Graduate Program Administration

section I, article 1

Core Administrators

Simon Blakey, Director of Graduate Studies
sblakey@emory.edu| Atwood Hall 630

Kira Walsh, Outreach and Communications Manager 
kwalsh6@emory.edu  | Atwood Hall 380C

Laura Hilado, Graduate Program Coordinator
laura.adelyn.carol.hilado@emory.edu   | Atwood Hall 380K

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

Your core graduate administrators work as a team. If you have a question or concern, you can reach out to any member of the admin team for support. Our team approach controls for different schedules and even different personalities as well as conflicts of interest. Any member of our team can assist you with:

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

Unless you ask for confidentiality, your graduate admin team may discuss issues shared with any one of us in our regular meetings. You may request anonymity from a member of the admin team for any issue. We are mandated reporters for Title IX concerns or in cases where we feel that a member of our community may be a danger to others. If you have a issue that you feel cannot be productively addressed within the graduate admin team, you are encouraged to contact other Emory administrators within or outside chemistry. See our Grievance Policy and Resource Guidance for more information.

While any member of our admin team can assist you, our expertise is generally 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
  • Recruitment and retention programs
  • Special projects/outreach
  • Advising for program customization, including petitions, change of program, grievances

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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