Biochemistry Student Announcements

This page contains announcements and reminders for Biochemistry undergraduate students

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, January 22, 2018

Announcements abstract:

Planning to Graduate: submit your Application for Degree by Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Graduating with Honors: file an Application to Graduate with Honors by Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Advising:  remember to meet with your advisor (listed on MyUI) each semester.

Early Registration:  Summer, 2018: March 5 – 9; Fall, 2018: April 9 – 20

Add/Drop procedures: Drop add/drop forms off at the Biochemistry office

Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching experiences: Biochemistry now offers a course which allows juniors and seniors a teaching experience, BIOC:3800 Biochemistry Teaching Practicum, after they have completed BIOC:3120, 3130 and 3140.

Juniors planning to take BIOC:4999: need to be taking BIOC:3150 this semester and start planning with their research mentor.

Opportunities Web Page: Biochemistry keeps a list of opportunities for students at https://medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/education/undergraduate-program/opportunities

Full Announcements

Planning to Graduate in May 2018?

If you plan on graduating this coming May, the deadline for submitting your Application for Degree is Friday, February 23, 2018.  You can apply for your degree via MyUI.  The Degree Application link can be found under Student Information > Degree Application.  Information about applying for an Application for Degree can be found at: http://registrar.uiowa.edu/degree-application

There is a $20.00 fee for filing a late application, so be sure to file before the deadline date.

Planning to Graduate with Honors in Biochemistry in May 2018?

If you plan on graduating with honors in Biochemistry, you also need to file an Application to Graduate with Honors, which is due at the Honors Program office on Friday, February 23, by 4:30 pm.  This application can be found at: https://honors.uiowa.edu/current-students/honors-in-the-major

Please note you need two signatures on this application – your thesis/project director and the Department Honors Advisor, Marc Wold – so don't wait until the deadline to collect signatures!

Advising:

Each semester, students are expected to meet with their advisor to discuss courses for the upcoming semester.  Check MyUI if you are not sure who your advisor is.

If you are a double-major, you may obtain authorization to register from another advisor, but you are encouraged to have a semi-annual meeting with your biochemistry advisory.   

First year students:  First year students: You will be notified when you are transferred from the Academic Advising Center to a Biochemistry Advisor (usually in the spring of your first year). If you are advised by an advisor at Academic Advising, you should make an appointment with them. Please note that Biochemistry Advisors DO NOT use MyUI to schedule advising appointments. To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please contact Judy Means at judy-means@uiowa.edu, using your University of Iowa email address.

For the best possible advising, it is critical that your degree intention be listed correctly.  To change from the BS to the BA (or vice versa), you must go to 120 Schaeffer Hall and fill out a form. Please see the website below for directions: https://clas.uiowa.edu/students/handbook/majors-minors-certificates#minors

Early Registration Dates:

Summer, 2018: March 5 – 9

Fall, 2018: April 9 – 20

You can find your exact registration time on MyUI. Please arrange an appointment to meet with your advisor before your registration time to discuss your plans for the summer and fall. To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please contact Judy Means at judy-means@uiowa.edu, using your University of Iowa email address.
 
Before you meet with your advisor, consider your current progress in the major and have an idea of your future coursework, thus the time you spend will be more productive. 

Change of Registration Procedure:
The easiest way to get add/drop slips signed is to drop them off at the biochemistry office (4-403 BSB).  The office staff will get the signature and the slip can be picked up the following day.  Students are also welcome to make an appointment with their advisor if they want advice in addition to the signature.

Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching experiences:

Biochemistry now offers a teaching internship that will give students practical experience teaching.  This is an individualized, letter-graded course in which students help with the teaching of an undergraduate Biochemistry course.  BIOC:3800 is open to qualified junior or senior undergraduates who wish to explore a career that involves teaching or who want to reinforce biochemical concepts that are important to their professional goals.  Students wishing to enroll in this course must have completed the same course (or a course covering equivalent material) with a grade of B or better, and get permission of the Course Director.  The roles of students taking BIOC:3800 vary but could include holding review sessions, having regular office hours, helping with lab preparation, teaching lab techniques, drafting homework or exam questions.  For more information see: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/education/undergraduate-program/teaching-experiences

Notice for Juniors Interested in Biochemistry Undergraduate Research (BIOC:4999):
Students who plan to graduate with honors MUST take at least six hours of BIOC:4999 after taking BIOC:3120, 3130, and 3140.  B.S. and B.A. majors not planning to graduate with honors can also take BIOC:4999 to meet the research requirement or advanced science electives, respectively.  For more information about the process for getting into a lab, see: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/education/undergraduate-program/undergraduate-research/undergraduate-research-information  

If you have questions, please contact Marc Wold (Honors Advisor).

