Boot Camp

Fall 2022 orientation activities (UNDER CONSTRUCTION):

Date Description
June 23 - Sep. 8 Bootcamp faculty talks (online)
Thursdays at noon throughout the summer
July - Sep Campus-wide new graduate student orientation (online & in-person)
There is an online course on Canvas for all new graduate students to do (July-Sep) and in-person social events TBA in September
June - Sep Campus-wide new international graduate student orientation (online & in-person)
Several orientation sessions are required for international students. The first one is on your own June 1 - Sep 6, and the others will be in September.
Sep. 12-16 BISB Boot Camp (in-person)
Sep. 16 New Cohort Welcome Lunch (in-person)
Time and location TBA
TBA Campus-wide new IA Teaching Sympoisum
For BISB, usually applies to 2nd-3rd year students, not incoming students. Last year's links may be replaced, TBA.
FA20 links (old): (Flyer)    (Schedule/registration)
TBA BISB Exchange
Some years this is part of orientation; the 2022-23 date has not yet been announced.


Fall 2021 orientation activities:

Date Description
June 24 - Sep. 9 Bootcamp faculty talks (online)
Thursdays at noon throughout the summer
July - Sep Campus-wide new graduate student orientation (online & optional in-person)
There is an online course on Canvas for all new graduate students to do (July-Sep); in-person social events Sep. 8-10; and more events may be announced
Sep. 8-20 Campus-wide new international graduate student orientation (online & optional in-person)
Two sessions are mandatory for all new foreign graduate students; see detailed info on these sites. There are also optional in-person socials on Sep 13-14.
(Overview/FAQ)    (Schedule/registration)
Sep. 13-17 BISB Boot Camp (online)
Opening Talk by Program Chairs Sep. 13, 10-10:30am
(Schedule)    (GitHub)
Sep. 21 UCSD Stuart Collection Scavenger Hunt & Campus Tour (in-person)
9:30am-1pm
Sep. 21 New Cohort Welcome Lunch @ Dirty Birds (in-person)
1-4pm
TBA Campus-wide new IA Teaching Sympoisum
For BISB, usually applies to 2nd-3rd year students, not incoming students. Last year's links may be replaced, TBA.
FA20 links (old): (Flyer)    (Schedule/registration)
Jan. 14, 2022 BISB Exchange
Some years this is part of orientation, but this school year it will be January 14, 2022.


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

  • Introduce the doctoral program, the University of California, San Diego, and the greater San Diego area.
  • Foster community and collaboration among students of the incoming cohort and with senior students.
  • Convey expectations for the core curriculum and elective courses, while reviewing basic concepts to remedy deficiencies.
  • Showcase student and faculty research, while guiding students in preparing for their research rotations.
  • Review strategies for choosing a thesis advisor, navigating a PhD, and preparing for a scientific career.

In addition to boot camp, new graduate students should also attend 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.

Fall 2019 orientation activities (last one pre-pandemic; keeping it up for now for reference):

Date Description
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