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Schedule of Events

New Student Orientation
Upcoming:  August 22-23, 2024
SUNY Upstate Medical University welcomes new students and offers various orientation activities for all incoming students.

Postdoc Slam Competition
Upcoming: Wednesday, September 17, 2024
Postdoc Slam challenges postdocs in a range of disciplines to present a compelling presentation of their research in three minutes or less, using language that not only their peers but also non-specialists will understand. The intention of Postdoc Slam is not to dumb-down or trivialize research; rather, it is meant to incentivize postdocs to clarify their ideas and to help others appreciate and understand their work. 

3MT (3 Minute Thesis Competition)
Upcoming: Wednesday, November 6, 2024
This event is sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies. It is  an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to present their dissertation research findings to a general audience in only 3 minutes with only one power point slide.

Biomedical Sciences Retreat
Upcoming: Tuesday, September 10, 2024
This event, sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies, 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. Events include faculty presentations, keynote seminars, and a poster session.

Lunch with Dean
Graduate students meet with the Dean twice a year. These "feedback" sessions are an informal opportunity 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.

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.

Six Steps To Success
This series of presentations and workshops are designed to help first-year graduate students 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.

Upcoming: Sunday, May 5, 2024
The College will host an individual dessert reception on Saturday, May 4, 2024 to recognize our graduates and award winners individually. A one-university Commencement Ceremony will follow on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates! 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Upcoming: June 3 - August 9, 2024
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.

Beyond the Doctorate Research Day (Postdocs, Residents, and Fellows)
Last held:  March 6, 2024
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
Upcoming: March 14-15, 2024
Join us as we invite accepted students to campus! Events include program presentations, informational sessions with staff and faculty, social events with current students, campus tours, lab visits and more!

Student Research Day
Last held: March 19, 2024
This annual event highlights student research from all four colleges at Upstate: Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. The Student Research Day 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.

Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Last held: October 17, 2023
In an on-going effort to provide career development to students in the College of Graduate Studies, the annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture was created.

Buffalo, Upstate, Rochester: Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Conference
Last held: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Host: University of Rochester Medicine
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 sessions presented by MD/PhD students, and group discussion regarding career goals.