New graduate student orientation

Fall 2024 orientation is Thursday, August 22!

This year’s new graduate student orientation will be a mix of live presentations and discussions over Zoom, with additional prerecorded presentations and materials available at students' convenience via WebCampus. 

Virtual new graduate student orientation | 1-4 p.m.

Virtual orientation schedule

  • 1-1:30 p.m. | Welcome and graduate school roadmap: Markus Kemmelmeier, Dean, Graduate School 
  • 1:30-2 p.m. | Graduate student health insurance: Julee DeMello, Assistant Director, Clinic Operations, Student Health Center 
  • 2-2:20 p.m. | Counseling services: Michael Pauldine, Licensed Psychologist, Assessment Coordinator, Counseling Services   
  • 2:20-2:30 p.m. | Break
  • 2:30-2:40 p.m. | Professional development and resources: Loren Pietsch, Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Recruitment, and Diversity Initiatives 
  • 2:40-2:50 p.m.Graduate Student Association: Allison Ferguson, GSA Programming and Marketing Coordinator
  • 2:50-3:20 p.m. | "Telling it like it is" graduate student panel: Hear from current University of Nevada, Reno graduate students and ask questions about grad student life, living in Reno, and more. 
  • 3:20-3:25 p.m. | Wrap up with online resources and additional materials: Matthew Aguirre, Director, Graduate Student Association
  • 3:25-3:30 p.m. | Short break (international students stay for the next session) 
  • 3:30-4 p.m. | Updates from OISS (for international students): This presentation is mandatory for international students (F-1, J-1) and will be presented by the Office of International Students and Scholars 

Register for orientation in advance

For questions or issues registering for the Spring 2024 Graduate Student Orientation, please contact Matthew Aguirre ( or Allison Ferguson (