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Student Resources

UCSD has a number of resourcse available for students related to academic support, career guidance and student involvement. 

TritonLink Tools 

Access online tools for students including Advising, Classes & Enrollment, Financial tools, and Grades & Transcripts.

Career Tools

A suite of tools that range from Career Assessment & Exploration, Job Search tools, Interview Prep, and Networking.

Engaged Learning Tools

A suite of tools to help students navigate finding a job (REAL Portal), marketing their
experiences to future employers (Portfolium), validates their Co-Curricular Experiences
on campus(CCR), and lastly, provides additional contextual information about a student’s
courses and instructors (Enhanced Electronic Transcript.)

Academic Resources

CHEM 6A-B-C Help Room

TAs and Tutors in the specified Chemistry 6A-B-C classes on the chart (see link) do not hold office hours, but instead are part of the team coverage of Help Room. Students may seek assistance at Help Room from any TA or Tutor affiliated with a particular course number. For example, all Chem 6A students may go to Help Room whenever a Chem 6A TA or Tutor is on the schedule. For courses not covered by Help Room, students may meet with their section's TA or Tutor during office hours as announced in class.

Help Room Coverage by Quarter:

  • Fall: Chem 6A
  • Winter: Chem 6A and 6B
  • Spring: Chem 6B and 6C

Location: York Hall 4020A & 4020B

 

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OASIS

OASIS Math and Science Workshops are structured group-learning study-sessions led by a tutor who explains course concepts and encourages a collaborative learning environment.

Each workshop session is 2 hours and meets twice a week. Attendance is mandatory.

Teaching + Learning Commons 

Math and Science Supplemental Instruction (SI) Meetings

The SupplementaI Instruction (SI) program provides academic support for students who are enrolled in courses that have been challenging to students in the past.  SI Leaders attend all lectures alongside the students who are enrolled in the course, so they always know what is happening in the class. In SI sessions, SI Leaders do not re-lecture or introduce new material. Rather, SI Leaders are trained to maximize active student involvement with the course material and to integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn; as a result, students who attend SI sessions understand the material better.

Math and Science Tutoring Drop-Ins

Tutors will assist students who drop by on a first-come/first-helped basis.  There may be a short wait if many students are seeking tutoring for the same course. The tutor may assist up to 3 students at a time for the same course in 30 minute sessions or slightly longer if no students are waiting.

Teaching & Learning Commons

Math and Science Supplemental Instruction (SI) Meetings

The SupplementaI Instruction (SI) program provides academic support for students who are enrolled in courses that have been challenging to students in the past.  SI Leaders attend all lectures alongside the students who are enrolled in the course, so they always know what is happening in the class. In SI sessions, SI Leaders do not re-lecture or introduce new material. Rather, SI Leaders are trained to maximize active student involvement with the course material and to integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn; as a result, students who attend SI sessions understand the material better.

Math and Science Tutoring Drop-Ins

Tutors will assist students who drop by on a first-come/first-helped basis.  There may be a short wait if many students are seeking tutoring for the same course. The tutor may assist up to 3 students at a time for the same course in 30 minute sessions or slightly longer if no students are waiting.

Learning Strategies

Offered through the Academic Achievement Hub, learning strategies tutoring (also known as metacognitive tutoring) helps students develop skills that address learning challenges (examples: defining study goals and developing time management skills) while teaching the underlying metacognitive conditions (such as growth mindset vs. fixed mindset) that can contribute to these challenges.

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Private Tutoring

Each year, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department compiles a "Tutor for Hire" list. All tutors listed are Juniors, Seniors, or Graduate students who have earned an A- or better in the subject matter for which they are listed as an available tutor. Arrangements (pay, location, etc.) are arranged entirely between the tutor and tutee. 

