Schedule of Events

Fall 2018 Semester Registration
July 23 - August 5, 2018

New Student Orientation
Begins Thursday, August 22, 2019
SUNY Upstate Medical University welcomes new students and offers various orientation activities for all incoming students.

Six Steps To Success
This series of presentations and workshops are designed to help our first year get off to a strong start in graduate school and here at Upstate. Presenters include both faculty and current students who cover a variety of topics needed to succeed and answer any questions our incoming students might have. Schedule available here:

Career Development Workshop Series
This year-long series of informal presentations and interactive workshops offer career exploration as well as professional skill development to help students succeed in - and beyond - graduate school. A complete schedule is available here:

19th Biomedical Sciences Retreat
Scheduled for: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
This is an all-day event sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies. The retreat will have a day-long program of talks and posters, including breakfast and lunch for those who register. This is a great opportunity to catch up on the research happening around you at Upstate and to meet the new faculty and incoming class of graduate students. Please circulate this information to anyone with research interests at Upstate! Registration information to come!

Lunch with Dean
Graduate students meet with the Dean twice a year. These "feedback" sessions are an informal chance for students to discuss any suggestions, successes or concerns about the graduate school and programs.
Students meet by program in the fall and by class year in the spring, so students have a chance to reconnect with their peers.

Upstate MD/PhD ConferencePDF Icon
Last held: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Host Institution: SUNY Upstate Medical University (Upstate hosts once every three years)
Participants: University at Buffalo, University of Rochester & SUNY Upstate Medical University
This full-day meeting affords MD/PhD students from the three institutions the opportunity to interact and present their research. The day includes a keynote address focusing on translational research, short talks and poster session presented by MD/PhD students, and group discussion regarding career goals.

Spring 2019 Semester Registration
November 26 - December 7, 2018

MD/PhD Recruit Days

November 11 - 13, 2018; November 18 - 20, 2018

Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Last held: Friday, February 16, 2018
In an on-going effort to provide career development to students in the College of Graduate Studies, the annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture was created.

Beyond the Doctorate Research Day (Postdocs, Residents, and Fellows)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The College of Graduate Studies' Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of Graduate Medical Education invited the Upstate Community to celebrate the research accomplishments of SUNY Upstate's postdocs, residents and fellows by participating in the Beyond the Doctorate Research Day (Postdocs, Residents and Fellows).

College of Graduate Studies' Recruitment Days
Last held: Wednesday & Thursday, March 8 - 9, 2018

MD/PhD Distinguished Alumni DayPDF Icon
Last held: Friday, March 30, 2018
The dual degree MD/PhD Program welcomes back to campus distinguished Alumni - Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD. Dr. Stoll is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Alabama.

Student Research Day
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
This annual event highlights student research from all four colleges at Upstate: Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. The Student ResPDF Iconearch DayPDF Icon has become a tradition at Upstate and has developed into a well-respected event that includes a keynote presentation, four student talks, and an early evening poster session and reception. This year's event, held on Wednesday, April 11th at 12:30 pm, featuring more than 150 student researchers. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019
This year's One University Commencement Ceremony will be held at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College Campus at 10:00 am. There will be a Pre-Commencement Reception for all College of Graduate Studies students from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown in the ABC room on the 10th floor. A more detailed agenda will be released soon. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
June 3 - August 9, 2019
Undergraduates, with appropriate faculty help, formulate their own proposal, carry out research under the supervision of one of our faculty, write a research paper and have the opportunity to see their work published. In the process, students will attend research seminars and participate in discussions on alternative careers in research and how to apply to graduate school.