2022-23 Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

August 17-18, 2022


This schedule is tentative and subject to change

Wednesday, August 17

Berg Auditorium ⁠— 100 Life Sciences Building

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.Breakfast for new students (outside 101)
8:45 – 9:15 a.m.Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Troy Ott, Associate Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences  Professor of Reproductive Physiology 
Andrew Read, Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology; Eberly Professor of Biotechnology
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee (HGSAC)
Corrine Smolen (BG) and Alenka Hafner (Plant Biology)
9:30 - 9:50 a.m.Graduate Student Professional Development Assessment
Dr. Greg Loviscky 
9:50 -10:05 a.m.Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
Kate Baumler 
10:05-10:15 a.m.Penn State’s Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)
Avery McLean  
10:15-11:00 a.m.Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response 
Dominique Donaho
11:00-12:00 p.m.New Student Health Insurance Overview
Heather Klinger 
12:00- 1:00 p.m.Lunch for new students/program chairs (3rd floor bridge)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.Health Promotion and Wellness
Dr. Blake Colaianne  
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.Penn State’s Science Policy Society
Angela Cleri and Karen Beatty
 2:15 - 2:45 p.mGroup meetings with IGDP Program Chairs

Thursday, August 18

Berg Auditorium - 100 Life Sciences Building

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.Faculty Panel Discussion

Troy Ott, Associate Director for Graduate Education, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Professor of Reproductive Physiology

Melissa Rolls, Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences; Co-Director of the Center for Cellular Dynamics; Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Charles Anderson, Associate Profess of Biology, Associate Dept. Head of Research and Faculty Success, Biology Ombudsperson
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.T-32 Training Grant Opportunities within Huck
Donna Korzick, Director of Graduate Training Initiatives; Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Integrative and Biomedical Physiology; Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology

Physiological Adaptations to Stress
Computation, Bioinformatics, and Statistics (CBIOS)
Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (EGR)
Integrative Analysis of Metabolic Phenotypes (IAMP)
Center for Neural Engineering (CNE) 
10:45 -11:15 a.m. Q&A with current grad students
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.Lunch for new students/student panel (3rd floor bridge)

Grad School New Student Orientation – Canvas Course
The Orientation course will remain in a student’s canvas dashboard for the remainder of their time at the University. Our target launch date is mid-August. 
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Group photo and individual headshots (MSC Garden, weather permitting - 3rd floor bridge inclement weather backup)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.Picnic