Graduate Student Orientation
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International Student Orientation
Tentatively: 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.
8:00AM - 10:00AM Presentations (virtual)
10:30AM - 12:00PM Brunch (in-person)
8:00AM – 10:30AM Presentations (virtual)
11:30AM – 12:30PM Pizza Grab&Go (in-person)
8:00AM – 9:30AM – Presentations (virtual)
8:00AM – 9:00AM – Presentations (virtual)
General Graduate Student Orientation
Tentatively: August 18, 2021 for Fall admits, January 5, 2022 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 anticipated at this time to be available via canvas.rice.edu. This online orientation 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.
The orientation for Spring is at this time anticipated to be the same as the Fall orientation. A tentative slate of speakers is below.
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
Agnes Ho, Associate Director, Wellbeing Programs and Education
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
Mario Escobar, 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.