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Fall, 2019GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOKPh.D. & M.S. Programs in ChemistryUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry1000 Hilltop CircleBaltimore, Maryland 21250(410) 455-2491Statement of Values for Student Academic Integrity at UMBCAcademic integrity is an important value at UMBC. By enrolling in a course, each studentassumes the responsibilities of an active participant in the scholarly community in whicheveryone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty.Rigorous standards allow UMBC students, faculty, and administrators, as well as scholarsand employers in the larger community, to trust that the work that students submit is the fruitof their own learning and academic effort.I have read and acknowledge acceptance of this Graduate Student Handbook.SignaturesGraduate StudentGraduate Program DirectorDate

TABLE OF CONTENTSImportant Contact Information . 4Departmental Administration & Faculty . 5Departmental Instructors . 6Departmental Staff . 7Expectations & Graduate School Requirements . 8Admission Requirements . 9Programs, Committees and Advisements . 10Chemistry Ph.D. Program . 11Stages of Progression . 11Table I. The Progression Milestones for a Ph.D. Degree . 11Stage 1: Completion of Course Requirements & CHEM 690 . 12(a) Placement Examinations . 12(b) Coursework: Common Core Courses in the First Year . 12(c) Departmental Seminar . 13(d) Research Rotation and Choosing an Advisor . 13(e) CHEM 690 Seminar during the Second Semester. 14(f) Completion of Additional Coursework Requirements. 14(g) Teaching Requirement . 15Stage 2: Literature Review . 15(a) Appointment of Dissertation Committee . 15(b) Completion of Literature Review Requirement . 16Stage 3: Advancement to Candidacy. 16Stage 4: Original Research Proposal. 172

TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont.)Stage 5: Final Dissertation Defense . 18(a) Residency Requirement . 18(b) Appointment of Final Dissertation Defense Committee . 18Ph.D. Progression Checklist and the Required Forms to be Completed . 19Chemistry M.S. Program (Thesis Option) . 20Table II. Progression Milestones for an M.S. Degree with Thesis Option . 20(a) Coursework . 20(b) Research . 21(c) Appointment of Examination Committee and the Final Thesis Defense 21M.S. (Thesis) Progression Checklist and the Required Forms to be Completed . 22Chemistry M.S. Program (Non-Thesis Option). 23Table III. Progression Milestones for an M.S. Degree with Non-Thesis Option . 23(a) Coursework . 23(b) Research Experience . 24M.S. (Non-Thesis) Progression Checklist and the Required Forms to be Completed . 25Teaching Assistantship Responsibilities. 26Title IX Responsibilities . 27Semesterly Responsibilities . 28Yearly Responsibilities . 28Policy and Procedures for Student Academic Misconduct . 29APPENDIX - The Required Departmental and Graduate School Forms . 343

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATIONEmergencyCampus Police(410) 455-5555 (on campus: Ext. 55555)Chemistry Department Administration and FacilitiesBrian Moravec, Manager, Administration & FacilitiesDepartmental needs, keys, equipment, academic and non-academic scheduling(410)-455-2522 (on campus: Ext. 52522),UMBC Graduate School2nd floor, Administration Building(410) 455-2538Graduate Student Association (GSA)Commons Building, Room 308(410) 455-2773UMBC Registrar’s OfficeSherman Hall B-wing, 2nd Floor(410) 455-3158Financial ServicesStudent Billing Services3rd Floor, Administration Building(410) 455-2288UMBC GA Health Insurance / University Health ServicesErickson Hall(410) 455-1556UMBC Counseling 455-2472UMBC Career Services CenterMath/Psychology Bldg., room 212(410) 455-2216UMBC International Education Services LGBT Resource esource-PamphletPDF2.pdf4

DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION & FACULTYChair -Rosenzweig, Zeev, ProfessorGraduate Program Director -Daniel, Marie-Christine, Associate ProfessorDirector of Admissions -Ptaszek, Marcin, Associate ProfessorTeaching Assistantship Coordinator -Smith, Paul J., Associate ProfessorFaculty by Specific Research AreasFor individual faculty research, see Departmental Website:, Inorganic, and Physical ChemistryAllen, Mark A., Assistant ProfessorArnold, Bradley R., Associate ProfessorChen, Chengpeng, Assistant ProfessorCullum, Brian M., Associate ProfessorDaniel, Marie-Christine, Associate ProfessorGeddes, Christopher, Professor & Director, Institute of FluorescenceKelly, Lisa A., Associate ProfessorKyoung, Minjoung, Assistant ProfessorLaCourse, William R., ProfessorLiebman, Joel F., ProfessorPtaszek, Marcin, Associate ProfessorRosenzweig, Zeev, Professor and ChairSmith, Aaron T., Assistant ProfessorSummers, Michael F., Professor & Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical InstituteBiochemistryAllen, Mark A., Assistant ProfessorAn, Songon, Associate ProfessorChen, Chengpeng, Assistant ProfessorKyoung, Minjoung, Assistant ProfessorLu, Wuyuan, Associate ProfessorRosenzweig, Zeev, Professor and ChairSmith, Aaron T., Assistant ProfessorSummers, Michael F., Professor & Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical InstituteOrganic ChemistryDaniel, Marie-Christine, Associate ProfessorFishbein, James C., ProfessorLiebman, Joel F., ProfessorPtaszek, Marcin, Associate ProfessorSeley, Katherine, ProfessorSmith, Paul J., Associate Professor5

