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August 15, 2016

Six Iconic Columns in front of historic Jesse Hall

The Office of Graduate Studies' staff is pleased to announce a variety of services and programs for new and returning students & postdocs. 

New Graduate Student Orientation takes place on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am in Jesse Hall. The purpose is to introduce new students to critical aspects of graduate student life. University administrators, the Graduate Studies staff and advanced graduate students share advice on academic success. 

Immediately following will be a Resource Fair and break from 11:00am-1:00pm in  Jesse Hall.  Dozens of campus offices will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information regarding the various services available on campus to assist you in your success at MU. 

Afternoon orientation sessions will begin at 1:15 in Jesse Auditorium. Afternoon sessions will address fee-waivers, provide an overview of services from the Office of Graduate Studies and a student panel with advice for thriving in your first year as a graduate student.  

Teaching Assistants' Orientations

Graduate Assistant Teaching Orientation

Known as GATO, this free, one-day workshop is designed to help meet the needs of graduate students teaching for the first time at MU. Free breakfast and lunch are included. All Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate Instructors (GIs) who have not taught at the University of Missouri previously are strongly encouraged to attend this seminar. Experienced Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors are also welcome to join in the day's sessions. The session will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016. Breakfast and lunch are included. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Arts and Sciences Building .Students should register in advance.

Orientation for New International TAs & Instructors 

Known as ONITA, this orientation is required for all* new international graduate students before the first semester of teaching or assisting with teaching at MU. Academic department contacts may enroll international graduate students in ONITA through the ITAP Blackboard site. Please contact ITAP at or 573-884-1762 with any questions.

Professional Development

A variety of new professional development pages and programs will be promoted for new and current students this fall. Students will be able to build leadership, communication, teaching and other transferable skills.

New-to-Mizzou graduate students should begin their professional development journey on the Getting Started page.

Grad Student & Postdoc Networks

For those interested in networking or getting engaged in campus activities, check out campus grad student groups and the MU Postdoc Association.