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. A template is available for use in Word.

Keys. Obtaining keys for any door in Cordley Hall is a three-step process. The first step is to consult with your major professor on what keys you need for research space. Then 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 Office Manager (Dianne Simpson) where an order to the key shop is issued electronically. You will receive an email from the Key Shop letting you know when you can pick up the keys, usually in 1-3 days.  Present your ID and pick up your key at the Key Shop at 560 SW 15th. Before you go check the location and key shop hours online. The location has changed fairly frequently and the hours are limited.

When you leave BPP, please return your keys to your supervisor (major professor or, if for TA purposes, the lead person in you class. Alternatively, you can use a green key shop envelope, available in the main office, to return your keys by campus mail to the key shop. However, we recommend that you return keys to your supervisor so that they know you have completed this step.

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. Copy machines are located by the departmental office 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. Ask your major professor for this, or if for teaching, ask the professor teaching the course for a copy code.

Campus and U.S. Mail. Campus mail and U. S. Mail are picked up and distributed once per day. 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 U.S. mailing address (below). Note that this will change with our move to RWLB

(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. Visit the Library website for information.

The departmental library liaison is Hannah Rempel (e-mail: She is available for scheduled appointments for research consultation specializing in topics such as conducting a literature review, organizing and tracking sources, accessing scientific research sources, and using library research tools.

The library offers many services for graduate students, including various workshops, as well as spaces for quiet study, collaboration, and presentations like the Graduate Student Commons on the 6th floor of the library. Contact Hannah Rempel for information.

Many databases and e-journals can be accessed remotely by OSU faculty, staff and students.

Interlibrary Loan is offered to OSU faculty, staff and students, obtaining materials from other libraries in the state and around the world. Submit your requests online. The process is smoothest if you use the ejournal search; if you reach a dead end, request the item by Interlibrary Loan. Usually it will arrive as a pdf within a few days. Books may come as the physical object rather than electronically, then they are picked up at Kerr Library.

Computing Services and Laboratory. All OSU students have an ONID account, which provides access to University computing facilities, for example in Kerr Library and Milne Computer center. In addition BPP graduate students are eligible for a Science Domain account based on your ONID username. These accounts provide users with Core IT Services. To request a Science account, fill out the account request 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. When you obtain your Science Domain account, 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 the helpdesk. Computer support personnel work primarily with faculty and staff. You can contact them at with your computer questions.

Statistical Consulting. Each quarter the Statistics Department hires graduate students in statistics to work with people requiring assistance with statistical analyses. The Consulting 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, follow the instructions from the Consulting Service website.

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