Graduate Student Orientation

Materials Science & Engineering Graduate Orientation

Orientation for Fall 2024 will be a combination of remote sessions throughout July/August, as well as an in-person component right before classes start.  Additional dates and times will be available soon. 

Be sure to scroll down to find additional training, orientation, and resources to get you started.

Orientations & Trainings

  • Virtual Orientation: July 16, 2024 via Zoom (optional for all)
  • *All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or UTC-07:00

    Program Welcome, Degree Requirements, Funding, and Registration

    Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 AM PDT. 

    RSVP: Zoom

    Host: Ryan Gorsiski & Maria Arellano

    Session Description: In this welcome session, staff advisors will provide an overview of the department, registration, degree requirements, and funding! They will also answer any general questions you may have!

  • In Person Orientation: TBD (required for all)
  • Final details will be confirmed shortly!
  • Internaional Student Orientation Program (required for International Students)
  • International students are required to attend the International Student Orientation Program. 

    Please be sure to read all the information on the “Newly Admitted Students” website.

    For more information about requirements for international students, please contact SISS with the following:
    Phone: (530) 752-0864

    You can find your advisor based on last name here.
  • Graduate Student Resource Fair: TBD (optional)
  • Graduate Studies will host an in-person Graduate Student Resource Fair on September 18, 2023, to welcome all new incoming students and current graduate students to campus and to the Graduate Center at Walker Hall.  The event will include campus vendors on the North Lawn of Walker Hall.
  • Center for Excellence in Education Teaching Assistant Orientation (required to be a TA)
  • The Center for Excellence in Education Teaching Assistant orientation. Registration is now open until September 13th! Our Date is September 23th. This is required if you wish to be a Teaching Assistant in Fall. There is limited availability for the section session in January if you miss this one. If you do not do either one, you will not be able to TA.
  • Mandatory Sexual Assault Preventing (SAP) Training (required for all)
  • Mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP) Training. To complete the SAP requirement, students will receive an email invite in which they will need to access and complete the online Sexual Assault Prevention module via Everfi.  After six weeks from the date assigned, a registration hold will be placed on the accounts of students who did not complete the SAP requirement.  The hold will prevent them from registering for 2025 Winter Quarter classes. The university’s policy on sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  • Holistic U
  • Holistic U is an orientation experience which focuses on the unique issues facing newly admitted graduate students from historically marginalized communities. It is designed to prepare participating students for issues they may experience in their first year of graduate school through interactive workshops, panels, and networking activities with their peers, faculty, and staff. It is open to all students who are committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive academic environment.



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