January 26, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Product Improvement through Green Chemistry
- Green Product Value Chain
- Minnesota Grown to Minnesota Made - the Promise of Bio-Industrial Processing
- Growing Green Chemistry in Minnesota
Application forms and additional information on this program are available by visiting http://www.chem.unt.edu/nsf-reu/
Chemistry NSF-REU Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
University of North Texas
1155 University Circle # 305070
Denton, TX 76203
Phone: 940-565-4372 firstname.lastname@example.org
FAX: 940-565-4318 http://www.chem.unt.edu/nsf-reu
Please see the message, below, recently received by the Chemistry Department. Note that the program described here is not a summer research program. If you are interested in research at Mayo, see information about the Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at http://www.mayo.edu/mgs/surf.html
Now, about the Clinical Lab Internships:
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 2012. Last year Human Resources changed the computer system and we now have an electronic application instead of the paper applications. Students will be able to start applying January 1, 2012 when the SLSP job posting goes live. Students may visit this web site for more information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/
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, do not submit if the application is not complete. 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 18 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 Friday, February 24, 2011.
Karen G. Fields,
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
200 First Street SW
Rochester, Mn 55905
MURF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas.
Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.
Application: Online Applications are due January 11, 2012.
For more information, please visit www.murf.caltech.edu
AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, 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 $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.
Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2012.
For more information, please visit www.amgenscholars.caltech.edu
2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)
June 17 - August 10, 2012
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2012). SARP provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others.
Participants will fly onboard the NASA P-3B aircraft where they will assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Each student will develop his/her own individual research project.
Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine. Applicants must have a strong academic background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering and an interest in applying their background to the study of the Earth system. We especially encourage applications from students majoring in Earth, environmental or atmospheric sciences and related disciplines.
SARP participants will receive round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation during the 8-week program, a $3,000 stipend and a $2,500 meals allowance.
Applications received by Jan. 20, 2012 will be considered for early acceptance.
The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.
For more information and to download the program application, visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learn
To watch a video about the 2011 program, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2012@nserc.und.edu.
Department of Homeland Security-Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
10 week research experience; $5000 stipend plus travel expenses
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences
Projects offered at:
National research laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River
DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory
Other research facilities, including Air Force research Laboratory, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Locations include: CA, CO, ID, IL, MD, NM, NJ, OH, SC, TN, WA & VA
US citizenship required
Application deadline: January 5, 2012
Administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks) for students majoring in the STEM fields. STEM field majors may also apply for semester and year programs.
St. Olaf Application Deadline is January 18, 2012 For more information or to apply, see Helen Stellmaker "email@example.com" in IOS.
Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or
To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; orTo Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.
– Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
– Disease prevention and treatment
– Water and sanitation
– Maternal and child health
– Basic education and literacy
– Economic and community development
– Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, room and board, books, travel expenses, visas, inoculations, as well as any humanitarian projects the club or district has planned that relate to the scholar’s studiesRegion deadline is March 16, 2012. For more information, contact Dana Gross, grossd, Professor of Psychology, or Chris Weber (chrisw@community-
The Chemistry Department at Lehigh University is accepting graduate applications for the Fall 2012 academic year. The Chemistry graduate program offers cutting edge, multi-disciplinary research opportunities for students in a supportive, small program atmosphere. We offer a competitive stipend ($25,000/year) and full tuition waiver ($13,000/year). We have research opportunities in the traditional areas of chemistry in addition to specializations in surface science, reaction mechanisms, inorganic clusters, materials, biophysical chemistry and nanoparticles. For more information about the Ph.D. program in Chemistry, please click on this link. If you would like to speak to the graduate adviser about our program, please email Professor Rebecca Miller.
The Chemistry Department is participating in the annual College of Arts and Sciences Open House on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The event runs from 10 am – 1 pm with registration beginning at 9:15 am. This is a great opportunity to meet faculty and students in the Chemistry Department, tour the research labs and chat one-on-one with faculty in the department. In addition, all students attending the Open House will receive a graduate application fee waiver (worth $75). Students register for the Open House through this online link. If you can’t attend the Open House event, but would like to visit campus and meet with Chemistry Department faculty at another time, please email Professor Miller.
The 1982 breakthrough fundamentally changed the way chemists look at solid matter, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.
