Welcome to The Graduate Center, CUNY!

We are excited to welcome our first-year Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics doctoral students to the Graduate Center. Congratulations, you are now members of one of the largest and most diverse STEM doctoral programs in the United States. To welcome you aboard, we would like to invite you to attend the GC Sciences Student Orientation, which gives you the opportunity to learn more about your program as well as the Graduate Center resources available to you. 

Our orientation  will be held in hybrid form this year: for the virtual portions you can set your schedule and work at your own pace to view videos to learn about your program and Graduate Center resources; for the in-person session you are required to attend a poster- and Q&A session on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. 

Hybrid Orientation

As part of the virtual orientation, we provide videos that students can view at their own pace,  these resources supplement the general Graduate Center Orientation and One Stop process.

In order to make the most of this orientation site, we recommend viewing:

  • Welcome message from the Dean for Sciences, Joshua Brumberg (below)
  • Program-specific information from your Program Executive Officer on the Program Information page
  • Information about GC Resources that are available to you on the Resources page

In addition, you are required to attend the following in-person sessions on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

  • Poster session and discussion         
  Poster Session 1   Main Concourse
  Biochemistry and Biology 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
  Poster Session 2  
  Chemistry and Physics   2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Q&A session with Program Executive Officers and representative faculty members
  Biochemistry 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm         Science Center (Room 4102)
  Chemistry 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Proshansky Auditorium (Concourse level)
  Biology   1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
  Physics   4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

To attend the in-person events please register here.


GC Sciences Poster Session

You can  participate in our in-person poster session which will allow you to get a sense of the exciting research that is ongoing within the Graduate Center Bench Science Ph.D. programs.

Message from the Dean for Sciences

Joshua BrumbergJoshua Brumberg, dean for sciences, welcomes new Bench Science Ph.D. students and provides a brief overview of what you can expect while pursuing your studies at the Graduate Center.

 Video coming up!

You can view the program videos here to learn about your program, and what to expect as you begin your doctoral studies at the Graduate Center.

Have questions? You will have the opportunity to have your questions answered when you meet with your Program Executive Officers, Assistant Program Officers, and representative faculty members in person during a Q&A session on August 23.

  Biochemistry 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm         Science Center (Room 4102)
  Chemistry 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Proshansky Auditorium (Concourse level)
  Biology 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
  Physics 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
GC Flags

The Graduate Center offers a number of excellent support services to help you navigate through your doctoral studies. You can view the resource videos here to learn about these services.

Resources highlighted include: Career Planning, Teaching and Learning Center, Research and Sponsored Programs, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Quantitative Research Consulting Center, GC Library, Writing Center, Wellness Center, Union Membership, and Core Facilities.

Wondering which labs you will need to participate in? Or the best science resources at the library? How to apply for grants? Ask us!

And don’t forget to connect with GC Sciences on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

GC Orientation Q&A