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Biochemistry Student Announcements

This page contains announcements and reminders for Biochemistry undergraduate students
 

Announcements from Biochemistry, March 8, 2021

Early Registration for Fall 2021: April 12 – April 23  

Summer registration is opening this week and Fall 2021 early registration is coming up on April 12-23, 2021. You can find your exact registration time on MyUI.  Biochemistry advising appointments will continue to be held virtually.  No in-person meeting will be scheduled.  

Please contact your advisor directly by email about advising.  (Biochemistry advisors do not use MyUI for scheduling appointments!)  Faculty get many emails each day, so it will help if you put "academic advising" in the subject line.  Students should include in the email: what classes they are planning to take, any special circumstances and any questions that they have about registration.  If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Biochemistry Undergraduate Coordinator Judy Means at judy-means@uiowa.edu, using your University of Iowa email address.

If you are a double major, you may obtain authorization to register from your other (non-biochemistry) advisor, but you are encouraged to discuss your plans with your biochemistry advisor at least once a year.  

Rex Montgomery Biochemistry Scholarship Opportunity

The Rex Montgomery Biochemistry Scholarship was established in 2014. This scholarship will be awarded to one or more sophomore or junior Biochemistry majors. The purpose of this scholarship is to ease the recipient’s financial load at the University of Iowa during his/her undergraduate education and research training.

Eligibility criteria:  This scholarship is open to all sophomore and junior Biochemistry majors. Awards are made based on academic qualifications, which include research activities. For more information and to access the application form, please go to the Biochemistry Undergraduate Awards web page.

Applications must be submitted as a single pdf file by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 19, 2021.  Please email applications to biochem@uiowa.edu.

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 from 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  

17th Annual Gene F. Lata Biochemistry Undergraduate Honors Symposium

The 17th Annual Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 2021.  Graduating Biochemistry majors will present their research projects via Zoom.  More information forthcoming.

Update for seniors planning to graduate with Honors in Biochemistry

We will be sending out more information on the Lata Symposium (see previous item) and the process for graduating with Honors in Biochemistry soon.  Honors theses should be completed and approved by mentors by the end of the semester.  Final Honors theses need to be submitted electronically (to Judy Means) on Monday of Finals Week.

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.  

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 2021 is May 15, 2021.  For more information, please contact Brinda Shetty at 335-0964 or brinda-shetty@uiowa.edu.

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 website 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 include information on the Hawkeye Internship Grant and a master’s program designed specifically for STEM professionals, which is offered at Northwestern University.

Important Dates For the Remainder of the Spring Semester:

May 7:  Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses without dean’s approval
May 7:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration without dean’s approval
May 7:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option
May 10-14:  Final Examination Week          

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, January 25, 2021

Graduating in the Spring 2021 Session?

If you plan to graduate in May, you must file a degree application with the Office of the Registrar.  Students may file the degree application on MyUI (select “Student Records”) for the current session’s graduation.   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, February 26, by 11:59 PM.  Questions about degree applications should be directed to the Graduation Services office at registrar-degree-applications@uiowa.edu.

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, February 26th.   Please contact Dr. Marc Wold if you plan to graduate with honors this semester for additional information.

Early Registration Dates

  • Summer, 2021: March 8 – 12
  • Fall, 2021: April 12 – 23

Your exact registration time will be listed on MyUI.  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).  Appointments will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

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.  Students in CLAS may email clasps@uiowa.edu to declare a major, add a new major, and/or drop a major.  The email must come from your University of Iowa email account and include your University ID number and Hawk ID. 

Spring 2021 – Registration Change Process

Students can add, drop, or change existing registration in MyUI from January 25th – January 31st.  No approval is required during this timeframe. 

Dropping a course:

Starting February 1st, students must use MyUI to process drops and withdrawals through the end of the spring session.  Once you submit your Drop request, you must contact your advisor to request approval for your drop request.  For additional information, please see the Drop Courses When MyUI is Closed site.

Adding courses/section changes/hours changes:

Please go to the Spring 2021 – Registration Change Process site for directions on how to make changes. 

General instructions:

1.Please go to Changes in Registration – MyUI Closed to determine the required permissions/authorizations needed for your change. The course deadline look-up provides course-specific deadlines. 

2.Compose one email using your uiowa email account and copy everyone you need permission from. 

  • In the subject of the email, please include your name and ID or hawk ID. 
  • In the body of the email, please include: 1) Type of change you would like to make, 2) your name, 3) University ID number of hawk ID, 4) course name, 5) full course number including section(s), 6) credit hours, and 7) instructor name if you are adding an Independent Study.  
  • Ask that everyone please reply ALL with their permission/approvals to keep them in one email.

