Graduate Student Orientation
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International Student Orientation
August 17, 18 and September 3, 17 for Fall admits, January 19 & 20 for Spring admits
Orientation for International Students will be held online via Zoom; students are required to attend all four dates. More information can be found here.
General Graduate Student Orientation
Due August 19, 2021 for Fall admits, January 6, 2021 for Spring admits
Online orientation is now open; more information will also be sent to your Rice email and via Canvas.
The general Graduate Student Orientation for incoming students is available via canvas.rice.edu. This online orientation should be completed no later than Wednesday, August 19, 2020 for Fall 2020 incoming graduate students* and no later than Wednesday, January 6, 2021 for Spring 2021 incoming graduate students*. Many graduate departments also hold their own orientations, please check with your graduate coordinator for additional information. Orientation modules are listed below and are subject to change.
Students who have deferred until Spring 2021, will have to complete the asynchronous online orientation by January 6, 2021. The orientation for Spring 2021 will be the same as the Fall 2020 orientation. We allowed students who deferred to take the orientation in the Fall and sit in on live Zoom panel sessions on August 19. These panel sessions will not be repeated in Spring 2021.
Welcome from the Dean
Dr. Seiichi Matsuda, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Academic Life at Rice – Ethics in Research
Dr. Yousif Shamoo, Vice Provost for Research
Student Judicial Programs and Graduate Honor Council – Know the Policies
Emily Garza, Director, Student Judicial Programs
Carrie Willard, Associate Director, Student Judicial Programs
Nick Coulombe, Graduate Honor Council Representative
Rice Police Department – Take Care of Your Safety
Clemente Rodriguez, Chief of Rice University Police Department
Student Wellbeing – Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
Agnes Ho, Associate Director, Wellbeing Programs and Education
Brian Noble, Graduate Student Association Wellbeing Director
Sexual Violence Prevention – Create a Sexual Assault Free Environment
Jordan Everett, Associate Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Title IX Support
Janie Guerrero, Title IX Resource Navigator
Student Life at Rice – Meet the Graduate Student Association
Alison Farrish, President of Graduate Student Association
Panel and Breakout Sessions
A list of panel and breakout sessions that will be held after plenary orientation can be found here. Links to the sessions will be available via the Orientation Course in Canvas.
Lab Safety Training**, Responsible Conduct of Research Training, and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training are all available online. Information on training, including links to access, can be found here. RCR and Sexual Harrassment Prevention Trainings are due Oct. 1 (for Fall admits) and Feb 15 (for Spring admits).
TA Training details are forthcoming.
*New Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, Master of Liberal Studies, and online Master of Computer Science students are not required to attend the General Graduate Student Orientation; all thesis and non-thesis master's not listed, and non-MBA professional master's students are required to attend, but please check with your program coordinator for additional information. All Ph.D. and DMA students are required to attend orientation.
**With the exception only of students in the Departments of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics, all students in Natural Science and Engineering and any other student who works in a laboratory is required to attend lab safety training. Professional Masters students and those in computational or theoretical fields are NOT exempt from lab safety training, with the exception only of students that do not work in a laboratory in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and the Schools of Music, Architecture, Social Sciences, Continuing Studies, and Humanities.