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Additional Information

ASSU fee refund

For information on getting a refund which is done during the first two weeks of each quarter except summer, visit:


Used to enroll in classes, change your address, apply to graduate, plus much more.


Bank of America

  • 2nd floor balcony, Tresidder Union

Stanford Federal Credit Union

  • generally good rates
  • Tresidder Union
  • 770 Pampas Lane
  • Stanford Hospital, near gift shop

ATM locations on campus: - Bookstore, by customer service window - Stanford Hospital, by cafeteria and emergency room - Tresidder Union, 2nd floor balcony - LKS Building, medical school


Most research groups have computers connected to the university network. There are also computers available in the Swain Chemistry Library and a printer in the graduate student lounge.

Personal computing devices can be registered on the network by sending an e-mail to: chemistry-ipaddress [at] (chemistry-ipaddress[at]lists[dot]stanford[dot]edu).

If you have technical problems, submit a help ticket:

Conference Room Reservations

Chemistry Gazebo and Keck conference rooms are reserved through the Receptionist (chemistry-receptionist [at] (chemistry-receptionist[at]stanford[dot]edu)), 3-2501, Chemistry Central Office; Sapp rooms are reserved through the Registrar in 25Live.

Course Information


Courses, other Departments

Students who wish to take courses in other departments need prior approval from a member of the Chemistry Graduate Study Committee, or from their research advisor. Outside courses chemistry students have taken include:

Applied Physics 204 – Quantum Materials
Applied Physics 304 – Laser Laboratory
Bio 230 – Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Bio 232 – Advanced Imaging Lab in Biophysics
Bio 217 – Neuronal Biophysics
Bio 218 – Genetic Analysis of Biological Processes
Bio 254 - Molecular & Cellular Neurobiology
BioChem 218 – Computational Molecular Biology
BioChem 224 – Advanced Cell Biology
Bio-Engineering 221G - Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease
Bio-Engineering 222 - Physics and Engineering Principles of Multi-modality Molecular Imaging of Living Subjects
Bio-Engineering 222B – Chemistry of Molecular Probes
Bio-Engineering 355 – Adv. Biomechanical Engineering
Bio-Engineering 244 – Frameworks for Integrated Genetic
Biophysics 232 – Advanced Imaging Lab
Biophysics 241 – Biological Macromolecules
Biophysics 279 - Computational Biology: Structure & Organization of Biomolecules & Cells
Cancer Biology 240 - Molecular and Genetic Basis of Cancer
Cancer Biology 242 – Cellular & Clinical Aspects of Cancer
Chem. E. 242 – Basic Principles of Catalysis
Chem. E. 260 – Polymer Science & Engineering
Chem. E. 240 – Micro & Nanoscale Fabrication
Chem. E. 242 - Basic Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis w/Applications in Energy Transformations
Chem. E. 320 - Chemical Kinetics & Reaction Engineering
Chem. E. 345 – Fund. & Applications of Spectroscopy
Chem. E. 432 - Electrochemical Energy Conversion
Chem. E. 444 – Quantum Simulations
Chem. E. 450 – Advances in Biotechnology
Chem. E. 464 – Polymer Chemistry
Chem. E. 466 – Polymer Physics
Chem. E. 469 - Solid Structure and Properties of Polymers
CME 364A – Convex Optimization I
CS 228 – Probabilistic Graphical Models
CS 231N - Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition
CS 279 - Computational Biology
CS 448B – Data Visualization
CSB 210 – Cell Signaling
CSB 220 – Chemistry of Biological Processes
CSB 240B – Drug Discovery & Development
CSB 260 – Quantitative Chemical Biology
EE 216 – Principles of Semiconductor Devices
EE 228 – Basic Physics for Solid State Electronics
EE 231 – Introduction to Lasers
EE 236C - Lasers
EE 261 - Fourier Transforms & Applications
EE 268 – Modern Optics
EE 346 - Nonlinear Optics
EE 412 – Advanced Nanofabrication
GENE 205 - Advanced Genetics
Mat. Sci. 202 – Materials Chemistry
Mat. Sci. 205 - Waves & Diffraction in Solids
Mat. Sci. 209 – Electronic & Optical Properties of Solids
Mat. Sci. 210 – Organic and Biological Materials
Mat. Sci. 256 - Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, & Batteries
Mat. Sci. 301 - Engineering Energy Policy Change
Mat. Sci. 302 – Solar Cells
Mat. Sci. 303 – Principle Materials and Devices of Batteries
Mat. Sci 316 – Nanoscale Science
Mat. Sci. 320 – Nanocharacterization of Materials
Mat. Sci. 343 – Organic Semiconductors
Mat. Sci.382 – Biochips, Imaging, Nanomedicine
Mat. Sci. 311 – Lasers in Materials Processing
Mat. Sci. 323 – Thin Film and Interface Microanalysis
ME 364 - Optical Diagnostics & Spectroscopy
ME 420 – Applied Electrochemistry Micro & Nanoscale
Physics 241 – Intro to Nuclear
Physics 212 – Statistical Mechanics
Physics 240 – Physics of Energy
Structural Bio 232 – Adv. Imaging Lab
Structural Bio 228 – Computational Structural Biology