DEPARTMENTAL INSTRUCTORSThe instructors in the department play a critical role in undergraduate education. They arecommitted to full-time teaching, including lectures and/or supervision of associated laboratorysessions.Senior LecturersCarpenter, Tara- General and Analytical ChemistryGierasch, Tiffany- Tutorial Center Director and Organic ChemistryPerks, Mark- Organic ChemistryTracy, Allison- Biochemistry LaboratoryLecturerHamilton, Diana- Collaborative Learning LaboratoryVan Staveren, Marie- Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratories6

DEPARTMENTAL STAFFThe staff is a dedicated team of professionals that provide vital functions to the department and itsmissions. As graduate students, you will have the opportunity to interact with them to assist you.Departmental Administration and FacilitiesBrian Moravec, Manager, Chemistry room 108, Ext. 52522, departmental needs, keys,equipment, academic and non-academic schedulingGraduate Program CoordinationPatty Gagne, Program Management Specialist for Chemistry Graduate Program, Chemistryroom 106, Ext. 52491Chemistry OfficeMichele Mullins, Office Supervisor, Chemistry room 104, Ext. 52505, assistant to Chair,general office administration, backup for payroll, web site dutiesRamona Patel, Administrative Assistant, Chemistry Main Office, room 100, Ext. 52491,office receptionist, general office administrationPayrollWilliam DeVilbiss, Business Manager, Chemistry room 101, Ext. 55962, financial reportingJane Henderson, General Assistant, University Center room 116, Ext. 58059, payrollservicesPurchasing and SuppliesCreighton Smith, Chemistry Stockroom Manager, Chemistry room 254, Ext. 52515,chemical suppliesDepartmental ServicesTony Baney, Glassblower, Chemistry room 277, Ext. 52966, provides glassware fordepartmentJosh Wilhide, Chemistry room 006, Ext. 52815, mass spectrometry facilityUMBC MME Technical Service Center:Tim Buckheit – Micro-fabrication, Buckheit@umbc.eduJohn Cataldi – Machining, jcdc@umbc.eduNikolai Galitsky – Electronics, Galitsky@umbc.eduLaboratory CoordinatorFrank Tyminski, Laboratory Supervisor, Chemistry room 564, Ext. 52552, laboratorycoordination7

EXPECTATIONSWhat does it mean to be a graduate student?“Being a graduate student means wanting to be the first in the world to learn something new that noone has ever known or seen before. To accomplish this you will learn to think and solve complicatedproblems with little or no guidance, as the obstacles that you will encounter in your research and yourfuture will be ones that no one has ever seen before and no defined methods exist for approachingthem. It will be your experience with current research methods and your ability to approach anddetermine a logical path to address previously unanswered problems that will be the legacy of yourgraduate education. This ability to approach the unknown and determine the best means by which tolearn more about it is the ultimate meaning of a Ph.D. in the sciences.”Dr. Brian Cullum“Being a graduate student is an exciting opportunity to learn and practice scientific research on cuttingedge problems of critical significance. It is all accomplished via apprenticeship working under a mentorthat has dedicated his or her life to add a sentence or two to the body of scientific knowledge. As ateam, you will discover new molecular worlds in the bottom of flask or from the signal of a detector.The adventure that you partake of is a journey of the mind and in the heart.”Dr. William LaCourseGRADUATE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTSStudents are expected to familiarize themselves with all the requirements of theGraduate School of the University of Maryland as described in the Graduate School bulletin.Graduate School Academic Integrity y/Graduate School Policies, Procedures, /Degree Requirements and qs/Graduate Tuition and Fees:

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTSUndergraduate Course Requirements Completed a Bachelor's Degreeo A major in Chemistry or Biochemistry (expected) Preferred undergraduate background includes courses in organic and physical chemistry,physics, calculus, and some work in the biochemical sciences. Applications will be welcomed from students with degrees in other fields, providing theirrecords indicate potential ability to complete the program successfully.o A minimum of an overall "B" (3.0) grade point average (GPA) If a prospective student's overall undergraduate GPA is less than "B". Provisional admittance may be granted by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Any deficiencies in the student’s background must:obe completed within one or two semesters after admissiononot adversely affect the student's ability to handle the graduate programobe completed after the student enters the program either by additional coursework orby a comprehensive examinationoGraduate credit will not be allowed for those courses taken to complete therequirements for admission to the program.Letters of Recommendation Three (3) letters of recommendation with at least two from instructors involved withthe student applicant during the student's tenure in a previous academic program.Examinations Required Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical AptitudeTests are required and the Advanced Chemistry Test is recommended. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Examination.o Foreign students are expected to obtain a score of 550 or above for the paperbased test, or 80 or above for the internet-based test.Program Interest All prospective students are required to provide a statement (ca. one typewrittenpage) describing their interests and reason for pursuing the M.S. or Ph.D. degree.NOTE: The Graduate Record Examination, along with transcripts and recommendations, are intended toprovide the Department with as much background information as possible to help evaluate the student'squalifications for entry into the program.9

