As each of the following events approaches GSA will update our Facebook page with more specific information regarding dates, times, locations, and RSVP lists.
Orientation is hosted by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association and provides a general introduction to the University, services, and life as a Baylor graduate student. Breakout sessions are provided on various topics, such as "living in Waco" and "Beginning with the End in Mind." The morning is concluded with a President's Reception, where the President addresses and mingles with all incoming students.
Every year GSA hosts the Three-Minute Thesis Competition. This interdisciplinary contest challenges graduate students to present the content and significance of their research projects in just three minutes using language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Cash prizes are offered to the first, second, and third place winners.
Early in the Fall and Spring semesters, GSA partners with the City of Waco to host special Graduate Student Days at the local farmers market. Students receive tokens to spend at the market, and also benefit from special discounts offered by a variety of vendors.
In the spring, GSA hosts a picnic for all graduate students and their program directors. The picnic honors the hard work of our Graduate Program Directors and allows students to express their appreciation. The picnic showcases graduate research from across the campus.
In the summer GSA hosts Grads on the Water, a family-oriented event held on the banks of the Brazos River. We provide free kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats for one evening, plus other fun perks like music and lawn games. This event is an especially popular way for incoming students to connect with the broader Baylor and Waco communities.
The Graduate Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) pairs undergraduate students who are interested in graduate education with a graduate student mentor for the period of one academic year. This one-on-one mentoring relationship allows undergraduates to explore the process of applying and adjusting to graduate school through the eyes of a current graduate student. Graduate student mentors help undergraduate student navigate the graduate education application process, including advice on networking and connecting with faculty mentors.