Orientation-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2014 University-wide Graduate Student Orientation

The Carnegie Mellon University-wide Graduate Student Orientation took place on August 11-13, 2014 and provided information about university-level services, programs and resources beyond your department.

Fall 2014 Presentations

New Student Action Items

In preparation for your arrival and time here at Carnegie Mellon, there are several items that you SHOULD begin addressing PRIOR to your arrival!


Graduate Orientation 2014 - Schedule

Monday, August 11, 2014

9:30am

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Ph.D. Student Address

The Ph.D. experience is a unique life endeavor and we are thrilled you have chosen Carnegie Mellon to pursue that experience. 
Vice Provost Amy Burkert will welcome roughly 200 new Ph.D. students to the university with a special perspective on the Ph.D. environment of the university.

9:45am

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Ph.D. Student Resources

Suzie Laurich-McIntyre – Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Holly Hippensteel – Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Carolyn Commer – President of the Graduate Student Assembly

Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.

10:45am

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Carnegie Mellon: A look back to understand our values of today (Ph.D. students)

Holly Hippensteel, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.

11:45am

Rangos 1 & 2, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor

Ph.D. Networking

1:00pm

Wiegand Gym, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

University Welcome

Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!  We are thrilled to have you join the university.  Join us as we herald in the new academic year and welcome close to 1500 new graduate students. 

President Subra Suresh and several members of the university community will kick-off the university-wide graduate orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience.

2:30pm

Master's Students:

Wiegand Gym, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Ph.D. Students:

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Carnegie Mellon: A look back to understand our values of today (Master's Students)

Holly Hippensteel, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.

Ph.D. Students and Teaching

Hilary Schuldt, Associate Director & Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Education Innovation

Teaching, grading, recitation coordination, lab  instructor – these are just a few of the hats worn by Ph.D. students at some point in their degree experience.  This session will focus on how to make the most of your teaching assistant (TA)/ research assistant (RA)/classroom assignment, the resources that exist at Carnegie Mellon to help Ph.D. students, and ways to enhance and document your role as an educator.

3:45pm

Master's Students:

Wiegand Gym, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Ph.D. Students:

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor

Graduate Student Resources for Master’s students

Suzie Laurich-McIntyre – Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Holly Hippensteel – Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Carolyn Commer – President of the Graduate Student Assembly

Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.

Ph.D. Students and Research at CMU

The primary purpose of research at the university is the advancement of knowledge in all fields in which the university is active.  Research is regarded as one of the university’s major contributions to society and as an essential element in education, particularly at the graduate level and in faculty development.  This session will focus on the role of research in your academic program, the value of research to and for Carnegie Mellon and the rigor and expectations around research at the university.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8:00am - 3:00pm Welcome and required sessions for ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Visit the Office of International Education website for more information
1:00pm

Campus Tour

Campus tour will depart from the Information Desk, University Center, 1st floor at 1:00 p.m.

3:00 - 5:00pm

Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor

Resource Fair (for all Graduate Students!)

Carnegie Mellon offices, graduate student organizations, community partners and Pittsburgh resources will have representatives available to meet with new students.  Be sure to join us and learn how these resources can aid and enhance your academic and living experience.

5:30pm

Orientation Tent on lawn between Baker and Doherty Halls

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Cook-out (hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, etc.) 

Partners and families invited!



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

11:00am

Campus Tour

Campus tour will depart from the Information Desk, University Center, 1st floor at 11:00 a.m.


All graduate students will be able to choose one session to attend in each of the following time slots:

