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Last Updated 2009-07-30

Chemistry PhD



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Curriculum

The Chemistry PhD program requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree with a minimum 18 credit hours of electives in the chosen sub-discipline, an original research project and dissertation presentation. A maximum of 24 credit hours may be transferred for students that have completed an approved MS degree program. At least 27 hours of formal course work, exclusive of independent study, are required in order to fulfill degree requirements. This includes four core courses and four electives, three of which must be taken from Chemistry. Six credit hours of directed research are also required; additional courses may be specified by the student's research adviser.


One of the primary means of education and training in the PhD program is achieved through successful completion of an original research project, close mentorship by their research adviser and the presentation and defense of the PhD dissertation. This intense research experience provides the education and training necessary for the student to substantiate his/her expertise and develop the skills necessary to become an independent professional.

By the second semester, students will choose a dissertation adviser and establish a program of study. Students will take a seminar course a minimum of seven times. Students are required to complete a seminar presentation to the department during the sixth semester of seminar, prior to presenting candidacy. A final seminar credit hour will be taken in preparation for the dissertation defense. During this semester, the student will present a seminar to the department on their dissertation research. The research adviser and graduate program director will establish an advisory committee for each student. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Required Courses—19 Credit Hours

Core—12 Credit Hours

Students must take four of the following courses.

  • CHM 6710 Applied Analytical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6440 Kinetics and Catalysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6251 Applied Organic Synthesis (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6240 Chemical Thermodynamics (3 credit hours)
  • BCH 6740 Applied Biochemistry (3 credit hours)

If a student successfully completes all five core courses, one course will count toward fulfilling the electives requirement.

Seminar—7 Credit Hours

  • CHM 6936 Seminar (1 credit hour, to be taken six times before presenting candidacy)

Elective Courses—18-38 Credit Hours in Chosen Concentration

Directed Research—6 Credit Hours

  • CHM 6918 Directed Research (variable credit hours)

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • Selected from courses list below or chosen by adviser

Additional Courses—0-20 Credit Hours

Students who enter the program with a master's degree need to take four elective courses (12 credit hours) and 6 credit hours of directed research. They may choose four courses from the departmental offerings or three courses from the departmental offerings and one from outside of the department. Directed research will always be within the department. Students who enter the program without a master's degree will be required to take 20 additional hours for a total of 38 credit hours of a combination of elective and research courses.

A program of study requires 27 hours of total formal course work exclusive of independent study. Students and advisers need to be careful about how elective courses are selected so that at least 12 credit hours of electives must be formal course work, exclusive of independent study. Doctoral research, dissertation research, independent study and directed research may also be used to satisfy additional hours in the concentration. 

Materials Chemistry Concentration

Choose from the following courses (one may be from outside the department) in addition to 6 hours of directed research.

  • CHM 5225 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5580 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6260 Chemical Unit Operations and Separations (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6711 Chemistry of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6620 Solid State Inorganic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5450 Polymer Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5451C Techniques in Polymer Science (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5715C Optical Materials Processing and Characterization Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6449 Photochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5305 Applied Biological Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6938 Special Topics (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5235 Applied Molecular Spectroscopy (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6134 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 7938 Frontiers in Chemistry (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research in Materials Chemistry (6 credit hours)

Courses from outside the Chemistry Department.

  • OSE 5203 Fundamentals of Applied Optics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5313 Materials for Optical Systems (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5414 Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5504 Modern Characterization of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6518 Transmission Electron Microscopy (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5108 Surface Science (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6129 Solidification and Microstructure Evolution (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6130 Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6136 Diffusion in Solids (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6516 X-Ray Diffraction and Crystallography (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7691 Structure-Function-Relationships of Biomolecules I (5 credit hours)
  • PHY 5933 Selected Topics in Biophysics of Macromolecules (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5527 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • BSC 5408L Advanced Biology Laboratory Techniques (3 credit hours)

Environmental Chemistry Concentration

Choose from the following courses (one may be from outside the department) in addition to 6 hours of directed research.

  • CHS 6260 Chemical Unit Operations and Separations (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6613 Current Topics in Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6508 Advanced Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Science (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5235 Applied Molecular Spectroscopy (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5580 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6134 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6449 Photochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6938 Special Topics (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 7938 Frontiers in Chemistry (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research in Environmental Chemistry (6 credit hours)

Courses from outside the Chemistry Department.

