New Graduate Student Orientation 2021

New Graduate Student Orientation

To ease incoming the graduate students’ transition to UD, we require that all new students participate in New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO), a hybrid experience including both virtual and in-person components designed to introduce them to the UD Graduate community, help them learn everything you need to know to be successful, and welcome them to UD!

The NGSO Experience Includes:

  • A full-day orientation program held on-campus on August 24th! (In-Person)
  • An Involvement Fair introducing you the many University services and Graduate Student Organizations on campus (In-Person)
  • Departmental /program orientation (We ask that they department for format)
  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System (Virtual)
  • Details about these experiences are found on their New Student Orientation Portal, and any questions, can be directed to the Graduate College at

Based on their role on campus, we may have also given information about the :

  • International Student Orientation (Virtual)
  • Teaching Assistant Orientation (In-Person)

NGSO Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Arrival / Check in

Trabant University Center
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Light Breakfast and Coffee

Trabant Lobby
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


President Dennis Assanis
Charlie Riordan, Vice President, Research, Scholarship and Innovation
Lou Rossi, Dean, Graduate College
Trabant Multipurpose Room (A/B/C)
9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Meet the Graduate College Team

Trabant Multipurpose Room (A/B/C)
9:20 - 9:35 a.m.


9:35 - 10:15 a.m.

Essential Community Services

  • Inclusive Excellence

  • Student Health

  • Student Life

  • Center for Counseling and Student Development

  • Safety and Security

  • Recreation

Trabant Multipurpose Room (A/B/C)
10:20 - 11:30 a.m.


Words for Nerds Champions,
Madeline Henrickson and Sai Patkar
Federica Bianco, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Assistant Professor, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration
Resident Faculty, Data Science Institute
Trabant Multipurpose Room (A/B/C)
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Student panel

Tips for Thriving in Graduate School
Trabant Multipurpose Room (A/B/C)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


Trabant patio, The Green
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt

The Green
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Resource Fair

Trabant Multipurpose Room (A/B/C)
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

College Breakout Sessions

See Below

TAO Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Orientation Registration

Clayton Hall Lobby
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Opening Remarks and Introduction to CanvasClayton Hall Auditorium (128)
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Break 
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Being an Effective TA: Strategies from Expert TA's

Social Sciences

Humanities and Education



Clayton Hall 101 A

Clayton Hall 120

Clayton Hall Auditorium (128)

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.Break 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Teaching and Learning Support at UD

Moderator: Stacie Larkin, Faculty Developer,
UD Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning

University Resources:

  • Morris Library

  • Center for Teaching Assessment and Learning

  • Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Academic Technology Services

  • Disability Student Services

  • Center for Counseling and Student Development

  • UD Writing Center

  • Office of Student Conduct

Clayton Hall Auditorium (128)
12:30 - 12:45 p.m.Pick up boxed lunch

Departmental Orientations

Africana Studies Graduate Program OrientationWelcome to the graduate program in the Department of Africana Studies! During this time, students and faculty will get to know each other, we'll share relevant resources, and discuss curriculum, degree requirements and advising.8/25/2021 at 1 pm - 3 pmEwing Hall, 15 Orchard Road

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm: 4th floor, Africana Conference Room
Monica Coleman, Graduate Program Director
Agricultural & Resource Economics OrientationAgricultural and Resource Economics grad Orientation program (AREC) will be in person from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday 8/27/2021 in Conference Room 233, Townsend Hall.

Statistics (MS) grad Orientation program will be virtual (zoom) on Friday, 8/27/2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
8/27/2021 at 10 am - 12 pm (AREC program); 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Stat MS program) virtual531 South College Avenue - Townsend Hall

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm. Room 233 (AREC program); Zoom (Statistics - MS program)
Erma Wolpert
All Master's Level Students in AccountingAll Lerner Graduate (MS Accounting) & MBA New Student Orientation


4:30 PM  -  Registration Opens

5:00-6:00 PM  -  Individual Degree Orientations begin

6:00 - 7:00 PM  - Group Orientation

7:00 PM - Welcome Reception

PARKING: Complimentary parking is available in the Clayton Hall Conference Center parking lot (7S).

DRESS: Business casual.
8/30/2021 at 4:30pm100 David Hollowell Dr Rm 104

Newark DE, 19716-7499

United States
Michael Jung, Graduate Program Director
Art History Graduate Orientation9:00-10:00 Welcome with DGS and Chair (OCL211)

15 minute break

10:15-11:00 Meeting with the Grad Liaison Thomas Busciglio (Grad lounge)

15 minute break

11:15-11:45 Meeting with Derek Churchill (OCL211)

30 minute break

12:00-1:00 Lunch with Grad Liaison Thomas Busciglio and other grads (OCL211)
8/30/2021 at 9:00-1:0018 E Main St

Newark DE, 19716-2520

United States

Rm. OCL211
Monica Dominguez Torres, Graduate Program Director
Biden School Graduate Student OrientationTo kick off the fall 2021 semester, all new graduate Biden School students are invited to join us for the Biden School Graduate Student Orientation on Monday, August 30, 2021. 

