Welcome to the Graduate School of Natural Sciences.

The staff at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences wishes all new graduate students a warm welcome to their chosen Master's programmes. Your study starts with a mandatory introductory event of two days, during which you will get to meet some of the research and teaching staff, programme coordinators, and make new friends by meeting other students.

Apart from a campus tour and an introduction to the research that is done at Utrecht University, you will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops on 21st century skills and career networking. The student associations market is an excellent place to meet other graduate students and to practice your networking skills. A professional photoshoot to complete your LinkedIn profile completes this ultimate kick-off to your new adventure at Utrecht!

All new students are required to register for this introductory event and its workshops online via Formdesk. You will receive an invitation to register via email once you have been admitted to a Master's programme.

The schedule of the Master's introduction can be found below. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2018

8:30-9:00: Arrival, registration for students from abroad and other Dutch universities and coffee/tea
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

9:00-9:20: Opening and Welcome for new students(from abroad & other Dutch universities)
Education at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences
Dr. Annik van Keer
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

09:20-09:35 (only students from abroad and other Dutch universities) A personal impression of Utrecht University by an international Graduate School’s master student

9:15-9:35: Arrival, registration for UU bachelor graduates and coffee/tea
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

9:35-9:40: Opening and Welcome
Prof. Dr.  Huib de Swart, Chair of the Board of Studies
Location: Educatorium, Megaron

9:40-10:30: What scientific integrity is really about by Prof. Bert Theunissen en Dr. Hieke Huistra

11:15-11:20: Elevator pitch of workshops by Dr. Ir. Ralphs Meulenbroeks

11:20-11:35: Break

11:35-12:10: College tour

12:10-12:30: Granting the masters thesis award and closure by dean Prof. Isabel Arends

12:35-13:45: Lunch with your programme director and coordinator
Location: Minnaert Hall

13:45-15:45: Master’s programme introduction including a student’s presentation about his/her experience (of going abroad) followed by a campus tour for foreign and non-UU BSc graduates. Tour stops at university library, student affairs location, study counselor, tutorial rooms, research labs, a.o.
Location: Buys Ballot building

15:45- : Optional: Campustour

16:00-: Optional: Programme organized by student associations. Meet your fellow students and have an evening of fun!
Location: Meet at Vagant

Location venue:
Koningsberger Building, Budapestlaan 4a-b, Utrecht
A map of the Uithof

Wednesday, September 6, 2018

12:30-14:00: Workshops round 1:

  • Presenting in English: Babel 
  • Going abroad, why should I?: Science International Office 
  • Using LinkedIn to improve your visibility: Alex de Haan
  • Excelling and differentiating
  • Honours Education:  Dr. Arjen Vredenberg
  • Quantitative Biology:  Dr. Can Kesmir
  • Education Profile:  Dr. Ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks
  • Complex systems Profile: Dr. Deb Panja
  • Applied Data Science: Dr. Marco Spruit
  • 9 steps to get connected: How to use the UU_IT services,
    a practical workshop (bring your own device!)

14:15-15:45: Workshops Round 2

  • Presenting in English: Babel 
  • Going abroad, why should I?: Science International Office
  • Using LinkedIn to improve your visibility: Alex de Haan
  • Excelling and differentiating
  • Honours Education:  Dr. Arjen Vredenberg
  • Quantitative Biology:  Dr. Can Kesmir
  • Education Profile:  Dr. Ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks
  • Complex systems Profile: Dr. Deb Panja
  • Applied Data Science: Dr. Marco Spruit
  • 9 steps to get connected: How to use the UU_IT services,
    a practical workshop (bring your own device!)
  • PhD workshop: PhD Council of the Faculty of Science Chairman Egbert Mulder

16:00-18:00: Graduate School’s Games event
Location: Vagant

16:00-18:00: especially for all physics students: Nobel Prize winner Duncan Haldane

18:00-20:00: Diner
Location: Minnaert Hall

Location venue:
Koningsberger Building, Budapestlaan 4a-b, Utrecht
A map of the Uithof