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Graduate Orientation Week (GROW)

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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

  • Required Online Trainings
    • Training required by all UC Merced students, staff, and faculty are: 1) Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention 2) Lab Safety Fundamentals 3) Cyber Security Awareness and 4) General Compliance Briefing: University of California Ethical Values and Conduct
    • For the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention, an email will be sent to you including the link to Campus Clarity
    • All other training can be found by searching by the course name in the UC Learning Center
    • Training is due before your arrival to UC Merced on August 15th
    • Note that based on the requirements of your labs, there may be additional training that you will need to complete. You will need to talk with your advisors about those additional trainings.
  • 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:


  • If working as a TA:
    • Review your TA assignment memo, which you should receive by July 15th
    • 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 research workplan for the semester
  • Fee Payments
    • Funded Students: Please pay your campus-based fees (Health Services, Transportation, Recreation Center, Student Life, Early Childhood Center, Grad Student Association) by August 15th at 4pm via online at
    • Self-Funded Students: Please pay your bill or enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) by August 15th at 4pm via online at

During GROW

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate Resource Center at