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)


September 14-18, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Location: ESAM Large Conference Room (M416)

11:00 am   Meet with Department Chair, Professor Chopp, and Professor Miksis
Noon          Pizza Lunch
  2:30 pm   Welcome and Icebreaker Exercises
  4:00 pm   Tech and NU Highlights Tour
Dinner        Out on the town  

Friday, September 15, 2017
11:00 am   Intro to ESAM Courses
11:30 am   Student Research Talks (Connections between 1st-year courses & research)
12:30 pm   Lunch
  2:00 pm   Library Talk
  3:00 pm   Intro to Fellowships
  3:30 pm   Student Resources & Teaching
 Dinner       Restaurant, then board games

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Escape Room

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017
11:00 am   Odds & Ends: Ventra cards, Wildcards, etc.
11:30 am   Welcome, Dean Ottino
Noon          Lunch in the East Quad
  2:15 pm   Taxes
  4:00 pm   Department picnic in the Tech Courtyard

Resource Guide

TGS: Resources for New Students

Academic Planning

Personal Administration

Getting Around


Fellowship Resources