Handbook Bullet List
- Read the Graduate Student Handbook. Become familiar with the degree qualifying exams for your area and program (i.e. cumulative exams, journal club quizzes, research presentations, etc).
Before beginning their graduate program in this department, all admitted students should find the Graduate Student Handbook webpages on the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website and read them thoroughly. Failure to meet deadlines will cause your record to appear on a problem report generated the third week of each semester, and may result in marginal or unsatisfactory evaluations on your permanent record. Failure to complete program requirements on time can result in withdrawal of financial and/or tuition awards and eventual termination from the program.
- Obtain your student identification (ID) card.
- Open a bank account (if you don't already have one) in order to have your paychecks electronically deposited into your account. There are two direct deposits that you will need to set up. Please read on! --Log onto "MY BYU" --> go to the WORK tab on the right of the screen --> scroll down to "Direct Deposit'.
- Set up your Chemistry and Biochemistry Department email account.
- Chemistry students: Take and pass three proficiency exams of five areas.
- Biochemistry students: Take and pass your biochemistry proficiency exam.
- Attend all orientations:
- Department Graduate Student Orientation
- Teaching Assistant Orientation
- International Student Orientation (international students only)
- University New Graduate Student Orientation (information fair and dinner)
- Sign your contract online (generally on the afternoon of the department orientation), and go to Student Employment (2024 WSC) to complete your hire. You will need to take with you two forms of government-issued identification.
- Meet with your temporary advisor to discuss your registration. Assure you are registered for fall semester; Graduate Program Manager will assist with this.
- Update your personal information, especially mailing address, email address, and phone number on myBYU. Keep it updated.
- Identify your assigned mail box in C114 BNSN. Check it daily.
- Plan to attend department seminars and new graduate student seminars. They are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6:00 pm beginning mid-September for about six weeks.
- Meet with your assigned faculty member regarding your teaching/research assignment.
- After assigned a temporary desk, arrange for a desk and office key.
- Get a parking permit and/or bus pass, if you need one.
- View the online Graduate Catalog.
- Review the BYU Honor Code policy regarding academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
- To use the BYU network, review the Computer Use Policy
- Tour the campus, especially the Harold B. Lee Library and Wilkinson Student Center, including the BYU Store.
- If you already have a US student loan, you may consider deferring payment. To do this you will need to be declared a full-time student. See the Graduate Program Manager to assist with that.
- Visit the International Services Office (1351 WSC) as soon as possible after your arrival. Take your I-20 and Visa (including passport and I-94) with you.
- Go to the Student Health Center for a TB test. ($10 whether you have their Health Plan or not).
- Apply for a social security card (unless you have one already).
Last updated 12 June 2017