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Orientation & Leadership Retreat

Each year, WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) welcomes new graduate students to their degree program during the Orientation & Leadership Retreat.  This event kicks-off the WSU training experience for the entering biomedical graduate students.  CVM faculty trainers, staff and current graduate students participate, too!  The offerings include various sessions from the iPBS Leadership & Professional Series, such as biological and laboratory safety, academic integrity, fall semester course advisement, registration, diversity and bias training, and much more.  The orientation event includes time for activities, learning, informal bonding, and leadership development within each cohort.

Retreat Details

2020: Tuesday August 18th - Thursday August, 20th
   Who: New biomedical graduate students with CVM, Faculty trainers & staff, as well as current graduate students
   Where: VIRTUAL via Zoom (You will receive Zoom Meeting ID & Password from iPBS Program Manager, Anita  Peralta.  If you do not, please contact Anita at
   Agenda to be sent out by mid-August

*Note: Some graduate programs (ie. IPN) have program-specific events planned for Friday 8/21. Please check with your department for more information.

Example Agenda from 2020 Retreat

Comments from participants.

The most helpful part was the encouragement of development of positive relationships with my classmates. I definitely feel like I got to know them better and formed a bond with them. The 'Chopped' game in particular was especially effective in the formation of this bond, which will be important in the coming years as we all struggle to make it through the graduate experience….” Comment form a WSU graduate student

"I wish I could have participated in more events."  Comment from a WSU faculty member

I realize this is for grad students and not faculty. But, I loved the retreat. It enhanced my understanding of writing, science communication, publication ethics, and relationships with faculty.” Comment from a WSU faculty member

…the faculty research talks were all very interesting and really displayed the breadth and diversity of research being conducted in the iPBS program.”  Comment from a WSU graduate student

Team work and getting the board into the notch