Welcome & Checklist

Welcome future UTCS students!

Congratulations on your admittance to the UTCS PhD program! We hope you'll join us at GradFest, February 20-22, 2014, to learn more about our program and community.  

GradFest includes academic conversations, social gatherings, and an opportunity to visit our facilities.  You'll participate in faculty presentations, have one-on-one meetings with faculty members, and visit our research labs.  Current graduate students will provide you with lodging, and will guide you through your time on campus.  We'll be sure you have some barbeque and Mexican food (with vegan options, of course), and you'll get to spend some time off campus with our students.  We also hope you'll participate in the optional events we've planned, to explore Austin and get to know more about the UTCS, UT, and Austin communities.

Checklist for GradFest participants:

  • Review the schedule of events and plan your travel.  You should be on campus by 8 a.m. on Friday, February 21, but we hope you'll be here the afternoon of Thursday, February 20 (see Travel Recommendations on the right).  You should be on campus until 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, but please feel free to stay until Sunday morning (again, see Travel Recommendations on the right).  Please provide us with your travel plans when you register.  That will allow us to plan your transportation and meals.  (You can login to the registration system as many times as you'd like before the registration deadline.)
  • Learn more about our faculty members and our graduate program. You'll be able to meet with up to five faculty members during GradFest.  Please tell us your preferences for these meetings when you register.
  • Register for GradFest using your UT EID (from your application) by Sunday, February 9, 2014.  You can login to the registration system to add and edit your registration form as often as you'd like before the registration deadline.  We regret that we are unable to accommodate personal guests at any of the GradFest activities.
  • Make your travel arrangements to Austin. If traveling by plane, our airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, or AUS. You should be on campus by 8 a.m. on Friday, February 21, and should plan to participate until 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 22.  But, please review the schedule and the Travel Recommendations on the right, as we hope you can spend more time with us. 
  • When you come to GradFest, please bring:
  • Retain and submit all receipts for reimbursement by Friday, March 21, 2014 (see Logistics and Financial Arrangements information).