Thursday, December 11, 2014

Summer research at Georgia Tech

Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2015

Program Description:  Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate majors are invited to apply for a ten-week (May 24- July 31, 2015) research program. Program participants will receive a stipend of $5,000, a travel allowance, and housing. Participants supported by must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US.  

REU students carry out a research project under the direction of a faculty member in School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Projects are available in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry with a number of projects involving interdisciplinary research perspectives. Contributions by undergraduate participants often result in publication of papers in the peer-reviewed literature with the student listed as an author.  In addition to full time research, students participate in a number of professional development seminars, site visits to scientific companies/government labs, and social activities with fellow students and other REU groups on the Georgia Tech campus.   Students interested in a career in research are encouraged to apply.  Please use the website above to apply to the Chemistry and Biochemistry REU Program at Georgia Tech. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Summer Research, University of Utah

Join undergraduates from colleges and universities across the United States. Engage in full-time, cutting-edge research on a project of your choice from June 1 - July 31, 2015.

REU Research Areas

  • Bioelectrocatalysis
  • Biophysics/Structural Biology
  • Biosensors
  • Catalysys
  • Chemical Biology Fuel Cells
  • Drug Design
  • Electrochemistry
  • Epigenetics
  • Fuel Cells
  • Interfacial Chemistry
  • Magnetic Materials
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Photonics
  • Polymers and Nanomaterials
  • Spectroscopy
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Chemical Physics
  • Theoretical Chemistry
The program includes:
  • Stipend of $5,000
  • Travel allowance
  • Room and board
  • Training and research
  • Weekly luncheon seminars
  • Activities with other University of Utah REU programs
  • Outdoor adventures in the spectacular Wasatch mountains
  • Culminating symposium
Our online REU application is

Sunday, December 7, 2014

NASA Summer Research

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates majoring in any of the STEM disciplines to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2015).  The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on experience in all aspects of a major Earth Science research campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. 
Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes.  Participants will fly onboard and assist in the operation of instruments on the NASA DC-8 research aircraft 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.  Each student will develop an individual research project from the data collected.

Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel. The eight-week program begins June 14, 2015 and concludes August 7, 2015.  Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.
SARP participants will receive free housing and transportation during the 8-week program, a $3000 stipend, plus a $3000 travel and food allowance.  
Applicants must be US citizens.
Applications can be found at the SARP 2015 website
Specific questions about the program can be emailed to:
Application Deadline: Thursday, Feb 5, 2015
Watch a video about the program:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Summer Research in Oklahoma

The program's focus is Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior.   The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.The goal of this program is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Students selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research; thus, it is not possible to be enrolled in courses or other activities during the program.

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.  Each student will reside in a campus dormitory (at no cost to the student) and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses.  Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.

Information about how to submit an application is available at:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Summer Research in Nebraska

Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website at Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more. 
Summer 2015 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.
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review beginsMonday, February 2 and all applications must be completed by Monday, March 2.Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

University of Iowa Biochemistry Summer Research

University of Iowa biochemistry summer research program -- 

Full-time, hands-on research in biochemistry and related topics
Enrichment activities, including weekly seminars and workshops on graduate school and careers in science
The opportunity to present findings in a campus-wide poster session
Planned social outings
A $4,250 stipend
Free housing in a dormitory on the University of Iowa campus

visit their web site 

Summer Research at St. Jude's Children's Hospital

We invite you to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-31) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <>. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

U Illinois Chemistry REU 2015 - applications open!

The U Illinois Chemistry Department announces the fifth year of the Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program, with support from NSF and the 3M Foundation.  

We particularly seek students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees.  Students who have completed coursework at the sophomore to junior level by June 1, 2015 are our intended scholarship recipients.  Because of high demand for our program in prior years, applicants should be planning to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or related fields between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

The scholarship provides:

*$5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in our department
*Housing at Europa House in Urbana, within walking distance to the Department of Chemistry and the rest of the campus
*Round trip travel cost (up to $800)
*$800 living allowance

We do require that students have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory, and they should also be inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.  Applications may be made at the website  For detailed information about the research areas of individual faculty members, please see

Please apply as soon as possible. Applications received by February 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.  Given heavy demand for our program, files incomplete at 11:59 PM on the closing date will not be kept open for consideration. Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nature's Processing - New Swimming Pool to open in Minneapolis

Check out the new design of the Webber Park swimming pool, located on the north side of Minneapolis.  It is touted to be the first chemical-free, natural filtration public swimming pool in North America.

Many of you know my pet-peeve about the words "chemical-free."  I much prefer the terms "diverse in-place biological and physical treatment" to describe this new (or old) idea.  Check out the linked news articles and the Minneapolis Park&Rec information.