12:30-1:30 pm
  • Responsible Conduct of Research, Rangos 1, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – This session will cover issues related to research including human subjects research, collection & use of data, conflict of interest in research and research misconduct.  Please come prepared to participate.  We will be reviewing actual cases – some that may seem clear-cut and others with shades of gray that many researchers face
  • University Libraries, Rangos 2, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Carnegie Mellon libraries can provide you with a multitude of resources to compliment your academic endeavors.  Interlibrary loan, research databases, and general reference information resources will be discussed.
  • Computing at Carnegie Mellon, Rangos 3, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Carnegie Mellon University offers a whole new computing environment to graduate students and familiarity with all Computing Services has to offer will make your educational experience much smoother.  This session will outline steps for getting started, the university’s email environment, storage options, wireless and off-campus connectivity – everything you need to know to navigate electronically while at CMU.
  • Student Health Insurance, McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor – University Health Services, This session is intended to introduce you to the basics of the student health insurance coverage, how to use the student health insurance, where it is accepted, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.
1:30-2:30 pm
  • Health Services & CAPS, Rangos 1, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Did you know that you could get a massage on campus? Or that all students received 12 free appointments at CAPS?  Have you been immunized?  Interested in talking about nutrition?  Curious about the services offered for physical and mental health care on campus? This is the session for you.  It is intended to introduce you to the mental and health care services on campus and provide an opportunity for Q&A. 
  • Resources for Maintaining Wellness and Balance, Rangos 2, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Need a place to meditate?  Try the Peace Garden.  Looking for a place for your daily devotional?  Be sure to seek out the Prayer Room.  Want a quick place to jump on a treadmill before heading back to lab?  The Resnik Fitness Atrium is the hidden gem just for you! Carnegie Mellon is a rigorous academic environment and the university provides the tools needed for cutting edge research, knowledge acquisition and knowledge dissemination.  At the same time, the university is striving to provide the resources graduate students need to maintain wellness and balance while being the top in their field.
  • Career & Professional Development Center, McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor – It’s not too early to hone your professional skills or explore your career options.  Join the Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) staff for an informative session covering the services and resources that are available to students.
2:30-3:30 pm
  • Master’s Student Panel, Rangos 1, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Returning Master’s students provide insight in to the day to day life of a graduate student, advice and tidbits from what they have learned in their Master’s degree experience thus far and responses to the questions you have as you head into your Master’s experience.
  • Ph.D. Student Panel, Rangos 2, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Returning Ph.D. students provide insight in to the day to day life of a graduate student, advice and tidbits from what they have learned in their Ph.D. degree experience thus far and responses to the questions you have as you head into your Ph.D. experience.
  • Career & Professional Development, McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, 1st floor – It’s not too early to hone your professional skills or explore your career options.  Join the Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) staff for an informative session covering the services and resources that are available to students.
3:30-4:30 pm
  • The HUB & Financial Life of Graduate Students, Rangos 1, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – The HUB?  What is it and why do I need to know about it?  Great questions!  The HUB is the comprehensive student services center providing students information in the areas of financial aid, student accounts, registration, and ID Card-related services. Come learn more about the people and resources found in The HUB and just how important their services are to your Carnegie Mellon experience.
  • Tenant’s Rights, Rangos 2, Cohon University Center, 2nd floorAmy Carpenter, Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association,
    Information will be provided about signing a lease, your legal obligations as a renter, your landlord's legal obligations and what to do for help with housing issues.
  • Living in Pittsburgh, Rangos 3, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Come hear a recent graduate student share his wealth of knowledge about the city and community you have just joined!  From knowing where to shop and eat, to getting bills paid and ideas for spending free moments, Jon will show you how to get around Pittsburgh and explore the resources near campus and in the greater Pittsburgh area.
4:30-5:30 pm
  • Partner & Family Student Panel, Rangos 1, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Join us as current graduate students share experiences of combining graduate studies with a partner and/or family and discuss resources on campus and in the community, along with family friendly events.
  • Tenant’s Rights, Rangos 2, Cohon University Center, 2nd floorAmy Carpenter, Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association,
    Information will be provided about signing a lease, your legal obligations as a renter, your landlord's legal obligations and what to do for help with housing issues.
  • Living in Pittsburgh, Rangos 3, Cohon University Center, 2nd floor – Come hear a recent graduate student share his wealth of knowledge about the city and community you have just joined!  From knowing where to shop and eat, to getting bills paid and ideas for spending free moments, Jon will show you how to get around Pittsburgh and explore the resources near campus and in the greater Pittsburgh area.

6:00pm

Outside Cohon University Center, sidewalk facing the Purnell Center

Ice Cream Social with Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)
Partners and families invited!


For more information about the University-wide Student Orientation, please address questions to grad-ed@cmu.edu.