Welcome to Graduate Study in the College of Arts & Sciences
We are thrilled to have you join us! On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, the Office of Graduate Services will host a one-day college orientation. This event is meant to ease your transition to graduate school and welcome you to our diverse, engaged, and collaborative community. All new students are encouraged to attend the college orientation in addition to any program specific orientation your department may hold.
8:30-9:30 AM Check-In (Student University Center Ballroom)
9:30-10:15 AM Welcome to College and University Services
10:30-11:30 AM Mapping Your Graduate Journey
This is a break-out by subject area and/or degree program event. A panel of faculty from your general program area will share advice on how to successfully navigate the path to earning your graduate degree. Topics will include networking and building the advisor –student relationship; engaging in professional development, and developing strategies to better support your academic, research and scholarly endeavors.
11:30-1:00 PM Lunch Social
1:00-2:00 PM Graduate Student Panels
This is a break-out by subject area event. A panel of current graduate students from your general program area will share their experiences and give advice for new students. Make sure to ask them YOUR questions!
2:15-3:15 PM Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics
A faculty-led discussion of issues such as how to avoid plagiarism and maintaining integrity in the academic enterprise.
3:30-5:00 PM Resource Fair
Visit the Resource Fair for help with any registration related issues and to learn more about many university services and organizations that are available to graduate students.
Listed below you will find the moderator and panelists (with department) for each break out session. Contact information for moderators and panelist can be found using the campus directory. Campus Directory
BREAK OUT SESSION 1: 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Mapping Your Graduate Journey [State Ballroom]
Moderator: Laura Hernandez
Richard Laub – Heritage Preservation
Bill Nichols – Modern and Classical Languages
Tim O’Keefe – Philosophy
Casonya Johnson – Biology
Raj Sunderraman – Computer Science
Mapping Your Graduate Journey [Lucerne Suite 278]
Moderator: Candice Merritt
John Decker – Art & Design
Katie Carlisle – School of Music
Mapping Your Graduate Journey [Lanier Suite 270]
Moderator: Samantha Jakobeit
Randy Malamud – English
Tanya Caldwell – English
Natalie Tindall – Communication
Jennifer Barker – Communication
Mapping Your Graduate Journey [Capitol Suite 220]
Moderator: John Stewart
Laura Carruth – Neuroscience
Jeff Qin – Math & Statistics
Ritu Aneja – Biology
Giovanni Gadda – Chemistry
Mapping Your Graduate Journey [Sinclair Suite 274]
Moderator: Amber Amari
Lindsey Cohen – Psychology
Denise Davidson – History
Erin Ruel – Sociology
Amy Steigerwalt – Political Science
Eric Friginal – Applied Linguistics
BREAK OUT SESSION 2: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Graduate Student Panel [State Ballroom]
Moderator: Laura Hernandez
David Sinkiewicz – Neuroscience
Johnny Garretson - Neuroscience
Julia LeCher – Biology
Andrew Rosen – Computer Science
Katie McCann – Neuroscience
Vaishali Pannu – Biology
Graduate Student Panel [Lucerne Suite 278]
Moderator: Candice Merritt
Katie Oates – Music
Megan Piorko – School of Art & Design
Candice Guesthouse - School of Art & Design
Carrie Wallace- Brown - School of Art & Design
Graduate Student Panel [Speaker’s Auditorium]
Moderator: John Stewart
Dylan Ruediger – History
Lauren Thompson – History/Heritage Preservation
James Moorhead- Gerontology
Sam Emerson – Psychology
Hersheda Patel – Sociology
Graduate Student Panel [Sinclair Suite 274]
Moderator: Joyce Kane
Josh Harrison – Modern & Classical Languages
Allen Black – Religious Studies
Kevin Meaux – English
Roger Austin – English
John Sullivan – History and Religious Studies
Attendees should register through an online RSVP form sent by email to all incoming fall 2014 students. If you have not completed the RSVP form sent by email you may still register by submitting the following RSVP form by August 6th. If you have questions about registration, please call the Office of Graduate Services at 404-413-5040.
The New Graduate Student Orientation will be held in the Student (University) Center which sits on the east side of campus with the main entrance at the corner of Gilmer Street SE and Courtland Street SE.
Parking is available directly across Gilmer Street in the M-Deck for $7.00. Metered street parking is also available on the surrounding streets. Both are payable by cash and credit card.
From the North
Follow Interstate 75/85 southbound to Exit 249A (Courtland Street) and turn right onto Courtland Street. You will enter the campus after you cross Edgewood Avenue (at the seventh traffic light). The Student Center is located on the corner of Courtland and Gilmer Streets.
From the South
Follow Interstate 75/85 northbound to Exit 246 (Central Avenue/Fulton Street) and take the right fork following the signs to Fulton Street. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Fulton Street. Continue to the first light and turn left onto Capital Avenue which will change into Piedmont Avenue. You will enter the campus after you pass the Georgia State MARTA station on the right. The Student Center is located on the corner of Piedmont and Gilmer Streets.
From the East
Follow Interstate 20 Westbound to Exit 58A (Capital Avenue), turn right onto Capital Avenue which will change into Piedmont Avenue. You will enter the campus after you pass the Georgia State MARTA station on your right. The Student Center is located on the corner of Piedmont and Gilmer Streets.
From the West
Follow Interstate 20 Eastbound to Windsor/Spring Street. Stay in feeder road to third traffic light, turn left onto Central Avenue. You will enter the campus at Decatur Street. Turn right onto Gilmer Street, the Student Center is located on the corner of Piedmont and Gilmer Streets.
MARTA (Public Transportation)
Take East/West rapid-rail line to the Georgia State Station. Exit station onto Piedmont Avenue. Walk right two blocks to Gilmer Street (you will cross over Decatur Street). Enter the Student Center at the corner of Gilmer and Courtland Street.
Just for attending you will be entered into several door prize* drawings (including a kindle, movie tickets, aquarium passes and more) taking place throughout the day. Cross your fingers!
The Office of Graduate Services would like to thank the following for their kind donations. Several of the nearby eateries offer Georgia State University students a discount, so be sure to swing by and check them out.
Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) – Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
Starbucks - Atlanta Merchandise Mart
Alibaba Atlanta “Best Falafel in Town”
Slice Downtown “Atlanta’s Best Neighborhood Pizza and Nightlife”
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint – Edgewood “The Original Create Your Own Pizza Joint”
Dunkin Donuts – 98 Forsyth St. NW ”America Runs on Dunkin’”
Buenos Dias Cafe - 38 Decatur St. SE “Caffeinating and Feeding the GSU Community
Willy’s Mexicana Grill – “Handmade Fresh Daily”
NaanStop - “Fresh. Fast. Indian”
*Winner must be present
Newly Admitted Students
Newly admitted students with questions may either contact the New Student Advisor or the appropriate Graduate Director.
The New Student Advisor, Mariam Qureshi, is here to lend a helpful hand and see that your transition to graduate school runs smoothly.
The Graduate Director can provide information about degree requirements, course selection, and assistantship/fellowship opportunities.