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New Graduate Student Orientations

Binghamton University offers four orientations to help you familiarize yourself with the campus, successfully transition into graduate school, learn about important resources, and meet your professors and colleagues.


VIRTUAL ORIENTATION

Required for all new fall and spring, degree-seeking/matriculated graduate students

Available at http://www.gradschool.binghamton.edu/ps/orientation

The required online modules can be completed at your earliest convenience.

  1. Virtual Orientation - required general overview for students
  2. Professional Ethics - required learning module
  3. Graduate-level Writing Skills - required learning module

We recommend completing the modules by the start of classes, before your focus shifts to your academic studies and student life at Binghamton. You will need your Binghamton University Computer Account username and password to successfully log in.

NOTES

  • Not completing the required modules will result in a hold on your student account at the end of your first semester. You will be unable to register for future courses until the modules are completed online.
  • Non-degree/non-matriculated students are not required to complete virtual orientation.

GRADUATE SCHOOL ORIENTATION (Fall)

Strongly recommended for all new fall students

The Graduate School would like to welcome you to the University with a brief orientation session on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 (Tentative date)  

From 9:00 - 10:00 am, new Doctoral students will attend a session on Pathways for Success in Graduate School.  This session will examine the pathways for success in Graduate School and the university- wide resources that are available to ensure your timely completion of the doctoral degree. Additional time will be devoted to issues relating to academic integrity, confidential problem solving, and managing your enrollment on campus.

From 11:00 - Noon, new Master students will attend a session on How to Get the Most from your BU Education.  This session is designed for new Master students that are transitioning to Graduate School. We will discuss the resources that are available to enrich your academic experience at Binghamton University. Additional time will be devoted to issues relating to academic integrity, confidential problem solving, and managing your enrollment on campus.


ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT ORIENTATIONS (fall and spring)

Strongly recommended for all new fall and spring students

Most academic programs/departments offer an orientation session for new graduate students in their program. Dates, times and places will vary for fall and spring semesters. You will receive an e-mail from your academic department with details.

View academic department orientation schedule


NEW TEACHING ASSISTANT ORIENTATION (fall only)

On Campus: required fall semester for all new TAs. View on-campus orientation schedule

Online: required fall semester for all new TAs. Available at http://www.gradschool.binghamton.edu/ps/orientation

All new TAs must complete the following modules:

  1. Learning Styles (be sure to print out the completed questionnaire)
  2. Brain Chemistry & Learning
  3. 5E Teaching Cycle
  4. Public Speaking
  5. Recognizing Plagiarism (including the Honor Code Pledge)
  6. Useful Links

Also, please read the following books, available at the University Bookstore, online from www.Styluspub.com, or in the University Library:

  • Teaching Your First College Class: A Practical Guide for New Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (Lieberg, Carolyn S., 2008)
  • Developing Quality Dissertations: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence (Lovitts, B.E., Wert E.L., 2009) (Note: There are several versions – Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities, depending upon your area of study)

NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION (fall and spring)

Required for all new fall and spring international students

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts a required orientation the week prior to the start of classes. ISSS will contact you via e-mail with dates, times and complete details. You can also visit their website.

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Last Updated: 1/3/14