CHEM 500 - SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY
Fall 2016 / Spring 2017
Instructor: Ken Feldman
Office: 411 Chemistry Building
Coordinator: Rachel Rettig
Office: 104 Chemistry Building
All graduate students are required to enroll for 1 credit of CHEM 500, Seminar in Chemistry,
during each semester of their first and second years in residency. Successfully completing
Chem 500 meets the University's English language proficiency requirements. Chem 500
contains four components: (1) scholarship and research integrity training (SARI), (2) a written
seminar report as a writing qualifier during Orientation, (3) a first-year meeting (= Candidacy
exam report and presentation), and (4) an oral presentation (= 2nd year seminar) accompanied by
a written report.
A grade of 3.0 (B) or better is required for each component of CHEM 500.
Fall semester (1st yr) – You will receive a letter grade based upon (a) seminar attendance and (b)
completion of the SARI online CITI training course.
Spring semester (1st yr) – You will receive a letter grade based upon (a) seminar attendance, (b)
completion of 5 hours of SARI training, and (c) either your writing qualifier report or the grade
you receive in the summer writing course if you are required to take it. In this latter
circumstance, you will receive a deferred grade (DF) for the Spring semester, and that deferred
grade will be replaced by the writing course grade over the summer.
Fall semester (2nd yr) – You will receive a letter grade based upon the 1st year committee report.
Spring semester (2nd year) – You will receive a letter grade based upon your 2nd year seminar
(written report and oral presentation), whether you gave your seminar in the Fall or the Spring.
If you receive less than a "B" grade, you will be required to redo the seminar until the minimum
has been met (max 2 times).
Outside Seminar Attendance Instructions:
We encourage our students to sit in on seminars in other departments. In order to log the attendance for CHEM 500 you must email Rachel Rettig (email@example.com) PRIOR to the seminar. Include the following information:
1. Date/Time of seminar
3. Speaker Name
Within one business day after the seminar, you will need to turn in a one page summary of the seminar you attended. This may be emailed to Rachel Rettig (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students having started the program earlier should refer to previous guidelines.
The University Faculty Senate Policies for Students