Q: After I've been accepted, when and how should I start looking for a place to live?

A: The Corvallis rental housing market is competitive due to the large student population, so the sooner you start looking for a place to live the better.  Please visit OSU's housing guide at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/off-campus for advice.

Q: After I've been accepted, when and how do I sign up for my first classes?

A: If you are an incoming first year graduate student in the Graduate Program in Chemistry, you will sign up for classes during Orientation Week.  For more information about Orientation Week, please see the "Orientation Week" page under the "Graduate Program" drop-down menu.

Q: What is the typical course load?

A: Most students finish the majority of their coursework during their 1st year.

Q: What grades must I maintain in order to stay on track to receive my graduate degree?

A: The Department of Chemistry requires that enrolled graduate students maintain at least a 3.0 and get no lower than a B in any course.

Q: How long does it take to earn a PhD in the Graduate Program in Chemistry?

A: A PhD usually takes from 4-6 years to earn.  In some cases, a PhD may be earned in less or more time.

Q: When do graduate student usually take their Preliminary Oral Exam?

A: Most graduate students present their Oral Preliminary around the end of their second year.

Q: Can an MS degree be earned in the course of earning a PhD in the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University?

A: Yes.  An MS degree can be defended simultaneous to the graduate student taking his or her preliminary oral exam.

Q: How many credits are the graduate students required to take each term?

A: The graduate students are required to take 16 credits per term during the school year, and 9 credits during Summer Term.

Q: I need a specific form.  Where can I find it?

A: Most needed forms can be found in the "Forms" section of the Graduate School's website, which can be found at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/forms.

Q: Where do I send off professional correspondence and packages?

A: Professional correspondence can be sent from the Chemistry Office in Gilbert 153.

Q: Are there additional awards and fellowships that graduate students are eligible for during their time at OSU?

A: There are numerous awards and fellowships available through the chemistry department to graduate students including the

  • N.L. Tartar Summer Fellowships
  • Shirley Kuse Award for Outstanding Female Graduate Students
  • David Shoemaker Award for Outstanding Senior Graduate Students
  • Ingram Award for Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student
  • Benedict Award for Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student.

In addition, a large number of awards are available at the university level from a variety of sources. Visit the OSU Graduate School website - Graduate Fellowships, Scholarships, and Financial Aidor Graduate Funding Fellowship Table [PDF] - for more details.

Q: Who should I talk to if I'm having trouble coping with stress?

A: You're always welcome to come to the office and talk to Sarah Burton, the Department of Chemistry's Graduate Coordinator.  If you have a serious issue that may require you to seek professional help, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at OSU.  You can find more information at http://counseling.oregonstate.edu.edu.  Another place to go if you are experienceing stress or conflict is the Ombuds Office at OSU.  The Ombuds are professionals who work with people to solve problems and mitigrate conflicts.  Learn more about this service at http://oregonstate.edu/ombuds.