To be eligible for BIOC:4999, students must have grade B- or better in each of the following: BIOC:3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 ; and an average grade of B or better in all four courses.  Students are also required to have prior experience (e.g., BIOC:3993, URES:3994 or HONR:3994) and permission of the instructor.

Summer Hawk Tuition Grant (SHTG) for Summer 2018

The SHTG III will be available to eligible students for Summer 2018.  This is the last summer that the University is offering this grant.  Eligibility for the grant will be determined during the 3rd week of spring classes.  Students will be notified and their status will be updated on both MAUI and MyUI. 

Please review the guidelines for eligibility rules for the grant at:  https://advisingcenter.uiowa.edu/summer-hawk-tuition-grant

The grant will cover a maximum of 6 s.h.  There will not be any appeals for additional hours.

Registration for summer courses runs from March 5th -9th. Students are being encouraged to work with their advisor well before then, so that they are prepared to register on their assigned day. That will provide us with an early picture of course demand and possible course shortages.  Students should also be encouraged to waitlist closed courses.

Students will have until July 2nd to accept the grant, although they should do so as soon as they know they want to use the grant.

Students should be encouraged to pick several possible alternate course options to maximize the possibility of getting into courses.

Students who have just completed their first year at the University may want to consider looking at online courses if they don’t have access to on-campus housing for the summer or to avoid summer housing charges.

If you have additional questions, please contact advising-center@uiowa.edu.

Opportunities Web Page:

The Biochemistry Department gets many announcements for fellowship opportunities, educational, research and other programs.  We have a continuously updated list of these opportunities on the Department of Biochemistry Undergraduate Program web site under "other opportunities."  This includes both on-campus and off-campus opportunities.  Remember to periodically check the site: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/education/undergraduate-program/opportunities  

The newest opportunities added to the Opportunities web page include iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine).  A synthetic biology team is being formed now to design and build a novel biological device this spring and summer.  The device and team will be entered into the iGEM competition in Boston next November.  Another new opportunity includes the 6th Annual Intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop, which will be held on Friday, January 26th from 8:45 a.m. – noon at the University Capitol Center.  More information can be found on the Opportunities web page.

Important Dates For the Remainder of the Spring Semester:
February 23:  Degree applications due for all degree candidates.  Applications for graduating with Honors in Biochemistry due at Honors Program Office

March 5-9:  SUMMER EARLY REGISTRATION

April 2: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses

April 9-April 20: FALL EARLY REGISTRATION

April 16:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration

May 4: Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option

May 7-11: Final Examination Week

May 10-13: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, October 4, 2017

Announcements abstract:

Winter and Spring Early Registration: November 6-17,2017

Advising: Students need to meet with their advisor (listed on MyUI) prior to winter/spring early registration.

BIOC:3140 Experimental Biochemistry: Juniors planning to take 3140 this spring need to be sure to sign up as soon as possible during early registration.We expect the class to be crowded.

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research: There are several ways to get involved in Biochemistry research.If you are planning to take BIOC:4999 research in your senior year be sure to notice the prerequisites including BIOC: 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150.

Opportunities Web Page: Biochemistry keeps a list of opportunities for students, such as research experience, education, or professional development.  Please visit the site often!

Registering for Classes
Early registration for the Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 sessions runs from November 6 through 17.  Your exact registration time will be listed on MyUI.  In order to be authorized to register, you must meet with your advisor.  It is best to schedule your advising appointment during the two weeks before early registration.

To schedule an appointment with your advisor, contact Judy Means (judy-means@uiowa.edu). (Check MyUI if you are not sure who your advisor is).

