Thursday, November 29, 2012

Webinar Opportunity

Join us for an on-line seminar, yes it will count towards the seminar credit requirement - but you must be there in person.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
RNS 310
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm

Green Chemistry involves more than reduce, reuse & recycle, it can mean using better designed products that are less toxic and more sustainable.  Join Dr. Julie Zimmerman as she explains how rational design can create the next generation of molecules.
What You Will Learn
  • The role of Green Chemistry in innovation
  • Molecular design guidelines for reduced acute and chronic toxicity
  • Correlation of physiochemical properties to toxicity endpoints
  • Use of mechanistic toxicology to advance the design of safer chemicals
  • And much more!

 Meet Your Experts
Dr. Julie Beth Zimmerman is an Associate Professor of Green Engineering jointly appointed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering) and the School of Forestry and Environment at Yale University.  Dr. Zimmerman also serves as the Acting Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

Joseph Fortunak is a PhD organic chemist. He spent 21 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as head of global chemical development at Abbott Labs (2004). Joseph is a professor at Howard University, specializing in green chemistry and global access to medicines. He works with organizations including the WHO, UNITAID, the Clinton Foundation, and the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Summer Teaching Internships in St. Paul

Breakthrough Saint Paul helps motivated students overcome adversity to prepare for college with the support of older students passionate about education. Each year, they seek a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students (juniors/seniors) to apply for the paid, nine-week summer teaching internship, complete with training and classroom teaching experience. In addition to teaching middle school students from the Saint Paul Public Schools, interns work closely with professional instructional coaches to create lessons and get feedback on their teaching throughout the summer. This internship was ranked as one of the TOP TEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS by the Princeton Review. 

This year's application deadline is Monday, February 25th. 
This opportunity is open to ALL MAJORS!

Please visit their website for more details!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2013 Fossil Energy Fellowship & Internship Program US DOE

Are you interested in working at a Department of Energy National Lab over the summer?  Do you wonder how the USA will continue to meet its energy needs in the future using fossil energy?  Ever wonder how science, technology, engineering and mathematics come together to shape the direction of research?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Mickey Leland Fellowship Program might be for you.

The Mickey Leland Fellowship Program is now open for applications.  It is designed to serve women and underrepresented students who are studying academic disciplines related to coal, oil, and natural gas resources.  You can find more details below or by going to the DOE Fossil Energy web site.

If you have questions please contact the Mickey Leland Program at

Friday, November 16, 2012

Summer Research Opportunities 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 or (626) 395-2887.


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. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

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 9 2013.

For more information, visit


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, 2013.

For more information, please visit

Summer Research Opportunities at Nebraska

Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on their website. Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more.
Summer 2013 programs include:
During the Nebraska Summer Research Program, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.
The online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications are due Friday, February 15. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.
Justina Clark
Director of Graduate Recruitment
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Graduate Studies
(800)742-8800 in the U.S. & Canada; (402)472-2875 International

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Career Panel

Your St. Olaf Chemistry Society has planned a Chemistry Career Panel for this Thursday. We have invited several recent St. Olaf graduates to come and speak about their work with chemistry in industry.

The two Olaf grads speaking on their careers will be:

Patrick Wadzinski '09:
An Analytical Chemist with Aurora Pharmaceuticals, a Veterinary Pharmaceutical Company in Northfield. He works with a variety of analytical instruments (HPLC, GC, FTIR, UV, Karl Fischer, TOC), testing Raw Materials and Finished Products for FDA submissions and, as well as the current product line. In addition, he writes and validates in-house analytical methods.

Mark McNairy '01:
Previously, an analytical chemist, he is currently a scientist at WuXi Apptec, a contract medical device testing laboratory. While the company is primarily focused on the biological sciences, he was able to join a newly formed chemistry team. They are mainly focused on testing a wide range of client products to determine their safety and adherence to FDA regulations (IV sets, titanium joint replacements, neuro-stimulators, ocular implants, etc.).

This is a great event if you are wondering about what a person does in day-to-day life as an industrial chemist. In addition, if you are thinking about your own plans after Olaf, this event will give you insight into the pros and cons of attending graduate school, or going directly into the work force.

The panel will take place this Thursday, 7-8pm in RNS 290, and is worth seminar credit. Dinner and discussion with speakers will be at 6:15pm in BC144, and you are welcome to bring your caf tray.

Hope to see you Thursday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Elite Medical Scribes Employment Opportunity

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a health care provider? Working as a medical scribe provides a firsthand opportunity to work with a physician in the medical field.  We are currently seeking college students or recent graduates in your area who have future aspirations to enter the medical field.   While employed as a medical scribe, you will be working with physicians to expedite patient care.  The scribe is responsible for accompanying the physician during the examination and transcribing the patient’s history and physical exam. Scribes gain valuable experience working in a medical setting which will benefit them in their future career as a health care provider.
We have part-time openings (approximately 20-30 hours/week) available in the dermatology department in Owatonna, Minnesota. Starting wage is $9.50/hour.

Qualified candidates will be detail-oriented, will have a mastery of the English language, excellent verbal/written communication, and strong observation and listening skills. All applicants must plan to pursue a future career as a health care provider (such as a PA, NP, MD, or DO), and either be in the process of or have completed the prerequisite coursework. Applicant’s majors may be from a broad range including biology and chemistry. Knowledge of medical terminology is a plus. Applicants must be adaptive and flexible to a variety of situations and must strive to be constantly improving their knowledge and usefulness.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website  and submit an application and resume. Please contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Hayley Olson, at with any questions!

Grad School Resources from ACS

In addition to this week's seminar about graduate school in chemistry, the American Chemical Society has a number of good resources for those interested in exploring if graduate study might be the right option.  A general guide to chemistry related graduate study was created by the ACS for prospective students.  It is titled "Graduate School Reality Check" and contains preparation tips, application strategies, visits, and opportunities to connect to ACS resources.  Click GSRC to download it.  The other is the Directory of Graduate Research in Chemistry.  This is an on-line resource that allows you to search for specific research faculty or explore departments at institutions across the United States.  Click to explore.