Thursday, January 27, 2011

ACS "Get Experience" Web Site

The American Chemical Society's new “Get Experience” site is a search tool for students to find chemistry-related research opportunities, internships, and other experiences. Check it out!

"365-Chemistry for Life" Celebration

Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry in 2011
The American Chemical Society is celebrating chemistry’s contributions to the world with 365: Chemistry for Life! Visit their web-based calendar every day during 2011 to learn more about the people, places, and compounds that have changed the face of chemistry.

Math-Bio-PreVet Summer Research Opportunity

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now taking
applications for its 8-week long summer research program for undergraduates (REU) and veterinary students (REV) interested in research at the interface between mathematics and biology. The program takes place May 31- July 22, 2011, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields, veterinary
students, and high school math and biology teachers will live on campus and work in teams with UTK faculty. Disease modeling, population dynamics, behavioral ecology and intracellular transport processes are among this year's research topics. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel.

First-year students are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2011

To apply to the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), go to

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

REU Summer Research at Wellesley

The St. Olaf Chemistry Department recently received the following announcement of an REU program targeted at women and minorities:

The Chemistry Department of Wellesley College is pleased to announce that we have received funding for our summer National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site program for the summer of 2011. We would be grateful if you would forward this email to interested students.

The goal of the ten-week summer program is to encourage bright young women to pursue research careers in science and medicine through their participation in a research project as early as possible in their academic careers. The key components of the program are: a student research project supervised by a Chemistry or Physics Department faculty member; weekly meetings in which students give oral presentations of their work; weekly seminars by visiting scientists; field trips to nearby industrial and academic research labs; career and graduate school panels; skills workshops in public speaking, scientific writing, and poster presentations; and a campus-wide poster session at the end of the program.
Wellesley’s supportive infrastructure, including equipment and facilities comparable to those at many research universities, contributes greatly to the strength of our research programs. The diverse array of individual student projects involves cutting edge research such as (a) creating novel responsive systems for investigation as drug delivery vehicles, (b) designing and synthesizing amino acid analogs for the development of a structure-activity relationship for the biological production of insulin, (c) preparing novel antituberculosis compounds, (d) predicting the behavior of Bose-Einstein condensed atoms in ultra-cold dilute gases, (e) investigating the electron-induced reactions in nanoscale thin films under ultrahigh vacuum conditions to understand the role of secondary electrons in electron-beam-induced deposition (EBID), a direct-write technique, (f) investigating the vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy of astrophysical molecules, (g) utilizing MRI and NMR to investigate a mouse model for schizophrenia, (h) combining computer simulations and experimental biochemistry to study membrane proteins, (i) fingerprinting historical lead sources in current urban gardens, (j) investigating the dynamics of atmospheric reactions, (k) using surface-functionalized gold nanoparticles as vehicles for targeting and treating cancer, and (l) designing and synthesizing the natural product Angelmarin and its structural analogues as Anticancer Agents. Undergraduate students, especially those doing research during the summer, have co-authored most of the presentations and papers that have come out of this department.

In addition to the student research project component, our summer program will build on and expand interdisciplinary connections and collaborations between Chemistry and other departments. The primary thrust of the interdisciplinary focus will be the continued inclusion of physics and geoscience faculty and students in the summer research program. Such collaborations will enhance student comprehension of science because of the varied perspectives of the collaborating disciplines.

The summer research program will engage women and minority students and introduce them to the excitement of research. An NSF funded pilot study, cited in a recent Science article, involving summer research students from Wellesley and three other undergraduate institutions, clearly demonstrates the impact of effective undergraduate research experience on learning, attitude, and career choice. As in the past, about 60% of the NSF-REU slots will be reserved for non-Wellesley students with preference given to participants from institutions with limited research opportunities. A distinguished faculty comprised of ~ 50% women and ~25% minorities will serve as role models.

The point-of-contact for student recruitment will be the co-principal investigator, Dr. David Haines, who may be reached at 781-283-3037 or via email at Details of the 2011 summer research program can be found at the following site:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 REU Program, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron

We are pleased to announce that the NSF REU site for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron will again accept applications for the summer of 2011. This year’s stipend amount is $7,000. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2011. The attached announcement is primarily for undergraduate students who are currently sophomores or juniors, although we have had a few freshmen. The application should include the attached form, official transcript(s), 2 letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent (background, area of interest, career goals) sent to Melissa Bowman ( For additional information, please visit our website:

Applications can be picked up in the Chemistry Department Office RNS 336

Prof. Gustavo A. Carri, Ph.D.
The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, OH 44325-3909

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Job Opportunity for Chem Graduates Overseas

The Petroleum Institute is seeking a Chemistry Laboratory Technician to support teachers working in its Advanced University Placement program.

Position Description: The main role of the technician is the preparation of materials to be used by students in the teaching laboratory, and assist in the instruction of the students in the proper and safe use of the laboratory equipment. The technician will also assist in the ordering of supplies, maintaining laboratory equipment and carrying out simple repairs.

Qualifications: Applicants should have: good writing and communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team and the ability to carry out administrative, management and instruction tasks associated with a teaching laboratory. Practical knowledge of computers and standard software packages (Word, Excel and Access) is important. As the language of instruction at the Petroleum Institute is English, the Laboratory Technician must be proficient in both spoken and written English. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage, but is not required.

