Biochemistry Student Announcements

This page contains announcements and reminders for Biochemistry undergraduate students

Announcements from Biochemistry, March 11, 2019

Summary of Announcements

1.  Fall 2019 early registration is coming up on April 8-19, 2019.  Please make an appointment with your advisor soon.

2.  If you are interested in getting some teaching experience, Biochemistry offers BIOC:3800, Biochemistry Teaching Practicum. 

3.  Senior biochemistry students will present their research at the 15th Annual Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium on Tuesday, April 23th 

4. The Latham Fellows Program helps students involved in research develop fluency in communicating science to varied audiences.  Application deadline is May 15, 2019.

5.  Remember to check the Biochemistry undergraduate opportunities Web Page: http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/undergrad/opportunities/

6.  Beckman Scholars program.  UI internal deadline is April 11, 2109. 

Complete pre-registration announcements from Biochemistry

1.  Early Registration for Summer 2019: March 4-8 and for Fall 2019: April 8-19: 

Early summer registration is currently underway.  The last day to register or change existing registration for summer semester is Monday, May 13, 2019. 

Fall 2019 early registration is coming up on April 8-19, 2019. 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 fall. To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please contact Judy Means at judy-means@uiowa.edu, using your University of Iowa email address. (Note that the advisors in Biochemistry do not use MyUI to schedule appointments so students need to use email to schedule advising meetings.)

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. 

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 at least once a year. 

2.  Biochemistry Teaching Practicum course (BIOC:3800): 

Biochemistry 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  

 3.  15th Annual Gene F. Lata Biochemistry Undergraduate Honors Symposium:

Come hear some interesting science and celebrate with the graduating Biochemistry majors who will be presenting their research projects at the 15th Annual Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  The speakers and the schedule of the talks will be announced in early April.

 4.  Opportunity for Student Researchers: Latham Fellows Program

The Latham Fellows Program (latham.uiowa.edu) is a unique experience established to foster scientific engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative thinking. 

To be eligible, students must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; One semester of undergraduate research experience (minimum); and a GPA > 3.0.  Fellows will receive $500 upon completion of the program..

To apply, please complete the online application (https://latham.uiowa.edu/program/application) and one letter of recommendation from a research advisor is required.  Application deadline to be considered for Fall 2019 is May 15, 2019.  For more information, please contact Brinda Shetty at 335-0964 or brinda-shetty@uiowa.edu.

5.  Biochemistry undergraduate 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://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/undergrad/opportunities/

Recent updates to the Opportunities page includes information on the ICRU Research Fellowship Program for the 2019-20 academic year.  This program is now accepting applications through Friday, March 15, 2019.  Also new is the application process for the Beckman Scholars Program for 2019-20.

6.  Beckman Scholars Program 2019-20

The Beckman Scholars Program is designed to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America. These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. Candidates for the Beckman Scholars Award must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award. The amount of funding for the 2018 Beckman Scholars Program was $26,000: $21,000 specifically for the Scholar and $5,000 for the Scholar’s Mentor.  Students interested in applying should discuss this with their mentor.

UI Internal Deadline: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Beckman Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019, 5:00 PM, PST (subject to change with updated guidelines)

Limitation: The University of Iowa may submit one application. The application must include endorsements from the chief academic officer and the dean(s) of the College(s), School(s) or Division(s) including the participating academic unit. 

Important Dates For the Remainder of the Spring Semester:

April 2:  Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses without dean’s approval

April 15:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration

May 3:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option

May 6-10:  Final Examination Week         

May 9-12: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, January 25, 2019

Announcements abstract:

Planning to Graduate This Year?: Submit your Application for Degree by Friday, Feb 22, 2019.

Graduating with Honors?:  Please inform the Biochemistry Department by the end of January. 

Advising:  Remember to meet with your advisor (listed on MyUI) each semester. (Biochemisry advisors don’t use MyUI scheduling, so you need to email for any appointments)

Early Registration:  Summer, 2019: March 4 – 8;  Fall, 2019: April 8 – 19

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 2019?

If you plan on graduating this coming May, the deadline for submitting your Application for Degree is Friday, February 22, 2019.  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: https://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 2019?

If you plan on graduating with honors in Biochemistry, please notify Judy Means (judy-means@uiowa.edu) or Marc Wold (marc-wold@uiowa.edu) as soon as possible.  The University has changed the process for approving students graduating with honors in a major and this means that the Department has to give “initial approval” before you apply for graduation.  (This approval will allow you to apply to graduate with Honors in Biochemistry at the same time you apply to graduate.) 

Advising

Each semester, students are expected to meet with their advisor to discuss courses for the upcoming semester.  Please check MyUI if you are not sure who your advisor is.  Advising appointments can be scheduled up to two weeks prior to the registration period.

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:  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, 2019: March 4 – 8

Fall, 2019: April 8 – 19

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 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.

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  

Important Dates For the Remainder of the Spring Semester:

February 22:  Degree applications due for all degree candidates.  Applications for graduating with Honors in Biochemistry due at Honors Program Office

March 4-8:  SUMMER EARLY REGISTRATION

April 1: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses

April 8-April 19: FALL EARLY REGISTRATION

April 15:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration

May 3: Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option

May 6-10: Final Examination Week

May 9-12: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, October 4, 2018

Announcements abstract:

Winter and Spring Early Registration: November 5-16, 2018

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 (https://medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/education/undergraduate-program/opportunities) for students, such as research experience, education, or professional development.  Please visit the site often!


Complete announcements from Biochemistry:

Registering for Classes
Early registration for the Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 sessions runs from November 5 through 16.  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 see the website below for directions: https://clas.uiowa.edu/students/handbook/majors-minors-certificates#minors

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 26, 2018 – January 11, 2019, 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, 3140 and 3150 with grades of B- or better, 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: http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/undergrad/opportunities/

Important Dates for the remainder of the Fall Semester

  • October 29: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses
  • November 12: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration
  • November 5-16: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
  • December 7:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option
  • December 10-14: Final examination week
  • December 13-16: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, August 27, 2018

Summary of Announcements

Advising:  remember to meet with your advisor (listed on MyUI) prior to winter/spring early registration.

Winter and Spring Early Registration: is November 5-16, 2018

Add/Drop procedures: Courses can be dropped electronically using MyUI.  Changing sections or adding courses still requires a paper form.

Graduating this fall? All Applications for Degrees are due on September 28, 2018

Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching experiences: Biochemistry 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.

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

Important Dates for the remainder of the Fall Semester:

October 29: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses without dean’s approval
November 12: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration without Collegiate Dean’s permission
November 5-16: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
December 7:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option.
December 10-14: Final Examination Week
December 13-16: Commencement ceremonies begin

Complete announcements from Biochemistry

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: When you have your early registration date and time, please schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss your plans for the winter and spring.  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 5-16, 2018 (includes Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 sessions).  Your registration date and time will be listed in MyUI on the home screen approximately two weeks prior to early registration. Once you know your registration date and time, please arrange an appointment to meet with your advisor 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 and add semester-length courses through MyUI through 11:59 PM on  Sunday, August 26th .  Beginning on Monday, August 27th, 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. 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. 

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.  Do view this, please visit the Course Deadlines site

Graduating in the Fall 2018 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 Information” 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 28th 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 28th.   Please contact Dr. Marc Wold if you plan to graduate with honors this semester for additional information.

Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching experiences:
Biochemistry 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