Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Graduate Student Orientation is a one-day event for new incoming graduate students. The program is set to provide new students with valuable information that assists with the transition to graduate school and the surrounding community.

Sessions during Orientation include an overview of resources and opportunities on campus and in Chapel Hill. Please see the full orientation schedule, shown below.

New this year, we are holding a Student Services Fair during the Orientation program lunch. During the fair, you will be able to meet people from and learn about various campus and community organizations.

Additional International Student Orientation events are organized by International Students and Scholars Services.

Please contact Lou Anne Phelps, laphelps@email.unc.edu or (919) 962-8145, with questions. We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!

Graduate Student Orientation Agenda
Time Activity Location
9:00–10:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments Memorial Hall Auditorium
10:00–10:15 a.m. Welcome:
  • Steve Matson, Dean, The Graduate School,
  • Keith Lee, President, Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)
Memorial Hall Auditorium
10:15–10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker:
  • Oliver Smithies, Nobel Laureate and Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill
Memorial Hall Auditorium
10:30–11:15 a.m. Health Insurance and Campus Health Services
  • Hill, Chesson & Woody
  • UNC Campus Health Services
Memorial Hall Auditorium
11:15–11:45 a.m. Graduate School: Myths and Realities
  • GPSF Members
Memorial Hall Auditorium
12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch and Student Services Fair Rams Head Dining Hall and Gym
1:45–2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1
Applying for North Carolina Residency for Tuition Chapman 201
Establishing a Successful Mentoring Relationship Peabody 104
Ethics in Research Chapman 125
Health Insurance Q&A Chapman 211
2:30–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45–3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2
Ethics in Teaching Chapman 125
Funding and Financial Aid for Terminal Master’s Degree Graduate Education* Chapman 201
Library Resource and Information Session Peabody 104
Life at UNC: Graduate Student Perspective Chapman 211
3:30–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45–4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 3
Applying for North Carolina Residency for Tuition Purposes Chapman 125
Funding and Financial Aid for PhD Graduate Education* Chapman 201
Life at UNC: Graduate Student Perspective Chapman 211
4:30–4:45 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m. Campus Tour
  • UNC Visitors’ Center
Chapman Hall
5:00–7:00 p.m. Graduate Student and Family Social Graduate Student Center

* The breakout session “Funding and Financial Aid for Terminal Master’s Degree Graduate Education” is focused on students in professional or terminal Master’s degree programs for which the ultimate intention is the Master’s degree.

* The breakout session “Funding and Financial Aid for PhD Graduate Education” includes students in programs where the doctoral degree is the ultimate intention, even if you have not yet received a Master’s degree and plan to do so on the way.