2021 MCAM Orientation Schedule


Course Registration: New and returning students are required to meet with advisors, register online, and submit advisor-approved registration forms to Zellencia Harris by Friday, Sept. 24 at noon.
Required for all students.

Online Orientation for International Students: New international students must complete the online orientation offered by the Office of International Affairs no later than Monday, Sept. 27.  See OIA’s website at https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/studentorientation for details.
Required for all new international students.


(This schedule is subject to change — please check regularly for updates.)


Monday, 9/20

PSD Welcome and Orientation (Schedule updated 9/20)
The Physical Sciences Division plans to host an informal orientation event in the outdoor space behind Eckhardt Research Center. Students are welcome to arrive and leave any time within that time frame. In addition to meeting other incoming students, you will have the opportunity to meet the Dean of Students Office staff and other faculty and staff from the Division. We will be providing individually wrapped treats for incoming students and raffling off a few prizes for those who attend. This event is not required, but attendance is encouraged.
Time: 10:00 am—11:30 am
Location: Eckhardt Research Center

Orientation Meeting for Incoming MCAM Students
Meet with MCAM faculty and staff for introductions and an overview of the academic program.
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: Kent 107
Required for: all new MCAM students.

Orientation Meeting for Second-year MCAM Students
Time: 3pm – 3:30pm
Location: Kent 107


Tuesday, 9/21

Graduate Student Opening Convocation (In-Person Event) – More than 2,000 incoming students from across UChicago’s 12 graduate schools and divisions will join together to mark the beginning of the new academic year. The event will be hosted outdoors on the University’s Main Quadrangles, and feature UChicago President Paul Alivisatos and other speakers to welcome you to our community. Following the Convocation, pick up a UChicagoGRAD T-shirt and light snacks at outdoor locations around the Main Quads. Register now>>
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: University’s Main Quadrangles


Wednesday, 9/22

Successful Collaboration and Overview of UChicago GRAD (Joint session with the CAM Ph.D. program)
A discussion on collaboration within CCAM programs and an overview of resources available through UChicago GRAD, including career resources. 
Time: 11am
Location: Kent 107
Required for: all new CAM students.

Library Resources Information Session
Jennifer Hart, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Librarian, will give an overview of library services and resources available to all students.
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Kent 107


Thursday, 9/23

(No orientation activities scheduled. It is recommended that students use this day to meet with advisors for registration.)


Friday, 9/24

Fire Safety Training
Ian Hoppie, Laboratory Safety Specialist, will give a fire safety training presentation.
Time: 1pm
Location: Eckhart 133
Required for: all students.

IT Information Session (virtual event)
Ed Friedman, John Zekos, and Mitzi Nakatsuka will explain computational resources in the Department of the Statistics and across campus.
Time: Accessible on 9/23-9/24
Location: Zoom (virtual)

Physical Sciences Division Online Orientation
The Division’s online orientation materials were sent to students on 9/2. Incoming MS and PhD students with a CNET ID should have received a Canvas invitation link. Please contact Zellencia Harris ASAP if you have not received the invitation.