Boot Camp

Fall 2019 orientation activities:

Sep. 10 Campus-wide new graduate student orientation
Sep. 16-20 BISB boot camp (schedule) in SSPPS 1160
Sep. 19-20 Campus-wide new international graduate student orientation
Sep. 23 Bootcamp Challenge Ropes Course at UCSD Forest
Sep. 25 Campus-wide new teaching assistant orientations by ASE and The Commons (for BISB, usually applies to 2nd-3rd year students, not incoming students)
Sep. 25 BISB Exchange at Sanford Consortium, Roth Auditorium


The week-long boot camp for incoming first-year students of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program aims to:

  • Introduce new students to the Program, its faculty and students, the courses, and research opportunities.
  • Foster student community and collaboration among students of the first year class, and to students in upper classes.
  • Convey the bar for the core curriculum and key classes, as well as the research excitement and work ethic characteristic of the program's best students.
  • Provide incoming students with an opportunity to remedy deficiencies prior to taking the core classes.

In addition to boot camp, new graduate students should also attend the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Exchange, and various campus-wide orientations:

  • New Graduate Student Orientation (mandatory for all new graduate students)
  • International Student Orientation (mandatory for all new international students). Follow the link for information on registering and what to bring.
  • TA orientation and training (mandatory for all new TAs; usually 2nd-3rd year for BISB students):
    • In September, there are campus-wide teaching assistant orientations by ASE and The Commons, usually announced by email rather than a website link. Sometimes these are repeated other quarters. These are for students doing their first TAship that school year; other programs have TAships in the first year, but BISB students typically do their first TAship their 2nd-3rd year.
    • Throughout the school year, The Commons has many workshops and other programs available for graduate student TAs.