Scientists used to believe that atoms were arranged inside crystals only in ordered, repeating patterns, Shechtman's work showed that the atoms could be packed in a pattern that did not repeat – a new chemical structure known as a quasicrystal.
NPR's Joe Palca said Shechtman was in the U.S. studying a mixture of aluminum and manganese through an electron microscope when he made the discovery. The microscope allowed him to see how the atoms in the compound were packed together – but the pattern didn't make sense because it seemed to violate the rules of nature by not repeating.
"This was such a fundamental change in what people understood about crystals that it just seemed impossible," Palca said. "So he sent in a paper to a scientific journal, and they basically sent it right back without even ... looking at it at all. But he knew he had something very weird."
All crystals were thought to have rotational symmetry, so that when they are rotated, they look the same. On April 8, 1982, Shechtman first observed crystals with 10 points — pentagonal symmetry, which most scientists said was impossible.
The Oak Ridge Science Semester ( http://www.acm.edu/programs/
A Resident Faculty Director from one of the consortium schools participates each year to teach, coordinate the academic program, and be a liaison for the students. Prof. Craig Teague of Cornell College, who was the Resident Faculty Director in Fall 2009, will be here on Tuesday to share information and answer questions. All students and faculty are invited to stop by, even if you have no specific questions and just want to hear about this opportunity for science students.
This last week the Brookings Institution issued a report that attempts to put the "clean" economy into some perspective. What, you ask, is the clean economy? The “green” or “clean” or low-carbon economy is defined as the sector of the economy that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit. "Not only do 'green' or 'clean' activities and jobs related to environmental aims pervade all sectors of the U.S. economy, they also remain tricky to define and isolate—and count." Not surprisingly this kind of economy does not have a one-size fits all configuration. Each area of the country is different than another; however, the report's executive summary does its best to pull common themes together.http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/Programs/Metro/clean_economy/0713_exec_summary.pdf
Check out the clean economy elements listed for Minnesota and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area.
Some data from the reports and interactive maps are excerpted below. Remember that the green products are certified in some type of list, and it does not necessarily mean renewable. Note that these are all direct jobs, no calculations for total economic impact were done.
Green Chemicals: 148 Jobs (likely understated) Ranked #25.
A few surprises in this category. We have about 0.5% of the total. Far and away, the leader in this category was Tennessee, who has over 7,000 jobs in this industry. Some influence may arise from Eastman Chemical Company having their HQ in the state. Also, Nebraska only has 7, though Natureworks has a large facility manufacturing PLA in the state.
Green Building Products: 1,2887 Jobs. Ranked #15.
Green Consumer products: 2,218 Jobs. Ranked #11.
Renewable Energy: 2,003 Jobs
Biomass/Biofuels: 1,441 Jobs
Biomass/Biofuels makes up 70% of renewable energy jobs in Minnesota.
You can access an Interactive map that can give more detailed data: www.brookings.edu/metro/clean_
For the full Report: http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2011/0713_clean_economy.aspx
Who should attend? Anyone who wants to meet employers, attend keynotes and workshops, polish their resume, practice interviewing, and network with global scientists and engineers.
Current FY, sophs, and juniors majoring in chemistry or other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Here's a chance to win a sizeable scholarship...but you need to work quickly:
The Minnesota High Tech Foundation (MHTF) will award more than $60,000 in scholarships in 2011 to strengthen Minnesota’s future technology workforce. Students pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines (or education with a STEM subject focus) are eligible for up to nine $5,000 scholarships; and two $10,000 scholarships are available for students studying Computer Science or a Computer Science-related field. Each scholarship recipient will also have an internship opportunity at a Minnesota High Tech Association member company.
The Minnesota High Tech Foundation Scholarship Application should be completed on-line and is available by following this link: MHTF Scholarship Application
Questions about the program should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applications must be submitted electronically by April 29, 2011. Applicants will be notified of award status by September 30, 2011.
The Minnesota High Tech Foundation (MHTF) is a nonprofit 501 (c) corporation founded in 1985 to promote and support excellence in science, math and technology education. The Foundation educates Minnesotans about the importance of a strong technology-based economy through outreach.
An Ole chem alumnus writes about a job opportunity:
NHK Laboratories, Inc. is located in sunny
We are currently looking for Chemists to work in our Quality Control laboratory. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates. My name is Christopher Yen (class of 1989) and my email is email@example.com. If you are interested please email a letter of interest with your resume and supply three references.