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Orientation weekend retreat

The program begins with a weekend orientation retreat which will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories which is located in northern Minnesota. This weekend retreat provides an opportunity for participants, graduate student coordinators, program staff and some of the faculty to meet and get to know each other before becoming dispersed in separate laboratories across the Twin Cities campus. Everyone will participate in structured group activities and lectures with plenty of free time to explore and enjoy the surroundings and each other. Below is the tentative schedule for the orientation weekend.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

  • Depart U of M early afternoon
  • Dinner enroute
  • Arrival at Lake Itasca

Friday, June 3, 2016

Morning

  • Breakfast
  • Orientation Session One
  • Get to know you activities
  • Breakout sessions with Seminar Coordinators

Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Bog Tour – Dave Biesboer
  • Pontoon Tours
  • Free time

Evening

  • Dinner
  • Graduate student panel
  • Bonfire

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Morning

  • Breakfast
  • Orientation Session Two
  • Wrap up any unanswered questions

Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Get to Know You Activities
  • Research Paper Discussions
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Free time

Evening

  • Dinner
  • Talent Show
  • Bonfire

Sunday, June 5, 2016

  • Pack & clean up cabins
  • Brunch
  • Depart for Twin Cities