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GSBS orientation wrap-up

September 04, 2012

Tracey Barnett


It was back to school in a big way for more than 100 incoming graduate students at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as they attended new student orientation.

From August 20-24, the Graduate School hosted a week-long event that provided new students with valuable information that assisted them with their transition to GSBS, our parent institutions – The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – and the Texas Medical Center Campus. It was also an opportunity for students to attend information sessions sponsored by the School’s research programs so that they could determine which labs they would like to do a rotation in and ultimately join. There were also several social activities such as a welcome dinner, Friday Afternoon Club and orientation buffet dinner. Here are some highlights from the GSBS 2012 orientation. Also hear more about orientation here

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Incoming GSBS students were taken on a bus tour of the Texas Medical Center by the Graduate Student Association on Saturday, August 18. The tour occurred before the welcome dinner hosted by the GSA at Cooley Conference Center.

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New students check-in and pick up their GSBS information packets on the first day of orientation week on Monday, August 20. On display on the blue table are newsletters to introduce the research programs.

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Students attended an orientation presentation by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Victoria Knutson, Ph.D., on Monday, August 20. 

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Students with the Cancer Biology Program staff an information table during the program’s presentation at Onstead Auditorium on August 22. Most research programs hosted information sessions to give incoming students the opportunity to learn more about their scientific focus.

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Students attend their last presentation of orientation week and learn more about the student organizations offered at GSBS on Friday, August 22. Here, Jennifer Juarez informs the audience about the Student InterCouncil (SIC), the recognized forum of student opinion and primary vehicle for student participation in the governance of UTHealth. 

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GSBS students, including Graduate Student Association Vice President Adam Yock (right), sign in at the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) on August 24 as New Student Orientation comes to a close.