2019-20 Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

August 21-22, 2019

This schedule is tentative and subject to change

All events will be located in Berg Auditorium, 100 Huck Life Sciences Building, unless marked otherwise.

Tuesday, August 20 

Arrival of all students 

MCIBS Students will be attending MCIBS Retreat, Tuesday August 20th. Details will be forthcoming

Wednesday, August 21

8:30 a.m.Breakfast – 1st Floor Lobby, Huck Life Sciences Building
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 - 10:15 a.m.Group meetings with IGDP Program Chairs
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.Laboratory Safety Training / Environmental Health and Safety
Anissa Wiley
Please make sure all of the safety training modules are completed prior
11:15 - 12:00 noonNew student health insurance overview
Judy Beckman 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.LUNCH with Program Chairs - 3rd Floor Bridge, Huck Life Sciences Building
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.Nine Things to Know About Title IX Matters
Chad Wright, Title IX Coordinator (Office of Student Affairs)
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee (HGSAC)
LinkedIn/Bridge Blog -  Amanda Van Buskirk and Allison Williams

Graduate Student Professional Development Assessment - Jason Williamson

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) - Juhi Arora

Penn State’s Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) - Terry J Torres-Cruz
2:30 p.m.Individual student photos - 1st Floor Lobby, Huck Life Sciences Building
5:00-7:30 p.m.Science Trivia - Federal Tap House (130 S Fraser St Suite 200)

Thursday, August 22

8:30 a.m.Faculty Panel Discussion
Troy Ott - Associate Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Professor of Reproductive Physiology 

Moriah Szpara - Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

George (PJ) Perry - Chair, Bioinformatics and Genomics Graduate Program; Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology
9:30 a.m.Education and Training Opportunities in Clinical and Translational Sciences
Connie Rogers – Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Physiolog; Co-Director, CTSI TL1 Predoctoral Training Program 

T-32 Training Grant Opportunities
Donna Korzick - Chair, Integrative and Biomedical Physiology Graduate Program; Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology

George (PJ) Perry - Chair, Bioinformatics and Genomics Graduate Program; Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Q & A with Peer Mentors
11:00 - 12:30 a.m.LUNCH with Peer Mentors - 3rd Floor Bridge, Huck Life Sciences Building
1:00 p.m.Grad School New Student Orientation
On Thursday, August 22, the Graduate School will sponsor a half-day orientation session for all new graduate students, including new international graduate students. This half-day session will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will cover important topics for new graduate students, including mentoring, scholarship and research integrity, and graduate student health insurance.

The health insurance session is mandatory for all new international graduate students

Orientation is followed by the annual Graduate School Reception at 5 p.m. in the South Annex of the Bryce Jordan Center. Representatives from the Graduate School, graduate student groups and other University units will be at the reception, where graduate students can learn more about all the resources available to them at the University. 
5:30 p.m.Huck Orientation Picnic - Sunset Park (Pavilion 1)
Group Class photo 


CITI - online ethics training required of all graduate students by the graduate school.  

When all modules have been completed, take a copy of your certificate to the appropriate program assistant in 101 Huck Life Sciences Building:

Bioinformatics & Genomics; Ecology; Neuroscience:

Jean Pierce

Senior Records Specialist

Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS); Plant Biology; Integrated and Biomedical Physiology:

Final deadline for submission for CITI is 12:00 NOON, Friday, August 16, 2019 - We need a copy of the CITI certificate with date completed