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  • New Graduate Student Orientation Agenda

    Wednesday, August 19th

    8:00-8:30am Check-in (LEEP2 Atrium)

    Coffee and light snacks provided

    8:30-10:00am Welcome (LEEP2 2415)

    As you check in, you will be placed in a group led by a graduate ambassador. This session will include

    introductions, an ice breaker activity, and information on the School of Engineering. You will also

    learn the top ten items you need to know in your first semester through a policy manual scavenger


    10:00-10:15am Break

    10:15-11:15am Managing the Transition (LEEP2 2415)

    Damon Talbott, Program Coordinator for Graduate Studies, as well as panel of current graduate

    students will be discussing your transition into graduate school. You will learn about common

    challenges graduate students face and what services are available to assist you in this transition.

    11:15-11:45am Career Services / Professionalism (LEEP2 2415)

    Where exactly do School of Engineering graduates end up and what can you expect from your career

    services office? This session will introduce you to these issues and more as you begin to construct a

    plan for professional success. Facilitated by Cathy Schwabauer, Director of Engineering Career


    11:45-1:00pm Lunch (various locations)

    A box lunch will be provided by Jasons Deli. Your ambassador group leader will take your group to a

    specified spot in the engineering complex for lunch with other students, faculty and staff in your


    1:00-2:30pm Orientation to the Department (various department locations)

    Learn everything you need to know about your department in the School of Engineering. You will

    hear details about the curriculum, enrollment, advising, and faculty.

    What expectations do the faculty and staff have of the students in their departments? What do you

    expect of your instructors and mentors? During this candid discussion, we will set goals for your

  • time in the program as well as come to understand exactly what you can expect as a new graduate

    student at the University of Kansas.

    Aerospace LEEP2 G400


    Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

    Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Mechanical Engineering -

    2:30-2:45pm Break

    2:45-3:15pm Research and Academic Integrity

    Dr. Chris Depcik will facilitate a discussion on best practices for new graduate students to utilize

    when beginning their research.

    3:15-4:30pm Diversity Workshop (LEEP2 2415)

    This session will compel participants to take a closer look at their social identities while also placing

    those identities within the context of engineering

    4:15-4:45pm Day 1 Wrap up/ Reflection (LEEP2 2415)

    Students will meet up with their original ambassador group to recap the day.

    5:00pm- Optional Social Event hosted by GEA (the Nest on 9th at the Oread)

    Meet the members of the Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) during an optional social event at

    the Oread Hotel on campus. GEA will provide appetizers and a brief introduction to the student

    leadership opportunities within the organization.

  • Graduate Student Services What can we do for you?

    Provide you with a Timeline for Degree

    Graduation confirmation

    Assist you with your Application for Graduation

    Make an appointment with the Associate Dean

    Keep you updated with a weekly email newsletter

    Remind you of Graduate Studies policies

    Give you important dates and deadlines

    Thesis and Dissertation formatting advice

    Inform you about Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) events

    Guide you to resources for $$$ to travel and present your research

    Guide you to resources for fellowships, scholarships, and awards

    Inform you about other graduate programs

    Guide you to services throughout the University

    Inform you about resources in Lawrence, Kansas

    Please come to us with any concerns or questions about Research and

    Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering. If we arent able to help

    you, we will find someone who can.

    Anna Paradis 2018 Eaton Hall (785) 864-1952


  • Helpful Links For Engineering Graduate Students

    Engineering Research & Graduate Programs: This site includes information about enrollment, the Graduate Engineering Association (GEA), scholarship & fellowship opportunities, information about the School of Engineering graduation ceremony and graduation requirements, FAQs and other general School of Engineering information. Engineering Graduate Student Plan of Study: The Plan of Study is a contract that shows degree requirements. Individual departments/programs will advise students on which courses to enroll in, after meeting with an advisor to discuss coursework; students should complete a plan by the second semester of graduate study and update it each semester. KU Graduate Studies Office: This site contains information about thesis & dissertation workshops and resources, the Graduate Catalog, graduate student forms, Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant position information, general graduate student policies and procedures, news and other resources for graduate students at KU. KU Graduate Catalog: This is a comprehensive resource outlining all graduate student rules and regulations for all University of Kansas graduate students. It also contains details for each individual department/program within the School of Engineering. KU University Registrars Office: This site contains the universitys academic calendar and has detailed information about enrollment, transcripts and diplomas, tuition and fees, fee petitions, veterans information, loan deferment, and residency requirements. KU Student Organizations: This is a comprehensive list of all registered KU student organizations including engineering, cultural, political, and recreational organizations. The site includes meeting times and locations, organizational websites (when available), and contact information. PIVOT: Funding Connections (Community of Science) Website: This site contains resources for scholarships/fellowships/grants. There are many training sessions offered each semester to guide users on the most efficient ways to use this site. These sessions are offered through Instructional Services and the Graduate Studies Office. KU Writing Center: The KU Writing Center offers a variety of ways for students to get to know feedback on their writing. The Writing Center provides face-to-face consultations, video conference consultations and e-mail feedback.

  • Frequently Referenced KU Offices

    School of Engineering Administrative Units

    School of Engineering Research and Graduate Programs: The Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) Office, located on the 2nd floor of LEEP2, room 1415, in the Engineering Student Success Suite. RGP is an administrative unit often referred to as the Graduate Division within the School of Engineering, whose function is to serve the engineering graduate student population in the School of Engineering. It interprets and enforces departmental/program and graduate studies degree requirements. It also promotes and facilitates the Schools research activities. More information is available at

    School of Engineering Budget Office: Each program in the School has an administrative department or unit budget representative whose function is to serve engineering graduate students within that program. This unit is often a students first stop with pay/tax questions for GTA/GRA or student hourly positions within a department or program. For some students, research centers are the best resource for questions pertaining to employment.

    School of Engineering Individual Departments and Programs: Each program in the School has an administrative department or unit whose function is to serve engineering graduate students within that program. Each program or department has a main graduate advisor or director and program assistant. This unit is often a students first stop when there is a question or concern about a policy or procedure. Contact Information is available at

    School of Engineering Career Center: Located on the 2nd floor of LEEP2 in room 1410. This unit provides all KU engineering students with high quality information, resources, and opportunities so they may confidently pursue their desired career goals, and assists them in their efforts to successfully connect with employers or research opportunities. If you are interested in internships or summer employment, this is a good place to start. More information and events are posted at

    University of Kansas Administrative Units

    KU Office of Graduate Studies (GS): The Graduate Studies Office is an administrative body that serves the entire university; it is not part of the School of Engineering. This office officially admits all graduate applicants at KU and serves as a general resource for current and prospective graduate students. More information is available at

    KU Registrars Office: The Registrars Office is an administrative body that serves the entire university; it is not part of the School of Engineering. The office manages the Universitys aca