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:

Monday, August 23 


8:30-10:30am Orientation Begins in Room W131 Parsons Hall General Meeting for new students with Professor Erik Berda, Chair, Professor Meg Greenslade, Graduate Coordinator, Professor Chris Bauer, Chem 800 and Cindi Rohwer, Manager. Topics: Department welcome, Administrative orientation, Chem 800 introduction and assignment, TA assignment letters 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 (Physical) Room W131
12:30–1:30pm    Lunch Provided: Panera Box Lunch in South West Lobby
1:30-3:30pm     Placement Exam #2 (Organic) – Room W131

Tuesday, August 24

8:00–1:00pm     Graduate School Orientation – virtual with optional sessions from 1pm-2pm
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International Students only:
2:00pm-4:00pm International Student Grad complete hiring paperwork. Bring all documentation with you to this meeting. Location MUB Room 330/332.

Domestic Students should use this time to: Get your ID card, Register your computer & phone, and/or walk the campus to orient yourself.

Wednesday, August 25     

International Students only:
8:00–10:00am Immigration Rights & Resp

All 1st year grads:
10:30-12:30pm     Placement Exam #3 (Analytical – Bring a Calculator) Room W131
12:30-1:30pm        Lunch at Holloway with 2 Grad Students
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm     Placement Exam #4 (Inorganic) Room W131

Thursday, August 26

8:10am- 11:30am       Chemistry Teaching Seminar Session #1 (Chem 800) Room S150
11:30am-12:00pm      Graduate Photos Taken – Meet Laura Bicknell in the Southwest Lobby, Parsons Hall
12:00-1:30pm             Department Welcome Picnic - grads, faculty & staff
1:30-6:00pm               Chem Teaching Seminar Session #2 (Chem 800) Room W131

Friday, August 27   

8:10-11:30 am            Chem Teaching Seminar Session #3 (Chem 800) Room S150
11:30-1pm                  Lunch at Philbrook with 2 Grad Students
1:00-2:30pm               New graduate student course advising. Located in Room W119 Students will be scheduled and notified of their time for advising. You will be able to register for your courses on-line after your advising session.



8/30 Monday



8:10 a.m. Classes Begin
1:00-2:00pm EH&S Safety Training –NEW TAS –Room S231 Parsons

General Chemistry New TA Training – S150 Parsons
Meet your Head TA’s, tour the course labs & receive technology training.


Organic Chemistry New TA Training - S250 Parsons

   8/31 Tuesday  


Faculty Research Presentations W131 Parsons

  • 12:40-1pm: Prof. Nate Oldenhuis
  • 1:10-1:30pm: Prof. Glen Miller
  • 1:40-2pm: Prof. Roy Planalp
  • 2:10-2:30pm: Prof. Anyin Li
2:30-3:00pm Poster Session with Refreshments SW Lobby

​9/1 Wednesday


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

9/2 Thursday   


Faculty Research Presentations W131 Parsons


  • 12:40-1pm: Prof. Rudi Seitz
  • 1:10-1:30pm: Prof. John Tsavalas
  • 1:40-2pm: Prof. Christine Caputo
  • 2:10-2:30pm: Prof. Gonghu Li
2:30-3:00pm Poster Session with Refreshments SW Lobby

9/3 Friday

1:10-2:00pm Chem 403 TA Meeting: New and Veteran TAs S150 Parsons
2:10-3:00pm Chem 411 TA Meeting: New and Veteran TAs S150 Parsons
3:10-4:00pm Chem 405 TA Meeting: New and Veteran TAs S150 Parsons

Monday – September 6th – UNH is closed in honor of Labor Day. No classes.

  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.