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2017 Orientation Schedule

2017 Departmental & Program Orientation details TBD

MONDAY, AUGUST 21

Welcome Reception for New Graduate Students
4:00–6:00 p.m.
The Graduate School Lawn, 2127 Campus Drive (West Campus)
Join us on The Graduate School front lawn for picnic food, an opportunity to meet the staff and mingle with other students, play games and win door prizes. Sponsored by The Graduate School for all new graduate students. Registration will be required.

English for International Students (EIS) – Placement Exams
Time and location TBD in consultation with departments

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22

Graduate Student Orientation
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center (Overflow: Griffith Film Theater)
The orientation is intended to help new students transition to graduate school by providing information about the academic community, policies, and resources. All new students should plan to attend. There will be an open question-and-answer period following the orientation. Lunch will be available after the session.

Graduate Student Resource Fair
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Bryan Center, All Levels
Representatives from many student groups, volunteer organizations, administrative offices, local vendors (e.g., banks), and other establishments will be set up at tables offering information. DukeCards will be available for pick-up at the information session for students who previously submitted the required information online to the DukeCard Office.

Safety Workshop
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Second Level
Registration will be required.

Tax Workshop for Ph.D. Students
5:00-6:00 p.m.
McClendon Commons, (adjacent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, located on West Campus near the traffic circle at 2138 Campus Drive)
Ph.D. students receive various types of funding (income) while in school, and that can make taxes a little confusing. Megan Hutchinson, a CPA with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland L.L.P, will explain how to report different sources of income, what expenses are deductible, and what tax credits and deductions may be available to graduate students. Note: This session will cover U.S. taxes only.
Registration will be required.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23

English for International Students (EIS) – Placement Exams
Time and location TBD in consultation with departments

RCR Orientation for Master’s Degree Students
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
All incoming master’s students must attend this mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

Mentoring and Graduate Student Success
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Rubenstein 153 - Anderson Holsti Family Reading Room
Join Duke faculty and graduate students in an informal conversation about establishing supportive mentoring relationships and the role of good mentoring in your success as graduate students. PhD students who attend are eligible to received RCR credits. Registration will be required.

Graduate and Professional School Convocation
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Duke Chapel
Keynote speaker: David F. Levi, Dean and Professor of Law
This event is the official opening ceremony to welcome all graduate and professional students.

Duke Alumni Association Reception
5:00–6:00 p.m.
Chapel Quad
A welcome reception for students, sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24

English for International Students (EIS) – Placement Exams
Time and location TBD in consultation with departments

RCR Orientation for Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Students
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25

RCR Orientation for Natural Sciences and Engineering PhD Students
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

Welcome Back Reception for Returning Graduate Students
4:00–6:00 p.m.
The Graduate School lawn
Returning graduate students are invited to come celebrate the start of the new academic year with the staff of The Graduate School. Registration will be required.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

RCR Orientation for Basic Medical Sciences PhD Students
First-Year Ethics Retreat - Grandover Resort in Greensboro (transportation and meals included)
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.
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