Thursday, October 25, 2012

HELP! I have to see you today!

It never fails--when registration is less than a week away, many students decide that it is now time to meet with an advisor.  Since most of you are Math Gods, let me frame the problem for you:
There is one primary academic advisor for more than 900 undergraduate students in ChBE.  
The aforementioned advisor works 40 hours per week.
The average appointment takes 20-30 minutes.
How many students can your advisor meet with during a week?

Hopefully, this illustration will help you understand why my calendar is now booked almost two weeks out....and why scheduling your advising meetings EARLY is recommended--(and why not showing up or missing an appointment is never a good idea...)

I do want to help you, so if you need assistance, you have a couple options: 

For quick advising or scheduling questions, but remember, first come, first served, so you may have to wait your turn:  
·         Friday, November 2:  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
·         Friday, November 9: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16:  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon  

If you are pretty confident about your academic plans but just want some feedback you can ask for input via email.  Please keep in mind that I am responding to your messages in between appointments and walk ins, so during peak advising times, it may take a couple days to respond....advising isn't instant messaging!  

Contrary to popular belief if you need to speak with an advisor, it is always best to schedule an appointment.  For most issues, a two-week wait to get an appointment will not be life-altering, and the time you spend with your advisor will be more productive and helpful.  Consider your situation and check my appointment calendar. Appointments are scheduled Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Most appointment times are 30 minutes; however, during registration some afternoons will have 15 minute advising slots for quick questions. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Chemistry-Biology Interface Graduate Program

The Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University provides students with research and academic training that enables them to carry out interdisciplinary research as independent scientists. Students completing the program receive a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology.

The CBI Program brings together ~30 faculty from 4 schools at Johns Hopkins University, which provide a diverse selection of research projects to CBI students. In order to assist them in choosing a research advisor, first year graduate students are supported by a NIH Chemical Biology Training Grant. During this time the CBI students carry out three 10-week research rotations that enable them to broaden their research skills and make informed choices of research advisors.

Since its establishment in 2005, the CBI Program has received an enthusiastic response, and we have attracted an excellent group of students. Our program has grown to ~30 Ph.D. students. We hope to continue expanding and developing this exciting program. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about the Chemistry-Biology Interface Program at Hopkins. You may also browse the CBI website which describes many facets of the program at

Marc M. Greenberg
Professor of Chemistry
Director, Chemistry-Biology Interface Program
Johns Hopkins University
Telephone (410) 516-8095

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Physical Chemistry requirement

For ChBE students on the Standard Option, CHEM 3412 Physical Chemistry II is a required class.  Many students have been asking about a substitute class, so here's the low down:  the special topics class, CHBE 4803 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy has been reconfigured for Spring 2013; it is now CHBE 4803 Applied Spectroscopy.  CHEM 3412 is now the prerequisite for the class, and it is NOT an option as a substitute for CHEM 3412.  

If you have not completed CHEM 3412 and need the class, please take it as there is NOT a substitute available.  If you have any questions about this please consult with either me or Dr. Agrawal.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Town Hall for Upperclassmen

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) for the School of Chemical Engineering is sponsoring a Town Hall specifically for Juniors and Seniors  We encourage your attendance to get the perspectives of upperclassmen who have been through it all.  Questions will be welcome.  Topics may include:
  • Surviving the Trifecta
  • Planning your senior year
  • Undergrad research
  • Study abroad
  • Balancing school and your job search
In addition, we will be seeking your feedback about anything:
  • You liked or disliked?
  • You wish you’d had?
  • You wish you hadn’t had?
  • Concerns you’d like to voice?
  • Other feedback you want? 
When: Thursday November 8th 
 Time: 11am-12pm 
 Location: L1225 ES&T

FREE PIZZA served at the meeting

What is SAB? SAB is a liaison between students and faculty in the ChBE major. Help us to make our major better!

Underclassmen ChBE Town Hall

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) for the School of Chemical Engineering is sponsoring a Town Hall specifically for Freshmen and Sophomores.  We encourage your attendance to get the perspectives of upperclassmen who have been through it all.  Questions will be welcome.  Topics may include:  
  • Registration
  • Curriculum
  • Study Abroad
  • Co-Ops
  • Life as a ChBE student
When: Thursday October 25th 
Time: 11am-12pm 
Location: L1225 ES&T

FREE PIZZA served at the meeting

What is SAB? SAB is a liaison between students and faculty in the ChBE major. Help us to make our major better!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Important Dates

Just a reminder about a few due dates coming up:

Friday, October 12: Last day to change from letter grade to pass/fail and vice versa
                                  Last day to apply for grade substitution (freshman forgiveness)
                                  Last Day to drop individual course resulting in a "W" grade 

October 15-16:  Fall Student Recess (notice--students--not staff--life isn't fair....)

Monday, October 15: Last day to apply for Spring 2013 graduation online (for free.)  

Tuesday, October 16:  Late applications for graduation for Spring 2013 begin.  A $50 fee will be charged to apply.  The late application window closes on October 31.
Thursday, October 18:  Spring 2013 schedules will open for viewing.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about due dates for certain forms or items, first check the registrar calendar on the registrar website:  then feel free to contact the CHBE advising office.

The Tumor Troopers Society wants you!

The Tumor Troopers Society at Georgia Tech is a subsidiary of BTFC, The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. The goal of BTFC is to provide assistance and support to families who are affected by
this as well as to spread awareness of this condition. The Society holds many activities to accomplish this that include fundraisers and activities with the kids of BTFC. They also hope to have talks by a Neuro-oncologist from Emory Hospital as well as other professionals in the field during the course of this semester. If you would like to become a part of the society please consider attending the meeting on Thursday, October 11 in CULC 323. For more information contact Nahum Lazarus,

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CHBE 2110 Students Mandatory Advising

This is a reminder that you have to complete your mandatory advising by the end of next week (10/19/12) to prevent having a HOLD that will prevent you from future registration.

There is a Group Advising session this week on Thursday, 10/11/12 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for students with an overall gpa or 2.8 or higher and in good standing.  The group session will be in Ford ES&T L1118.  If you decide to attend the group session, you must bring a copy of your degree audit from Degreeeworks to the session and be prepared to show what classes you intend to take for the next couple of semesters.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Having issues with the Online Application for Graduation?

There have been some questions regarding the Online Graduation Application for Spring 2013, so I hope to address those below:

To complete the online application you should:
1. Login to OSCAR.
2. Select Student Services & Financial Aid
3. Select Student Records
4. Select Apply to Graduate
5. The first screen will prompt you to select a term. Please note this is NOT asking your graduation term, but instead asking what semester you want your curriculum pulled from. In most cases, select the latest term available, or Fall 2012 if you are applying now for Spring 2013 graduation.
6. The second screen will be the Curriculum Selection screen:
(***Please note that REapplications will only see “Current Program,” since you will be reapplying for the same program you applied the first time.  REapplications for Spring 2013 are not currently available.  The REapplication window for Spring 2013 opens December 1, 2012. )

Let me know if you have any additional questions!