PhD Virtual Orientation: Friday, September 15, 12-1 PM

Join us for the Virtual Orientation for PhD Students offered by Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (PDPA) at Boston University.

Congratulations on embarking on this exciting journey of pursuing your doctoral degree. This orientation is designed to provide you with essential information and resources to ensure a smooth transition into your PhD program and set you up for success throughout your academic journey.


Our virtual orientation aims to acquaint you with the multitude of resources and support offered by the PDPA and other offices at BU, as well as equip you with effective strategies for managing your time, building productive relationships with advisors, and setting meaningful goals for your PhD program.

During this session, we will introduce you to the Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs Office and its mission to support your personal and professional growth. You will learn about the range of services and programs we provide, including workshops, seminars, networking events, and one-on-one consultations to address your unique needs as a PhD student. We will also discuss strategies for time management, navigating mentor-mentee relationships, and other tools provided by our office and others.

This orientation will also highlight other key offices and resources available at Boston University, such as the Newbury Center for First-Generation Students, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, to name a few. Understanding these resources will empower you to navigate your academic life efficiently.

After this virtual orientation, we hope you will feel well-informed, empowered, and ready to embark on your PhD program with confidence. Remember that the PDPA and other support services at Boston University are here to assist you every step of the way. We look forward to seeing you succeed as a valued member of the Boston University research community. Welcome to the beginning of an enriching and rewarding experience!