NEW STUDENT RESOURCES

Need to Know

U Card Information for New Students

Your U Card is your University of Minnesota Student ID card. You will use your U Card to access University buildings, as your University Library card, to charge books to your Student Account at the University Bookstore and more!  You will receive your first U Card from the U Card Office on your campus. You must present an approved primary form of a government issued photo ID (i.e. Driver's license, passport) to receive your first U Card. Please visit ucard.umn.edu for more information.

Leadership Opportunities

Boreas Leadership Program

Do you want to change the world? How about be more effective in your work career and life? The Boreas Leadership Program in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Center for Integrative Leadership will be a hosting a 1/2 day Leadership Retreat specifically for incoming graduate students. Receive a certificate for your participation, learn new leadership skills and meet other incoming graduate students who are also eager to make new connections. Find out more about Boreas and sign up for the Boreas Leadership Retreat

Academic & Professional Development Resources

Versatile PhD

An online resource designed to help STEM, humanities, social science PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty have free access to premium resources provided through the University's subscription to Versatile PhD. To find & access Versatile PhD, visit z.umn.edu/vphd and click on the link that says "versatilephd.com premium login." Then log in using your x500 username & password.

Imagine PhD

A free, online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Launching Fall 2017.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

A resource for grad students, postdocs & faculty. The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for over 89,000 graduate students, post-docs and faculty members.

How to activate your membership:

  • Visit www.FacultyDiversity.org/UMN
  • Fill in registration information at the bottom of the page
  • Complete the registration process
  • Users will receive a welcome email within 24 business hours confirming that the account is active

ORCID id

What is an ORCID iD and why should you get one? Find out more about ORCID iD and register to get your iD now.

Especially for International Students

Global Gopher Events

This is a special opportunity for new international students to prepare for classes, make new friends, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from experienced international student leaders. During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community. Learn more and view the Global Gopher Events schedule

Intensive Writing Workshop for New International Graduate Students with Sheryl Holt

Destination Theme: Academic Advantage

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. - Walter Library Room 101 OR Thursday August 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 420A

Are you concerned about all the writing you need to do in graduate school? This one-day workshop will help you understand and practice the expectations of graduate writing, provide extensive information and exercises to prepare you for graduate writing, and introduce you to the writing resources in your field and on campus for ongoing improvement. The key focus of this workshop is how to write formally so you sound sophisticated, and how to be precise, concise, and direct in graduate writing in your field. We will also spend time understanding the conventions of documentation to avoid plagiarism. Additionally, we will focus on the very difficult grammar points of English such as article use, prepositions, and use of verb tenses. This popular Graduate Writing Workshop has prepared hundreds of new graduate students as they begin their graduate education journey at the University of Minnesota. As part of your registration, you will receive a lunch voucher good for use with any of the food vendors in the Minnesota Marketplace Food Court in   Coffman Memorial Union.

Space is limited. Find more information and register for only one:

Intensive Writing Workshop - August 22   -or-

Intensive Writing Workshop - August 24

Resources for Teaching Assistants

New TA Orientation

Monday, August 28, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Rapson 100

All new teaching assistants are invited to attend New TA Orientation.  In this interactive session, you'll learn about campus policies and resources to support you in your role as a TA. Register

Assigning and Assessing Student Writing: Workshop for Graduate Student Instructors

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 1-4:00 pm

East Bank (registrants will receive room information and materials)

Are you a graduate student teaching a stand-alone section as instructor of record? This half-day workshop will address strategies for integrating and assessing writing activities and assignments that will help your students learn and succeed.  Working with instructional consultants from the Writing Across the Curriculum Program,  participants will have opportunities to review and discuss the components of effective writing assignments, design writing-to-learn activities, and both develop and refine responding and grading strategies.

Participation is free, but you must register by August 27, 2017. Registered participants will be sent information prior to the workshops regarding location and any other details needed for attendance. Register for Assigning and Assessing Student Writing: Workshop for Graduate Student Instructors

Commenting on and Grading Student Writing: Workshop for New Teaching Assistants

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 1-4:00 pm

East Bank (registrants will receive room information and materials)

Are you new to grading student writing (essays, research papers, problem sets, online discussions, posters, lab reports…)? Wondering how to respond effectively, efficiently, and fairly? This half-day workshop is intended for teaching assistants and graders who will be responding to and grading student writing for the first time in 2017-2018. Over the course of the afternoon, we’ll discuss general approaches to responding to, commenting on, and grading student writing.

You’ll have the opportunity to practice with writing samples from actual students in various disciplines and to work with writing specialists to develop specific grading and commenting strategies for your course. You’ll also learn about the resources available through the Center for Writing, and you’ll have the chance to talk with a panel of seasoned TAs about their experiences working with student writing.

Participation is free, but you must register by August 27, 2017. Registered participants will be sent information prior to the workshops regarding location and any other details needed for attendance. Register for Commenting on and Grading Student Writing: Workshop for New Teaching Assistants

Mental Health Resources

Comparing Student Counseling Services and the Boynton Mental Health Clinic

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Where to Ask for Help at the U of M Twin Cities Campus

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