New Graduate Student Orientation

New Student Welcome Packet

Please CLICK HERE to review the 2021 New Student Welcome Packet!

Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Orientation: 

Orientation for Fall 2021 will be a combination of remote sessions throughout September, as well as an in-person component on Tuesday Sept. 21.  

  • Weds. Sept 8, 2:00 - 4:15pm - Program Welcome and Degree Requirements
  • Prof. Miguel Jaller (Graduate Advisor for Civil and Environmental Engineering)

    Session Description: In this welcome sessions, Prof. Jaller will provide an overview of the department, registration, degree requirements and more! Please be sure to join our meeting for the general overview and the degree requirements that you are interested in learning about.


    - General overview: 6:14 - 1:01:15
    - MS degree requirements: 1:05:00 - 1:53:00
    - PhD degree requirements: 1:53:02 - 2:16:38

    General overview
    MS degree requirements

    - PhD degree requirements 
  • Thurs. Sept 9, 9:30-10:30am - Non-Engineering Degree Background Classes (Optional)
  • Optional but highly recommended for students who do not have an engineering degree.

    Session Description: Overview of courses needed for students without an engineering degree.  The majority of this session will be Q&A, so it will NOT be recorded – if you can’t make this time, you can schedule individual advising as needed.
  • Weds. Sept 15, 3:00 - 3:30pm - IT and Computing Information
  • Session Description: Introduction to the IT and computing resources in CEE.  The majority of this session will be time for Q&A with our resident IT expert, Reuben!
    Slides, handout, and recording will be available after the session.

    Intro to IT Handout   
    Presentation Slides
  • Thurs. Sept 16, 10:00 - 10:30am - Union + Contract Rights Information Session (Optional)
  • Optional session for students interested in learning more about Student Workers' Union (UAW 2865). 

    Hosted by student workers union, UAW 2865

    Session Description: At this orientation, representatives from our Student Workers' Union (UAW 2865) will go over our rights and benefits as TAs, Readers, or Tutors; and give more context about how all of us as Academic Student Employees (ASEs) are making the UC a better place to work. In additon to contract rights like raises, job security, and protections against discrimination, we will also cover how our union is organizing on big-picture issues like covid-19 related protections (paid administrative leave, access to testing, etc.) and international student rights (esp. regarding visa issues international students have been facing).

  • Fri. Sept 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm - What to do when it feels like everyone in graduate school is smarter than you? (Alt. title: I don't belong here)
  • Prof. Colleen Bronner

    Session Description: You start graduate school in a few days and you are feeling excited. However, you are also starting to hear the voice in your head that wonders if this was the right decision. You wonder if you are smart enough to do well. That doubt that is causing you to question if you belong in graduate school is both normal and annoying. This talk will provide some background on imposter syndrome, a common anxiety experienced by many graduate students (and faculty!). We will also discuss ways to go about managing imposter syndrome and prioritizing your mental health in graduate school. Prof. Colleen Bronner will share her experience with anxiety and imposter syndrome in graduate school, and some tools she has learned since graduating.

    Recording: 0:24 - 1:21:32


  • One of the most important parts of orientation is our Area Advising.  This is your opportunity to meet in a smaller group with other students in your research area, and learn more about the specifics of your research area. 

    See below for the specific schedule for area advising. 

  • Tues. Sept 21 11:30am-1:30pm - IN PERSON Meet and Greet Lunch (Please RSVP)

  • Optional for students who are interested in free food and friends!

    RSVP for Lunch Here!!

    Session Description: Students are invited to join us for a social, outdoor lunch co-hosted with SWEGS and GGSS.  This will be an opportunity to get to meet other students in person! Lunch will be served as a grab-and-go style in Ghausi Lobby, and students will be eating outside on the Bainer Lawn.  Temperatures can be high in September in Davis, so please consider hats/sunscreen, and bring plenty of water! 

  • REQUIRED: Annual Safety Training Presentation and Quiz (Due Sept. 20)

  • Please review the annual safety training presentation and complete the quiz.

    You are required to pass the quiz with a 100% to gain keycard access to the building and graduate student computer labs. Please note: you can retake the quiz as many times as needed.

    Email with any questions.


All Students (new and continuing)

  • Thurs Sept. 16, 2:00 - 4:00pm - Back to Campus: Re-Orientation! 
  • It's been a while since we have all been on campus together, and there have been some administrative changes!  Come hear from the staff about important topics like building access, the front office, financial resources, and more. We fully expect this meeting to end early, but want to allow time for any questions.

    Recording: 6:00 - 35:10
    Re-Orientation Slides

Area Advising

One of the most important parts of orientation is our Area Advising.  This is your opportunity to meet in a smaller group with other students in your research area, and learn more about the specifics of your research area. 

  • Environmental Engineering
  • In Person
    Tues. Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30am
    1003 Kemper Hall
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • In Person
    Tues. Sept. 21, 1:30-2:30pm
    1007 Ghausi Hall
  • Structural Engineering
  • Zoom Meeting
    Tuesday Sept. 21, 9:00-10:00am

    Zoom Information:

    Meeting ID: 929 6737 3510
    Passcode: 546244
    One tap mobile
    +16699006833,,92967373510#,,,,*546244# US (San Jose)
    +12532158782,,92967373510#,,,,*546244# US (Tacoma)

  • Transportation Engineering
  • In Person
    Tuesday Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30am
    3102B Ghausi Hall
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • In Person
    Tues. Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30am
    1003 Kemper Hall


2021 Orientation Materials:


2020 Orientation Materials:


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