Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Want to Keep in Touch with Science over the Summer?

Check out these websites for fun and information:
Songs about files, sheet music, lyrics. Who doesn't want to learn to sing "The Schiff Base Riff" or "Hooray for NMR Spectroscopy!"
A Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure funded site. Lots of information on environmental factors in breast cancer (diet, pollutants, medications, etc.)
Calls itself a "publicly funded medical genetics information resource developed for physicians, other healthcare providers, and researchers, available at no cost to all interested persons." Your tax dollars at work, better take advantage!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blog Updates

Several updates have already been made to the Student Work Opportunities blog. Please check the actually BLOG posting at before applying for a position!

Student Work Opportunities

Students who have applied for chemistry department student work positions for next fall will soon hear whether or not we were able to match them to a position. At this time, there are several positions for which there are no viable applicants (already had a job, didn't have proper pre-requisites, etc.) We can hire students without work awards for these if there are no other suitable applicants. Please contact Karen Renneke ( if you are interested, whether or not you have a work award.

CHBI 125 A Lab Assistant 8:00-11:00 Th (FILLED)
Chem 125 C Lab Assistant 11:45-2:45 T
Chem 253 C Lab Assistant 8:00-11:00 T
Chem 256 B Lab Assistant 1:20-5:20 T
Chem 357 A Lab Assistant 1:20-5:20 T
Chem 373 Lab Assistant 1:20-5:20 T

CHBI 125 Paper Grader flexible hours (FILLED)
Chem 125 Paper Grader flexible hours (FILLED)
Chem 255 Paper Grader flexible hours (FILLED)

Fourth floor stockroom Monday afternoons (need to have taken Chem 255/256 already)

Third floor stockroom window Mon 11:50-3:00
Third floor stockroom window Wed 12:00-3:00

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Chemistry Department Makes Awards to Graduating Seniors

The annual banquet for senior chemistry majors, faculty and staff was held recently and several awards were given out:

The winners of the Agre Awards were Steven Braun (heading off to Japan on a Fulbright scholarship, followed by graduate school) and Ajay Madhavan (heading off to medical school at U of MN or Mayo).

Several students won Academic Achievement awards: Karen Bieraugel, Laura Bond, Steven Braun, Greg Carlson, James Clark, Bogdan Conrad, Ellen Daugherty, Terin Euerle, Catherine Holm, Ajay Madhavan, Erin McAllister, Brett Morris, and Rachel Powell.

Several industry/organization-sponsored awards were handed out:
The Merck Awards: Laura Bond and Brett Morris
The CRC Award: Ian Gunsolus
The HyperCube Scholar Award: James Jaffe
The Analytical Chemistry Award: Nicholas Parker
The American Institute of Chemists Award: Haley Phillips

Two students going on in science education were awarded copies of Bob Hanson's book Molecular Origami: Zachary Hudson and Laura McDaniels. This is a book that provides patterns for making accurate scaled-up models of a variety of chemical molecules by folding paper.

Two students tied for the coveted "Doughnut Award," which is given to the student(s) who attend the largest number of department seminars during their junior and senior years; James Jaffe and Haley Phillips both attended 27!

Several students were honored for their outstanding service to the department over their time at St. Olaf: Karen Bieraugel, Alise Carlson, Terin Euerle, James Jaffe, Jessica Johnson, Garvey Liu, Erin McAllister, Nick Parker, Haley Phillips, Rachel Powell, Jennifer Sandahl, Sarah Steinmetz.