  • ENV 5410 Drinking Water Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6046 Membrane Mass Transfer (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6055 Fate and Transport of Subsurface Contaminants (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6336 Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6519 Aquatic Chemical Processes (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment (3 credit hours)

Forensic Science Concentration

Choose from the following courses in addition to 6 hours of directed research.

  • CHS 6545 Forensic Analysis of Explosives (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6546 Forensic Analysis of Ignitable Liquids (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6134 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5451C Techniques in Polymer Science (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6938 Special Topics (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535 Forensic Molecular Biology (2 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535L Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6536 Population Genetics and Genetic Data Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 7938 Frontiers in Chemistry (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research in Forensic Science (6 credit hours)

Biochemistry Concentration

Choose from the following courses (one may be from outside the department) in addition to 6 hours of directed research.

  • CHM 5305 Applied Biological Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5235 Applied Molecular Spectroscopy (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5225 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6278 The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5580 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6449 Photochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535 Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535L Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials Lab (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6536 Forensic Analysis of DNA Data (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 7938 Frontiers in Chemistry (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research in Biochemistry (3 credit hours)

Courses from outside the Chemistry Department.

  • IDS 7691 Structure-Function-Relationships of Biomolecules I (5 credit hours)
  • PHY 5933 Selected Topics in Biophysics of Macromolecules (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5654 Applied Microbiology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 6417C Microbial Metabolism (3 credit hours)
  • BSC 6407C Laboratory methods in Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5236 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5527 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6516 X-Ray Diffraction and Crystallography (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6518 Transmission Electron Microscopy (3 credit hours)

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours Minimum

  • CHM 7980 Doctoral Dissertation (15 credit hours)

Within three months before defending the dissertation, the student will present a dissertation research seminar to the Department of Chemistry, registering for one credit hour of seminar.

Qualifying Examinations

Students will be expected to satisfy qualifying (proficiency) requirements (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry) during the first year by taking exams in four of these five areas. Additional course work may be required if one or more of the qualifying exams is not satisfied. These exams may be waived if the entering student possesses an MS degree in the Chemical Sciences. Satisfaction of this requirement will help ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the core courses. If a student does not satisfy the proficiency exam requirements within the first year, the student may be subject to dismissal from the program.

Candidacy Examination

By the end of the fifth semester (excluding summers), students must pass the PhD candidacy oral examination. The candidacy examination consists of writing and orally defending an original research proposal to the student’s program faculty advisory committee as well as a presentation of their preliminary dissertation research accomplishments and plans. The research proposal will focus on a topic not directly related to the student’s dissertation research and must be approved by the adviser and advisory committee. Failure to pass the PhD candidacy exam will result in dismissal from the program.

Admission to Candidacy

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all required and formal elective course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submittal of an approved program of study.

Dissertation Defense

The final requirement for the PhD degree is completion of a satisfactory written dissertation of the student’s research, along with successful presentation and defense of the dissertation to the advisory committee, including one doctorate-holding non-program faculty member.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the Chemistry PhD program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 per semester.


Timeline for Completion

Sample Plan of Study for an Incoming Student with a BS Degree

Year 1 

FallSpringSummer
  • CHM 6710 Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • CHS 6240 Thermodynamics (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • CHM 6440 Kinetics and Catalysis (3)
  • CHS 6251 Organic Synthesis (3)
  • BCH 6740 Applied Biochemistry (3) or CHM 7919 Directed Research(3)
  • Elective and/or CHM 7919 Directed Research (6)
Semester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 6 hours

Year 2 

FallSpringSummer
  • Elective (3)
  • CHM 6936 Seminar (1)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research (5)
  • Elective (3)
  • CHM 6936 Seminar (1)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research (5)
  • Elective and/or CHM 7919 Directed Research (6)
Semester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 6 hours

Year 3 

FallSpringSummer
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
Semester Total: 3 hoursSemester Total: 3 hoursSemester Total: 3 hours

Year 4 

FallSpringSummer
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
Semester Total: 3 hours            Semester Total: 3 hoursSemester Total: 3 hours

Year 5 

FallSpring
  • CHM 6936 Seminar (1)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
Semester Total: 4 hoursSemester Total: 3 hours

Sample Plan of Study for an Incoming Student with a MS Degree

Year 1 

FallSpringSummer
  • CHM 6710 Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • CHS 6240 Thermodynamics (3)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research (3)
  • CHM 6440 Kinetics and Catalysis (3)
  • CHS 6251 Organic Synthesis (3)
  • BCH 6740 Applied Biochemistry (3) or CHM 7919 Directed Research (3)
  • Elective and/or CHM 7919 Directed Research (6)
Semester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 6 hours

