Getting Oriented

As a new student, you'll receive an information packet from the Graduate School that explains broad Purdue policies, and you'll be invited to a 2 1/2-day orientation session in the School of Engineering Education, in addition to general Graduate School orientation sessions (on topics such as TA training, harassment, safety, diversity, academic integrity, and programs for international students) and other events on campus (e.g., student organization callouts).

Advice for students:
  • Create a firm base through coursework related to the Foundation requirements, your engineering education specialization, and research preparation
  • Be strategic about choices you make (your engineering education specialization, advanced research methods)
  • Don't limit your ideas about research scope: consider all life and career stages (Pre-K, K-12, college, professional workforce) and contexts (formal and informal learning environments)

The first part of ENE Orientation includes a welcome by the Head and the Graduate Chair that maps out the vision of the program, presentations by ENE professional staff on such topics as information technology resources and business office policies, a presentation from the Libraries on resources (including a designated ENE Library office hour each week on our premises), receipt of office keys, and presentations from student organizations or programs (e.g., Women in Engineering Program, Peer Ombudsman). 

The second part is run by the ENE Graduate Student Association and includes an “insider’s view” into the program and a variety of social events to help students build community and peer mentoring relationships. Students who will be teaching in the First-Year Engineering program must also attend a TA Orientation program.

International students: Refer to the International Student and Scholars website for orientation sessions and other important information for new international students. In addition, our current graduate students are a great resource for learning the area and local customs. Some of our graduate students come from India, Iran, Taiwan and Turkey as well as many other countries.

All students: Plan to arrive on campus before the Monday of orientation week. Orientation activities will be scheduled throughout that week. If you have questions regarding your funding or the types of classes that you will be taking, contact the advisor listed on your offer letter. Direct any other questions to the Graduate Coordinator.

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