Please contact us at chemadvising@ucsd.edu if you are a current UCSD student taking a chemistry class and would like to obtain a copy of our Tutor for Hire list. The 2018-2019 list will be available no earlier than Friday, October 12th, 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators

WASC Exhibit 7.1, Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators (IEEI) (All Chemistry/Biochemistry Majors)

Learning Objectives, by Chemistry/Biochemistry Major

Student Life Resources

ACSSA

The UCSD-American Chemical Society Student Affiliates is a student run organization offering services to all UCSD Chemistry majors and the local San Diego community. The following is just a partial list of some of our activities and events:

-Guest speakers (including medical, pharmacy, and graduate schools)
-On-campus research with UCSD Biochem/Chem Faculties
-Socials and Outreach events
-Symposiums
-Company Tours
-Lab Supplies Sales

Weekly meeting: Wednesday 6:30-8:00 pm at NSB 1205

http://acssa.ucsd.edu/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucsdacssa/

Undergraduate Events

New students: Join us for our Welcome Week Info Session!

When: Wednesday, September 25th 10AM-11:30AM
Where: Galbraith Hall 242
What: Learn about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and meet department academic advisors, peer advisors, ACSSA officers, and faculty!

Undergraduate Achievements

Undergraduate Student Achievements

We are proud to acknowledge the many achievements of our students, and we wish them great success in fulfillment of their future endeavors.

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Names appear in alphabetical order

2019 13th Annual ACSSA Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thank you to everyone who attended our event and to those that presented their research!

Congratulations to the 2019 Poster Presentation Award Winners!

Poster Presentation Awardees

  • Riddhi Ananth (Sailor Lab) - Inorganic Division
  • David Callahan (Bussey Lab) - Chemical Education Division
  • Andrea Gonzalez (O'Connor Lab)  - Biochemistry Division
  • Aurora Guild (Gerwick Lab) - Biochemistry Division
  • Christine Lee (Schmidt Lab) - Organic Division
  • Debbie Zhuang (Paesani Lab) - Physical/Analytical Division

Charles L. Perrin Summer Fellowship

This merit-based fellowship recognizes students who show promise as future scientists through their participation in undergraduate chemistry research at UC San Diego.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the Charles Perrin Summer Fellowship!

  • Mingzhi Xu (Joseph Lab)
  • Shenghua Yang (Tor Lab)

Kamen Award

Recognizes outstanding research in chemistry by a graduating senior. Martin Kamen was also a founding member of the Department of Chemistry at UCSD in 1961. His influential research co-discovered carbon-14, an isotope he used and developed as a tracer atom, a powerful tool that is frequently used today in science research.  For his achievements, he was given the 1995 Enrico Fermi Award and he was a member of the prestigious, National Academy of Sciences.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the Kamen Award!

  • Yueyi Chen (Komives Lab)
  • Nicholas Tu (Rinehart Lab)

Mayer Award

The Mayer Award recognizes outstanding research in chemistry by a graduating senior. The award is in honor of Joseph E. Mayer, one of the first members of the Department of Chemistry at UCSD. He came to San Diego in 1960 at the urging of Clark Kerr, who was then the President of the University of California, and Roger Revelle. Mayer was a renowned physical chemist who influenced the development of our chemistry department and this campus.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the Mayer Award!

  • Haotian Chen (Xiong Lab)
  • Andrew Mitchell (Amaro Lab)
  • Richard Niederecker (Yang Lab)
  • Yifan Wu (Perrin Lab)

Urey Award

The Harold C. Urey Award is given to the most outstanding graduating chemistry major each year. Harold Urey came to La Jolla in 1958 as a founding father of the UCSD campus, and one of the first members of its chemistry department. He had won the Nobel Prize in 1934 for his discovery of deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen. This award was established in 1973, in honor of Dr. Urey's 80th birthday.

Congraulations to the 2019 recipients of the Urey Award!

  • Melinda Chan (Siegel Lab)
  • Peter Glatt (Cohen Lab)

Physical Sciences Dean's Undergraduate Award for Excellence

The Undergraduate Awards for Excellence is an opportunity to recognize and award our undergraduates who have demonstrated academic excellence and promise as researchers.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 recipients of the Dean's Award!

