-1:30 pm)
  • Resource fair - 80+ vendors, see the vendor list PDF iconResource fair vendor list 2017 
  • ID Center photo booth - Get your OSU ID photo taken
  • Refreshments

2-2:50 pm Austin Auditorium

WELCOME SESSION - Dr. Steph Bernell, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Q&A WITH CURRENT STUDENTS PANEL - What to expect in graduate school for graduate students by graduate students. Embarking on graduate studies is a serious undertaking filled with (sometimes unexpected) successes and challenges. This main session features a panel of current OSU graduate students who will talk openly and honestly about their graduate experiences and what they’ve learned so far along the way. Panelists will share strategies they learned for navigating the academic, professional, and financial transitions.

3-3:50 pm Concurrent Sessions 1

Austin Auditorium
THE FINANCIAL WORLD OF GRADUATE STUDENTS: PAYING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL, HEALTH INSURANCE, AND EMPLOYMENT - Paying your bills, managing a budget, acquiring health insurance, and understanding your graduate employee contract is a lot to handle. In this session, you’ll hear from a panel of OSU experts who will discuss funding sources, health insurance, graduate employee contracts, and benefits.

Construction & Engineering Hall
SUCCEEDING AS A WRITER IN GRADUATE SCHOOL - Your success as a graduate student depends on your ability to write well following the conventions of your discipline. Please join OSU Graduate Writing Center staff as we talk about the rigors and demands of graduate-level writing and how the Graduate Writing Center can help.

Agricultural Production Room
CORVALLIS, THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND OREGON! A PLACE WHERE LAND AND PEOPLE COME TOGETHER - We will take you on a trip through what Corvallis has to offer, including year-round culinary, cultural and outdoor adventures, and the Willamette Valley dotted by fertile countryside with locally owned, nationally known wineries, and plenty of biking trails. You will see that we are home to exciting outdoor adventures, creative chefs, and amazing brew masters all right here for your enjoyment.

Agricultural Leaders Room
KEEPING IT TOGETHER IN GRAD SCHOOL - Grad school can be a challenge – from academics to working with your advisor while trying to maintain some semblance of self-care. This workshop will guide students in an exploration of work/life integration, identifying when dealing with stress is a priority, and provide them with strategies and skill-building techniques to help deal with immediate stress and reduce long-term stress. We will share helpful resources on the OSU campus, and participants will have an opportunity to practice relaxation exercises guided by the facilitators.

Guistina Gallery
DROP-IN Q&A WITH GRADUATE SCHOOL AND STUDENTS FROM MAIN SESSION AND THE COALITION OF GRADUATE EMPLOYEES (CGE)

4-4:50 pm Concurrent Sessions 2

Austin Auditorium
THRIVING IN GRAD SCHOOL - The experience of grad school can be an overwhelming mix of transitions, challenges, and competing responsibilities. At the same time, it can also be an incredibly rewarding period of substantial growth in knowledge, skills, and identity development. This session is designed to equip you with the skills to shift your grad school experience from something to be survived into one in which you can thrive! We will identify some of the common challenges faced by grad students, and offer strategies to reframe these challenges as opportunities for becoming the person you want to be and creating the life you are aspiring to live!

Construction & Engineering Hall
GRADUATE STUDENT PANEL: COHORTS, MENTORSHIP, MILESTONES, AND LIFE BEYOND THE ACADEMY - From cohort dynamics, managing connections between colleagues and mentors, the ongoing pressure of disciplinary training, and making decisions about your research/career trajectory, the journey through graduate school requires learning various lessons. A diverse panel of graduate students will provide tips and strategies to help new students understand the lessons and decisions that graduate students face. Panelists will share "things they wish they had known" about the graduate process and how this has shaped their lives, relationships, and commitments to life beyond graduate school.

Agricultural Production Room
BEING A MENTEE AND ESTABLISHING A DEVELOPMENTAL NETWORK - This session will offer strategies for new graduate students about how to be an excellent mentee. We will talk about the benefits of mentoring relationships and discuss types of support that mentors can provide. The concept of developmental networks will be introduced, followed by tips for establishing a network during the first year and how to grow and maintain a network throughout graduate school.

Agricultural Leaders Room
CREATING A ROADMAP TO SUCCESS THROUGH EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION - In addition to the many accomplishments that all students experience on their road to success, graduate students can face some unique challenges requiring effective communication skills. What are the basic skills needed to communicate effectively, overcome obstacles, and address sensitive topics? The university Ombuds Office will share strategies and tips for active listening, a collaborative model for addressing diverse interests and provide a resource to access when you need assistance thinking through your options.

Guistina Gallery
DROP-IN Q&A WITH GRADUATE SCHOOL, FUNDING, INSURANCE AND EMPLOYMENT PANELISTS AND COALITION OF GRADUATE EMPLOYEES (CGE)