Prospective users must be checked out by the appropriate instrument TA before using the department instruments; see Key Contacts for listing of current instrument TAs.

InstrumentLocationSecond Location
NMRInova 300SI-017A
Mercury 400SI-018B 
VNMRS 400SI-017A 
Inova 500SI-018A 
Inova 600SI-017BC 
FTIR/RamanVertex 70SI-02F
FluorescentFluorolog 3SI-02
UV/Vis/NIRCary 6000iSI-02
SUMSMass Spectrometry Center 

ITSS web site for SUNet ID issues:

Events throughout the year in Chemisty


  • organic, physical, inorganic, & biophysical seminars - autumn, winter, & spring
  • Department Colloquium - Mondays
  • Stauffer Lectureship – Feb
  • Sessler Lectureship – April 
  • Guthikonda Lectureship – April
  • McConnell Lectureship - May
  • Awards Ceremony - May
  • CMAD Symposium - June


  • Donuts/Coffee every Wednesday at 2:30, Keck Lobby or the Central Office Patio
  • SAC monthly socials on Fridays
  • Chemwipes: student-produced variety show, Dec.
  • Holiday Dinner/Dance, December
  • Department commencement ceremony, June
  • Summer BBQ’s - Sept

If department facilities are not working properly (e.g., building doors, lights, blackboard lifts, hoods, etc.), inform our Facilities/Safety Representative, 723-2505 or 804-2121, Keck Building.

Fellowship Information

Graduate Assistance information can be found at: Graduate Basics : Stanford University. Fellowships outside of Stanford can be found on this Financial Aid website.

Predoctoral fellowship applications (e.g., NSF, DoD, Hughes, Hertz, and Ford) are available, usually by mid-September, via the web.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships, in particular, Americans should apply for the NSF fellowship – in Autumn.

China Scholarship Council-Stanford-AZ Fund Fellowship. Doctoral applicants from China are also encouraged to apply for a China Scholarship Council-Stanford-AZ Fund Fellowship following their admission to the PhD program in Chemistry. This Fellowship provides five years of financial support, round-trip international airfare, and visa application fees to selected students. To be considered, applicants must first be admitted to the Chemistry PhD program and then apply to the China Scholarship Council. 

Postdoctoral fellowships: fellowships at Stanford and outside of Stanford can be found the the Postdoc website.


$20/hour; students are hired by the hour to help grade mid-term and final exams. Mercenary graders are usually enlisted by the Head TA or Advanced TA.

Graduate Student Lounge

Stauffer I Basement, room 11. Use your student ID to enter. If you can’t get in, contact Todd Eberspacher (e: eberspacher [at] (eberspacher[at]stanford[dot]edu) t: 650.723.2505).

Health Insurance

Graduate students are required to have health insurance coverage. If you have your own plan, you must waive Cardinal Care via Axess.