Year 2 

FallSpringSummer
  • CHM 6936 Seminar (1)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research (8)
  • CHM 6936 Seminar (1)
  • CHM 7919 Directed Research (8)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (6)
Semester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 9 hoursSemester Total: 6 hours

Year 3 

FallSpringSummer
    • CHM 6936 Seminar (1)
    • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
  • CHM 7980 Dissertation Research (3)
Semester Total: 4 hoursSemester Total: 3 hoursSemester Total: 3 hours

Milestones for PhD Degree Completion

  • Qualifying (proficiency) Exams (within first year)
  • Core Coursework and Electives (two years to complete)
  • Candidacy Exam (to formally propose dissertation topic)
  • Research (two-three years)
  • Dissertation Writing
  • Dissertation Defense

Take care to complete the core course requirements in preparation for the qualifying exam. In addition, there will be elective courses that are completed. These elective courses are incorporated into your doctoral program to provide you with a different perspective of your research topic and to broaden the application of your field of research.

Taking a full load of courses, or nine hours per semester, it normally takes two years to complete the core course work.

As you begin working on your research, you will want to find a research advisor who will guide this research and be able to provide you with research funding support.

To provide students experience with publishing and presenting research, this program recommends that each student participate in a research project that will result in publication and presentation at a regional or national conference.

When you are ready to formally initiate your research, you will need to determine who will serve on your dissertation committee (minimum five individuals) in consultation with your research advisor.

The candidacy examination consists of writing and orally defending an original research proposal (a topic not directly related to the student’s dissertation research, and approved by the advisor and advisory committee) to the student’s advisory committee, and a presentation of their preliminary dissertation research accomplishments and plans.

Once you pass candidacy, your focus will be on the research that will result in your dissertation. For most students in the program, conducting the research and the process of writing the dissertation may take two to three years. During this time, you must remain in close contact with your dissertation research advisor to ensure that you are meeting the requirements and present annual updates to your dissertation committee.

The dissertation defense occurs when everything you have been working on comes together to be presented to your committee. The committee will ask questions of your process and assess the level of competency with the research topic. 

Course Schedule

See Timeline for Completion of Degree Program. For specific course selection, please consult with program advisor.

Examination Requirements

Students will be expected to satisfy qualifying (proficiency) requirements (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry) during the first year by taking the ACS standardized proficiency exams in four of these five areas. Additional course work may be required if one or more of the qualifying exams is not satisfied. These exams may be waived if the entering student possesses an MS degree in the Chemical Sciences. Satisfaction of this requirement will help ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the core courses.  If a student decides not to take any one or all of the tests, a score of zero will be given. Test results are used to help design each student's plan of study in terms of the starting coursework. If a student passes a placement exam in a given area, he or she will start with the 6000 level core course in that area. If a passing score is not achieved, then the student must do the following within the first year of graduate enrollment:

  1. Organic - The final exams for CHM 2210 and 2211 must be passed with a grade of "B" or better.
  2. Analytical - A student has two options: Option 1 is to take all regularly scheduled exams including the final exam for CHM 3120; Option 2 is to take only the comprehensive final exam for CHM 3120. A grade of "B" or better must be achieved in either case and all exams must be taken at the time scheduled by the instructor for those registered for the course. The student must notify the instructor in writing during the first week of the semester as to which option is selected.
  3. Physical - The final exam for CHM 3410 must be passed with a grade of "B" or better.
  4. Inorganic - The final exam for CHM 4610 must be passed with a grade of "B" or better.
  5. Biochemistry - The final exam for BCH 4053 must be passed with a grade of "B" or better.

No student is exempt even if he or she has already had the necessary coursework. Each student still must demonstrate proficiency. This includes those with their BS degrees from UCF. Satisfaction of this requirement will help ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the core courses.

If a student does not satisfy the proficiency exam requirements within the first year, the student may be subject to dismissal from the program.

By the end of the fifth semester (excluding summers), students must pass the PhD candidacy oral examination. The candidacy examination consists of writing and orally defending an original research proposal to the student’s program faculty advisory committee as well as a presentation of their preliminary dissertation research accomplishments and plans. The research proposal will focus on a topic not directly related to the student’s dissertation research and must be approved by the adviser and advisory committee. Failure to pass the PhD candidacy exam will result in dismissal from the program.

