2016 Orientation

Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
First Year Graduate Students in Chemistry


Caltech Student ORIENTATION

          Chemistry Student Orientation Schedule Coming Soon

  • Wednesday, September 14 – Friday, September 16 - International Student Orientation 
    International Student Orientation is designed to help students feel comfortable in their new surroundings and to adjust to life in the United States at Caltech.
  • Sunday, September 18 – Convocation and Dean's BBQ (4:30-7pm)
    Caltech's Annual Convocation is a formal welcome and introduction to the Institute for new students and postdoctoral scholars.  Immediately following Convocation, please plan to join the Graduate Studies Office for a BBQ dinner hosted by the Graduate Dean, Doug Rees. 
  • Monday, September 19 – Options Day (All day)
    Options Day is devoted to giving new students an opportunity to learn the specific procedures, policies, etc. of their degree options by connecting students to the faculty and staff within their option. Options are divided into 6 divisions: Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science, Geological and Planetary Sciences, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy. Please check with your individual options regarding the schedule for Options Day.
  • Tuesday, September 20 – General Orientation:  Campus Life and Policies (9am-5pm)
    General Orientation provides an overview of Caltech resources and policies. The day is comprised of presentations, student and faculty panels, a Resource Fair, and workshops that will provide a foundation for students to become acquainted with Caltech. 
  • Wednesday, September 21 – Teaching Conference (9am-4pm)
    Hosted by The Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach, the 4th Annual Teaching Conference is designed for new graduate students/teaching assistants and includes sessions on topics vital to being an instructor, such as:  lesson planning, innovative technology, inclusive teaching, careers in teaching, and student motivation.  
  • Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 – Optional Programs and Workshops (Times vary)
    New students will have the opportunity to attend open houses, office hours, and workshops hosted by different office to receive more detailed and individualized information.


Graduate Orientation is free for students to attend (most meals will be provided).

For questions related to Graduate Orientation, please contact Kate McAnulty at mcanulty@caltech.edu or 626.395.1477.                                                                                  

2016 Graduate Orientation Schedule- Coming Soon!


Graduate Studies Office Information for Incoming Students

Orientation for Fall 2016 will be September 19-25. Instruction begins September 26. All incoming students must attend orientation.  Anyone unable to attend will need to make special arrangements to attend mandatory sessions on policies, TA training, and other essential elements of orientation. 

2016 Orientation Schedule

  • During the summer, you will receive information to help you understand the Caltech insurance plans so that you can make your choice.  If you have questions or need assistance, please visit the Benefits website. 
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  • Responsible Conduct of Research Certification - all new students are expected to complete the online CITI course in Responsible Conduct of Research prior to matriculation or enroll in Bi252 Research Ethics for the spring term.  In the summer, once you have received your Caltech Universal Identification (UID) number, you will be asked to log onto the CITI training site via access.caltech and complete the short training course no later than September 26.  A record of certification will be sent to Caltech and will only need to be completed once while enrolled as a graduate student. 


Caltech collects information for Form I-9 electronically.  If you are currently residing in the United States, Section 1 of Form I-9 should be completed prior to September 19, 2016. Your account for the I-9 system will be created by Human Resources, and instructions and your password will be sent in a separate email.  Please note that both the login and password are case sensitive. 

If you are not currently residing in the United States, you will be able to complete Section 1 of Form I-9 when you check in on Monday, September 19. Computers will be available, but you may also consider bringing a laptop with you when you check in.  The documentation required for Section 2 must be reviewed for authenticity during check-in.  Examples of acceptable documents can be found on page 9 at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.