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This page contains announcements and reminders for Biochemistry undergraduate students
 

Announcements from Biochemistry, March 27, 2020

Please stay safe

The COVID-19 virus is a novel corona virus that is in our community.  It will infect anyone and is dangerous.  Please stay safe by practicing social distancing and excellent hygiene practices.  There is good guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).  Wash your hands often, cover your sneezes or coughs, and isolate if you have a cough or fever.  

Drop dates have been changed for spring semester

Individual courses can be dropped with advisor authorization through the last day of classes, May 8. Additionally, complete withdrawals (dropping all classes) for the spring 2020 semester also can be done with advisor authorization through May 8. After that date, students will need to petition for a late drop or late withdrawal and the college dean’s authorization will be required.

Early Registration for Summer 2020: March 9-13 and for Fall 2020: April 20 – May 1  

Fall 2020 early registration is coming up on April 20 – May 1, 2020. You can find your exact registration time on MyUI.  Biochemistry advising appointments will all be virtual this spring (using phone, email or using the online tools).  No in person meeting will be scheduled.  

Please contact your advisor directly by email about advising.  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.  

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  

16th Annual Gene F. Lata Biochemistry Undergraduate Honors Symposium

The 16th Annual Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020.  There will not be a live symposium this year.  The Department is looking at alternative formats that will allow graduating Biochemistry majors to present their research projects while keeping everyone safe.

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 2020 is May 15, 2020.  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 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 Latham Fellows Program and virtual career services offerings and resources available in the Pomerantz Career Center.

Important Dates For the Remainder of the Spring Semester:

May 8:  Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses without dean’s approval
May 8:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration
May 8:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option
May 11-15:  Final Examination Week          


Announcements from Biochemistry, January 30, 2020
 

Announcements abstract:

Planning to Graduate This Year?: Submit your Application for Degree by Friday, Feb 28, 2020.

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, 2020: March 9 – 13;  Fall, 2020: April 13 – 24

Rex Montgomery Undergraduate Scholarship:  Scholarship opportunity for all sophomore and junior Biochemistry majors.  2020 applications due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 13, 2020.

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/...

 
Full Announcements:

Planning to Graduate in May 2020?
If you plan on graduating this coming May, the deadline for submitting your Application for Degree is Friday, February 28, 2020.  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 2020?
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, 2020: March 9 – 13
Fall, 2020: April 13 – 24

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.

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 includes 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 13, 2020.  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 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 28:  Degree applications due for all degree candidates.  Applications for graduating with Honors in Biochemistry due at Honors Program Office

March 9-13:  SUMMER EARLY REGISTRATION

April 6: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses

April 13-April 24: FALL EARLY REGISTRATION

April 20:  Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration

May 8: Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option

May 11-15: Final Examination Week

May 14-17: Commencement ceremonies begin
 

Announcements from Biochemistry, October 8, 2019

Announcements abstract:

Winter and Spring Early Registration: November 11-22, 2019.
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!

Registering for Classes

Early registration for the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 sessions runs from November 11 through 22.  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: http://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 or 2 s.h. of credit in BIOC:3993 or BIOC:4999 for the Winter Session, which runs December 30, 2019 – January 17, 2020, exclusive of University of Iowa holidays. Students are expected to spend 20+ hours/week in the laboratory in order 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 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).

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
November 4: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses
November 18: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration
November 11-22: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
December 13:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option
December 16-20: Final examination week
December 19-22: Commencement ceremonies begin

 

Announcements from Biochemistry, August 28, 2019

Welcome to both new and returning Biochemistry students! 

We like to start the year with a few reminders to all of our students.  The list starts with a short list (for those looking at this message on small screens) and then a more detailed list (if you want more information).  For general information about the Biochemistry program, please refer to the 2018-19 Biochemistry Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Announcements abstract:

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

Winter and Spring Early Registration: is November 11-22, 2019

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 October 4, 2019

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:

November 4: Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses without dean’s approval
November 18: Last day for undergraduates to withdraw entire registration without Collegiate Dean’s permission
November 11-22: WINTER AND SPRING EARLY REGISTRATION
December 13:  Close of classes and last day for undergraduates to file second-grade-only option.
December 16-20: Final Examination Week
December 19-22: Commencement ceremonies

FULL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 11-22, 2019 (includes Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 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  Monday, September 2nd .  Beginning on Tuesday, September 3rd, 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 2019 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 4th 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 4th.   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!