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Advising Information

Undergraduate advising in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department provides you the opportunity to build a relationship with your advisor

Undergraduate Advisors Contact Information

Dr. Patricia Canaan
258A NRC
For an appointment, contact via email:

Dr. Don Ruhl
348F NRC
For an appointment, contact via email:

Dr. Kevin Wilson
149A NRC
For an appointment, contact via email:

Dr. Ellie Phuong D. Nguyen
246F NRC
For an appointment, contact via email:

Academic Advising:

Undergraduate advising in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department provides you the opportunity to build a relationship with your advisor for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning your educational career, learning the skills needed for academic success and making you aware of the resources and services available to you at Oklahoma State University.

In order to ensure your academic and career goals are a success, you must have a participatory partnership between you and your advisor.  This relationship will be built over your entire educational experience, and both you and your advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is a success.

What You Can Expect From Your Advisor:

  • Understand and effectively communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and academic policies and procedures.
  • Encourage and guide you to define and develop clear and realistic educational plans.
  • Assist you in gaining decision making skills and assuming increasing responsibility for your educational plans and achievements.
  • Be accessible for meetings with you during office hours, by appointment, telephone or email.
  • Maintain your privacy according to FERPA and university policy by limiting information given out over the phone and using only Oklahoma State University email unless other email address is provided in writing from you.
  • Work with you to assess your academic performance and areas of strength to ensure they are consistent with your plans.
  • Refer you to other campus offices and resources as needed.


What Your Advisor Expects From You:

  • Schedule and attend advising appointments at least once per semester.
  • Be involved in the advising process by being prepared to discuss your goals and educational plans during meetings.
  • Create an advising folder to organize your advising-related materials, keep it updated, and bring it with you to your appointment with me.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Take primary responsibility for your educational plans and goals by reviewing your degree audit and track your progress toward completing your graduation requirements each semester.  Bring any discrepancies to my attention.
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor.
  • Keep your address and phone information up-to-date.
  • Join the listserv and read your email regularly.  This is how the university and our office will communicate with you.
  • Refrain from asking for academic advice from friends, classmates or parents.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions (or inactions) that affect your educational progress and goals.


Scheduling an Appointment:

Appointments are your primary means for meeting with an advisor.  Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes unless you feel you will need longer, and must be scheduled in advance.


Appointment Etiquette:

Make an appointment in one of the following ways:

  • Call or email your advisor.
  • Stop by and schedule an appointment with the office.
  • If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call (405) 744-6189 to cancel or reschedule as early as possible.

Prepare for the meeting.

  • If you are seeking assistance with your schedule or long-term planning, bring a draft schedule or list of classes you are considering.
  • Write down questions/issues you need to discuss.
  • Silence your cell phone and disable your text notification prior to your advising appointment.
  • Arrive on time.
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for the appointment, be prepared to reschedule your appointment.


Drop-In Advising:

If you have a quick question that can be answered in less than 15 minutes, you may drop in to the office to get an answer.  If your question will require more time than this, please make an appointment.

  • Drop-in students are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis after scheduled appointments.
  • During busy times—first week of class, pre-registration, and orientation – wait times can be considerable.
  • To avoid unnecessary wait times, please schedule an appointment.


Hints That Will Aid Your Academic Success:

  • Get to know your professors by going to their office hours.
  • Go to class!
  • No matter how successful you were in high school, college is not the same.  Now is the time to learn what time management is and how it works!
  • Your procrastination does constitute someone else’s emergency.  Plan accordingly!

Ultimately the college experience you build is YOUR responsibility!

*Your advisor will assist you by providing information and resources, but you are responsible for planning ahead and meeting academic requirements and deadlines.