Graduate Student Orientation
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International Student Orientation
August 16 and 17, and September 2 and 16, 2021
Orientation for International Students will be held online via Zoom; students are required to attend all four dates. More information can be found here.
Graduate International Orientation (GIO) is a mandatory orientation program for all new international graduate and graduate exchange students. Students will review immigration regulations, graduate specific policies, and programs geared specifically to support the international graduate population.
August 16, 2021
August 17, 2021
September 2, 2021
September 16, 2021
These sessions will be held virtually from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Houston time (CDT). Graduate students must attend all four of the sessions. The invitations with details will be emailed to students’ Rice email address closer to the events.
Any student unable to attend must notify OISS in advance and schedule a make-up session. Unfortunately, those students who do not attend will have a hold placed on their student record, which blocks them from registration until check-in and orientation requirements are met.
*Please note that MBA has a special session designed for MBA international students that will take place during the international immersion week.
General Graduate Student Orientation
August 18, 2021 for Fall admits, January 5, 2022 for Spring admits
The online portion of Graduate Student Orientation for incoming students will be available via canvas.rice.edu in early August and should be completed no later than Wednesday, August 18, 2021 for Fall 2021 incoming graduate students* and no later than Wednesday, January 5, 2022 for Spring 2022 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. Access for Fall orientation is anticipated to be available in late July or early August; admitted students should watch their Rice emails this summer for more information.
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
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
Saralyn McMorris, Associate Director, Wellbeing Programs and Education
Daziyah Sullivan, GSA Wellbeing Director
Sexual Violence Prevention – Create a Sexual Assault Free Environment
Janie Guerrero, Associate Director, The SAFE Office
Martin Giron, Resource Navigator, The SAFE Office
Student Life at Rice – Meet the Graduate Student Association
Mario Escobar, President of Graduate Student Association
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).
Lab Safety Training** will be online at https://rice.bioraft.com/ with a NetID login. More information here. Lab safety training is for the safety of the students in the Schools of Engineering and Natural Science and all others who work in labs.
TA Training details are available at https://cte.rice.edu/upcomingevents/f21/ta-training. The TA training is hosted online in an asynchronous, self-paced format. Students are welcome to enroll in the training at any time between August 16 - August 27. The link will be posted on August 16th.
*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.