The successful candidate should have a Bachelors level degree in Chemistry. Foreign applicants who are currently working in the UAE must be in possession of a transferable visa.

Chemistry Laboratory Technician
The Petroleum Institute
Advanced University Placement
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Date Posted: Jan. 17, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Environmental Advocacy Employment

Learn more about Green Corps by clicking on the title of this blog.

** Applications for training program due January 28th, 2011 – apply online today at

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2011-2012. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit to submit your application to join the 2011-2012 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2011 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into a health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. Green Corps offers paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days

There is an order form in the Chemistry Dept. office. A bunch of daffodils is $10 (no vase) or $15 (with vase). There are also "dainty daffodils," "Bear and Bunch," "Gift of Hope," "Bear Hugs," "Sunshine Bouquet," etc. Delivery is March 7-11. A great alternative to Flower Friday in the PO's!

About Daffodil Days

You can give hope to people facing cancer and save lives by supporting the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program. The Daffodil Days program is your chance to fight back against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease. While the Daffodil Days program involves offering daffodils every spring to donors in appreciation for their contributions, it is about more than just giving beautiful flowers — it is everyone’s opportunity to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.

The dollars you raise through the Daffodil Days program do make a difference. Your support allows the American Cancer Society to save lives and create a world with more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.

About Gift of Hope

Each Daffodil Days participant has the opportunity to donate a Gift of Hope in any denomination. A Gift of Hope donation funds cancer research, educational programs, advocacy, services for cancer patients and their families, and furthers the mission of the American Cancer Society. The Gift of Hope also enables your American Cancer Society to deliver flowers anonymously to cancer patients at medical centers and facilities in your community. Gifts of Hope are not delivered to specific cancer patients, nor are the donor’s name attached to the gift.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Summer Research at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This research opportunity includes fields such as chemistry, biomedical engineering, bioenergy systems, and redox biology and biochemistry. Click on the title of this blog to visit their website.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program at The University of Iowa

  • SUMR Program 2011 Features

  • June 6 - July 29, 2011
  • An 8-week research project conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences (Optional 10-week program available).
  • Weekly seminar series - a forum for discussions emphasizing how science and medicine intersect
  • Clinical case-based learning exercise - discussion of mechanisms underlying disease process
  • Career development seminars (e.g. MD/PhD admissions; personal and research statement writing)
  • Physician - scientist clinical shadowing experience (2-4 afternoons during the 8-week period)
  • Social and mentoring activities with MD/PhD students
  • Optional emergency room shadowing experience (~4 times during the 8-week period)
  • Sample of SUMR Program Calendar of Events (from 2010 program)
  • Support

  • $3000 for the eight week period
  • Lodging in University housing facility
  • Travel allowance for transportation to/from Iowa City


  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Will graduate from college in the 2011-2012 academic year
  • Major in biological or physical science
  • Prior research experience

Application Requirements

  • A completed online application form
  • Official transcript(s) from undergraduate institution(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation (At least one letter must come from your primary research mentor).
  • Apply by February 7, 2011


SUMR Program
Medical Scientist Training Program
2206 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Phone: (800) 551-6787 or (319) 335-8303
Fax: (319) 335-6634

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Synchrotron Radiation Center Summer REU

***** Summer 2011 SRC-REU Program Information ******

Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC)

The SRC light source is funded by the National Science Foundation and uses an electron storage ring to provide synchrotron light as a tool for doing scientific research. We are located southeast of Madison, Wisconsin.

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program runs for 10 weeks from May 31 through August 6, 2011. Participants will work with a mentor, graduate students and SRC scientists in the completion of a research project. The experience culminates with, among other things, participation in a poster session and a presentation at a research symposium. Participants receive a generous stipend in addition to paid travel to and from Madison, housing, health insurance (if needed), transportation to SRC, and a partial meal allowance. Participants are housed on the UW-Madison campus and interact with other summer program students of various disciplines creating a community of research scholars.

Participants and projects from previous years can be seen online at:

For more information including eligibility requirements, abstracts of previous projects, and a flyer about the program, visit our website at

The deadline for applying to the program is February 15, 2011.

Monday, January 3, 2011

ACS Undergraduate Fellowships in Nuclear Chemistry & Radiochemistry

The formal program consists of lecture and laboratory components which cover the fundamentals of nuclear theory, radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiological safety, and applications to related fields. In addition, there are special symposia, guest lectures, and field trips to nearby research centers; typical topics are:

  • nuclear medicine

  • nuclear power

  • fundamental particle physics

  • environmental radiochemistry
Fellowships include all tuition, transportation, housing, some food, textbooks, laboratory supplies, and laboratory manuals. Six semester-units of transferable academic credit will be awarded by San Jose State University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. More in information is available at and

Candidates should be undergraduate "hard" science or engineering majors who will complete their sophomore or junior year by June 2011. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. No previous experience in nuclear science is necessary.Applications due: February 1, 2011

Contact Prof. Epp for more information about what the experience is like; he is a graduate of the program.

A Summer REU Opportunity at Georgia Tech

The application deadline is February 15, 2011. Selected students will be notified in late-February. The full-time, 10-week program will start in late May and run until the end of July. Participants will receive a stipend of $4500 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta.

For more information, click the title of this blog.