Wednesday, December 29, 2010

SENIORS! Full Time Lab Tech Job Opportunity

Midwest Industrial Coatings, Inc. is an industrial coatings supplier located in Shakopee, Minnesota. We have an immediate opening for a full-time Laboratory/Production Technician.

Job Opportunity

· Quality control, research and development

- Prepare and apply liquid batch samples, test physical properties and record results

- Opportunity to elevate to quality control manager in the future

· Assist production blending of paint batches

· Monitor progress and perform upkeep of coatings laboratory testing instruments

· Assist in developing new colors for the power sports industry

· May include field work and trials at customer sites


· High school diploma required, post-secondary education preferred.

· Accuracy and ability to follow detailed written directions

· Computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs a plus

· Must be able to lift up to 70 pounds occasionally


Full-time, salaried, with benefits.

Application Materials

Cover letter with salary requirements

Name & contact information of references


Application Deadline
Accepting applications until the position is filled.


G. Cowan
Midwest Industrial Coatings, Inc.
4910 12th Avenue East
Shakopee, MN 55379

Chemistry Department Interim Student Work--Available!

Offers for Chemistry Department Interim student work positions will be coming out soon. We had a large number of applicants for some of the Interim student work positions, but too few applicants for other positions. In particular, none of the unsuccessful applicants have taken Chem 255 (Analytical Chemistry)...and therefore these students cannot fill our remaining positions in the Fourth Floor Stockroom. We are, therefore, looking for additional applicants for the following positions:

4th Floor Stockroom, Tuesdays 12:30-3:30
4th Floor Stockroom, Wednesdays 12:30-3:30
4th Floor Stockroom, Thursdays 12:30-3:30

Please contact Karen Renneke (, ext. 3104) to apply!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

From Science

A Methane-Metal Marriage: Scientists Insert Metal Atoms Into Methane Gas Molecules

ScienceDaily (Dec. 23, 2010) — For the first time, chemists have succeeded in plugging a metal atom into a methane gas molecule, thereby creating a new compound that could be a key in opening up new production processes for the chemical industry, especially for the synthesis of organic compounds, which in turn might have implications for drug more.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

WinField Solutions Internship Available

Students: Here is some information about the internship that our seminar speaker spoke about on Friday afternoon. The full announcement is available by clicking on the title of this blog.

This position is an on-the-job training
program for someone who is attending
college and planning to pursue an agricultural
career after graduation. It will provide the
Intern with a better understanding of
agribusiness and R&D, while helping them
develop skills that will make them a more
desirable candidate to hire into an agronomy
position upon graduation.

This intern will assist in:

· Creating prototype products for new
product concepts

· Creating samples for field testing

· Troubleshooting problems in production
and processing

· Evaluating new manufacturing processes

· Evaluating product performance of both
proprietary and competitive products

· Maintaining ingredient and finished product

We are looking for someone working on any
chemistry degree program, preferably a
senior undergraduate, who is intersted in
working during the Spring semester.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Want help finding a summer research position in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology?

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) is pleased to announce the opening of a Summer Research Opportunities website. Here students can find listings for over one hundred summer research programs, including the name of the host institution, the 2011 application deadline and most importantly, and a link to the program’s website. Our goal is to encourage participation in summer research experiences by aiding students in locating and applying to suitable programs. We hope that you will bring this new resource to the attention of your students.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Biotech REU at Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University seeks talented science students to participate in its summer National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in investigative biotechnology. Our preference is for rising juniors and seniors (younger students with research experience will be considered), who have completed core courses in the science curriculum at their home institutions and have demonstrated a curiosity and passion for science. We especially encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education in the biological sciences.

Thirteen faculty members in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Computer Science will serve as mentors to accepted students. These students will gain much. Academically, students will be trained in research techniques, participate in exciting research (students can chose from over nineteen projects), and gain valuable presentation skills. Additionally, students will benefit from a series of workshops exploring ethics and preparing students to apply for and succeed in graduate school. Practically, students will receive a stipend of $480 per week, free housing, meal and travel allowances, and lab supplies.

Students can find more information and application instructions at Applications must be postmarked by Friday, February 4, 2011. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Dr. Shivendra Sahi (, Dr. Rodney King (, or myself (

Best wishes,

Audra Jennings, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Undergraduate Research

Western Kentucky University

Are you graduate school bound?

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience and graduate entry level stipends beginning at $30,000 and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at:

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

There are four review cycles annually. Deadlines for 2011 are:

February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.

H. Ray Gamble

Director of the Fellowship Programs

National Research Council

The National Academies

5000 5th Street NW, Keck 568
Washington, DC 20001

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Summer Student Internships at Mayo Clinic

Season's Greetings from Mayo Clinic!
We wanted to share with you and your students that we will have opportunities for summer student internships in the clinical lab setting again in 2011. Normally, our application is available on December 1, but Human Resources is changing the computer system and we will be going to an electronic application starting this year. Students won't be able to actually apply until January 1, 2011 when our new application system goes live. Students may visit this web site for more information: It explains job duties, salary, lab descriptions and FAQ's. There is an old application currently listed at the web site. You can look at the application to see the requirements. This paper application will Not be accepted.

Students must have ALL required documents (i.e. unofficial transcripts, resume, etc.) at the time of application. If something is missing, the application should be saved as a draft. If the application is not complete, it will automatically be rejected.

It is a very competitive program. We usually have about 125 applications for about 10 positions. The program starts the first week in June and goes to the end of August. The application deadline for our summer lab science program is February 25, 2011.

Karen G. Fields,
Placement Coordinator
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Phone: 507-266-4444
Pager: 127(12367)
Fax: 507-266-5193
Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, Mn 55905

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Student Work Applications

Student work applications for Interim and Spring are now available.  Students interested in working for the Chemistry Department, print these forms out, and turn them into Karen Renneke, Academic Administrative Assistant, RNS 336.  We need several students to fill these positions, so please have these done before the deadlines.

I will also have some copies in my office.

Thank you!

Interim 2011 Student Work Application

Spring 2011 Student Work Application