INTRODUCTION TO THE
The Netscape freeware permits connection from any networked computer on the Beloit College campus to a huge database on the World Wibe Web. The Biochemistry Program has moved most advising, internship, graduate school, and alumni information onto these files so that they will be accessible to everyone. There are many treasures there for students, faculty and staff to share, which are easy to access. This packet will introduce you to what is available, and may also provide a guide to other departments wishing to take advantage of the system. Comments are welcome by Roc Ordman, email Ordman@beloit.edu, x2286, who maintains the biochemistry files.
GETTING STARTED ON THE WEB
The Netscape software is freeware, and can be obtained by bringing a diskette for your computer (IBM-compatible or MAC) to the Academic Computing Center in Mayer Hall. It is installed on the hard drive of public networked computers in Chamberlin Hall (as of fall, '93). It will operate from any networked computer on campus. Simply click on the Netscape icon to connect. To access the biochemistry home page, link to
On the Biochemistry Home page, you will find the following titles. You can link through to any detailed file by using the arrow keys to highlight the route you want to take and hitting return. You can go back by using the arrow keys also. I have put in bold face some especially useful files.
1. Admissions Information - intended for prospective students
2. Advising information
accessing email and gopher
advising checklist - what your advisor should do for you
biochem major info sheet - program requirements, advice
foreign student advice
honors info/application - SENIORS: Note!
advice - miscellaneous
alumni advice-email mentors - YOU CAN ARRANGE AN OFF-CAMPUS ALUM PROFESSIONAL TO GIVE YOU ADVICE - A GREAT WAY TO GET AN INTERNSHIP
Rush connections - Beloit Biochemistry's intern/MD/PhD connection-they have adopted us as their
most promising undergraduate connection
2. Alumni/contacts - index of chemistry/biochem alumni and what they did; good source for internship, grad school, med school contacts
alumni and other contacts - A GREAT PLACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS AND GET JOBS, HELP IN
APPLYING TO GRADUATE AND MEDICAL SCHOOL
3. Course information
Course general information and scheduling for classes
Skills you will learn - what you should get from classes to put on resume!
Biology skills from all 100-level courses
Microbiology Bio 141 skills
Biotechnology Bio 275 skills
Biochemistry 300 skills
Roc's Chemsitry 117
Microbiology Bio 141
Biotechnology Bio 275
Chemistry 280 - Scientific literature and literacy
4. Grad School programs/advice
Alumni PhD programs - where our alumni went by discipline - a good place to look at areas to pursue
grad study, contacts, advice from people in the field on what are good schools, topics
PhD discipline descriptions - tells what the various fields are about - e.g. what is molecular biology
vs. cell biology vs. genetics
Selecting a grad program - how to choose the right program for you
Getting into graduate school - advice on how to get admitted
Advice from Alumni
Top Molecular Biology Programs
Top Chemistry PhD Programs
Sample Application essays
Hot topics - fields in biochemistry which are esp. exciting
5. Grants & Scholarships - list of scholarships/grants available to Biochem majors for undergraduate research, grad school, travel abroad, etc.
How to find an internship - gen'l advice
interview questions - how to prepare for an interview
Asking for a Recommendation - how to get good ones
sample resume - my advice on how to write a resume -also get help at Field & Career Services
Resume comments - common errors in resumes
International research contacts
Oak Ridge Science Semester
Sample cover letter
Sample cover ltr2
Internships - recurring
Internships - INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AS THEY COME IN CHRONOLOGICALLY
7. Locating Equipt/chemicals
Instrumentation index - listing & location of major equipment - directions for use are in Yellow Instrumentation Manual at bookstore
Inventory Management - how to find, dispose of, and move chemicals in Chamberlin
Equipment listing- index to small items in drawers, shelves, etc. for rooms 133, 204-8, 211, 213, 420 for use in Roc's classes
Biochemistry by alphabet - an alphabetical listing of all chemicals used in biochemistry, Microbiology, and biotechnology classes, located in rooms 133 and 420
Biology by alphabet - an alphabetical listing of all chemicals available in the Biology Department and their locations
8. Medical School Info
Alumni contacts and schools - a list of all biochemistry and chemistry alumni who attended medical school or who teach at medical schools or in health related professions, to help you find contacts for advice, to assist you in writing your application to show how well Beloit students have done there.
