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Welcome/Resource Fair and Online Resources (GEAR 1)

The Graduate School offers online resources and an in-person welcome and resource fair for new graduate students.

GEAR 1: Graduate EducAtion Resources

GEAR 1 (Graduate Education Resources for the First Year) is an online orientation for new graduate students.

For more information, please contact Noro Andrimanalina, Director of Academic & Professional Development.

Welcome & Resource Fair

August 27, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Graduate School is hosting a Welcome & Resource Fair to introduce new graduate students to the University and connect them with each other.

 Registration LinkAttendees will learn about resources available to support them during the graduate school journey and discover what steps they can take now to plant the seeds for success down the road. This event is open to all incoming graduate and professional students, and is intended to complement events provided by programs and colleges.


9 -10 a.m.: Welcome held in Carlson Family Stage of Northrop

10-11:30 a.m.: Resource Fair held on Northrop Plaza

The Graduate School would like to know your thoughts as you begin your graduate journey.

We believe that by sharing your interests, hopes, aspirations and concerns with your fellow graduate students, you’ll begin to build a sense of community. And those of us who are here to support you–faculty, administrators and staff–will know better how to help and encourage you along the way. We invite you to participate in a writing activity at the event that focuses on four questions related to the graduate experience:

  • What research or scholarly question do you currently want to explore?
  • How would you like to impact your community or broader society with your degree?
  • What is one concern you have about beginning your graduate program?
  • What most excites you about beginning your graduate program?

You can share your thoughts by writing your answers on notecards and posting them in the Northrop atrium, either before or after the morning’s presentations.

  • Participation is optional
  • Respond using 10 words or less
  • Do not put your name on the sticker (answers are anonymous)
  • Keep it short: “beginning a new chapter in my life” versus “I am excited to begin a new chapter in my life.”
  • Write for a general audience, no technical terms or disciplinary jargons
  • Use legible handwriting for clarity and visibility
Here are a few examples:

Having access to innovative people and resourcesShow psychological and physical benefits of danceDo we all heal the same?Juggling multiple responsibilitiesIncrease awareness about mental healthHow do we get kids excited about science?

Participating Organizations as of 7/30/2019: 


Anselm House

Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPSA)

Boreas Leadership Program

Boynton Health

Center for Community Engaged Learning

Center for Educational Innovation

Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility

Center for Integrative Leadership

Center for Writing

Community of Scholars Program (COSP)

Como Student Community Cooperative

Council of Graduate Students

Council of International Graduate Students

Cru Gopher Grads

Digital Arts, Sciences & Humanities (DASH)

Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

Graduate and Professional Student Parent Group (GrASP)


Graduate Christian Fellowship

Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO)

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Alliance for Diversity and Inclusivity (GSPADI)

Graduate Student Services & Progress (GSSP) and One Stop Student Services

Graduate Students of Color Alliance (GSOCA)

Institute for Advanced Study

Institute for Global Studies


Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

Northrop, University of Minnnesota

Office for Business & Community Economic Development

Office of Student Finance (OSF)

OSF does not have a URL. Basic financial aid information can be found on One Stop:

Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities (OGPSD)


Parking & Transportation Services

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Research Computing

School of Public Health Graduate Level Minors

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Sponsored Project Administration

Student Advocate Services

Student Conflict Resolution Center

Student Counseling Services

Student Legal Service

Student Parent HELP Center

The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education

The Disability Resource Center


University Libraries

University of Minnesota Bookstores