Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB)! Below, please find information on what to expect during the first few weeks and beyond. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of the Director's Office. We are here to help you.

Orientation Week (August 24 - 30) begins with an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 24th at 3pm and a mandatory CCB Orientation event on Monday, August 26th at Noon.


During orientation week, each of you will meet with a member of the Curriculum Advising Committee (CAC). The CAC advises students on their academic plans, approves required courses, and assists in decisions related to the PhD program. Meeting with a CAC member is the first step to determining your fall course load.

  • Meetings with a member of the CAC will occur during the orientation week. You will be notified of the time slot at the CCB Orientation. This meeting will help you determine the courses you will take in the fall term and beyond. Your fall course load will typically include 2-3 courses, as well as two required courses, Chem 300, a research course representing your rotations, and Chem 301hf, a course on teaching. At this meeting, your CAC member will sign your Plan of Study. We encourage you to review our Course Requirements page for more information, and your CAC is available to answer any questions.
  • Complete the online check-in for the fall term at my.harvard.edu by September 3rd at 11:59 pm. You must do this to be considered an active student at the beginning of each term. 
  • Submit your approved Plan of Study to the Department Office (Mallinckrodt 132) by September 5th.
  • Register for courses at my.harvard.edu.The deadline for course registration is September 9th. Once your Plan of Study is received, a member of the Department Office will approve your courses.


Harvard's Student Information System, where you will check-in, register for courses, and view the course catalog

CCB Lab Rotation Program 2019 and Selection Form
Graduate Students are required to join a lab by June 30th of their first year. The Lab Rotation Program will help students find the best lab. Questions? Ask Kathy Oakley.

CCB Laptop/Research Allowance
Incoming graduate students have the option to be reimbursed for (1) the purchase of a computer and/or research-related software -OR- (2) the cost of attending one research-related conference. These funds would need to be used by the end of the G4 year. Note that funds may not be used in both categories. Receipts will be required, and this one-time reimbursement is limited to $1,200.

To qualify, please submit a Laptop/Research Allowance Form to Kathy Oakley when you have decided how to use this allowance.

Stipend and Tuition
Please refer to the financial support letter that will be sent to you individually by early August by Joe Lavin. This will have the full details of your financial support package. The base stipend rate is $3,161/month, which will be paid to you by a department scholarship, teaching fellowship, and/or external fellowships.

Your tuition, student health fee, and student health insurance plan will be paid by the Department and/or any external fellowships. If you receive term bills in the summer that do not reflect these payments, you do not need to make any payments. 

Note that students must inform Joe Lavin, if they have any external fellowships.