Graduate Program Administration

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Core Administrators

Simon Blakey, Director of Graduate Studies

Laura Hilado, Graduate Program Coordinator

Kira Walsh, Outreach and Communications Manager 

Information for additional Department of Chemistry staff and faculty can be viewed on the People page of our main website.

Working With the Graduate Admin Team

Any member of our team can assist you with:

  • advising questions and concerns, including academic progress issues such as milestones, probation, and group changes
  • understanding graduate program policies and procedures
  • support for graduate student organizations/student life

Our specific expertise is as follows:

Director of Graduate Studies
  • Primary research advisor for first year scholars; advising support for advanced scholars
  • TA assignment and management of rotation/group selection
  • Signatory for graduate program on chemistry and LGS forms (submit forms to Graduate Program Coordinator)
  • Instructor of record for CHEM599R/CHEM799R
Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Point of contact for graduate program forms/signature requests
  • Graduate hiring, stipend changes, and paycheck questions
  • Graduate orientation and enrollment
  • Milestone and defense announcements
  • Program-level PDS support
Outreach and Communications Manager
  • Advising for program customization, including petitions, change of program, grievances
  • Recruitment and retention programs
  • Special projects/outreach

Privacy Commitment

Scholars may request to discuss concerns privately with any member of the graduate admin team. Our ability to resolve a question or concern without reaching out to other people and resources may be limited. However, we understand that it can be difficult to seek help and that scholars may wish for an opportunity to talk something through before taking action. We are happy to extend that privacy to you in any advising discussion. However, scholars should be aware that chemistry and LGS faculty and staff are mandated reporters for Title IX issues and in cases where they believe a member of the community represents a threat to themselves or others.

Core Chemistry Offices

Chemistry Main Office, Atwood Hall 380
Core Office Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday

Chemistry Stockroom, Atwood Hall 109
Core Hours: 7:00am-12:00pm

Core hours are subject to change. Changes will be advertised to the community via chemistry list servs.


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