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Orientation and Welcome Events

Welcome to Virginia Tech Graduate School! We know that starting graduate school can be a challenge, so we offer a variety of events and activities to help new students connect with fellow students, faculty, staff, and local resources. Click on each event to find out more details. Events with an ** require registration.  

Events and sessions will be added when plans are confirmed.

International Graduate Student Orientation - January 12

GTA Workshop** - January 13

Graduate Orientation** - January 14

GPSS General Assembly Meeting - January 21

VTables Talk: Lunch and Learn for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week - January 21

Understanding and Managing Your Assistantship - January 25*  

Lunch with the Dean* - January 19 (this lunch is full), January 25 and February 3
Please only sign-up for one lunch.

Expectations for Graduate Education Panel 

Owning your Graduate Degree Process: A Workshop in Strategies for Success - February 1* (event is now full)

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?  - February 4*  


*Registration Requested

**Registration Required


The following workshops are sponsored by University Libraries. Registration is required for all of the sessions and will be held via Zoom. Information about all sessions can be found here.

Introduction to the University Libraries - January 19

Introduction to Research Data Management - January 25

Literature Reviews and Database Searching for Social and Behavioral Sciences - January 26

Literature Reviews and Database Searching for Animal and Life Sciences - February 1

Getting Started with Zotero -   February 2

Getting Started with Mendeley -   February 8

Getting Started with EndNote -  February 14

Getting the Most Out of Your Citation Manager - February 16



Many thanks to the following businesses who have donated food, water, prizes, and gift cards for our various events. We appreciate you welcoming graduate students to the NRV!
Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness
Blacksburg Transit
Chocolate Spike


In Balance Yoga

The Maroon Door
The Mythical Mouse Shop
        Grad Students get 20% off The Mythical Mouse         Shop with online code: VTGRAD