Graduate Summer Step

Sept. 13–15, 2023



Grad Summer Step is a two-and-a-half-day, pre-fall term event hosted by the Graduate School to support newly admitted, degree-seeking, domestic graduate students.

This event supports the acclimation and success of graduate students who identify with historically marginalized communities. It is not necessary to be a member of a historically marginalized community to attend. Degree-seeking graduate students who are U.S. citizens or studying under a different immigration status are welcome to apply. Review this page if you have questions about qualifying.

The event takes place prior to Grad Welcome Week activities and complements other orientation activities. Graduate School staff, along with faculty, staff, and peer graduate leaders, will facilitate the event to meet the goals as described below.




The goals of the Graduate Summer Step program are to support newly admitted graduate students in the following ways:

  • Navigating and acclimating to Oregon, Corvallis, and Oregon State University
  • Networking with faculty, staff, and peers across the institution and within their graduate programs to establish community and early connections
  • Developing skills and knowledge for academic, research, and personal success
  • Engaging in and planning for ongoing professional development



Peer mentors

We are recruiting current graduate students to serve as peer mentors during the Summer Step program. The Graduate School will train peer mentors and provide them with modest compensation for their time. If you are a current graduate student and interested in volunteering, please indicate your interest by filling out the form below.

Peer Mentor Signup (coming soon)




Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner, welcome, & panel discussion (major professor or academic unit representative invited)
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participant social

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023

  • 8 to 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors and Graduate School staff
  • 9 to 11 a.m. Seminar #1: Developing your scholarly identity as a writer
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch with peer leaders
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Social justice tour and debrief
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seminar #2: Academic unit specific events (hosted by colleges and/or graduate programs)
  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza and bowling

Friday, Sept. 15, 2023

  • 9 a.m. Breakfast
  • 10 to noon. Seminar #3: Financial health for graduate students applying for funding
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch with peer leaders
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Seminar #4: Next steps: Degree planning and professional development
  • 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Institutional resource visits and opportunities for involvement
  • 6 p.m. Dinner, hopes and fears for graduate school discussion and closing remarks (major professor or academic unit representative invited)

For any questions about the program, please contact us at [email protected].