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Graduate Orientation Week (GROW) 2021

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Graduate Research Orientation Week (GROW) encompasses a number of workshops, programs and events held at the beginning of each academic year to provide new incoming students with an opportunity to take care of important pre-enrollment tasks and to learn about UC Merced and the Merced community.  GROW will have specific events geared toward incoming School of Engineering graduate students which include: TA training, Lab safety training, and specific graduate group events. Resources for incoming School of Engineering graduate students who will be joining Bioengineering, (BIOE),  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Environmental Systems (ES), Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST PhD; MIST MM), Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (MBSE),  or Mechanical Engineering (ME), graduate programs, as well as anyone who works as a Teaching Assistant for the School of Engineering (SoE).

GROW is currently scheduled to begin on Aug. 16, 2021. Sessions running from Aug. 16-20, 2021 are mandatory for all incoming students and the remaining sessions are dependent upon school and graduate group. As the date approaches, we will provide specific schedules and information. You must register for GROW no later than Friday, July 30, 2021 by noon (12 p.m.).


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) Cyber Security Awareness Fundamentals and 3) 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
      • Training due date will be noted in the email or through your training portal
  • Laboratory Training
    • All laboratory workers must complete Lab Safety Fundamentals before entering a lab.
      • Note that based on the requirements of your research/teaching labs, there may be additional training that you will need to complete. You will need to talk with your advisors about those additional trainings.
    • Please visit Environmental and Health & Safety for more information
  • 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 16th
    • 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 (must be registered in at least one course to generate a fee bill)
    • Funded Students (Receiving a Teaching Assistantship, Graduate Student Researcher Position, or an Internal Campus Fellowship): Please pay your campus-based fees (Health Services, Transportation, Recreation Center, Student Life, Early Childhood Center, Grad Student Association) by August 18th at 4pm via online at
    • Self-Funded Students/ Professional Degree Students (MM): Please pay your bill or enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) by August 18th 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