Orientation Instructions

This page contains orientation instructions for graduate students in Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies (BEST), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Environmental Systems (ES), Mechanical Engineering (ME), as well as anyone who works as a Teaching Assistant for the School of Engineering (SoE).

Note: All official communications from SoE will be sent to your UC Merced email address per campus policy.

Before GROW Starts

 

 

  • New Hire Paperwork
    • New students, you will complete any hiring paperwork during Graduate Research and Orientation Week (GROW). You should have the following information readily available:
      • Current address if you already have found a local place to live in Merced;
      • Bank account information for direct deposit (i.e. blank voided check or deposit slip)
      • Employment eligibility verification documents . We require ORIGINAL documentation for the I-9 form (authorization to work in the United States)

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO HIRE YOU

 

  • If working as a TA:
    • Review your TA assignment memo, which you should receive by August 1st
    • Contact your supervising instructor for additional instructions and request a copy of the syllabus for your section
    • Attend any additional TA Training Sessions as required by your assignment (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math)
  • If working as a GSR:
    • Contact your faculty advisor for instructions and a workplan for the semester

 

 

During GROW

Attend all GROW sessions as instructed, especially the following. Attendance will be monitored. 

  • Graduate Division and School/Graduate Group Orientation
  • Office of Research and Economic Development Orientation
  • Campus-wide New Teaching Assistant Orientation
  • International Students Orientation (international students only)
  • ELI Micro-teaching oral English assessment (required for selected international students only - by appointment)
  • Students who are assigned as a Teaching Assistant for the School of Natural Sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics:  Attend their pertinent TA follow-up sessions Monday, August 21st-Tuesday, August 22nd