PROGRAMS, COMMITTEES AND ADVISEMENTSSummer Bridge ProgramThis program is intended to assist the incoming new graduate students in a smooth transitionto UMBC. When offered, all entering Ph.D. and M.S. students who opt to participate in theSummer Bridge program will be assigned to the Director of the Summer Bridge Program foradvisement. The Director will assist the student in adjusting to the academic and socialsettings of UMBC, follow the student’s progress in the Summer Bridge coursework, andprovide directions for summer research rotations.Faculty Advisor for Incoming StudentsThe Graduate Program Director serves as the Faculty Advisor for all entering Ph.D. andM.S. students, by assisting them in the selection of courses. This role of Faculty Advisor isonly temporary until the student selects a permanent research advisor to carry out his/herdissertation/thesis research.Research MentorThe research mentor or advisor guides his or her research trainee in their professionaldevelopment over the duration of their dissertation/thesis research. The mentor will assist inthe selection of courses, learning and practicing the scientific method, and preparing thestudent for a lifelong career in their chosen discipline.DEGREE PROGRAMS:Ph.D., M.S.10

Ph.D. ProgramThe Ph.D. program in Chemistry allows students to concentrate in Biochemistry, OrganicChemistry, Analytical, Inorganic or Physical Chemistry. There are five stages of academicprogression toward successful completion of the Ph.D. degree as shown below:Stages of Progression1. Completion of Course Requirements, CHEM 690 Seminar, and Choosing an Advisor2. Literature Review3. Candidacy Exam4. Independent Research Proposal5. Dissertation DefenseThe above stages of progression and the timeline for completion of each are shown belowin a tabular form for easy reference. The detailed descriptions of each stage follow the table.Table I: The Progression Milestones for a Ph. D. DegreeYear12345SemesterActivities1Core Courses CHEM 714 Lab Rotations (CHEM 602)Core/Elective Courses CHEM 690 CHEM 714 Choosing an Advisor23Appointment of Committee Members Literature Review (CHEM 720) Additional Elective Courses4CHEM 600 Research (CHEM 898)5Advancement to Candidacy Research (CHEM 898)6Research in Progress (CHEM 899)78910Research in Progress (CHEM 899) Independent Research ProposalResearch in Progress (CHEM 899) Final Dissertation Defense11

Stage 1: Completion of Course and Teaching Requirements& CHEM 690 Seminar(a) Placement ExaminationsAll incoming students are required to take placement examinations in order to assist inchoosing coursework during the first year of graduate studies for specifically addressing anindividual student’s course needs. Placement examinations in undergraduate organic and physical chemistry.o Placement examinations are given immediately prior to a student’s enteringsemester, during the Orientation Week. Course waivers in other core course areas.o Any student may petition the Graduate Committee to place out of core courses dueto successful completion of similar courses at other institutions or by examination(Placement examination or other). This petition must be submitted to the GraduateCommittee no later than the student’s first semester of study. Based upon the scores of placement examinations, the studento May be exempted from the appropriate core courses.o May be instructed to enroll in the core course.o May be asked to take remedial undergraduate courses (CHEM 601) to bedetermined by the Graduate Committee. A grade of "B" or better must be obtained for any remedial course work takenor risk dismissal from the program.(b) Coursework: Common Core Courses in the First YearStudents are recommended to concentrate on core courses during the first year. Thesecourses are selected with the guidance of your temporary Faculty Advisor. Studentssupported by teaching or research assistantships generally take two courses per semester inaddition to the Seminar, and Rotation. These courses are to be taken for grade and not P/For audit, and dropping or withdrawing from a course without prior consent by the ChemistryGraduate Program Director is not permitted.All graduate students, whether master’s or doctoral, must successfully completethree (3) out of five basic core courses:12

o Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics, CHEM 611o Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 605o Comprehensive Biochemistry I, CHEM 437 (Students concentrating inBiochemistry must enroll in CHEM 437 as part of the three core requirements)o eticMethodologies, CHEM 654.o Advanced Analytical Methods, CHEM 667.(c) Departmental Seminar/Ethics rrentChemical/Biochemical Research, both Fall and Spring semesters. This course willentail weekly departmental seminars on current research in chemistry/biochemistry byexperts in combination with discussions of critical ethical topics to researchers. Thecombined course format of seminar and ethics will allow graduate students to applywhat they have learned in ethics discussions to potential case studies (both theoreticaland those from current research efforts presented in seminars). All first year students are required to attend the seminars even if they are not formallyenrolled in CHEM 714 (which could happen should the sum of a semester’s credits oftwo courses plus CHEM 602 or CHEM 690 equal or exceed 10 credits). Only students with a Teaching Assignment conflict will be allowed to defer enrollmentin CHEM 714 to the following semester. Attendance on all non-conflict days is stillrequired.(d) Research Rotation and Choosing an AdvisorDuring the Fall semester, each student will become familiar with various research programsin the

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