We're glad you are here. Now, let's get you ready to thrive.

Start building a solid graduate career with Grad Welcome Week. Attend orientation to learn about the Graduate School and the many resources available to you. Have a teaching assistantship? Great! Come to our GTA teaching training to get ready for the classroom. Our partners at the library will help you master your research during Library Day.

Let's go!

All new degree or certificate-seeking graduate students will receive an email invitation to register for the week’s events. All sessions will be held remotely. Many sessions will be recorded and shared on our videos page shortly after the event.

 

Watch Recorded Sessions

 

Graduate School Orientation, Resource Fair and International Student Orientation

Monday, September 14

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Graduate Student Orientation and Resource Fair

Remotely via Zoom

Orientation - Monday, September 14, 8 to 10:45 a.m.

Register for Orientation

Resource Fair - Monday, September 14, 10:45 a.m. to noon

Visit the Resource Fair

The Graduate School welcomes all new graduate students to attend this university-wide graduate orientation and resource fair, designed to ease your transition into graduate school at OSU. At this event, you'll learn about academic and professional expectations of graduate students, explore resources available to support academic success, and find connections with graduate student clubs and organizations.

8 to 8:10 a.m.

Welcome and agenda with Dr. Jessica Beck, Graduate School Assistant Dean

8:10 to 8:25 a.m.

Greeting from the dean, Dr. Philip Mote, Vice Provost and Graduate School Dean

8:25 to 9:25 a.m.

Everything you wanted to know about graduate school and were afraid to ask - This session will demystify the language and culture of graduate school. We will discuss common challenges graduate students face and how your academic program and the Graduate School can support your progress to degree completion.

9:25 to 9:35 a.m.

Break

9:35 to 10:35 a.m.

Graduate student panel discussion - Featuring current OSU graduate students who will talk candidly about their graduate experiences and what they have learned so far along the way. Panelists: Fatima Al-Ghadban, Public Health; Ben Roberts-Pierel, Geography; Chelsea Newbold, Botany and Plant Pathology; Claudio Guevara Diaz, Sustainable Forest Management

10:35 to 10:45 a.m.

Introduction to the resource fair with Lindsay Loebig, Graduate School Recruitment Director; Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center; Adeline Oka, Institutional Review Board; and Tessie Webster-Henry, Counseling and Psychological Services

10:45 a.m. to noon

Virtual resource fair

For more information, religious observance or disability accommodations, contact Karen Hanson by August 15.


International Student Orientation

Monday, September 14, 2 to 4 p.m.

Remotely via Zoom

Register for International Orientation

Geared especially for international students who will be in the United States during the fall term 2020. During this session, the Office of International Services will explain the important F1/J1 immigration regulations, basic laws in the U.S. and the process for immigration document check.

Additional international sessions include:

  • Orientation for students outside the US during fall 2020: Tuesday, September 15, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • International sponsored student orientation: Monday, September 14, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Transitional Admission Program: Monday, September 14, 1:30 to 2 p.m.

For more information, religious observance or disability accommodations, contact the Office of International Services by August 15.

Library Day Workshops

Tuesday, September 15

Library Day Workshops

Tuesday, September 15, 9 a.m. to noon

Remotely via Zoom

Register for Library Day

The Valley Library presents workshops geared specifically for graduate students at Oregon State. All sessions are offered live! Recordings will also be available.

Check out our Orientation Guide for graduate student library spaces and resources.

For more information, religious observance or disability accommodations, contact Clara Llebot Lorente by August 15.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation

Wednesday, September 16

International GTA Orientation

Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m. to noon

Remotely via Zoom

Register for International GTA Orientation

Whether you're supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture, designing and teaching your own course, or want additional training related to teaching, this orientation will focus on unique needs and challenges international GTAs might face in the U.S. classroom.

10 to 10:10 a.m.

Welcome and agenda with Dr. Jessica Beck, Graduate School Assistant Dean

10:10 to 11 a.m.

Getting to know the US educational setting - Teaching in an intercultural setting, especially at a new university, can be both exhilarating and difficult. This session presents an overview of United States higher education and culture, and identifies intercultural differences between the US educational environment and other educational settings around the world.

11 to 11:05 a.m.

Break

11:05 a.m. to noon

International GTA panel - Experienced international instructors will answer questions about teaching in the United States and at Oregon State University. In addition to preselected questions, students can submit questions before and during the panel discussion.

Audience: All new international graduate students who will have a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) during the 2020-2021 academic year. Those who do not have a GTA position, or who are unsure if they will, are also welcome to attend to gain skills for future teaching activities. Additionally, while this event is geared toward new international GTAs, international graduate students who are continuing with their degrees beyond their first year are also welcome to attend; please contact us directly to register.

Attendance is highly encouraged for international GTAs. Some academic units require attendance. Please check with your program if you are unsure whether your attendance is required.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Karen Hanson by August 15.

 

All GTA Orientation

Wednesday, September 16, 1 to 4 p.m.

Remotely via Zoom.

Register for All GTA Orientation

Whether you’re supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture, designing and teaching your own course, or want additional training related to teaching, this orientation will focus on essential information about instructional policies/procedures and provide opportunities to examine the importance of inclusivity in the classroom and ways in which you can address it in your teaching context. Topics such as instructional technology, classroom management, and tips for your first day of class will be covered.

1 to 1:05 p.m.

Welcome and agenda with Dr. Jessica Beck, Graduate School Assistant Dean

1:05 to 1:50 p.m.

Teaching tips for the first day of class - Practical advice for GTAs as they prepare for and teach the first day of class in Zoom and/or face-to-face. Topics include what to do before the first day of class, distinguishing yourself as instructor, classroom management, first day lesson plans and resources.

1:50 to 2 p.m.

Break

2 to 2:45 p.m.

Orienting to Canvas - Provides an overview of basic Canvas tools, functions, and resources to support teaching in Zoom and/or face-to-face. Topics include finding your courses, importing and sharing content, notifications, Canvas assignment types, quick tour of the gradebook, how to get help, and resources for teaching with Zoom.

2:45 to 2:55 p.m.

Break

2:55 to 3:35 p.m.

Equity literacy in college teaching - GTAs have a significant role in helping Oregon State realize its mission to provide an equitable learning environment for all students. The session explores the foundations of equity literacy, invite reflection on the learning experiences of self and others, and provide an opportunity to practice analytic skills to create and sustain equitable learning environments.

3:35 to 4 p.m.

Instructional policies and procedures - Developing and delivering courses in accordance with federal, state, and university policies is foundational to your work as a GTA. This session supplements the critical training modules for new graduate employees and provide an overview of additional policies such as the Student Code of Conduct and conflicts of interest.

Audience: All new graduate students who will have a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) during the 2020-2021 academic year, including new international GTAs who may have attended the morning training. Those who do not have a GTA position, or who are unsure if they will, are also welcome to attend to gain skills for future teaching activities. Additionally, while this event is geared toward new GTAs, graduate students who are continuing with their degrees beyond their first year are also welcome to attend; please contact us directly to register.

Attendance is highly encouraged for all new GTAs. Some academic units require attendance. Please check with your program if you are unsure whether your attendance is required.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Karen Hanson by August 15.