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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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New Graduate Student Orientation

Hosted by the Graduate Division and UCSB's Orientation Programs, this year's campus-wide Graduate Student Orientation will take place:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Corwin Pavilion
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This year's Orientation program will include:

At the 2014 New Student Orientation, Dr. Turi Honegger talked about the importance of living a balanced life. Credit: Patricia Marroquin

A panel of grad students answered questions from the audience at the 2014 Orientation. They are, from left: Dibella Wdzenczny (Linguistics), Lois Harmon (GGSE), Lyandra Dias (Bren), Richard Huskey (Communication), and Alex Pucher (Computer Science). Credit: Patricia Marroquin

Questions about Graduate Student Orientation? Please contact Robert Hamm.

If you have not already done so, join the 2015 New Graduate Students Facebook Group to connect with other new students and ask questions. We also encourage you to visit the GradSpace, an online community that features resources, activities, and events to help you become better acquainted with graduate life at UCSB. You will need your UCSB NetID and password to log in. To receive the latest graduate student news and information, make sure to subscribe to the GradPost and like us on Facebook.

You can find a recap of last year's New Graduate Student Orientation here.

Other Campus Orientations

CALI (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration) Training for international students
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: All day (precise times TBA)
Location: Corwin Pavilion
Registration and attendance is required for all new international graduate students.

English Language Placement Exam

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: TBA

Campus-wide Orientation for New TAs and Readers
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Campbell Hall
Attendance is required of all first-time TAs and Readers with secured appointments at UCSB, even if duties will not begin until Winter or Spring Quarters. 
Hosted by Instructional Development and Graduate Division
Department Orientation
Check with your department for information about orientation sessions and other pre-quarter activities for new graduate students. 
Questions? Please contact the Graduate Division at (805) 893-8994.

·         Welcome from Carol Genetti, Dean of the Graduate Division

·         The opportunity to meet your fellow incoming graduate students

·         A discussion panel featuring experienced graduate students from a variety of disciplines 

·         Lunch provided by the Graduate Students Association and Orientation Programs

Campus Resource Fair with information about campus services including: Student Health, Recreation, Library, Graduate Students Association, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health and Wellness, Career Services, Funding Resources