Orientation Activities

The following orientation activities will take place during your first two weeks in the dept

individual meetings with your faculty advisor:

All first year students (except those enrolled via the MSTP, who have already selected thesis labs) have been assigned a faculty advisor. You should plan on meeting with your advisor at least twice - once either during the department retreat or prior to the retreat, if you prefer, and then a second time toward the end of Autumn Quarter. It will be your responsibility to initiate these meetings (contact info is available via their faculty pages). Any meetings thereafter are at your discretion.

Your advisor will help you select lab rotations and help with other research or academic questions you may have.

Advisor assignments are:

Danielle Boley - Jim Bruce
Florence Chardon - Judit Villen
Emma De Neef - Debbie Nickerson
William DeWitt - Jay Shendure
Philip Dishuck - Doug Fowler
Michael Goldberg - Debbie Nickerson
Deanna Plubell - Mike MacCoss
David Read - Bill Noble

graduate student mentor

All incoming students (again, except MSTP students, who have already selected thesis labs) will be assigned a 3rd or 4th year graduate student mentor. The goal is that you will meet with your mentor at least twice: once at the department retreat, and once at a grad social event (time & location tbd). Any meetings thereafter are at your discretion. Contact info is available via the graduate student directory.

Mentor assignments are:

Danielle Boley - Sarah Hilton
Florence Chardon - Emily Killingbeck
Emma De Neef - Khrystyna Dilai
William DeWitt - Andy Lin
Philip Dishuck - Hannah Pliner
Michael Goldberg - Greg Findlay
Deanna Plubell - Molly Gasperini
David Read - Tim Durham

early start on Genome 599
Genome 599 (grant writing) will begin before Autumn Quarter starts. Meetings will be held in Foege S-330 from 3:00 - 5:00 on these dates:

Monday, 9/18
Monday, 9/25
Monday, 10/2
Monday, 10/9
Monday, 10/16

department retreat
2017 retreat: September 20-22, Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth WA

The dept retreat provides a nice opportunity for you to meet faculty and students and hear all about their research in a relaxed setting. You will be automatically signed up to attend. The department will provide transportation to the retreat. For those of you new to the area, Leavenworth is a funny place in a beautiful setting - it's Disneyland Bavaria, complete with mountains and beer.

union meeting & oSTEM presentation
Monday, September 25, 9:00, Foege S-110

UW graduate students voted to unionize in 2004. This presentation will give you an introduction to your rights and benefits as a union member. Immediately following the union meeting, there will be a presentation from the student group Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (oSTEM) which provides outreach opportunities and a supportive community for LGBTQ students and allies.

computing resources boot camp
Tuesday, September 26, Foege S-110 - see below for specific times.

Dr. Lea Starita & GS IT staff person Elizabeth Young will provide an introduction to computing resources available in the department. Please be sure to bring your laptop.

9:00 - 10:30 - intro session for students with little or no experience with linux terminals
11:00 - 1:00 - session for all students

early start on Genome 550
Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 - 1:30, Foege S-448

There will be a short intro meeting for Genome 550.

lab safety training
Tuesday, September 26, 2:00 - 4:00, Kane 130
This is a general, campus-wide lab safety seminar presented by Environmental Health & Safety. Please see the lab safety training page for more information on training sessions you should complete. EH&S asks that you complete online Biosafety Training prior to this session.

faculty research presentations
There will be weekly presentations by faculty members throughout Autumn Quarter to provide an overview of their research. .