Graduate Student Orientation & Placement Exam Schedule Fall 2019

Draft- changes may occur

It is mandatory for all new graduate students to attend this schedule.

Monday, August 19 

8:30-10:30am     Orientation Begins in Room W131 Parsons Hall General Meeting for new students with Department Chair Professor Glen Miller, Graduate Coordinator Professor Gonghu Li and Academic Program Coordinator Cindi Rohwer.

Topics: Department welcome, Administrative orientation, TA assignments and more.

Note: Parking is available at the meters on Academic Way, which is the road in front of Parsons Hall until you can obtain a commuter parking pass (if needed).

10:30–12:30pm     Placement Exam #1 (Organic) Room W131
12:30–1:15pm    Lunch Provided: Panera Box Lunch in South West Lobby
1:15-2:00pm     Graduate Photos Taken – Meet in the Southwest Lobby, Parsons Hall
2:00pm onwards     Non-international students can use this time to locate their seating, set up email, get ID cards at the MUB, parking permits, etc. 

International Students only:
International Student Grad complete hiring paperwork and E-Form check-in. Bring all documentation with you to this meeting. Location MUB Room 330/332

Tuesday, August 20

8:00–4:00pm     Graduate School OrientationMandatory for all students. Granite State Room, Memorial Union Building (MUB)

Wednesday, August 21         

International Students only:
Immigration Rights & Responsibilities (Holloway Commons - Squamscott & Cocheco Rooms) which includes breakfast.

10:30-12:30pm     Placement Exam #2 (Analytical- bring a calculator) Room W131
12:30-1:00pm      Lunch at Holloway Commons with 2 Grad students
1:30-3:30pm     Placement Exam #3 (Inorganic) Room W131
3:30-5:30pm     Chemistry Teaching Seminar Session #1 (Chem 800) Room S150 & Gen Chem labs will be used

Thursday, August 22

8:00-10:00am     Placement Exam #4 (Physical) Room W131 
 Suicide Prevention Training Room N116 Parsons Hall, Dr. Elisa Bolton presenting
11:15am Suprise
12:00-1:00pm     Pizza Lunch and mingle with grad students
1:00-5:45pm     Chem Teaching Seminar Session #2 (Chem 800) Room W131

Friday, August 23   

10-11:30am     Safety Instruction with Andrew Bevan, EH&S, room S231 Parsons Hall
11:30-12:30pm     Lunch – Philbrook with 2 Grad Students
12:30-5:00pm     New graduate student course advising. Located in Room W119 Parsons

Students will be scheduled for 10-15 minute sessions each. Please come early in case it takes less time than scheduled. You will be able to register for your courses on-line after your advising session.


26 Monday


Classes Begin at 8:10 a.m.

  General Chemistry New TA Training – S150 Parsons

New TA Training: Meet your Head TA’s for your lab sections, see the course labs & Receive Technology training. Parsons S150

     27 Tuesday  

12:40-2:00pm  Faculty Research Presentations in W131 Parsons
2:00-2:30pm Poster Session with Refreshments

Faculty Research Presentations in W131 Parsons

​28 Wednesday


TA training on Grading (Includes new and continuing TAs)
Gen Chem TAs Room S150

29 Thursday   

12:40-2:00pm Faculty Research Presentations in W131 Parsons
2:00-2:30pm Poster Session with Refreshments
2:40-4:30pm Faculty Research Presentations in W131 Parsons


  1. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training for Ph.D. Students

Link for more information:  Note: Most Ph.D. students complete the 11 web-based modules and attend the RCR Training session scheduled in the Fall instead of attending Grad 930. 

You must REGISTER for this training ahead of time and mark Friday, October 4th, 2019 from 12:30-4:00pm on your calendars.

  1. Fire Extinguisher Training will be scheduled with EH&S. Cindi Rohwer, Mgr. will send you an email for sessions available. It is mandatory to sign up for one session.
  2. Lab Safety and on-line Hazardous Waste training will be scheduled with EH&S. Cindi Rohwer will send them your UNH email address and they will set you up for access via MyCourses. Hazardous Waste Training must be completed within 2 weeks of email notification by EH&S.
For questions, please see Cindi Rohwer, academic department coordinator, Parsons W115 or call 603-862-1795.