Orientation and Trainings

Trainings, Orientations, and Resources

The Graduate School seeks to support our students through all phases of their graduate careers with timely information, opportunities, and resources.

New Student Info Sessions

We offer Zoom info sessions for incoming graduate students. Learn about new student basics like setting up your accounts, registration, parking and housing in Bellingham, student services, and more. Bring your questions!

Watch your email for an invitation.

Fall Orientation

The Graduate School offers an opportunity for new graduate students to gather at the beginning of fall quarter. Orientation is primarily student-led and focuses on support, community, and wellbeing as graduate students. New grads can expect to hear from a panel of second year students; meet the Research & Writing Studio and peer advisor TA’s; learn about getting involved with GSAC; meet students in other programs; and get basic info and resources for their time in graduate school.

Watch this website for time and place of upcoming orientations.

Graduate School Resources and Information

This Canvas course is an online orientation and collection of resources that you can refer to throughout your time in graduate school at Western. Topics include student basics and campus resources; working with faculty; academic and career planning; impostor syndrome; finances; and more. You should automatically gain access to the course by the start of your first quarter.

Go to Online OrientationCourse

Teaching Assistant Resources

This Canvas course for Graduate Teaching Assistants is set up as a primer for first time TA's, helping you to get started in the classroom or lab. TA's should be added automatically to the course, but if you don't have access please contact the Graduate School.

Go to First Time TA Course

Responsible Conduct of Research

Graduate students conducting research as a Research Assistant or for a thesis or project may be required to complete appropriate training.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs administers these trainings.