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Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemistry

Guide to Graduate Studies

Getting Oriented

Key Contacts in the University, College and Department

Suzanne Laurich-McIntyre, Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education (AVPGE)
The AVPGE is responsible for support programs for graduate students including travel grants, small research grants, professional development seminars, and events designed for women and students of color. Dr. Laurich-McIntyre also serves as ombudsperson for graduate students throughout Carnegie Mellon.

Rebecca Doerge, Dean, Mellon College of Science and Professor of Statistics and Biological Sciences
Leading academic officer in the Mellon College of Science. Advocates for the college within the university and beyond. Reviews grievances that cannot be resolved within the department.

Curtis A. Meyer, Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs, Professor of Physics
x8-2745 (Physics Office), x8-3090 (Doherty Hall Office),
Handles college-wide policy issues affecting graduate students. Convenes the MCS Graduate Student Advisory Council for input from students and to promote cross-college interactions among graduate students.

Linda Peteanu, Professor and Acting Department Head
Mellon Institute 825C, x8-1327,
Responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the department. For appointments, contact Brenda Chambers x8-1062.

Rea Freeland, Associate Head and Graduate Program Committee Co-Chair
Mellon Institute 440B, x8-7981,
Works with the department head on the overall administration of the department. Oversees graduate program. Serves as ombudsperson for graduate students in Chemistry and throughout the Mellon College of Science to assist with difficult academic or personal situations. Also facilitates diversity activities in MCS.

Bruce Armitage, Professor and Graduate Program Committee Co-Chair
Mellon Institute 722, x8-4196,
Co-leads Graduate Program Committee activities for orientation, annual review of graduate students, review of student petitions, and discussions of changes in Ph.D. requirements.

Karen Stump, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Laboratories; Teaching Professor
Doherty Hall 1316, x8-2340,
Advises undergraduate students and oversees the undergraduate teaching curriculum. Responsible for the operation of the undergraduate laboratories and oversees the laboratory staff. Works closely with graduate students as Teaching Assistants by making TA assignments, providing training and overall supervision.

Valerie Bridge, Senior Graduate Program Coordinator
Mellon Institute 404, x8-3150,
Administration of graduate studies, including registration, enrollment, monitoring program requirements, degree certification, etc. Coordinates graduate student recruitment efforts. First point of contact for many questions.

Brenda Chambers, Administrative Associate
Mellon Institute 412, x8-1062,
Coordinates key departmental activities such as faculty searches and reviews, as well as department social events.

Patsey Haddock, Financial Assistant
Mellon Institute, Room 509B, x8-1064,
Responsible for purchase orders, petty cash, work orders for building repairs, and property management.

Kristin Edwards, Principal Programmer/System Administrator
Mellon Institute 411K, x8-8255,
Administers the department’s computers and works with computing liaisons within each research group. Maintains helpful documentation for some common tasks at

Tim Sager, Business Manager
Mellon Institute 440, x8-3343,
Oversees the business functions of the Department, including personnel, payroll, and research contracts.

Sara Wainer, Administrative Coordinator
Mellon Institute, Room 408, x8-3272,
Responsible for keys, photocopier, fax, departmental directory, assistance with graduate program scheduling, procurement card reconciliation, and other issues.

Georgene Wittig, Program Assistant for Undergraduate Studies
Doherty Hall 1317, x8-2318,
Assists in administration of the undergraduate program. Handles scheduling undergraduate classes and reserving rooms for review sessions or office hours in Doherty.