Monday, April 30, 2018

Honors Day Poster Session This Friday: Opportunity for Seminar Credit 

The 4th floor of Regents Hall of Natural Sciences with be buzzing with activity on Friday, May 4th from 4:00-5:30pm.  Science students from a wide variety of departments and disciplines will be sharing results of their independent research. Come see what your classmates have discovered! 

Family, friends, and other guests are welcome to attend.  There will be a mix of savory and sweet hor d’oeuvres served. 

If you have declared a chemistry major, you can earn one seminar credit for attending the poster session. You must collect a worksheet from Prof. Beussman or Prof. Listenberger upon arrival at the poster session, complete the required activities, and return the worksheet to these professors before you leave. You will find Prof. Beussman and Listenberger stationed near the central staircase on the fourth floor of Regents (near RNS 436). Any questions should be directed to Prof. Listenberger (

Monday, March 12, 2018

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) Internships

Students: Lead Your Own Project!

Still accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Intern Program!
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program is seeking qualified Junior and Senior Science and Engineering Students to lead their own waste reduction and pollution prevention projects at Minnesota businesses for the summer of 2018. This year MnTAP plans to support up to 15 projects in locations around the state. The projects are at different companies and in a variety of industries.
Cover letters should be addressed to Nathan Landwehr, Intern Program Administrator
If you’re a student with questions about the MnTAP internship program, call Nathan Landwehr at (612) 624-4697 today.
MnTAP is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The organization helps businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source to improve public and environmental health while reducing operating costs. The intern program is partially funded through grants from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and state utility partners, which allow us to place interns at minimal cost to Minnesota businesses.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Summer Research in Drug Discovery at Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly and Company is looking for students interested in completing a short work assignment within the Discovery Chemistry division. Do the following questions apply to you:
• Majoring in Chemistry or Biology/Biochemistry?
• Interested in gaining hands-on research experience?
• Curious about drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry?
• Need help deciding between industry and graduate school?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “YES” then keep reading! They are looking for motivated students for 12-week assignments beginning in May 2018 at their research laboratories in Indianapolis, IN. Research projects are available in the areas of organic, analytical, or computational chemistry as well as biochemistry. In addition to the research experience, students will gain a better understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and of Eli Lilly and Company. Students will present a short oral presentation to summarize their work at an end of summer symposium.

General requirements: Currently enrolled in a BS/BA program related to chemistry/biochemistry. Strong academic performance. Strong skills in problem assessment/analysis, communication (written and oral), and teamwork. Minimum GPA of 3.0
Chemistry Research requirements: Basic lab experience including an understanding of organic or analytical lab techniques. For synthesis positions, two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and one semester of organic chemistry lab.
Biochemistry requirements: Understanding of protein/enzyme activity, basic biology laboratory technique (buffer prep, pH, etc) and pipetting skills. Two semesters of biology lecture and one semester of biology/biochemistry lab.

Students are responsible for finding their own housing accommodations. Positions are full time (40 hr/wk) and are compensated at $14.50/hr. Along with a resume, please include a brief research summary if undergraduate research has been conducted. Students are welcome to specify a preference for biochemistry or chemistry. Please submit these materials no later than January 31, 2018. To apply, send application documents to Mark Rempala: and to Dirk Anderson:   (Similar positions are available through both of these leaders.)

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