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New Student Orientation

The Graduate School’s Fall 2017 Orientation for New Graduate Students will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017. 


  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                 Breakfast                                           STEW 310

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.                 Welcome                                             Loeb Playhouse, STEW

    • Emcee Marcela Martinez Chavez, PGSG President
    • Opening remarks by Linda Mason, Interim Dean of the Graduate School
    • Community Offerings – John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette
    • Safety and Security – John Cox, Purdue Chief of Police
    • Equal Access and Opportunity – Erin Oliver, Director of Office of Institutional Equity
    • Student Rights and Responsibilities – Jeff Stefancic, Associate Dean of Students
    • Graduate School Offices and Services – Tom Atkinson, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
    • Brief remarks on video from the Office of Admissions, Office of Graduate Records, Disability Resource Center, and Human Resource Staff Benefits

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.               Breakout Session                             Loeb Playhouse, STEW
    • International Q & A

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                Resource Fair                                    STEW 302-306
    • (Almost 50 Purdue University and community organizations will participate)

  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                Breakout Session*                           STEW 314
    • Professional Development/Research Repository
      • Cyndi Lynch, Director of Fellowships and Professional Development
      • Sandi Caldrone, Data Repository Outreach Specialist
                                                         Breakout Session*                            STEW 320
    • Responsible Conduct of Research
      • Pete Dunn, Professor Emeritus

*Breakout sessions will be repeated at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30.

In addition to the above, HR Staff Benefits will be offering information sessions to new graduate students at various times in August and September (times to be determined).  The Office of Ethics and Compliance will be offering two EA/EO sessions to new graduate students at 3:00-4:30 pm on August 15 and 1:00-2:30 pm on August 17, held in WALC 2007.     

View the Fall 2016 Orientation video below:

Weeks of Welcome (WOW) Events for New International Graduate Students

Events for new international Purdue Boilermakers are updated before every August and January intakes, so please check back to learn of and sign up for new events.

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