  • Rachel Blake (Komives Lab)
  • Gabriel Cabra (Galperin Lab)
  • Melinda Chan (Siegel Lab)
  • Xi Chen (Bertrand Lab)
  • Yueyi Chen (Komives Lab)
  • Shih-ting Huang (Komives Lab)
  • Ellen Lavorando (McHugh Lab)
  • Aaron Levy (Tor Lab)
  • Zhonghuan Luo (Paesani Lab)
  • Richard Niederecker (Yang Lab)
  • Nicholas Tu (Baldwin Lab)
  • Yifan Wu (Perrin Lab) 

 

Past Awards

Mayer Award

2017: Dylan Power

2016: Kelsey Ann Krug, David Stephen Robert, Hao Zheng

2014: Kuei-Lin Chang, Kevin Pham

2013: Saajan Bhakta, Jake Boissonnault

2012: Patrick Smith

2011: Nathan Hendricks

Urey Award

2018: Nicholas Checchia, Andrew Dang, Xiangyi Ke, Sijing Meng

2017: Ashley Hua Yee Chong

2016: Joshua Lee Cox, Connor Masao, Nam Thanh Trinh, Shane Christopher Williams

2014: Russell Lewis, Cydnee Ng, Dennis Tran, Krystine Vuong

2013: Pei-Ling Wu, Jung Hoon Park, Shiteng Duan, Alexander Ying Kit, Kevin Bao

2012: Kayla Nicole Busby, Stephan Sheung-Ming Leung

2011: Brittany Michel, Sihui Ma, Julia Stauber

Perrin Summer Fellowship Award

2018: Kaleb Barber, Yifan Wu

2016: Maher Alhaja, David Stephen Roberts

2014:
 Carolyn White, Megan Rooney

Teaching Excellence Awards

2011: Nellab Yakuby

Sigali Award

2011: Julia Stauber

ACS Poster/Oral Presentation Awards

2018 (Poster): Jacob Hawver Pachter, Gavin Heim, Qin Li, Laura Williamson

2015 (Oral): Ryan Davis, Christina Jayson, Eric Kircher, Phuc Nguyen, Michael Shenk

2015 (Poster): Jennifer Bowen, Christopher coyle, Samantha Freitag, Cassandra Gilmour, Kelsey Krug, Beatriz Lopez-Bermudez, Megan Murphy, Sean Najjar, Wiberth Narvaez, Jennifer Ngo

Undergraduate Alumni Spotlight

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Andrew Bergdorf 

 

Class of 2016 - Biochemistry/Chemistry

Current: Bioanalytical Scientist at MicroConstants

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Cole Carter

 

Class of 2016 - Chemistry

Current: PhD student at Northwestern University, working in Organometallics with Tobin Marks

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Josh Cox

 

Class of 2016 - Chemistry

Current: Chemistry Ph.D. Student at Harvard University in the Keutsch Lab

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Jessie Davis

 

Class of 2017 - Biochemistry/Chemistry

Current: Ph.D. student at Harvard University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

 

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Eddie Dellamary

 

Class of 2016 - Chemistry

Current: Masters in Materials Science in Luleå University of Technology (Northern Sweden)

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Adrienne Desens

 

Class of 2015 - Biochemistry/Chemistry

Current: Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2020 at Keck Graduate Institute and part-time medical writer

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Darlene Nguyen

 

Class of 2017 - Chemistry

Current: M.S at UCSD in Protein crystallography

 

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Robin Richardson

 

Class of 2016 - Environmental Chemistry

Current: Research Scientist at Epic Sciences in Immunohistochemistry

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Stephanie Smith

 

Class of 2017 - Chemistry and NanoEngineering

Current: M.S. at UCSD in NanoEngineering 

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Lindsey Wells

 

Class of 2017 - Biochemistry/Chemistry

Current: Assistant Scientist TriLink Biotechnologies, Inc.

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Carolyn White

 

Class of 2016 - Chemical Physics

Current: PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania in Physical Chemistry