Find the support you need to be successful in the graduate program and beyond.
Advisors serve as mentors inside and outside the lab and can help navigate credit transfers, dissertations, scholarship applications and more.
Brought on during the first semester of both MS and PhD programs, academic advisors help students through several areas:
- Transfer of credit
- Which courses to take and when
- Questions about registering for consortium courses
- Exception requests and petitions
- Record keeping for cumulative exam results
- Program of studies — initial version and later revisions
- Advancement to candidacy
- Assistance with full-time certification forms
- Degree clearance
- Help with processing optional practical and curricular practical training
Full-time graduate students should interview with three faculty members and select a research advisor or research group by the end of their first semester. At that time, students must report their choice in a memo to the graduate advisor. We advise graduate students to begin rotating immediately through three research groups during the first semester. They may commit to an advisor at any time during this lead-in period, thus ending the rotation. The research director can help advise on these areas:
- Content for masters comprehensive and PhD candidacy exam
- Dissertation proposal content
- Committee members for candidacy or defense
- Content for required talks
- Drafting candidacy paper and dissertation
Doctoral students refer to the Graduate Affairs Committee for advising until placement exam scores have been processed, at which point the student will seek a research advisor.
Graduate Student Services
Still not sure whom to ask? Download the student handbooks from the Columbian College graduate student site for help with topics like:
- DegreeMAP, the university’s advising tool, to help plan your course of study
- Deadlines for degree requirements
- Details on thesis or dissertation format guidelines
- Specifics on final PhD oral examinations
- Tuition rates
Students are required to complete this form and obtain approval from the director of graduate studies.
Students may submit this form to request a leave of absence, late registration change, dissertation research credit exceptions (PhD students) or exceptions to transfer credit.
Transfer credits may come from enrollment in non-degree coursework at GW, from another degree-granting GW school or from another accredited college or university. Requests for transfer credit must be submitted in writing and approved by the director of graduate studies and the associate dean during the student’s first year in the program.
Desk and Laboratory Assignments
Each full-time graduate student is entitled to the use of a desk. Ask our office staff for assignment to a desk. Full-time and part-time students who are ready to begin research should see their research director to be assigned lab space and a desk in one of the research laboratories. When vacating a desk or filing cabinet, please empty and leave it in a clean condition for the next user, and follow the laboratory’s exit procedures.
Mailboxes in the Chemistry Department office are available for full-time graduate students. Since the number of mailboxes is limited, sharing may sometimes be necessary. As faculty and staff use these boxes to distribute seminar notices and instructions for graduate teaching assistants, users should check mail daily during open hours.
To obtain keys for chemistry labs or classrooms, a student must have a note or email confirmation from the chair, the graduate adviser or research director indicating to which room or lab the student requires access. Upon presentation of this note to the office staff, the keys will be issued. Students are responsible for returning all keys to the chemistry office when they permanently leave a position. The student's research director should reinforce this regulation.
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