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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 week-long event kicks-off the WSU training experience for the entering graduate students who can participate.  CVM faculty trainers and current graduate students participate, too!  The offerings include ten sessions from the iPBS Leadership & Professional Series, such as responsible conduct of research, biological safety and laboratory safety, academic integrity, fall semester course advisement, registration and much more.  The week includes time for activities, informal bonding, and leadership development.

Retreat Details

2020: Tuesday August 18th - Thursday August, 20th
   Who: New graduate students with CVM, Faculty trainers & current graduate students
   Where: Washington State University - Pullman campus (BLS, VBRB, Bustad, CUB, etc)
   Agenda is in the works!

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

   Example Agenda from 2019 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