Orientation luncheon
First-year students meet their peer mentor at an Orientation luncheon.

The student/mentor relationship is the essence of graduate training at Upstate. Our graduate students and principal investigators interact daily.

Peer Mentoring Program

Our Senior Students are matched with incoming students to provide an additional source of mentoring and advice.

Six Weeks to Success

A discussion series designed to help incoming students get off to a strong start. The 2014 series topics and discussion leaders were:
"Selecting a Research Topic and Mentor"
Presenters: Dr. Steven Youngentob, Professor, Neuroscience Program; Angelina Regua, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology PhD student; Forrest Wright, Pharmacology PhD Student
"Critical Reading Skills and Study Skills"
Presenters: Dr. Sandra Hayes, Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
"How to Get the Most Out of Your Rotations, Your Advisor and Your Committee"
Presenters: Dr. Stewart Loh, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Stephen Shinsky, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology PhD student
"Writing a Research Report"
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Moffat, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
"What You Need to Succeed in Grad School, the Qualifying Exam & Life"
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Sanger, Professor and Chair, Cell and Developmental Biology
"Intro to Bioethics"
Presenter: Dr. Rober Olick, Associate Professor, Bioethics and Humanities

Career Development Workshops

The College of Graduate Studies sponsors a career development series offered throughout the year covering a variety of topics.