Virtual Sessions for FALL Graduate Student Orientation

Live Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Orientation to The Bloustein School
and the Office of Student and Academic Services

Welcome and overview of student support services, advising, registration, term bills, financial aid, career development, activities and student organizations, and the on-campus experience.
AUGUST 16th – 10:00am – 11:00am
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As reviewed and referenced at our morning orientation session on August 16th, please be sure to access the Fall 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. 

Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Dean and Distinguished Professor

Steve Weston, Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Services
Courtney Culler, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services
Emilio Del Valle, Graduate Student Services Counselor
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)

*Join Us for the MANDATORY Orientation to Information Technology Services on August 24th at 10am for any student who plans to use the Bloustein Computer Labs (additional information below)*

Orientation to Academic Programs

Health Administration Program

AUGUST 16th and/ or AUGUST 17th – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Video 1
Video 2

Public Policy Program

AUGUST 18th – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Public Informatics Program

AUGUST 19th – 10:00am to 11:00am
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Anyone who missed this session can contact Professor Andrews for a one- on- one session

Urban Planning and Policy Development Program 

AUGUST 20th – 10:00am to 11:00am
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Required Concentration Sessions

Doctoral Program

AUGUST 30th – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Orientation to Centers and Institutes – Research Fair

During the Center and Institute fair each center will have an opportunity to speak to students in, back to back, breakout sessions. 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 questions directly to the center during these individual sessions. 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.

August 25th – 12:30 – 5:45pm
12:30PM – 1:15PM – Welcome and Overview of Bloustein Career Services
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1:30 – 2:00pmRutgers Urban & Civic Informatics Lab
Representative: Gavin Rozzi, Research Computing Specialist,

2:15 – 2:45pmCenter for Energy Economic and Environmental Policy
Representative: Clinton Andrews, Associate Dean for Research,
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3:00 – 3:00pmCenter for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Representative: Andrea Hetling, Associate Professor and Chancellor Scholar,
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3:45 – 4:15pm – Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC) 
Representative: Jeanne Herb, Executive Director,

4:30 – 5:00pm – Voorhees Transportation Center
Stephanie DiPetrillo, Senior Research Specialist (
Andrea Lubin, Senior Research Specialist (
Sean Meehan, Research Project Coordinator (

5:15 – 5:45pm- Rutgers Center for Green Building 
Representative: Jennifer Senick, Executive Director,

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
Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
Bloustein Local Government Research Center

Additional Orientation Events

Orientation to Information Technology Services

Mandatory for any students planning to use the Bloustein School Computer Labs. Overview of information technology systems at the school, including labs, computing, accounts, virtual options, printing, and more.
AUGUST 24th – 10:00am to 11:00am
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Passcode: 834554

International Student Career & Internship Resource Information Session

Join your Bloustein student and academic services support staff- Andrea Garrido, Cheryl Egan and Courtney Culler – as well as our partners from RU Global – Jinling Quan, Bloustein Liaison and Senior International Student Advisor – and RU CES (Career Exploration and Success) – Paola Puerta Dominguez, Career Development Specialist for International Students – to learn about the career and internship resources and services available at Bloustein and Rutgers University to support our international students.
September 28th – 4:30pm to 6:00pm

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
September 29th 4:30PM
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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.
RU Global International Orientation Information

Orientation to Student Organizations

Provides incoming students with an overview of all Bloustein School and Rutgers student organizations, leadership and honor societies.
AUGUST 26th – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA)


Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHLRU)

Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC)

International Development Interest Group (IDIG)

Placement Exams – Online Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Basic Quantitative Methods Placement Exam

Live Webex: Exam session for placement purposes for the course Basic Quantitative Methods 970:515 and 833:521. Read Flyer here
Online Exam date: August 27th  10am- 1pm (EST)  
To register: email before August 25th at 5pm (EST) You’ll need: Non-graphing calculator and pen or pencil.

GIS Placement Exam

Online exam is a two‐hour placement exam and you do not need access to an ArcGIS license to complete. You may find it useful to access online ArcMap help resources.
To take the exam, first you need permission and send note and a valid email address to Professor Payne ( ) by 5:00pm on August 26th You will receive in return 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 result