Post-Candidacy Enrollment

Prior to enrollment into XXX7980 Dissertation Research, you must have passed candidacy and your dissertation committee must be reviewed and approved by the COS Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. This form can be found online at http://graduate.cos.ucf.edu/current/forms.php. Additionally, the College of Graduate Studies must receive these documents prior to the first day of classes for the term in order to enroll in dissertation hours for that term.

Doctoral students engaging in dissertation research must be continuously enrolled in at least three hours of XXX 7980 every semester, including summers, until they successfully defend and submit their dissertation to the University Thesis Editor. The three hours of dissertation enrollment each semester reflects the expenditure of university resources, particularly if more than the minimum number of hours is required for completion of the dissertation. 

Dissertation Requirements

University Dissertation Requirements

The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for dissertation formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.

All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.

The following requirements must be met by dissertation students in their final term:

  • Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
  • Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
  • Defend by the defense deadline
  • Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
  • Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
  • Submit final dissertation document by final submission deadline

Students must format their dissertation according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Dissertation Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.

The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the dissertation process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.

The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at editor@ucf.edu.

Doctoral Dissertation Committee

The final requirement for the PhD Degree is completion of a satisfactory written dissertation of his/her research, along with successful presentation and defense of the dissertation to the student’s dissertation advisory committee, including one committee member selected from faculty at the university exclusive of the Chemistry Department.

A student’s dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of five members including the research adviser. One of the committee members will be from outside the Chemistry department. A majority of the program committee members will hold tenure-earning faculty appointments in the Chemistry Department. The committee has to be approved by the Graduate Coordinator of the Chemistry program and the department Chair.

Graduate Research

Human Subjects

If the student chooses to conduct research that involves human subjects (i.e. surveys, interviews, etc.), he or she must gain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to beginning the study. For access to the IRB submission form and sample consent forms, please visit the Office of Research website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance > UCF IRB Webpage > UCF-IRB Principal Investigator’s Manual.

Animal Subjects

If the student chooses to conduct research that involves animal subjects, he or she must gain Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval prior to beginning the study. For access to the IACUC submission forms, please visit the Office or Research website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance > UCF IACUC Webpage > Animal Use Approval Form.

If you have questions regarding human or animal subjects, please contact Ms. Barbara Ward, IRB Coordinator at 407-823-2901. 

Ethics in Research

Researchers in every discipline have a responsibility for ethical awareness as the status of the profession rests with each individual researcher. It is important to be honest and ethical in conducting research as well as in taking classes. The ethical collection and use of information includes, but is by no means limited to, the following: confidentiality, accuracy, relevance, self-responsibility, honesty, and awareness of conflict of interest. The University of Arizona’s Code of Research Ethics provides our students with guidelines for responsible practice in research. This code of ethics can be found here: https://www.as.arizona.edu/research-conduct.  

Patent and Invention Policy

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and to (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate students as inventor will, according to this policy, share in the proceeds of the invention.

The full policy is available online from the Graduate Catalog: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies > Patent and Invention Policy.

Laboratory Safety

  1. Approved eye protection is required to be worn in the laboratory continuously. This means eye covering which will protect against both impact and splashes. Safety glasses or goggles must be rated Z87 in order to be approved protective eyewear for lab use. Approved eyewear is available through the campus bookstore, Home Depot or Lowes. If you should get a chemical in your eye, wash with flowing water for a minimum of 15 minutes and inform the instructor.
  2. Full protection for the body must be provided by a full length lab coat with long sleeves, long pants or a long skirt, and shoes. Shoes must be closed toe; no sandals are allowed. Keep long hair confined while in the laboratory. If you wear contacts, please wear your glasses instead with safety glasses that will cover them, unless medically not advised. Both latex and nitrile gloves are available in the bookstore for your use.
  3. Perform no unauthorized experiments. No horseplay in laboratories. No smoking allowed. No food and drink in the laboratories. Wash your hands before leaving the laboratory.
  4. Do not taste anything in the laboratory. This applies to food as well as chemicals. Do not use the laboratory as an eating place, and do not eat or drink from laboratory glassware.
  5. Exercise great care in noting the odor of fumes and avoid breathing fumes of any kind. Use fume hoods as required with blower on and the vertical safety glass down at the appropriate level.
  6. Do not use mouth suction in filling pipettes with chemical reagents. Use a suction bulb.
  7. In case of fire or accident, call the instructor at once. Note location of the fire extinguisher, safety shower, and eyewash now, so that you can use it if needed. Wet towels are very efficient for smothering fires. When the alarm sounds evacuate the building.
  8. For treatment of cuts, burns, or inhalation of fumes you must go to The Health Center, located behind the Chemistry building. Your instructor will arrange for transportation or an escort if needed.
  9. Do not force glass tubing into rubber stopper without protection for hands. Lubricate the tubing with water and use a towel to cover. Fire-polish the ends of all glass tubing.

