Welcome to The Graduate Center, CUNY!

We are excited to welcome you to The Graduate Center as you begin your journey as a member of one of the largest and most diverse STEM doctoral programs in the United States. During the course of our online orientation you will have an opportunity to learn more about your program and The Graduate Center. You will view videos about Graduate Center resources, view posters presented by your fellow students, and interact with your program officers, faculty members, and current students during a virtual session that will take place on Monday, August 23, 2021. 

This online orientation is geared towards new first-year bench science (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) doctoral students enrolling for Fall 2021 and will replace the regular in-person orientation. All first-year bench science doctoral students are required to complete this online orientation.


Our Graduate Center Bench Sciences Student Orientation provides videos that students can view on their own, as well as information to attend Zoom sessions to interact with program officers, faculty members, and current and new students. 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

Virtually attend Zoom sessions on Monday, August 23, 2021:

  • Q&A session with Program Executive Officers and representative faculty members from 10:00 a.m.-noon (EST)
  • Poster session and discussion from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (EST) 

In order to attend the Zoom sessions, please register here. Details for the Zoom sessions will be posted on a password protected page, with the password emailed to users who registered two days prior to the live event.

GC Sciences Poster Session

You can virtually participate in our 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.

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 via a Zoom session on Monday, August 23 from 10:00 am – noon (EST).

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