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Departmental and University Services

Department Services The department offers various services. Additional information can be obtained from the department office or by calling extension 7-3451.

The department office is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. not including the noon hour. The office is not open on university holidays such as New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), and Christmas Day.

Supplies. The department office carries a limited supply of paper, pencils, pens, tape, etc. to be used only for teaching activities within the department. Research supplies are to be obtained through your major professor or their Faculty Research Assistant (FRA). Because the office supplies approximately 150 people, you are encouraged to be conservative in the quantities you take. Storage space is limited and is not conducive to carrying a large inventory.Departmental letterhead is to be used only for official business; if in doubt on this point, seek advice from your major professor. Use for personal purposes such as expression of opinion about university issues is specifically prohibited.

Keys. Obtaining keys for any door in Cordley Hall is a three-step process. The first step is to stop in the main department office. You will be asked to fill out a form requesting information such as name, student ID, and room numbers you need access to. This form provides the information needed to complete the OSU Key Request. After obtaining the signature of your major professor, the form is to be returned to the main office where an order will be typed to be signed by the Chairperson and then placed in the mailbox of the individual requesting the key(s). From here, the form is taken to the Key Shop at 572 SW 15th St. Each key issued will cost the recipient $5.00 (refundable deposit). After paying the designated amount, the key(s) can be picked up directly. When picking up keys, photo ID is required. The fee paid for each key will be refunded when you return the key to the Key Shop. Keys may be returned directly to the Key Shop or placed in a green key envelope and sent through campus mail. A voucher will be issued to the original key holder, which can be cashed at the Kerr Administration Building cashier. Key Shop hours are 1:00 – 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday.

Some keys to BPP offices/labs in Cordley Hall will also open the Conference Rooms (1040, 3059, 4083), the Mailroom (2067), Seminar/ Coffee Room (2087), Experiment Station Lab (2069). Always check with the receptionist in the main office who issues the keys to see what rooms your key is for. Because Cordley Hall was built in two sections (old and new extensions), there is a different outside door key for each section. If you need a building outside door key, be sure that the appropriate key is requested. Check with your major professor if a greenhouse key should be obtained. Your major professor should write a memo requesting the appropriate greenhouse key which you will take to Jim Ervin in the East Greenhouse to obtain a key slip. Use of green-house facilities requires training. Arrangements can be made with the greenhouse manager.The department office has keys that may be checked out for short-term use. These keys must be returned as soon as your door is open. The only keys that may be signed out for an extended period of time are for the darkroom (see Blaine Baker), the microscope facility (must be a Graduate Teaching Assistant), and the McDonald Forest keys. Information about other keys may be obtained through the main office. The Biocomputing Lab is on a time lock, and you must see Tudy Seistrup, Network Administrator, for the combination for after hours use.

Copying Machine. Copy machines are located in Cordley 2067 and may be used by anyone during office hours, but priority use is for Administrative and teaching staff. A copy code is needed for use.

Campus and U.S. Mail Campus mail is picked up and distributed once per day: approximately 2:30 p.m. Delivery of the U.S. Mail (once a day) is inconsistent; it can range anywhere from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The U.S. mail is taken out to the mailbox at 26th and Campus Way once a day at approximately 4:00 p.m.The department office has drop-off boxes for both Campus and U.S. Mail. The box marked TO BE STAMPED is for business mail only that will be posted by the department and must have the senders name on the upper left corner of the envelope if more than 44 cents postage is needed. The manila Campus mail envelopes are kept and recycled in the office. Please use and give out our correct mailing address (below) on (Your Name)
Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
2082 Cordley Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-2902

The department office provides paper and envelopes for business mail. In addition, information is available on various special mail services such as Federal Express, Express Mail and United Parcel Service (UPS).

Valley Library (formerly Kerr Library) Research Service The library website is very informative.

The departmental library liaison is Hannah Rempel (7-9902, e-mail: hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu). She is available to orient you to the library through a guided tour or scheduled appointments for research consultation.

The library offers many services for graduate students, including various workshops; contact Hannah Rempel at 7-9902 for information.

Articles Many databases and e-journals can be accessed remotely by OSU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Library Reference Desk, for information.

Interlibrary Loan is offered to OSU faculty, staff and students, obtaining materials from other libraries in the state and around the world. The Interlibrary Loan Office is located in Room 237 (main floor) and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 7-4488 for more information.

The Biological Computing Laboratory. All OSU BPP graduate students are eligible for an email and Science Domain account based on your ONID username. These accounts provide users with Core IT Services. To request a Science account, fill out the form available in the BPP main office. Forms need to be signed by your Department Head and submitted to the COSINe Helpdesk.  The Student Computer Lab is located in Cordley 3003 (7-6199). It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A pass code is required to enter the lab on weekends and after 5:00 pm on weekdays. The lab is open to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. To use the lab, it is necessary to fill out the Account Request Form. The Account Request establishes your computer accounts. At the same time, you will also be issued your code for after-hours entry to the lab. If there are any questions on how to use the equipment in the lab, direct them to the person in charge of the lab. He's usually at the desk in the corner next to the chalk board. If he's not there, someone in Room 1026 will be able to help. Direct questions about the Student Computer Lab to helpdesk@science.oregonstate.edu.Computer support personnel work primarily with faculty and staff. You can contact the individuals by E-mail at helpdesk@science.oregonstate.edu with your computer questions.

Statistical Consultation Service Each quarter the Statistics Department hires graduate students in statistics to work with people requiring assistance with statistical analyses. This service is available, free of charge, to OSU students, faculty and staff. The service will assist you in: designing a study, formulating a statistical model, determining the type of analysis that should be done, advising on statistical software, and critiquing your interpretation of analysis. The consultants will NOT enter your data into the computer, nor will they do statistical analyses for you.To use the service, you will need to obtain a "Request for Consulting Service Assistance" form from the Statistics Department (Kidder Hall 44, 7-3366). The form asks for a brief description of your research and the specific statistical assistance needed. Additional information (diagrams, scatter plots, summary statistics, computer output, journal articles that use the same analysis you want, etc.) can be attached to the form to help the consultants understand your problem.The group of consultants meets once a week to discuss current projects and be assigned new ones. Once a student is assigned to your problem, he or she will contact you to set up an initial meeting. A few problems can be taken care of during the initial meeting. Usually, however, the consultant presents the problem to the rest of the consultants at the weekly meeting, and/or discusses it with faculty advisors, before meeting with you again. Occasionally three or more meetings are required.

Requests are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The last group of requests is assigned during the meeting of the week before Dead Week; if your request comes in after Monday of that week, it will be held over for the next term.