Extensive information about UCF's research and the Chemistry Department's research, in particular, can be found at the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization website: www.research.ucf.edu. Additional details including a list of research specializations and projects as well as current funding resources and research centers, visit the Research webpage  on the Chemistry Department website.

Financial Support

For general information about graduate fellowships, assistantships, tuition For general information about graduate fellowships, assistantships, tuition waivers and payments, health insurance and other financial aid for students, see https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu/.

International Students

Several types of employment are available to international students, including on-campus employment. For more information about the types of employment available to international students, and the requirements and restrictions based in visa-type, please see the International Services Center’s website: www.intl.ucf.edu > Current Students > Employment.

Assistantships, Tuition Remission, and Health Insurance

For complete information about university assistantships, tuition remission, and health insurance, please see the UCF Graduate Catalog: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Financial Information.  

To be employed and to maintain employment in a graduate position, the student must be:

  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled full time  

To be awarded and continue receipt of tuition remission, the student must be:

  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled full time
  • Employed in a graduate assistantship position (GTA, GRA, GA) or receiving a University fellowship  

GTA Training Requirements

If the student is hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Grader, there are training requirements that must be met in order for the student's Assistantship Agreement to be processed. See Graduate Teaching for these training requirements and registration instructions. 

International students who will be hired in GTA positions must be proficient at speaking English. This is determined by successfully passing the SPEAK test with a score of 55 or better. Please see the GTA Information webpage for details.

GTA Performance Assessment

At the completion of each semester the student is employed as a GTA, the student’s performance will be evaluated by the faculty advisor. These assessments will be used to review strengths and weaknesses in the student’s performance in preparation for future employment. 

Graduate Student Associations

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

Chemistry Graduate Student Association - This organization was formed by the Chemistry Graduate students to welcome incoming students and help with housing, transportation, academics, etc. To contact the organization please e-mail: cgsa.ucf@gmail.com.    

American Chemical Society (ACS) fosters a cohesive community among students that promotes a positive image of Chemistry and to bring chemistry awareness to the general public through appreciation and understanding.

Professional Development

The Chemistry Department at UCF has developed an extensive network of partnerships with Central Florida business and industry. These alliances enrich the learning experience and provide unique opportunities both during and after the advanced degree programs. Companies recently offering partnership programs for UCF Chemistry students include Lucent Technologies, NASA, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, MBI International, Cirent Corporation, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, M. D. Andersen Cancer Center of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, and the Walt Disney Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital.

Instructor Training and Development

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. To that end, they offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

GTA Training

This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program

This certificate program (12 weeks for domestic students, 16 weeks for international students) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided, and a stipend is offered to current UCF students who complete the certificate. International students are provided the same training as well as information regarding language immersion and tricks and cultural awareness as a way of knowing what to expect from American students.

For more information, see www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544. 

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:  

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant - For students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching - For students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Dissertation - To recognize doctoral students for excellence in the dissertation. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's dissertation. Excellence of the dissertation may be demonstrated by evidences such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field.

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.  

Other 

Pathways to Success Workshops - Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, thePathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit http://www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/     

Graduate Research Forum - Sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies, the Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster and best oral presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.

For grant-proposal writing resources: http://uwc.cah.ucf.edu/

Job Search

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.

For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please contact the graduate program director or academic advisor.

The University has several nationally and internationally recognized research institutes devoted to research and development. For a list of research institutes at UCF offering research opportunities, as well as a listing of other organizations please visit the Research Centers webpage  on the Chemistry Department website.

Forms

  • College of Graduate Studies Forms
    A listing of general forms and files for graduate students including student services and records and graduation forms.
  • Graduate Petition Form
    When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
  • Traveling Scholar Form
    If a student would like to take advantage of special resources available on another campus but not available on the home campus; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections, this form must be completed and approved.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).

Explanation:

The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

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