If you are a double major, you may obtain authorization to register from your other (non-biochemistry) advisor, but you are encouraged to meet with your biochemistry advisor as well.

First year students: You will be notified when you are transferred from the Academic Advising Center to a Biochemistry Advisor (usually in the spring of your first year). If you are advised by an advisor at Academic Advising, you should make an appointment with them. Please note that Biochemistry Advisors DO NOT use MyUI to schedule advising appointments. To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please contact Judy Means at judy-means@uiowa.edu, using your University of Iowa email address.

Advising

For best possible advising:

1. Prepare for your meeting with your advisor by considering your progress in your major and have an idea of your future course work.

2. Be sure your degree intention is listed correctly.  To change from BS to BA or vice versa, you must go to 120 Schaeffer Hall and fill out a form.  Please visit the CLAS website for directions.

BIOC:3140 – Experimental Biochemistry (juniors and seniors)

We expect that 3140 will be crowded next spring so make sure you register on time to ensure that you are enrolled in this required course.  Biochemistry may not be able to guarantee you space in the course if you delay registering for it.  Note that special permission is needed to register for 3140.  Students who have any problems registering should contact contact Judy Means (judy-means@uiowa.edu) or their advisor.

Undergraduate Research/Independent Study announcements

Winter Session Credit Available: It is now possible for students to register for 1 s.h. of credit in BIOC:3993 or BIOC:4999 for the Winter Session, which runs December 27, 2017 – January 11, 2018, exclusive of University of Iowa holidays. Students are expected to spend 27 hours/week in the laboratory in order to receive 1 s.h. of credit. Speak to your advisor and your research mentor if you are interested in this option.

Juniors planning to take Biochemistry Undergraduate Research-BIOC:4999: 

BIOC:4999 - Research Independent Study can be taken by B.S. and B.A. majors to meet the research requirement (B.S) or Honors in Biochemistry. The prerequisites for BIOC:4999 are BIOC 3120, 3130 and 3140 with grades of B- or better, and an overall average of B or better in the three courses, BIOC 3150, and previous research experience (such as BIOC:3993).  Students usually start 4999 either in the summer after their junior year or in the fall of their senior year.  Students interested in 4999 should speak to their research mentor during the spring semester.  If you have questions about 4999 or are doing research outside of Biochemistry, please contact Marc Wold (Honors Advisor).

Remember that Development of Senior Research Project-BIOC:3150-is now a prerequisite for BIOC:4999.  If you are a junior B.A. or B.S. major and are planning to take BIOC:4999, you need to take Development of Senior Research Project this spring.

Honors research: Students who plan to graduate with honors MUST take at least six hours of BIOC:4999.  If you have questions about 4999 or are doing research outside of Biochemistry, please contact Marc Wold (Honors Advisor).

CLAS independent study/research hours policy:  The Department of Biochemistry strongly advises students interested in research to start research early during their undergraduate experience.  We know that many students get involved in research during their first or second year.  This is a great way to get an outstanding research experience.  However, we want to make sure that students realize that the CLAS does not allow more than 9 s.h. of independent study/research courses to count toward the minimum 120 s.h needed for graduation.  This has not been an issue for Biochemistry majors because students who take more than 9 s.h. of BIOC:3993 and BIOC:4999 usually graduate with more than 120 s.h. However, the Department wants to make sure Biochemistry majors doing research know about this policy.  

Opportunities web page

The Biochemistry Department gets many announcements for fellowship opportunities, educational, research and other programs.  We have a continuously updated list of these opportunities on the Department of Biochemistry Undergraduate Program web site under "other opportunities".  This includes both on-campus and off-campus opportunities.  Remember to periodically check the site for updates.

Examples of recent listings include announcements about the PULSe Fall Open House, Bioinformatics courses, and listings of scholarships and opportunities.  We expect of have more announcements later this fall and spring about summer research opportunities.  

Important Dates for the remainder of the Fall Semester
October 30: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses
November 13: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration
November 6-17: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
December 8:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option
December 11-15: Final examination week
December 15-17: Commencement ceremonies begin

Announcements from Biochemistry, August 24, 2017

Advising: Each semester, students are expected to meet with their advisor to discuss courses for the upcoming semester. 

