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ORIENTATION WEEK
September 19–23, 2016
Maps of campus and Hyde Park are available at
maps.uchicago.edu

 

DEADLINES
Diagnostic Exam
Students can pick up the exam starting September 12. All new students must complete the take-home diagnostic exam and return it to their faculty advisor by Friday, September 16. Your advisor will need time to review your exam before approving your course registration. If you cannot find your advisor, return your exam to Laura Rigazzi in Jones 222A.
Required for: all new students

Course Registration
New and returning students should meet with advisors, register online, and turn in advisor-approved paper registration forms to Laura Rigazzi in Jones 222A no later than Friday, September 23, at noon.
Required for: all students

Online Orientation for International Students
New international students must complete the online orientation offered by the Office of International Affairs no later than Monday, September 26. See OIA’s website for details.
Required for: all new international students


EVENTS (Watch here for updates after Labor Day!)

 

Monday, September 19
Check-in, Key Pickup, and Keycard Activation
10:00 am–3:00 pm
Location: Jones 1st-floor hallway by main entrance
See Laura at the table in the hallway to check in and receive handouts and keys.
Required for: all new students

Photos
10:00 am–Noon
Location: Jones 1st-floor hallway by main entrance
Our student photographers will take your picture for our bulletin board and online directory.
Required for: all new students

Orientation Meeting for Incoming PhD Students
11:00 am–Noon
Location: Jones 304

Prof. Steven Lalley, Dept. Administrator Kathryn Kraynik, and Student Affairs Specialist Laura Rigazzi will provide an overview of the PhD academic program and give a brief tour of the student office.
Required for: all new PhD students

IT Informational Session
Noon–12:45 pm
Location: Eckhart 133

Ed Friedman, John Zekos, and Mitzi Nakatsuka will explain computational resources in the Department of the Statistics and across campus.

Orientation Meeting for Incoming MS Students
12:45 pm–2:00 pm
Location: Eckhart 133

Dept. Master’s Advisor Dr. Mei Wang, Prof. Stephen Stigler, Dept. Administrator Kathryn Kraynik, and Student Affairs Specialist Laura Rigazzi will provide an overview of the MS academic program and give a brief tour of the student office.
Required for: all new MS students

Fire Safety Training
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Location:
Eckhart 133
Kimberly Mormann, Laboratory Safety Specialist, will give a fire safety training presentation.
Required for: all students

Information Session on Taking Courses at the Booth School of Business
2:30 pm–3:00 pm
Location:
Eckhart 133
Associate Registrar Sarah Arehart from the Booth School of Business will give a brief overview of course registration for Statistics students interested in Booth classes.

Library Resources Information Session
3:00 pm—3:30 pm
Location: Eckhart 133

Jennifer Hart, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Librarian, will give an overview of library services and resources available to all students.

 

Tuesday, September 20
Dean of Students Welcome Breakfast
10:00 am—11:00 am
Location:Quadrangle behind Eckhardt Research Center

PSD Dean of Students Miranda Swanson and Associate Dean of Students Emily Easton will host new PSD students for breakfast. After breakfast, students will be led to the Graduate Student orientation.

Graduate Student Orientation
11:20 am–7:30 pm
Location: Main Quad, Rockefeller Chapel, and Ida Noyes

UChicago GRAD will host grad students from across campus in an opening procession, a welcoming convocation, lunch, an information fair, and a social. See UChicago GRAD's website for specific sessions and locations and to register (required).
Required for: all new students

 

Wednesday, September 21
Union 101 Presentation
3:00 pm—4:00 pm
Location:Gordon Center for Integrated Sciences 301/03

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled last month that student teaching and research assistants at private universities have the right to unionize in their capacity as workers. To help inform students and foster an open conversation about the issue, the Physical Sciences Division is co-hosting a "Union 101" presentation by Jake Rubinstein, Executive Director for Employee & Labor Relations at UChicago. This presentation is intended to give you information on the basics of U.S. labor law with time for Q&A. We hope that these introductions will lead to your own deeper research on the topic and stimulate local conversations with your faculty and your peers. You may need to form an opinion (because you may need to vote) in the coming weeks on the issue of whether you want to be represented by a labor union, and learning these basics is the first step.

 

Thursday, September 22
Photos
10:00 am—Noon
Location: Jones 1st-floor hallway by main entrance

Our student photographers will take pictures of any students who missed the Monday photo shoot.

 

Friday, September 23
NOON—Deadline for Course Registration

Successful Collaboration
1:00 pm—1:30 pm
Location: Eckhart 133

Prof. Michael Stein and Dr. Mei Wang will lead a discussion on collaboration within the Department. All students are welcome.
Required for: all new students

Careers and Post-Graduate Planning
1:30 pm—2:00 pm
Location: Eckhart 133
Director of GRAD Career Development and Employer Relations Michael Tessel and Assistant Director of GRAD Career Development Josephine Cai will present University resources for planning your next step after graduation. Instructional and Administrative Support Specialist Kirsten Wellman will present Department career resources.

Second-year PhD Students Orientation Meeting
3:30 pm–4:00 pm
Location: Jones 226
Profs. Mary Sara McPeek and Peter McCullagh will provide an overview of academic matters for returning PhD students.
Required for: all second-year PhD students

Meet-and-Greet for New Students
5:30 pm
Location: Meet at Jones 1st floor to go to Ida Noyes Pub
Faculty will host students at the Pub, in celebration of everyone’s surviving orientation and course registration. All students are welcome.

 

Monday, September 26
First day of classes
See the Course Search for details.

 

 


Friday, September 30
General Student Meeting and Election of Student Representatives
5:00 pm—5:30 pm
Location: Eckhart 133
Chair Dan Nicolae will lead a brief meeting, including the election of new student representatives.
Required for: all students

New Students’ Party
5:30 pm
Location: Swift Hall, Common Room
Chair Dan Nicolae will host a party for new students