Fall 2022 orientation activities:
|June 23 - Sep. 8||Bootcamp faculty talks (online)
Thursdays at noon throughout the summer
|July - Sep||Campus-wide new graduate student orientation (online & in-person)
There is an online course on Canvas for all new graduate students to do (July-Sep) and in-person social events TBA in September
|June - Sep||Campus-wide new international graduate student orientation (online & in-person)
Several orientation sessions are required for international students. The first one is on your own June 1 - Sep 6, and the others will be in September.
|Sep. 12-16||BISB Boot Camp (in-person)|
|Sep. 13||Bootcamp Challenge Ropes Course at Eucalyptus Grove|
|Sep. 16||New Cohort Welcome Event (in-person)
The Forum (Price Center East, 4th floor), 2-4pm, RSVP req'd
|Sep. 21||Campus-wide new IA Teaching Symposium
For BISB, usually applies to 2nd-3rd year students, not incoming students. Also see emails about ASE orientations Sep 20 - Oct 5 on Zoom.
Some years, this is part of orientation, but this school year, it will be in January 2023 (date TBA)
The week-long boot camp for incoming first-year students of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program aims to:
- Introduce the doctoral program, the University of California, San Diego, and the greater San Diego area.
- Foster community and collaboration among students of the incoming cohort and with senior students.
- Convey expectations for the core curriculum and elective courses, while reviewing basic concepts to remedy deficiencies.
- Showcase student and faculty research, while guiding students in preparing for their research rotations.
- Review strategies for choosing a thesis advisor, navigating a PhD, and preparing for a scientific career.
In addition to boot camp, new graduate students should also attend various campus-wide orientations:
- New Graduate Student Orientation (mandatory for all new graduate students)
- International Student Orientation (mandatory for all new international students). Follow the link for information on registering and what to bring.
- TA orientation and training (mandatory for all new TAs; usually 2nd-3rd year for BISB students):
- In September, there are campus-wide teaching assistant orientations by ASE and The Commons, usually announced by email rather than a website link. Sometimes these are repeated other quarters. These are for students doing their first TAship that school year; other programs have TAships in the first year, but BISB students typically do their first TAship their 2nd-3rd year.
- Throughout the school year, The Commons has many workshops and other programs available for graduate student TAs.