Monday, December 11, 2017

Illinois Research Experience for Undergrads seeks applicants

Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program urges students to apply to do summer research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The program will run for 10 weeks, May 29 – August 3, 2018.

They 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, 2018 are the intended scholarship recipients.  Because of high demand for the 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, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

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)

Students must have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory. 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

Students should apply as soon as possible. Applications received by February 16, 2018 will receive full consideration.   Files that are 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. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Minnesota ACS Announces Sixth Annual Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair

The Minnesota Local Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce our 6th Annual Chemistry Job & Recruiting Fair.
The Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair will be held from 4 – 6 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN in the 3rd floor Ballroom of the Coeur de Catherine Building.
Confirmed companies and organizations with others pending*Aerotek, Apix Life Sciences, Beckman Coulter, Experis, H.B. Fuller, Kelly Scientific, Medtronic, Pace Analytical Services, Land O'Lakes, Verum Technical, WuXi AppTec, Minnesota High Tech Forum, University of MN Department of Chemistry, University of MN Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of MN Division of Environmental Health Sciences, other companies pending. 
Schedule: 4-6 pm meet with recruiters
                 5 pm pizza, beverages, and light snacks will be served
Cost: Free with RSVP
This event is an opportunity to meet with technical recruiters from the Twin Cities area and is open to professionals and students from chemistry and related fields. Sophomore and junior chemistry majors are also encouraged to attend to inquire about internships.
Please RSVP to James Wollack ( by November 9th so there will be an accurate head count for food. Include how many people will be coming from your group. 
Thank you to career fair sponsors – MN-ACS, St. Catherine University, Aerotek, Beckman Coulter, Pace Analytical Services, Verum Technical, Experis, Minnesota High Tech Forum, University of Minnesota Division of Environmental Health Sciences.
"First Annual Halloween Cuvette Decorating Contest" in Chemistry 121 Lab C
Winners: Ceci Crosby (1st place) and Hunter Barber (2nd place)
Winners showing off their winning artwork - "hollow tree with bats and floating pumpkin" and "monster 
with pumpkins

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Summer Undergraduate Research at Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

Interested students can register for the following webinars to learn more:
  • WAVE Fellows Program Webinar, November 15, 11:00 am PSTRegister
  • Amgen Scholars Program Webinar, November 16, 11:00 am PSTRegister

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech.

The program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or have DACA status. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have prior research experience and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas.

Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program and an additional $500 housing/travel supplement.

Online applications are due January 12, 2018.

Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.

Online applications are due February 15, 2018.

For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Chem 391: Environmental Chemistry - Spring Semester

Interested in Chemistry and the Environment?  

During spring semester 2018 the chemistry department is offering a topics class with the theme of environmental chemistry.  The class will count as an elective in the Chemistry Major and as a natural science elective in the Environmental Studies Major.

Chemistry 391: Environmental Chemistry
Instructor:  Paul Jackson 

Our surroundings play an important role that influences who we are as people – from genetic triggers to mental well-being.  We rely on the environment for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we consume, and material resources for daily living.  As human demands place additional pressure on finite energy and material resources the knowledge and understanding about the chemistry supporting the functions of the earth and its systems becomes increasingly important.  This course focuses on key concepts and tools employed by environmental chemists to develop deeper understanding of the chemical processes and phenomena associated with each of the earth’s compartments (atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere), chemical fate and transport, environmental toxicity, energy resources, and life cycle assessments.  By making use of the primary literature we will pay attention to the interplay of chemical cycles and chemical changes present as part of earth’s system and those induced or modulated by human activity.  Prerequisites:  One level II Chemistry or Biology course - with preferences for Bio 261, BIES 226, Chem 248, Chem 255 or permission of instructor.