First year students:  You will be notified when you are transferred from the Academic Advising Center to a Biochemistry Advisor (usually in the spring of your first year). If you are advised by an advisor at Academic Advising, you should make an appointment with them.

Non first year students: Plan to schedule an appointment with your advisor before the early registration period starts for the spring semester.  If you are a double-major, you may obtain authorization to register from another advisor, but you are encouraged to have a semi-annual meeting with your biochemistry advisor.   

Early Registration: Early registration will be from November 6-17, 2017 (Includes Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 sessions).  You will be able to find your exact registration time on MyUI in mid-October.

Please arrange an appointment to meet with your advisor before your registration time to discuss your plans for the winter and spring. To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please contact Judy Means at judy-means@uiowa.edu, using your University of Iowa email address.  Please provide her with the day(s)/timeframes you are available to meet and she will coordinate the meeting. 
 
Before you meet with your advisor, please consider your current progress in the major and have an idea of your future coursework, thus the time you spend will be more productive. 

Add/Drop Procedures:
Online Drop Authorization Process

Students may drop semester-length courses through MyUI through 11:59 PM on  Sunday, August 27th.  Beginning on Monday, August 28th, MyUI will remain open for drops through the last day of the semester but will require you to obtain the appropriate permission(s).  For a complete list of guidelines and procedures, please see the Changes in Registration site. 

Add Course and/or Change of Section Hours Request

Requests to add courses and/or change section hours will require a Change of Registration Form. The following list indicates whose signature is needed for what: 

·        When is an instructor’s signature needed?  To add or change sections/hours of a course

·        When is you advisor’s signature needed?  Required for adding a course or change in hours.  Advisor’s signature is NOT required for section changes from one section, lab or discussion to another.

·        When is the Dean of College’s signature needed?  The signature of the dean is needed only if you are making a change after the stated deadline for that change (see the Registrar’s Course Deadlines page).  Undergraduate students need the signature of the dean of the college that the course is offered in.  For CLAS courses, go to the Academic Programs office located in 120 SH.   For the Carver College of Medicine (e.g., BIOC:XXXX courses), Damien Ihrig in the Student Affair’s Office, 1216 MERF, signs on behalf of the dean.

The easiest way to get your Change of Registration form signed is to drop it off at the biochemistry office (4-403 BSB).  The office staff will get the required signature and the form can be picked up the following day.  Students are also welcome to make an appointment with their advisor if they want advice in addition to the signature. 

Tuition and Fee Responsibility When Dropping a Course:  If you wish to drop a course, please see the deadlines associated with making registration changes to a specific course.  To view this, please visit the Course Deadlines site. 

Graduating in the Fall 2017 session: If you plan to graduate in December, you must apply to graduate via your MyUI student portal.  Under the “Student Information” heading, click on the “Degree Application” button.  A degree application must be filed for a student to be considered for graduation.  The University of Iowa does not confer degrees without a complete application.  The Application for Degree is due on Friday, September 29th by 11:59 PM.

Students wishing to apply for honors in their major must submit a Departmental Honors Application in addition to submitting their degree application. The Honors application is due on Friday, September 29th.   Please contact Dr. Marc Wold if you plan to graduate with honors this semester for additional information.

Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching experiences: Biochemistry now offers a teaching internship that will give students practical experience teaching.  This is an individualized, letter-graded course in which students help with the teaching of an undergraduate Biochemistry course.  BIOC:3800 is open to qualified junior or senior undergraduates who wish to explore a career that involves teaching or who want to reinforce biochemical concepts that are important to their professional goals.  Students wishing to enroll in this course must have completed the same course (or a course covering equivalent material) with a grade of B or better, and get permission of the Course Director.  The roles of students taking BIOC:3800 vary but could include holding review sessions, having regular office hours, helping with lab preparation, teaching lab techniques, drafting homework or exam questions.  For more information, please visit the Teaching Experiences site.

Opportunities web page: The Biochemistry Department gets many announcements for fellowship opportunities, educational, research and other programs.  We have a continuously updated list of these opportunities on the Department of Biochemistry Undergraduate Program website under "other opportunities."  This includes both on-campus and off-campus opportunities.  Remember to periodically check the Opportunities page!