Virtual Sessions for SPRING Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome from the School (recorded videos)

Dean Piyushimita “Vonu” Thakuriah, Associate Deans, and school administrators provide words of welcome to the incoming 2020 graduate students.

Dean Thakuriah
Dean Vonu Thakuriah
Dorothea Berkhout Welcome
Dorothea Berkhout, PhD
Associate Dean

Stuart Shapiro Orientation Video
Stuart Shapiro, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty
Clint Andrews
Clinton Andrews, PhD
Associate Dean for Research

Live Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Orientation to Bloustein Student and Academic Services

Overview of student support services, advising, registration, term bills, financial aid, career development, activities and student organizations, and the on-campus experience.
January 6th – 9:30am – 10:30am
Watch the Spring Orientation Video
Watch the Fall Orientation Video

As reviewed and referenced at our morning orientation session on January 6th, please be sure to access the Spring Graduate Orientation Information Portal to review items of student support, academic program information and policy and process that will help orient you in your transition to Rutgers Bloustein School. 

Steve Weston, Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Services
Courtney Culler, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services
Andrea Garrido, Career Management Specialist (Public Policy, Urban Planning, Informatics master’s programs)
Cheryl Egan, Career Management Specialist (Health Administration master’s programs)
Individual Advising Sessions (Optional – sign-up required)

Orientation to Academic Programs

Public Policy Program

January 12th – 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Watch the Spring Orientation Video
Watch the Fall Orientation Video

Urban Planning and Policy Development Program 

January 12th- 9:00am to 10:00am
Watch the Spring Orientation Video
Watch the Fall Orientation Video
Transportation Concentration

Health Administration Program

January 6th – 4:00pm
Watch the Spring Orientation Video
Watch the Fall Orientation Video

Orientation to Centers and Institutes – Research Fair

Career and Institute Fair
This fair occurred during our Fall Orientation, please watch the videos below for more information
Watch Video– Welcome and Overview Panel featuring ALL centers and institutes 

During this panel, we ask each research center to provide a brief overview of the work being done by their center. Following this panel, we will then have individual, back to back, breakout sessions for each research center. This will provide the centers with the opportunity to speak at greater length about the work they do, current ongoing projects and opportunities they have available for our new grad students to get involved with. Students will also be able to ask you questions directly about your center during your individual breakout session. The agenda for the event is below and you are encouraged to attend the sessions of the specific centers they are most keen on working with. You will have the ability to log in and out of the individual center sessions as you would like, but I encourage you to attend the Welcome.

Bloustein Career Specialists
Representatives: Cheryl Egan and Andrea Garrido

Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC) 
Representative: Jeanne Herb, Executive Director (

Rutgers Urban & Civic Informatics Lab
Representatives: Gavin Rozzi, Research Computing Specialist (

Bloustein Local Government Research Center
Representative: Marc Pfeiffer, Senior Policy Fellow and Assistant Director (

Voorhees Transportation Center | Flyer
Representatives:  Trish Sanchez, Public Outreach Specialist/Project Coordinator (
Stephanie DiPetrillo, Senior Research Specialist (
James Sinclair, Research Manager (
Additional information:

Rutgers Center for Green Building 
Representative: Jennifer Senick, Executive Director (

Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement 
Representative: Kathe Newman, Director (
Nadia Mian, Senior Program Manager (

Additional Centers not available for the Center and Institute Fair:
Bloustein Center for Survey Research
Center for Energy Economic and Environmental Policy
Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
John. J. Heldrich Center

Welcome from Current Students to New Students “Zoom Happy Hour”

A welcome from some of our current students and with an online social gathering to talk Bloustein, Rutgers, New Jersey and more.
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Recorded Orientation Sessions

Orientation to Information Technology Services

Overview of information technology systems at the school, including labs, computing, accounts, virtual options, printing, and more.
Watch Video

Orientation to Bloustein Career Development

Our dedicated career management specialists provide career development support to Public Policy, Urban Planning, Public Informatics and Health Administration graduate students, including personalized individual and group career advising, professional development and networking opportunities to help you achieve your professional goals.
Watch Video

Introduction to Library Services at Rutgers

Introduction and meet Rutgers Library staff that supports Bloustein School students, learn what is available to you online through library services portal
Watch Video | View Slides

Orientation to RU Global for International Students

Program that provides introduction to RU Global staff, supporting Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and all visa/status documents and issues for international student support.
View Slides

Orientation to Student Organizations

Provides incoming students with an overview of all Bloustein School and Rutgers student organizations, leadership and honor societies.

Video | Website

Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHLRU)
Video | Website

Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Video | Website

Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC)
Video | Website | Slides

International Development Interest Group (IDIG)
Video | Website | Slides

Placement Exams – Online Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Basic Quantitative Methods Placement Exam

Exam session for placement purposes for the course Basic Quantitative Methods 970:515 and 833:521. Read Flyer
January 15th – 10:00am to 12:40pm EST
To register: email before JANUARY 10th at 5:00pm EST
You will need: Non-graphing calculator and pen or pencil

GIS Placement Exam

This is a two-hour, online placement exam. You do not need access to an ArcGIS license to complete.  You may find it useful to access online ArcMap help resources. Read Flyer
Between JANUARY 13th and JANUARY 17th
To register: To take the exam, first you need permission. Please send a note with a valid email address to Professor Will Payne ( by 5:00pm on January 12th.  You will receive an email with details on the exam. A grade of 80 percent is a passing grade and you will be notified via email of the results.