New Graduate Student Orientation - Spring 2024

Monday, January 8, 2024
10:00 am - 5:00 pm CST


NGSO is for all new graduate students at Texas Tech. It is designed to help you get started on your graduate journey by providing you with information about the university, your program, and the resources available to you.

The orientation is held virtually and includes a variety of sessions, such as:

  • Orient you to TTU graduate student life and services

  • Begin academic and professional development to support your graduate studies

  • Provide networking opportunities among graduate students and the Texas Tech community

  • Campus resources

NGSO is a great way to learn about what to expect as a graduate student at Texas Tech and to connect with other students.

  • All Tracks
  • Domestic Student
  • International Student
4:00 PM - 4:35 PM UTC
New Graduate Student Welcome
  • Jayme Mowery
  • Mark Sheridan, Ph.D.
4:40 PM - 5:30 PM UTC
Responsible Conduct of Research

Texas Tech University is committed to scholarly excellence. This session will showcase the university's dedication to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and ethical research.

The session...

  • Marianne Evola, Ph.D.
5:35 PM - 6:05 PM UTC
Graduate Center & Professional Development

Learn more about the services offered by the Graduate Center and professional development opportunities.

  • Mari Baeza, M.S.
  • Mike Lemon, Ph.D.
  • Amanda Tooley
6:05 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
Lunch Break - International Student Track
    6:05 PM - 6:55 PM UTC
    Lunch Break - Domestic Student Track
      6:30 PM - 7:00 PM UTC
      Non-US-Citizen Tax Information - International Students Only

      This session will cover the United States Tax System as it applies to foreign students and how Texas Tech monitor and assist with compliance.

      • Katie Wilkerson
      7:05 PM - 7:20 PM UTC
      Title IX & Student Civil Rights Basics

      All the information that you need to know about Title IX and how Title IX supports students who have experienced sex-based discrimination, discrimination based on a protected class, and support for pregnant...

      • Alex Faris
      • Kimberly Simón, Ph.D.
      • Glenn Mellinger
      7:25 PM - 8:15 PM UTC
      Writing at the Graduate Level

      The session will be led by Jennifer Marciniak, Ph.D. Director of the Graduate Writing Center. The session will be interactive, with opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss the topics....

      • Jennifer Marciniak, Ph.D.
      • Elizabeth Bowen, M.A.
      8:20 PM - 8:50 PM UTC
      Academic Progress - What you need to know

      Meet your Graduate School liaison and learn helpful tips and tricks for successfully completing your graduate degree.

      • Vanessa Bara-Morin
      • Alyssa Reichert
      • April Camacho
      • Victor Rey
      • Breana Castro
      • Mikayla Acevedo
      • Allison Belisle
      • Andrea Cooper
      8:55 PM - 9:25 PM UTC
      Fellowships & Funding

      Learn about fellowships, tips for finding external fellowships, and content to develop for graduate fellowship proposals.

      • Donna Rogers
      • Matt Hurtado
      9:30 PM - 9:55 PM UTC
      TA/RA Tuition & Fee Waivers

      This session will provide an overview of the TA/RA tuition and fee benefits, including what it encompasses and how it is applied to student accounts. Students who have accepted a TA/RA position for the...

      • Kyndal Clendennen
      10:00 PM - 10:25 PM UTC
      Student Health Insurance

      Student Health Services will be discussing the Student Health Insurance Health Plan at Texas Tech University which our graduate students can enroll in.

      • Jennifer Weaver
      10:28 PM - 10:48 PM UTC
      American Culture - International Students Only

      This session will be an overview of American Culture and learning to adjust to life in the United States.

      • Deborah Vartak
      • Sarah Hill
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