Aspiring Graduate Students: You have questions, Mike Shatruk has answers!

Are you thinking about applying to a chemistry graduate program? Do you have a few questions first?

  • What is the application process?
  • What items do I need to gather in order to apply?
  • What is the most important part of my application package?
  • How soon will I hear back after applying?
  • What should I consider before accepting admission?
  • How do I choose an advisor?

Mike Shatruk is an associate professor of chemistry at Florida State University and chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s graduate recruiting & admissions committee. He will host an AMA (ask me anything) on on Monday, December 2nd beginning at 10:00 am (EST).

If you have a question but won’t be able to post them on December 2nd, share it in the comments section below and I will make sure he gets it. I’ll also compile all of the questions and answers afterwards and post them on this blog.

Update: Here is the link to the AMA.


  1. How important are general GRE scores for chemistry graduate school compared to research experience and grades? I am good on those two fronts and am expecting good letters of recommendation, but I am worried about my scores being mediocre. Thanks for having this session, it is very helpful for students like me!

  2. How screwed am I if I don’t have any research experience?

  3. Here is a list of questions. For the record, I just submitted my applications.

    Concerning applications.
    Is research experience always a benefit even if its not in the field relevant to the program? Has it ever been clear to you that an applicants research experience has been less than stellar? What do you look for when considering research experience?

    Concerning acceptance.
    When does your program typically send out acceptance letters/emails/notices? What is the range of time that someone is typically given between extending an invitation and requiring an definite yes/no answer? Do potential applicants often fall through at this point or does that not happen often?

    Concerning Funding
    How soon is funding discussed in your program? Is it detailed along with acceptance? If so, what are some key details to look out for?

    Concerning Advisers
    Is it rude for me to bother an adviser’s other students to get a feel for how they treat their students?

    Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  4. That event was amazingly successful. We should put together some more Chemmit AMAs.

    • Kenneth Hanson says:

      Agreed! It is clearly a topic that people care about and Mike really did a heroic effort answering all of those questions.

      I will ask around to see if anyone else might be interested.

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