Graduate Study
First-Year Graduate Workshop

The workshop, for incoming first-year ESAM graduate students, is designed and taught by current graduate students. Participating will allow you to:

Prepare for coursework

  • Review prerequisite materials
  • Introduction to computational software
  • Explanation of available resources

Acclimate to life in the department

  • Campus and building tours
  • Overview of department programs and events
  • Advice for the year

Build relationships before classes begin

  • Meet your classmates and older students
  • Q&A sessions over lunch
  • Evening excursions (optional)


Complete workshop agenda

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Location: ESAM Large Conference Room (M416)

12:00 - 1:00pm         Pizza Lunch
2:30 - 3:50pm           Welcome and Icebreaker Exercises
7:15pm                     Dinner and Trivia at WOB

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Location: ESAM Large Conference Room (M416)

10:00 - 10:30am        Intro to ESAM Courses
10:30 - 11:30am        Student Talks
11:30 - 1:00pm          Lakefill Lunch
1:30 - 2:15pm            Intro to Fellowships
2:30 - 3:15pm            Student Resources
3:15 - 4:00pm            Q&A

Social Event: Dinner and Volleyball

Friday, September 18, 2015
TGS New Student Orientation (all day)
Evening Social Events - TBD

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Lincoln Park Zoo

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Maggie Daley Park and John Hancock Center

Friday, September 25, 2015
4:00pm - Department picnic in the Tech Courtyard  

Resource Guide

ESAM FFW Workshop

Wednesday - Thursday

September 16-17, 2015

TGS New Student Orientation


September 18, 2015

Fall Classes Begin


September 21, 2015

Fall Classes End


December 5, 2015

Winter Classes Begin


January 4, 2015

Preliminary Exams


Application for Degree Deadline 


April 15, 2015

TGS: Resources for New Students

Academic Planning

Personal Administration

Getting Around


Fellowship Resources

Workshop Staff

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Eric Autry

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Sara Clifton

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Stephanie Ger

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Scott Manifold

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Rebecca Gobel Menssen

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Nishant Nangia

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Namu Patel

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Nathan Sanford

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Brita Schneiders

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