The Biden School Graduate Student Orientation builds on UD’s New Graduate Student Orientation being offered by the Graduate College. During our orientation, faculty and staff will provide a brief overview of the Biden School’s organization, student support and services, student research opportunities, student groups, and affiliated research and public service centers. Following the presentation of Biden School orientation information, students will have specific academic program orientations.

If you have questions regarding any of this information, please contact the Biden School administrative office at
8/30/2021TBAStephanie Patterson, Department Staff
College of Earth, Ocean & Environment OrientationRegistration required for this event. Please register here:

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Aug 30, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
8/30/2021 at 9:00 am

Virtual- ZOOM
Kelli Kerbawy, Department Staff
CSCD New Student Orientation

Mandatory 6-day Orientation - 8/23/21 to 8/30/21. Please hold 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  More details will be shared closer to the week.

New Graduate Student Orientation is included in this schedule.

8/23/2021 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pmThe Tower at STAR -5th Floor

100 Discovery Blvd.

Newark DE, 19713

United States

Rm. 513
Jacquie Truluck, Graduate Program Director
Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition Graduate Student OrientationDepartment Behavioral Health and Nutrition Graduate Student Welcome/Orientation:

- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching

- Master of Science in Health Promotion

- Master of Science in Human Nutrition

- Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI)

- PhD Health Behavior Science and Promotion

- PhD Nutrition Science
8/26/2021 at 10:30 am - 4:00 pm26 N. College Avenue,

CSB 002

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm. Carpenter Sports Building, 002
Jacquee Lukawski, Department Staff
Department of Communication Graduate Student OrientationThe University of Delaware Department of Communication is providing a week-long orientation and welcome for our new and returning graduate students.  The department will send out via email a full schedule to all new and returning graduate students as there are different events in place for TA's, GA's, RA's, and part-time students.8/23/2021 at 9:00am231 Pearson HallJeff Rybicki, Department Staff
Department of Earth Sciences Graduate OrientationIntroduction to the Department of Earth Sciences for incoming Graduate Students in the Geological Sciences MS and PhD programs.8/30/2021 at 1:00-3:00PM255 Academy Street, Penny Hall

University of Delaware

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm. Room 005
John Madsen, Department Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering OrientationOrientation for new graduate students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cybersecurity programs.8/30/2021 at 2:30 PMEvans Hall

139 The Green

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm. 204
Gwen Looby
Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies OrientationDepartment of Fashion and Apparel Studies new graduate student orientation.8/23/2021 at 2:00pmVirtual (Zoom)Huantian Cao, Graduate Program Director
Department of History OrientationMandatory department orientation event planned for Monday, August 30, 2021 in Munroe Hall. We will meet with all new incoming graduate students to discuss our program guidelines and policies.8/30/2021 at 9:00amMunroe Hall

46 West Delaware Ave.

Newark DE, 19711

United States

Rm. 203
Diane Clark, Department Staff
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Teaching Assistant OrientationAmong other activities, this orientation will have:

Introductions & Departmental expectations of Teaching Assistants; Pedagogical Principles of our 100-level Program; Meetings with French/Spanish/Italian Course Coordinators; Lesson Planning; Tutoring at the Language Proficiency Center and 100-level orientations.
8/23/2021 at 10:00AM-4:30PMZoom OrientationBotello Jesús 
Department of Mathematical Sciences IT Orientation 8/25/2021 at 3:00-5:00pm Philippe Guyenne, Graduate Program Director
Department of Plant & Soil Sciences OrientationAt the Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Student Orientation, information will be presented that introduces key personnel and contacts, locations and facilities, departmental procedures and web links, and safety information8/30/2021 at 12:00-2:00 pm531 S. College Ave.

102 Fischer Greenhouse

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm. 102 Fischer Greenhouse
Susan Biddle, Department Staff
Department of Political Science and International Relations OrientationChair's welcome, lunch with grad students, meet with Political Science Grad Student Association officers, meet field committee chairs and learn about the fields and course offerings, discussion with the DGS about the graduate handbook, general overview of the program, program benchmarks, etc.8/30/2021 at 12:00-4:0018 Amstel Ave

Newark DE, 19716-2599

United States

Rm. 348 Smith Hall
Joanne Miller, Graduate Program Director
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Orientation 8/30/2021 at 10:30am-12:00pm Ann Bell, Graduate Program Director
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student OrientationEvents for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student Orientation will take place from August 18 through 30, 2021. The orientation will start with an introduction to the program and a meet-and-greet along with an overview of our program, research group selection and general information by Prof. Lars Gundlach, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies & Research. The introduction will be followed by a series of orientation sessions that alternate with course specific Lab Run-throughs / Recitation Preparation for students that are placed on teaching assistant fellowships. A total of 6 information sessions will cover research and teaching related topics such as:

•    Responsible Conduct of Research & Research Integrity

•    Seeking out Fellowships and Awards

•    Laboratory/Fire Safety Trainings

•    Academics, Ethics and Cheating

•    Your Role as a Teacher

•    Cultivating Inclusive Diversity

The information sessions will be presented by Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and representatives from Environmental Health and Safety. A schedule for the Graduate Student Orientation Week will be emailed to all of our incoming graduate students by early August.
8/18/2021 at 1:00 PM101 Brown Laboratory, 163 The Green, UD

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Rm. 101 BRL
Susan Cheadle, Department Staff
Geography & Spatial Sciences Department OrientationBrief introduction to department, followed by a social hour.8/30/2021 at 1:00pmPearson Hall, Room 218Lindsay Naylor, Graduate Program Director
Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement Info SessionPlease join us for an information session on the Graduate Community Engagement Certificate. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the program directors and a past student who completed the certificate recently.8/24/2021 at 3:00-4:00pmZoom Session

Password: 832929
Liza MacFadyen 
Lerner College Graduate New Student OrientationLerner graduate students will meet with faculty, staff, and returning students to learn more about their specific degree requirements and college/campus resources available to them during their academic career.8/30/2021100 David Hollowell Dr Rm 104 Rm 104

Newark DE, 19716-7499

United States

Amy Estey, Graduate Program Director
Lerner Graduate & MBA New Student OrientationLerner New Graduate Student Orientation is your time to get acquainted, get involved, and get inspired for the journey ahead.  As with any multi-year journey, preparation is a must. Your participation at this orientation is very strongly recommended. 

You will meet with faculty, staff, and students of the Lerner College and the University to discover the resources that are all around you.  Join us for the key information and key contacts you'll need to start your graduate work on the right foot.

Registration Link

Schedule of Events             

4:30 PM  -  Registration Opens - Clayton Hall Lobby

5:00-6:00 PM  -  Individual Degree Orientations begin

6:00 - 7:00 PM  - Group Orientation - Clayton Hall, Room 125

7:00 PM - Welcome Reception/Resource Fair/Professional Headshots  - meet & greet your new classmates, your faculty, staff and other student leaders with light hors d'oeuvres and drinks.  Many representatives from various campus resources will be available, student organizations and a photographer to take your professional headshot (dress professionally).

8:00 PM - Reception ends
8/30/2021 at 4:30 pm - 8:00 pmClayton Hall

100 David Hollowell Drive

Newark DE, 19716

United States
Kim Ragan, Department Staff
Linguistics & Cognitive Science Graduate Student OrientationOur department will be holding a graduate student orientation for new students to introduce them to the space, and provide information and materials needed as an LCS graduate student. Students who are unable to make the orientation can meet with the graduate director individually, and obtain necessary materials at a later date.8/30/2021 at 11:00AM125 E Main Street

Newark DE, 19711

United States

Rm. 107
Laura Edmanson, Department Staff
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies OrientationLocation to be announced.8/30/2021 at 6-7 p.m. Tara Kee, Graduate Program Director
Master of Public Health OrientationThe MPH program orientation for new students is an opportunity to connect with fellow incoming MPH students and to meet and connect with program faculty, staff and current MPH students.  The orientation will provide important information on program policies, academic requirements, and resources to support student success.8/30/2021 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm540 S College Ave

Newark DE, 19713-1302

United States

Rm. 113
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program(s) OrientationThe Mechanical Engineering Department will hold an orientation for all new graduate students (MS, MSR, PHD, 4+1) and review the program policies, layout and expectations.8/30/2021 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm130 Academy St

Newark DE, 19716-3198

United States

Rm. Spencer Lab 114
Missy Arenz, Department Staff
MSEG's New Student Orientation 8/30/2021 at 9:00am - 12:00pm204 Evans HallKATHY FORWOOD, Department Staff
New Nursing Graduate Student OrientationNew Nursing Grad Student orientation.8/26/2021 at 9:00-3:00ZoomBeatrice Gaynor 
Physics & Astronomy Graduate Program OrientationPhysics & Astronomy Graduate Program Orientation scheduled for August 30th (time to be announced) will be help virtually with Drs. Shaw (Lab Coordinator) & Ji (Program Director), conducted by Elle Bornemann (Academic Support Coordinator).8/30/2021 at TBDTBDElizabeth Bornemann 
School of Marine Science and PolicyThe School of Marine Science and Policy will hold orientation for incoming graduate students on Monday 8/30/21 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Orientation will be held via Zoom.8/30/2021 at 2:00 PMZoomSharon Wiegner, Department Staff
School of Music Graduate Student Welcome BackNew and returning graduate students are invited to meet with faculty and staff for an overview of policies, resources, and opportunities in the School of Music.8/27/2021 at 3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.Amy E. du Pont Music Building, 100 Orchard Road

Newark DE, 19716

United States

Elianna Wydra, Department Staff
Welcome to CIS new grad student department orientation 8/30/2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDTZoomTeresa Twohig, Department Staff
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation OrientationThis is a 5-day, required event, Aug 16 - 20, for the 10 incoming students on the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. It takes place on the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library campus and the UD campus. A detailed program is emailed directly to each student in the program.8/16/2021Multiple locationsJoelle Wickens 
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