Orientation luncheon
First-year students meet their peer mentor at an Orientation luncheon.

The student/mentor relationship is the essence of graduate training at Upstate. Our graduate students and principal investigators interact daily.

Peer Mentoring Program

Our Senior Students are matched with incoming students to provide an additional source of mentoring and advice.

Six Weeks to Success

A discussion series designed to help incoming students get off to a strong start. The 2012 series topics and discussion leaders were:
“What you need to succeed in Grad School”
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Sanger, Professor & Chair, Cell & Developmental Biology
“Time Management”
Presenter: Dr. Andrea Viczian, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
“Maintaining Motivation”
Presenter: Dr. Steven Goodman, Dean, College of Graduate Studies
“Critical Reading Skills and Study Skills”
Presenter: Dr. Sandra Hayes, Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
“How to Get the Most Out of Your Rotations, Your Advisor and Your Committee”
Presenter: Dr. Huaiyu Hu, Associate Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology
“Individual Development Plan (IDP)”
Presenter: Dr. Mark Schmitt, Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Career Development Workshops

The College of Graduate Studies sponsors a career development series offered throughout the year covering a variety of topics.

A Willingness To Help

mentor Jenny Rowe

Faculty members aren't the only ones at SUNY Upstate who are willing to share their knowledge.

Upper-level graduate students—such as Jenny Rowe, who is scheduled to earn her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology in 2010—frequently offer advice to newer students.
"Our department is open in that respect," Rowe said. "Students often ask one another for insight or guidance on a question, experiment, or to review a talk. Students are a great resource for each other."