An online welcome and orientation was held on Monday, August 17, 2020 for the department’s new masters and doctoral students. The virtual orientation was held via Zoom and featured a host of department and university affiliates, each with information the students will need in the coming years.

After the group was welcomed by Scientific Computing Chair Gordon Erlebacher, each student gave a brief introduction of themselves and their previous work and education histories. FSU Libraries’ Nick Ruhs, the subject librarian for the department, gave an overview of library research and teaching support available through the university libraries, including interlibrary loan, research consultations, research guides, and citation management software.

Graduate Committee Director Xiaoqiang Wang, discussed course work and progress toward the masters and doctoral degrees. Wang informed the students on the categories of courses -- core/required courses, elective courses, application courses, and seminar courses – the students would need to take, and he outlined the specific differences between the requirements for master’s and doctoral students in core courses, credit hour requirements, and thesis and dissertation policies. Wang touched on selecting an advisor, choosing a thesis, preliminary examinations and the prospectus defense.

The students also heard from Karey Fowler, the department’s academic advisor, and Xiaoguang Li and Michael McDonald from the Technical Support Group. Following the meeting, each of the students received a copy of the computer resource handbook to provide guidance and procedures for navigating technology resources.

Eight new grad students will pursue degrees in the department this Fall. They are Jhamieka Greenwood, Jeremy Quinto, Oriyomi Raheem, Brennan Romash, Kyle Schueller, Eric Sharkey, Sarthak Sharma and Liam White.

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