Graduate Summer Step

Sept. 13–15, 2023

Register (coming soon)


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

Domestic graduate students (master’s and doctoral) who identify with historically marginalized communities are invited to attend. This includes, but is not limited to, students of color, low-income students, first-generation students, and undocumented students.

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 mentors
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Social justice tour and debrief
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seminar #2: Academic unit to host 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 mentors
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Seminar #4: Hopes and fears about graduate school
  • 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Institutional resource visits
  • 6 p.m. Dinner, participant reflection about academic/professional planning, and closing remarks (major professor or academic unit representative invited)

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