Information for Incoming Graduate Students
Keep an eye out for letters from the Graduate School. Over the course of the next few months you may receive letters from the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School: read these letters! Occasionally the letters will remind you to submit information missing from your records that is needed before you can enroll for the Fall semester. Frequently the needed information will be:
- Proof of immunizations.
- Receipt of final, official transcripts from your previous institution, showing degree conferral.
Please keep the Chemistry Department and Graduate School informed of your current mailing address.
1. Arrival in Reno
2. Chemistry/Chemical Physics Contact Information
3. Important Dates
4. Registration Exams
6. Helpful Links
7. About your postal addresses at Nevada
8. Activating your NetID
9. Special information for international students
1.ARRIVAL IN RENO
All new graduate students should arrive in Reno no later than August 1, 2018. Be sure to check into the department as soon as you arrive to meet your new friends, sign your TA contract, and to receive any late announcements. The chemistry main office is located in room 213 (southeast corner, second floor) of the Chemistry Building. The Chemistry Building is on the New Quad (see the general campus map). If you will travel to Reno by air, someone from the department can meet you at the airport. Contact Professor Sheridan (email@example.com) to make arrangements.
2. CHEMISTRY/CHEMICAL PHYSICS CONTACT INFORMATION
Prof. Christopher Jeffrey, Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee
Chemistry Main Office:
Susan Kinder, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Prof. Robert Sheridan, Director of Graduate Studies
Prof. Sergey Varganov, Director of Chemical Physics Program
All students should have arrived in Reno and checked in with the department. In addition international students should have checked in with OISS as well.
SPEAK test (international students only, see below). Coordinate with Susan Kinder to make an appointment for the exact time for the exam at the IELC office.
August 13, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Location: TBD
Chemistry/Chemical Physics New Graduate Student Orientation Meeting
Agenda: Introduction, Overview of Department, Graduate Study Guidelines, etc. and General Safety Talk
August 13 - 15, 2 - 5 p.m.
Chemistry (or Chemical Physics) Registration Exams (see additional information below).
All exams may consume the entire afternoon. Location: TBD.
Physical Chemistry: 2 p.m. on August 13
Inorganic Chemistry (or Mathematical Physics): 2 p.m. on August 14
Organic Chemistry (or Mechanics): 2 p.m. on August 15
August 14, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Location: TBD
New TA Meeting
August 16-17, times and locations by appointment.
Individual course advisement for new graduate students
TBA, EJCH 202
Bridge Placement testing. Int'l only.
August 21, 9 - 12 noon., Location: TBD
Chemistry Help Center Training
August 22, 8:15 a.m. - 12 noon, WRB 2006/2009
Laboratory Safety Training class and Fire Extinguisher and Fire Safety Training
August 23, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ballroom A, JCSU
UNR Graduate Assistant Training (GRAD 701S). This program familiarizes new teaching assistants with UNR instructional policies and instructional methods and is required.
August 23, 1 - 5 p.m., Ballroom A, JCSU
UNR new graduate student orientation
August 23, 5 - 7 p.m., JCSU Ballroom
August 24, 10 - 12 noon, Location: TBD
Monday, August 27
Thursday, August 30, 4 p.m.
Chemistry Department Welcome Picnic, Rancho San Rafael Park, Peavine Pavilion
For other important dates, see the UNR Academic Calendar.
4. CHEMISTRY/CHEMICAL PHYSICS REGISTRATION EXAMINATIONS
Registration exams will be given to assess each student's background at the undergraduate level. Students enrolled in the Chemistry M.S. and Ph.D. programs take exams in Physical, Inorganic, and Organic Chemistry. These are ACS standardized exams and cover the subject material corresponding to undergraduate courses in each of these areas of chemistry. Students enrolled in the Chemical Physics Program take the ACS Physical Chemistry exam plus examinations in mathematics and mechanics. The registration exams also serve as the Qualifying Exams required by the Graduate School for the Ph.D. program (consult the general catalog). All incoming students should prepare for these exams since any student failing a registration exam will be required to take the corresponding undergraduate courses and obtain a grade of "B" or better. A cash award is given to the student showing the best overall performance in the registration exams.
Standard texts which have been used for typical courses covered by the registration exams are as follows:
o Physical Chemistry: Atkins, Physical Chemistry, Freeman.
o Organic Chemistry: Solomon, Organic Chemistry, John Wiley and Sons.
o Inorganic Chemistry: Huheey, Inorganic Chemistry, Harper and Row; Shriver, Atkins, and Langford, Inorganic Chemistry, Freeman.
o Mathematical Physics: Boas, Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, John Wiley and Sons.
o Mechanics: Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Fundamental Physics, John Wiley and Sons.
This is the first matter to which you should attend when you arrive in Reno. On-campus housing options for graduate students include the University Village apartments (family housing), though nearly all single graduate students secure private housing off campus. There are many housing options near the University campus. Entering graduate students can often find roommates or leads on apartments through graduate students already in the program. Contact Professor Jeffrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help in making graduate student contacts.
See "Off Campus Housing" on the Residential Life website.
o See "Relocation Guide" section of http://renonv.areaguides.net/apartments.html.
o Once on campus, a "for rent" listing service is available in the Residence Life and Housing Services Office located in the lower level, lakeside, of Juniper Hall.
- Graduate Student Association (GSA)
- Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) (Help with student visas, transport to Reno, Nevada USA, and other information of interest to international students)
- Student Health Center (also describes graduate student insurance coverage)
- Student Services
- University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School Website
- University of Nevada, Reno General Catalog
Department of Chemistry
University of Nevada
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557-0216
Department general phone number: 775-784-6041
8. ACTIVATE YOUR NETID
Please activate your NetID by logging in to MyNevada prior to your arrival. You will need your NSHE ID to do this. This should be found on your acceptance letter from the Graduate School.
- You must arrive in Reno by August 1, 2018 in order to have enough time to complete the paperwork for the employment which includes applying for a social security number. Obtaining a social security number takes about one month, but you can receive a temporary number for TA contract purposes. You will need a valid picture identification card that is more than one year old in order to apply for a social security number.
- International graduate students for whom English is not their native language must take the SPEAK test upon arrival at the University. Students who have a sufficiently high score on the TSE (Test of Spoken English) or on the TOEFL may be exempted from this requirement. The SPEAK test will be administered during the week of August 1 or thereabouts. The Chemistry Department Office will have already arranged appointments with the IELC Office.
- All international students must visit the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) before they register for classes.
- International student arrival information from OISS.