3.Once all approvals are received, add your signature and send the email to registrar@uiowa.edu for processing.

Adding or dropping an .EXW (online) course:

Please visit the Distance and Online Education site for instructions to add or drop an online course.

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. 

Change in Major:

Students advised at the Academic Advising Center (C210 Pomerantz Center) may declare or change majors by contacting that office. 

Students in CLAS may email clasps@uiowa.edu to declare a major, add a new major, and/or drop a major.  The email must come from your University of Iowa email account and include your University ID number and Hawk ID. 

Rex Montgomery Biochemistry Scholarship Opportunity

The Rex Montgomery Biochemistry Scholarship was established in 2014. This scholarship will be awarded to one or more sophomore or junior Biochemistry majors. The purpose of this scholarship is to ease the recipient’s financial load at the University of Iowa during his/her undergraduate education and research training.

Eligibility criteria:  This scholarship is open to all sophomore and junior Biochemistry majors. Awards are made based on academic qualifications, which include research activities. For more information and to access the application form, please go to the Biochemistry Undergraduate Awards web page.

Applications must be submitted as a single pdf file by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 19, 2021.  Please email applications to biochem@uiowa.edu.

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 from 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 a 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 website 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 26:  Degree applications due for all degree candidates.  Applications for graduating with Honors in Biochemistry due at Honors Program Office

March 8-12:  SUMMER EARLY REGISTRATION

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

April 12-April 23: FALL EARLY REGISTRATION

April 16:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration

May 7: Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option

May 10-14: Final Examination Week

May 13-16: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, October 12, 2020

Registering for Classes

Early registration for the Winter 2020 and Spring 2021sessions runs from November 30 through December 11.  Your exact registration time will be listed on MyUI.  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).  Appointments will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

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.  Students in CLAS may email clasps@uiowa.edu to declare a major, add a new major, and/or drop a major.  The email must come from your University of Iowa email account and include your University ID number and Hawk ID. 

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 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 or 2 s.h. of credit in BIOC:3993 or BIOC:4999 for the Winter Session, which runs December 28, 2020 – January 22, 2021, exclusive of University of Iowa holidays. Students are expected to spend 20+ hours/week in the laboratory to receive 1 s.h. of credit and 40 hours/week for 2 s.h. 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 – Advanced Undergrad Biochemistry Research – 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 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).

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 site: http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/biochemistry/undergrad/opportunities/

Important Dates for the remainder of the Fall Semester

  • November 2: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses
  • November 16: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration
  • November 30 – December 11: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
  • December 11:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option
  • December 14-18: Final examination week
  • December 17-20: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, August 25, 2020

Important Dates for the remainder of the Fall Semester:

November 2: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses without dean’s approval
November 16: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration without Collegiate Dean’s permission
November 9-20: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
December 11:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option.
December 14-18: Final Examination Week
December 17-20: Commencement ceremonies

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 9-20, 2020 (includes Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 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. 

Fall 2020 – Registration Change Process (these processes have changed this fall because of so many courses being taught virtually)

Students can add, drop, or change existing registration in MyUI from August 24th – August 30th.  No approval is required during this timeframe. 

Dropping a course:

Starting August 31st, students must use MyUI to process drops and withdrawals through the end of the fall session.  Once you submit your Drop request, you must contact your advisor to request approval for your drop request.  For additional information, please see the Drop Courses When MyUI is Closed site.

Adding courses/section changes/hours changes:

Please go to the Fall 2020 – Registration Change Process site for directions on how to make changes. 

General instructions:

  1. Please go to Changes in Registration – MyUI Closed to determine the required permissions/authorizations needed for your change. The course deadline look-up provides course specific deadlines. 
  2. Compose one email using your uiowa email account and copy everyone you need permission from. 
  • In the subject of the email, please include your name and ID or hawk ID. 
  • In the body of the email, please include: 1) Type of change you would like to make, 2) your name, 3) University ID number of hawk ID, 4) course name, 5) full course number including section(s), 6) credit hours, and 7) instructor name if you are adding an Independent Study.  
  • Ask that everyone please reply ALL with their permission/approvals to keep them in one email. 
  • Once all approvals are received, add your signature and send the email to registrar@uiowa.edu for processing.

Adding or dropping an .EXW (online) course:

Please visit the Distance and Online Education site for instructions to add or drop an online course.

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. 

Change in Major:

Students advised at the Academic Advising Center (C210 Pomerantz Center) may declare or change majors by contacting that office. 

Students in CLAS may email clasps@uiowa.edu to declare a major, add a new major, and/or drop a major.  The email must come from your University of Iowa email account and include your University ID number and Hawk ID. 

Graduating in the Fall 2020 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, October 2nd, 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, October 2nd.   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!