First Year

Section II
First year scholars attend a food truck event on campus. Peer connections are critical to success throughout your degree, but especially in the first year.

First year graduate scholars often display characteristics of “Enthusiastic Beginners.” This is a development stage where a member of a team may lack specific skills but has a strong desire to learn and a willingness to take direction. An important aspect of training in the first year is building confidence. You can do this by lots of questions and by making connections with near-peers (your cohort and fellow graduate scholars) as well as advanced mentors (your instructors, research mentors, and other colleagues, like chemistry staff.) Remember, it is not your job to know everything. However, it is your job to challenge yourself and to actively participate in your learning.

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6. Orientation

7. Research Rotation Program

8. Research Group Selection and Assignment

9. Committee Selection