Graduate Student Orientation & Placement Exam Schedule Fall 2021

Draft- changes may occur

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

2021 Schedule coming soon

2020 schedule:

Monday, August 24 


Orientation Begins in Room W131 Parsons Hall. W131 will be set up for social distancing, sanitizing wipes will be available and face masks must be worn.

This is a General Meeting for new students with Department Chair Professor Glen Miller, Professor Meg Greenslade, Graduate Coordinator, and Department Manager Cindi Rohwer. Topics: Department welcome, Administrative orientation, TA assignments and more.

10:30–12:30pm     Placement Exam #1 (Organic) Room W131
12:30–1:30pm    Lunch Provided: Panera Box Lunch in South West Lobby
1:30-2:30pm     Graduate Photos Taken – Meet in the Southwest Lobby, Parsons Hall
2:30-4:30pm   Placement Exam #2 (Physical- bring a calculator) Room W131

Tuesday, August 25

8:00–3:00pm     Graduate School Orientation – Mandatory for all students -ZOOM

Wednesday, August 26         

8:30-10:30am     Placement Exam #3 (Analytical- bring a calculator) Room W131
10:30-11:00am     Break
11:00-12:00pm    Meet with Prof. Glen Miller, Chair
12:00-12:30pm  Pizza lunch delivered
12:30-2:30pm  Placement Exam #4 (Inorganic) Room W131
2:45-5:00pm     Chemistry Teaching Seminar Session #1 (Chem 800) Room S150 & Gen Chem labs will be used

Thursday, August 27

8:00-12:30pm     Chemistry Teaching Seminar Session #2 (Chem 800) Room W131
Since this is a virtual session, lunch is not provided
1:30-5:00pm     Chem Teaching Seminar Session #3 (Chem 800) Room W131

Friday, August 28   

8:00-9:00am     Prof. Bauer available for individual consultation with new grad students. Make appointment on Thursday. 
9:30-10:30am   Veteran TA panel. Meet in W131. New TAs may converse privately with some experienced TAs. 
10:30-12:00pm     Safety Instruction with Andrew Glode, EH&S- meet in room S231. 
12:00-1:00pm     Lunch TBD
12:30-5:00pm     New graduate student course advising. 

Students will each be scheduled for a 15-minute session. Please come early in case it takes less time than scheduled and wait in the Southwest Lobby. Please maintain your social distance while doing so. You will be able to register for your courses on-line after your advising session.


8/31 Monday


Classes Begin at 8:10 a.m.

2:00-5:00pm General Chemistry New TA Training – S150 Parsons

Organic Chemistry New TA Training - S250 Parsons

   9/1 Tuesday  

1:00-2:30pm  Faculty Research Presentations

Faculty Research Presentations 

​9/2 Wednesday


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

9/3 Thursday   

12:40-2:00pm Faculty Research Presentations
2:15-4:30pm Faculty Research Presentations

9/4 Friday

1:10-2:00pm Chem 403 TA Meeting: New and Veteran TAs
2:10-3:00pm Chem 411 TA Meeting: New and Veteran TAs
3:10-4:00pm Chem 405 TA Meeting: New and Veteran TAs


  1. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training for Ph.D. Students, details to comeLink 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. PACS Training - Will be arranged.

Attention: A weekly TA meeting for ALL TEACHING assistants – new and veteran – will be set up with Professor Glen Miller, Chair. Time and Day to be announced.

For questions, please see Cindi Rohwer, academic department coordinator, Parsons W115 or call 603-862-1795.