Graduate Student Orientation

Bowling Green State University's Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) program is designed to acclimate new graduate students to campus resources in order to foster community engagement and ensure student success. GSO provides initial professional development for students to ensure compliance with institutional policies as well as a successful start to their academic career. We will offer the orientation experience both virtually and through on-campus experiences.  All new graduate students are encouraged to participate in GSO.

Fall 2020 Virtual GSO Now Available

Virtual GSO is now available to all new fall 2020 graduate students. New graduate students are asked to complete the virtual orientation experience prior to the start of the fall semester.  

Your Virtual GSO experience is available.

Fall 2020 Virtual Panel Recordings 

The links below are recordings of the Graduate Assistant (GA) Panel Presentations from Virtual GSO 2020.  Feel free to view the records.  Please note that the close captioning is auto-generated.

Research Assistant I 

Research Assistants I (RAI) perform research that is related to the student’s field of study (e.g., dissertation topic). Some portion of the hours spent on research is attributable as university work, but those research responsibilities are related to their academic program. The research responsibilities performed are under the direct supervision of and collaboration with faculty. Depending on the discipline or field, the research experience could take place in: laboratories; field based settings; clinical locations; or other academic environments necessary to the research methodology. Duties vary by discipline and program, but generally include: experimentation; data collection, entry and analysis; literature searches; manuscript assistance; attendance at conferences to present results; and training and supervising less experienced research personnel.

Research Assistant II

Research Assistants II (RAII) participate in applied research activities that are related to the student’s field of study. The hours spent on applied conceptualization of their field is attributable as university work, but still related to their academic program. This applied experience is performed under the direct supervision of either faculty or university professionals working in the student’s field of interest. Depending on the discipline or field, the professional experience could take place in: laboratories; field based settings; clinical locations; or other university environments necessary to the application of the field of interest. Duties vary by discipline and program, but could include: field based learning derived from interactions with clients, professionals, students, and other participants; data organization; and training and supervising less experienced personnel.

Teaching Associate/Assistant 

The primary responsibility of a Teaching Associate is that of an instructor (thus the “I” in TI). The form of instruction may include any of the following: the sole instructor of record for a section of a class; leader of discussion or recitation section of a course; or supervisor of instruction and tutoring in a lab. Without these individuals, the course, discussion group, or lab could not function. While Teaching Associates are supervised by a faculty member or academic administrator, their primary responsibility is to carry out their own teaching, guidance, and tutoring with students and not assist faculty with their teaching. Teaching assignments must be in or closely aligned with the TI’s field of study. 

Teaching Assistants are assigned to one or more faculty to assist them with instructional responsibilities for a course that is related to their field of study. The faculty for whom they are assisting take on a supervisory role. Teaching Assistant responsibilities vary by discipline and program, but normally include one or all of the following: grading assignments and examinations; administering/proctoring tests or exams; maintaining the online class management system (e.g., Canvas); and collecting and organizing class records and data.