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. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

9:30-10:00: Arrival, registration and coffee/tea
Location: Koningsberger building, Cosmos

10:00-10:10: Opening and welcome by Prof. Dr.  Huib de Swart, Chair of the Board of Studies
Location: Koningsberger building, Cosmos

10:10-10:30: Education at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences by Dr. Annik Van Keer

10:30-11:30: What scientific integrity is really about by Prof. Bert Theunissen en Dr. Hieke Huistra

11:30-11:50: Break

11:50-12:30: Speaker Jan van Gijn

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

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: Tour over campus

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

9:30-10:00: Arrival, coffee/tea
Location: Koningsberger building, Cosmos

10:00-10:10: Short introduction of today’s programme  by Prof. Dr.  Huib de Swart, Chair of the Board of Studies

10:10-10:45: A personal impression of Utrecht University by an international Graduate School’s master student

10:45-10:55: Elevator pitch of workshops by Dr. Ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks 

10:55-11:15: Break, choose your workshop

11:15-12:00: College tour Petra de Jonghe, interviewed by Huib de Swart

12:00-12:15: Closure by acting dean Sjef Smeekens

12:15-13:30: Lunch
Location: Vagant

13:30-15:00: Workshops:

  • Presenting in English: Babel (BBG 005)
  • Going abroad, why should I?: Science International Office (BBG 007)
  • Using LinkedIn to improve your visibility: Alex de Haan (BBG 017)
  • Excelling and differentiating: (BBG 069, and maybe BBG 071)
  • Honours Education:  Dr. Arjen Vredenberg
  • Quantitative Biology:  Dr. Can Kesmir
  • Education Profile:  Dr. Ir. Ralph Meulenbroeks
  • Complex systems Profile: Prof. Dr. Henk. Stoof
  • 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!) (BBG 317)

15:15-16:45: PhD workshop: PhD Council of the Faculty of Science by Chairman Egbert Mulder
Location: Koningsberger building, lecture hall Atlas

16:45-18:00: Graduate School’s Games event
Location: Vagant

18:00-20:00: Diner
Location: Vagant

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