Vaden Health Center:

Help Tickets

Submit a help ticket to request assistance with a wide variety of problems, from computer technical problems to payroll and Registrar issues: SNOW ticket.


Personal car, property, homeowners insurance is usually most easily purchased through the same agent used by your parents.

Job postings/interviews

Recruiters visit the Chemistry Department each Autumn; the Director of External Relations, schedules these interviews.

ACS careers:

Science’s Next Wave,

Interested in tutoring? Tell Roger Kuhn (roger.kuhn [at] (roger[dot]kuhn[at]stanford[dot]edu)).

Check out the Career Center, called BEAM (Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work).

Jobs are posted on


See Facilities Officer, Reggie Padilla, in Keck for lab keys (key deposit of $10 per key). Keys are only issued after completion of safety training. For library access, see “Libraries” below.


The Stanford Libraries provide an extensive collection of resources and services for Stanford students. Check out:

Below is information about the most frequently used libraries by Chemistry students:

Robin Li and Melissa Ma Library, Sapp Center
650-723-1528, sciencelibrary [at] (sciencelibrary[at]stanford[dot]edu) (Circulation Desk)
650-542-1357, nelsonak [at] (nelsonak[at]stanford[dot]edu) (Amanda Nelson, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Librarian)
650-512-3754, kgreenland [at] (kgreenland[at]stanford[dot]edu) (Kristen Greenland, Biology Librarian)
650-723-9763, skota [at] (skota[at]stanford[dot]edu) (Stella Ota, Physics Librarian)
Chemistry subject resources page
Biology subject page
Physics subject page

Lane Medical Library, L109 by Med School

Places to Eat

For off-campus restaurants use Yelp.

For on-campus options see:

Machine Shops

Center for Materials Research: McCullough Rm 47

Physics shop: Varian basement, 723-2679


Campus mail boxes (i.e., P.O. Boxes) for personal mail can be rented at the Stanford Post Office.

Boxes for departmental mail are assigned by the Receptionist, Chemistry Central Office.

Mail Codes

Campus mail codes (MC) are listed at the ends of the Campus Directory and Medical Center Directory sections of the Stanford Directory.


Parking permits are sold online through Stanford Transportation; The Stanford Transportation office is located at 415 Broadway, Redwood City, CA (7:30am-5:00pm, M-F).


Student ID cards are needed for photocopying in the libraries.

Postage Stamps
  • Stanford Hospital gift shop
  • Stanford Post Office

Lokey Rm 168 in the Fisher On-Site Store. The department cannot be responsible for personal packages delivered at this address.


To report:

Fire, police, medical emergency: Dial x 9-911
Chemical spills: Dial x 3-0448 , or x 3-2281 after hours
Floods: x 3-2281

Always report any of these incidents immediately to your research advisor and either the Health & Safety rep. (x 5-0258) or to Todd Eberspacher (x 3-2505).

Refer to 'In Case of Emergency' posters and your Emergency Evacuation Plan for further emergency response information.

Department Health & Safety coordinator (OC 115, x 5-0258; see Handbook Supplement for current personnel) is responsible for health and safety issues, including general safety training.

A laboratory safety coordinator is designated within each research group to oversee the group's safety concerns and to serve on the Department Health and Safety Committee, currently chaired by Professor Moerner.

Safety Training Program

Tier I/II: University & Department - for all students and laboratory personnel, to be completed prior to any laboratory TA’ing or research; consists of viewing general safety videos (normally shown during the first-year graduate student safety orientation in September) and reading general departmental safety information.

Tier III: Research Group Safety Training: This training occurs when you join a research group. It is on-going and customized to meet the specialized needs of your research and research group.

  • Fisher On-Site - Biology: Gilbert/Herrin basement Rm 80 (down driveway), x 3-1280
  • Fisher On-Site - Chemistry: Lokey Building, Rm 168
  • Physics Stores: Varian Rm 115, 723-4361
Study Lists

Submitted through Axess system (aka enrolling in classes).