Friday, November 14, 2014

U Illinois Chemistry REU 2015 - applications open!

The U Illinois Chemistry Department announces the fifth year of the Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program, with support from NSF and the 3M Foundation.  

We particularly seek students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees.  Students who have completed coursework at the sophomore to junior level by June 1, 2015 are our intended scholarship recipients.  Because of high demand for our program in prior years, applicants should be planning to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or related fields between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

The scholarship provides:

*$5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in our department
*Housing at Europa House in Urbana, within walking distance to the Department of Chemistry and the rest of the campus
*Round trip travel cost (up to $800)
*$800 living allowance

We do require that students have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory, and they should also be inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.  Applications may be made at the website  For detailed information about the research areas of individual faculty members, please see

Please apply as soon as possible. Applications received by February 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.  Given heavy demand for our program, files incomplete at 11:59 PM on the closing date will not be kept open for consideration. Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nature's Processing - New Swimming Pool to open in Minneapolis

Check out the new design of the Webber Park swimming pool, located on the north side of Minneapolis.  It is touted to be the first chemical-free, natural filtration public swimming pool in North America.

Many of you know my pet-peeve about the words "chemical-free."  I much prefer the terms "diverse in-place biological and physical treatment" to describe this new (or old) idea.  Check out the linked news articles and the Minneapolis Park&Rec information.

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Minneapolis Park & Rec Board - Webber Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards 2014

Professor Shannon S. Stahl, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Aerobic Oxidation Methods for Pharmaceutical Synthesis
Farnesane: a Breakthrough Renewable Hydrocarbon for use as Diesel and Jet Fuel
Solazyme, Inc.
Tailored Oils Produced from Microalgal Fermentation
QD Vision, Inc.
Greener Quantum Dot Synthesis for Energy Efficient Display and Lighting Products
The Solberg Company
RE-HEALING Foam™ Concentrates—Effective Halogen-Free Firefighting

Also read a blog about this year's winners written by Jim Jones, US EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention or in the 20 Oct 2014 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Periodically, the American Chemical Society posts short video clips about topics pertinent to the chemistry of every day life.  Most recently, they released a short video about the chemistry of PIZZA.  Enjoy viewing!

I you wish to subscribe to the weekly series, check out the ACS Reactions link or follow @ACSReactions on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities

A workshop designed to educate students on all aspects of undergraduate research...the types of opportunities available, how to network with potential mentors, how to get credit for research experiences.

Thursday October 16, 11:30 a.m., RNS 206

Led by Roberto Zayas

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chemistry Job Fair

UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships

The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Company Foundation announce the availability of the UNCF ●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards.

Apply Now for an Undergraduate Award    Applications due: 02 Dec 2014

These awards, of up to $30,000 are a component of the UNCF●Merck Science Initiative, the goal of which is to support the training and development of world-class African American biomedical research scientists.

At least 15 UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made per year. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients will be selected based on the applicants’ abilities and accomplishments.

The UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to encourage the interest of African American undergraduate students in furthering their science education and pursuing biological, chemical or engineering science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory.