The New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is a FREE, half-day event for incoming graduate students to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Attending NGSO will be a great opportunity for you to meet peers from different fields, begin creating long lasting connections, and learn about services and organizations on campus.
This orientation is designed to complement department-specific orientations by providing general information any graduate student should know regardless of their department or degree program. The topics of the day will range from finding funding opportunities, to learning about writing at the graduate level, to developing skills to foster good relationships with faculty mentors, and much more.
Registration opens June 5, 2017 and closes August 7, 2017.
We hope you’ll join us!
The Graduate Division
New Graduate Student Orientation 2017
9:00 AM Welcome Session CC Ballroom
Overview of the Day
Dr. Julienne Maeda, Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Welcome Message from UH Mānoa Administrator
The Keys to Success in Graduate School
Dr. Krystyna Aune, Dean of Graduate Education
Know Your Rights! A brief overview of Title IX
Dr. Dee Uwono, Title IX Coordinator
Welcome Remarks from the Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
Ms. Taylor Lewis, President of GSO
10:15 AM Concurrent Session #1
Academic Writing & Reading 600 - Humanities/ Social Science Focus CC308
Dr. Kelly Aune, Professor, Communicology
Unsure of how to tackle large writing projects (papers, thesis, or dissertation proposals)? Or, are you overwhelmed by the vast amount of reading ahead of you? Learn how to create and commit to a writing schedule, overcome writer’s block, and review the literature with a scholarly lens. (This presentation is more suitable for students in the humanities or social science fields.)
Academic Writing & Reading 600 - Science Focus CC 203E
Dr. William (Willy) Gosnell, Assistant Professor, Tropical Medicine
Unsure of how to tackle large writing projects (papers, thesis, or dissertation proposals)? Or, are you overwhelmed by the vast amount of reading ahead of you? Learn how to create and commit to a writing schedule, overcome writer’s block, and review the literature with a scholarly lens. (This presentation is more suitable for students in the sciences or science-related fields.)
Building an effective relationship with your mentor/advisor CC 309/310
Dr. Jon-Paul (JP) Bingham, Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering and the 2017 recipient of the Peter V. Garrod Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award
Your faculty mentor or advisor will be a key part of your success in your graduate program and future pathway. Learn strategies on how to make the most of this important relationship.
Reality check! What to expect in your first year of graduate school CC 203BC
Ms. Anamica Bedi de Silva, MS Student in Oceanography, Ms. Taylor Lewis, MA Student in Second Language Studies & GSO President, and Dr. Robert Toonen, Assistant Professor, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
Have you just finished your undergraduate degree, and are now diving into grad school? Or, did you take some time off and need to get back into a student mentality again? In this session you’ll learn tips from a panel of graduate students and faculty on what the expectations are for your first year and learn about habits to develop sooner rather than later for a successful graduate career. Ideal for master’s level or returning students.
Where can I find money? Tools to help you find funding CC Executive Dining Room
Ms. Tasha Kawamata Ryan, Fellowships & Professional Development Coordinator, Graduate Division & Dr. Julienne Maeda, Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Congratulations, you have been accepted to grad school…now, how do you find funding to support your education and research? This presentation will provide a general overview of the various streams of support that are available to graduate students and will highlight some database tools to help you with your funding search.
Helpful Tips for International Students CC 307
Ms. Ivy Mu, 3+2 Program Coordinator, Graduate Division, Mr. Ray Allen, International Student Services Advisor, and Mr. Viet Ngo, International Student Services Advisor
International students may encounter issues regarding their visas, academic activities, culture shock, and life in Hawai‘i. This session will provide a brief introduction of some of the key issues international students should be aware of during their study at UHM. This session will feature international student support specialists available to answer questions or concerns.
11:00 AM Concurrent Session #2
Same sessions as above offered a second time!
11:45 AM Mix It Up! Round Table Sessions
CAMPUS CENTER BALLROOM
The Mix it Up! Round Table Sessions will have four thematic areas: Student Life, Student Support, Health & Wellness, and Funding & Networking Opportunities. In this “speed dating” type of format, you will have a chance to learn about the various services and resources available to you on campus and you will have an opportunity to ask specific questions unique to your situation. This interactive format will also have a stamp card which can stamped by the various presenters. A completed stamp card means you’re eligible for a prize drawing.