Graduate Assistant Orientation

Faculty and students in a lab

The Graduate Assistant Orientation provides teaching, research and graduate assistants with the tools needed to understand and meet the demands of an assistantship. The orientation doesn't have all the answers, of course, but it helps graduate assistants know which questions to ask and how to prepare themselves properly for negotiating the demands of study, work and personal life.


 Fall 2024

Location: Granite State Room (Memorial Union Building)
Date: August 20, 2024
Time: 8:00am-1:00pm (Breakfast and light lunch provided)
Registration Details:

This is a mandatory program for all newly appointed graduate assistants and fellows (as well as those who hold an appointment but have not yet been able to attend an orientation).

Responsibilities & Resources

The graduate assistant role complements a student's academic program but comes with additional demands and responsibilities. Assistantships bring graduate assistants into contact with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Graduate assistants are expected to follow the advice of their faculty adviser and assistantship supervisor (not always the same person), respond to the demands of fellow graduate and undergraduate students, and meet the expectations and standards of the faculty within the program. These additional responsibilities often present a challenge to finding the right balance between academic studies, personal life and assistantship obligations.

Graduate Assistant Documents

Graduate Assistant Community and Services Information

All documents and links have been provided by the supplying organization, office or department. If you have any questions or concerns about these documents, or your responsibilities as a graduate assistant, please contact your department or the Graduate School directly.