MCAT preparation- how to prepare thoroughly for the MCAT
MD/PhD program advice - advice on locating MD/PhD programs, deciding whether you want to consider an MD/PhD program
Premed syndrome comments - how to avoid premed syndrome, how to keep your undergraduate education enjoyable and productive, rather than competitive
Getting into medical school - how to do it
Alumni contacts and schools - where alumni have gone or teach at medical school
Alumni medical responses
MD Programs - foreign students
9. Electronic Databases - what's out there and how to reach it
Lynx, Usenet, Gopher, Accessing Usenet, Accessing Mosaic
10. Old Email - files of significant messages from the past
Eamil oct30-dec10 93
Email sept oct 93
Intro to email files
Science - index of exciting articles - ANOTHER GOOD PLACE TO FIND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - FIND A GOOD ARTICLE, WRITE TO THE AUTHOR FOR A SUMMER POSITION.
Below are some examples of the information you will find in the Web files:
EXAMPLE FROM ALUMNI/CONTACTS - MASTER NETWORK LIST
CHRISTINA PLUMMER - chemistry Beloit, WI
92 entry - produces training materials for Varian's gas chromatography division in Walnut Creek, CA
91 entry -internship - Christy Plummer '91 spent the Spring Semester at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Calif. on the SERS program working in Prof. Gabor Somorjai's group on chemical reactions on surfaces. will study for a Ph. D. in chemistry at University of California - Berkeley.
89 entry -internship - bioanalytical research at Chem Dept. at Univ. of Michigan in Ann Arbor
CONNI SAVOR - biochemistry and journalism Brainerd, MN
93 entry - of Chicago is a second year medical student at Northwestern University, and will take the first part of the U.S. medical licensing exam in June before starting two years of clinical clerkships; she spent the last two summers doing research in pharmacology.
91 entry - internship doing protein research in the Dept. of Pharmacology at Northwestern Univ. Medical School, and will enter medical school in the fall.
89 entry - intern - at Chemistry Dept. at Brown Univ.
CLASS OF 1990
DEAN AGUIAR - biochemistry Carpentersville, IL
93 entry - Dean Aguiar visited from graduate school at the Department of Biochemistry at Rush University with Drs. Warren and Cheryl Knudson. and gave a seminar to the Biochemistry class on his research "The Structure of Proteoglycans"
89 entry - intern - ACM science semester at Argonne
EXAMPLE FROM Advising Checklist
1. NEW MAJORS: EVERYONE: Make up four year schedule of courses including:
_______ a. Biochemistry Requirements -
GOPHER FILE:advising info/biochem majors info sheet
_______ b. Distribution requirements - 2 social science, 2 Arts and humanities
_______ c. minor
_______ d. 31 credits total
_______ e. math and english requirements
_______ f. PEP options - GOPHER FILE: Internship folder
_______ g. consider subscribing to Science magazine - about $48/year
_______ a. submission of CAP plan
_______ b. compile list of graduate school topics - GOPHER FILE: Graduate schools
_______ c. check medical school requirements - GOPHER FILE: Medical Schools
_______ d. write faculty about research opportunities
5. Job planning
_______ a. construct resume - help from me, Chem 280, Field and Career Services
EXAMPLE FROM ALUMNI PHD PROGRAMS
STEVE CHAN - Hong Kong - Chemistry
93 entry -entering the Ph. D. program in analytical chemistry at Ohio University in Ohio.
Tom Kaltenbach '86 completed his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the Univ. of Iowa and is joining Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY
BARBARA WOODFORD, Ph.D.
91 entry -is a prof. of Biology in the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Univ. of Southern California.
DAVID VIRSHUP, MD
91 entry - is in a new interdisciplinary human molecular biology and genetics program at the Univ. of Utah School of Medicine in the Dept. of Pediatrics, Div. of Hematology/Oncology
86 entry -is doing advanced training at Johns Hopkins Univ. Dept. of Cell Biology and Anatomy.
PAHOUA B. LY - Kimberly, WI - Chemistry and Government and Asian Studies Minor.
93 entry -PaHoua conducted research with Dr. Paul Ludden in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
JENNIFER R. SMITH '93 - - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota - Chemistry
93 entry -Jennifer spent last summer doing research with Beloit College Professor Laura Parmentier at the Institute for Enzyme Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
EXAMPLE FROM EQUIPMENT INVENTORY
INVENTORY AND LOCATION OF EQUIPMENT
IN ROOM 420 , 204, 206, 133, 211, 213, 208A (does not include
R = refrigerator
F = freezer
D = dessicator,eg DO is des. O-P
S = shelf,eg RS2 is frig shelf 2
208 - 20 Agar
208 - 20 Agar
211 - 03 Alcohol lamp
420 - 04 Aluminum foil
208 - 20 Aluminum strips
420 - 92 Amicon concentrators
420 - 58 Amino acids, derivatives, pept