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The Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) is a symposium designed to support masters-level graduate students by providing informational workshops, mentoring opportunities, and networking with professionals and peers. The symposium provides sessions on a variety of topics to assist with professional development and the transition from graduate student to OTR professional. The Graduate Student Symposium is open and relevant for current Masters’ students, whether you are currently a graduate student working in the OTR field or one that desires that experience in the future. During the Graduate Symposium, masters participants will gain an understanding of the field of Orientation, Transition, & Retention.


How to register for the Graduate Symposium

Registration for the Graduate Symposium is complementary for all currently enrolled masters students attending the Annual Conference. You must register for the symposium by selecting the option on the second page of the Annual Conference Registration Form.

2019 Graduate Student Symposium Schedule
Saturday, October19
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 a.m. Graduate Student Meetup
Sunday, October 20
8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Graduate Symposium (Lunch provided)
Monday, October 21
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Graduate Resume Review
Tuesday, October 22
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Graduate Case Study Competition

  • Have a stronger understanding on the purpose, function, and professional expectations of orientation, transition, and retention including the role that OTR programs serve and the ethical standards of NODA (Theoretical and institutional knowledge/Curriculum and Content Development).
  • Establish a professional philosophy and self-awareness founded on knowledge-building experiences with peers and intentional conversations facilitated by current OTR professionals (Diversity, Inclusion, Access/Organization and Leadership).
  • Develop appropriate networking skills and discuss professional development opportunities within the Association (Organization and Leadership).
  • Have a stronger understanding of how to be successful in the job search process within the OTR field (Organization and Leadership). 
What Attendees Are Saying
      "The community I created was the best thing I got from the experience. Not only are we able to interact with other graduate students in different institutions, regions, and years of their work, we are able to learn from and network with outstanding professionals who work in the field. This type of networking allows for doors to open and opportunities to be gained, simply by attending. Being able to walk away with the names and business cards of professionals in the field who are GENUINELY concerned with our place in the field was a feeling like no other. This was an unparalleled experience."       
       - Amy, 2016 and 2017 Graduate Symposium attendee      


Leadership Team


Logan Adams
Assistant Director, New Student & Family Programs, Georgia Southern University,
GSN Network Chair

  Larry Cloud
Associate Director, New Student & Family Programs, University of Arkansas,
GSN Network Chair

Kasey Borchardt
Senior Program Specialist for the First Year Experience, University of Kentucky
GSS Co-lead Faculty
  Jordan Conway 
New Student & Transition Programs Coordinator, Georgia Institute of Technology
GSS Co-Lead Faculty




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