2020-21 Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

August 18-20, 2020

Archive of Remote Orientation:

August 19, 2020

August 20, 2020

This schedule is tentative and subject to change

Tuesday, August 18 

MCIBS Students will be attending MCIBS Retreat. Details will be forthcoming from Drs. Rolls and Glick

Wednesday, August 19

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee (HGSAC) 
9:35 - 9:50 a.m.
Graduate Student Professional Development Assessment 
9:50 - 10:05 a.m.
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
10:05 - 10:15 a.m
Penn State’s Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) 
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Nine things to know about Title IX Matters – Office of Student Affairs
11:15 - 12:00 noon
New student health insurance overview
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Managing Stress, Maintaining a Healthy Life
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.Group meetings with IGDP Program Chairs

Thursday, August 20

9:00 a.m.Faculty Panel Discussion
9:30 a.m.T-32 Training Grant Opportunities within the Huck
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 - 5:00 p.m.Grad School New Student Orientation (Livestream) 

Friday, August 21

BG incoming students will be attending the BG retreat. Details will be forthcoming from Dr. Perry.


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

Assistant Training Grant Administrator and Lead Records Specialist

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

Final deadline for submission for CITI is Jauary 15, 2021 - We need a copy of the CITI certificate with date completed

Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse – all students being paid on a fellowship or assistantship must complete every calendar year. 

Resource Learning Network

We need a copy of the certificate of completion by January 15, 2021