Welcome to the Department of Chemistry
As a part of the Orientation Committee, we are interested in making
your transition into graduate school and relocation to the
Sunday begins orientation week with a pizza party for incoming graduate students only, giving you a chance to meet the orientation committee and the other incoming students. Also, this will allow you to familiarize yourself with the Chemistry building and on-campus parking before the placement exams on Monday morning.
On Monday following the placement exams, you will have a chance to meet members of the Orientation Committee and get a tour of the building. We will be available to answer any questions and assist you in acquiring building keys, parking passes, student IDís and any other campus errands you may need help with.† The lunch break gives you another opportunity to get to know your fellow classmates and the orientation committee.† We will be organizing groups to go to local restaurants (you will be responsible for your own meal), or if you would rather bring a lunch there will be a group that will stay at the chemistry building.
Tuesday is designed to answer many of the questions you might have about the program requirements and give you an opportunity to learn about the facilities, groups, and benefits associated with being a graduate student in Chemistry. Also on Tuesday, yearly department photos will be taken for display in the main office and on the department website.† Again, we will be organizing groups for lunch.
On Wednesday morning the Younger Chemists Committee is sponsoring a welcome breakfast.† This will be an opportunity to meet other graduate students and become acclimated with one of the departmentsí clubs.† The majority of the day on Wednesday is devoted to advising appointments and course enrollment. Since each student will have an individual advising appointment with a faculty member in the corresponding area, there will be no group sessions. Wednesday will be a good day to complete personal errands (i.e. getting a student ID, financial aid) or exploring campus and the local area. On Wednesday evening, we have organized a social night, with some support from the Younger Chemists Committee.† This event will be your best opportunity to meet some of the current faculty, along with other grad students in a relaxed atmosphere.† This is a great opportunity to speak with other faculty and graduate students about why types of research are going on in our various areas.
On Thursday, you will receive your teaching assignment as well as some general guidelines for teaching. There will also be a chance to meet with former and current TAs to prepare you for your specific course.†††
The formal portion of the week will wrap up on Friday morning with safety training.† In the evening on Friday the orientation committee will be hosting a wine and cheese night at the chemistry building.† This will be a way to celebrate the end of the orientation process with the members of the orientation committee.
†The finale of orientation week will
be a picnic at
Please feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions regarding orientation week.
Cassie Fhaner† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Orientation Committee Co-Chair †††††††††††† Orientation Committee Co-Chair