Bring Me the News

Minneapolis Park & Rec Board - Webber Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards 2014

Professor Shannon S. Stahl, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Aerobic Oxidation Methods for Pharmaceutical Synthesis
Farnesane: a Breakthrough Renewable Hydrocarbon for use as Diesel and Jet Fuel
Solazyme, Inc.
Tailored Oils Produced from Microalgal Fermentation
QD Vision, Inc.
Greener Quantum Dot Synthesis for Energy Efficient Display and Lighting Products
The Solberg Company
RE-HEALING Foam™ Concentrates—Effective Halogen-Free Firefighting

Also read a blog about this year's winners written by Jim Jones, US EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention or in the 20 Oct 2014 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Periodically, the American Chemical Society posts short video clips about topics pertinent to the chemistry of every day life.  Most recently, they released a short video about the chemistry of PIZZA.  Enjoy viewing!

I you wish to subscribe to the weekly series, check out the ACS Reactions link or follow @ACSReactions on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities

A workshop designed to educate students on all aspects of undergraduate research...the types of opportunities available, how to network with potential mentors, how to get credit for research experiences.

Thursday October 16, 11:30 a.m., RNS 206

Led by Roberto Zayas

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chemistry Job Fair

UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships

The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Company Foundation announce the availability of the UNCF ●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards.

Apply Now for an Undergraduate Award    Applications due: 02 Dec 2014

These awards, of up to $30,000 are a component of the UNCF●Merck Science Initiative, the goal of which is to support the training and development of world-class African American biomedical research scientists.

At least 15 UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made per year. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients will be selected based on the applicants’ abilities and accomplishments.

The UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to encourage the interest of African American undergraduate students in furthering their science education and pursuing biological, chemical or engineering science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Green Chemistry Committment launches Webinar Series

The Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series will highlight relevant topics for chemistry educators and students to incorporate green chemistry in to their courses, labs and programs. The webinars are open to the community and will be recorded and posted for access.
Upcoming Webinars:
October 15, 2014, 2pm – 3pm EDT,  Register Now
Green Chemistry: The Missing Element in Chemistry Education
An Interactive Webinar featuring Dr. John C. Warner, 2014 Perkin Medal Winner, Founder and C.T.O, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Download the Flyer: GCC_Warner_October 15 2014
November 19, 2014, 2pm – 3pm EST
Modernizing the Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Green Chemistry
Dr. Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota
Do you have suggestions for a seminar topic?  Send GCC your ideas.
Early Fall Application Deadline: October 11, 2014

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the
biggest environmental challenges of our day.
In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.
For more information, read on or visit
In your year with Green Corps:
Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Adam Ruben, former political director and current board president of, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of
Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Power Shift, and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.
Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling; led to new laws to support clean, renewable energy; convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans; and much, much more.
Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $25,000. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.
Launch your career: 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.

Research Opportunity

We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-31) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program<>. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.  

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
Associate Director, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

This week's seminar

Radical Frontiers in Catalysis
Dr. Theodore Betley
Harvard University

Within metal-catalyzed reactions, developing electronic structure to function relations is critical
for obtaining desirable reactivity. Electronic structure considerations dictate the stability and/
or reactivity of both mononuclear and polynuclear complexes. We have developed weak-field
ligand platforms to enable (1) iron-based reagents to catalyze C-H bond functionalization, and
(2) unveil small-molecule activation at polynuclear reaction sites.

Regents Hall 310, 3:15PM

Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Seminar

Nanodiscs, Membrane Proteins, and Mass Spectrometry: New Tools for Studying Protein-Lipid Interaction

Dr. Michael Marty, '10
Friday September 26th, 3:15, Regents 310

Membrane proteins play a critical role in biochemistry, bioenergy, and pharmaceuticals. However,
little is known about interactions between membrane proteins and their lipid bilayer environment.
This is largely due to a lack of adequate tools for quantifying these complex interactions. Nanodiscs,
nanoscale lipoprotein particles modeled after HDL, provide a unique platform for studying
membrane proteins in a homogeneous and monodisperse lipid bilayer environment. I will present
research examining membrane proteins embedded in Nanodiscs with native ion mobility-mass
spectrometry. Native mass spectrometry preserves noncovalent interactions, allowing detection
of the intact membrane protein-Nanodisc complex as well as metastable dissociation products.
Comparing the masses of these dissociation products with molecular dynamics simulations
reveals a “magic number” of lipids that corresponds to the number of polar contacts between
the membrane protein and its lipid bilayer annular belt. This combination of nanotechnology,
biochemistry, and mass spectrometry provides new tools for quantifying interactions between the
lipid bilayer and membrane proteins.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Canon River Clean-Up

The Canon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) is asking for volunteers for the Annual Watershed Wide Cleanup

The cleanup is September 20th from 9 AM - Noon. Most St. Olaf students go to Sechler Park here in Northfield. Students do not need to bring anything as we will have trash bags and gloves provided (and a lunch!)

Email Alana Bartolai if interested in joining or sign up online at

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Resources from the Piper Center

St. Olaf Professional Development Resources:
Grant Eustice (, Fellowships Coach in the Piper Center - Advise students interested in applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.

Susie Kramer ( Pre-Health Career Coach at the Piper Center. Works with students (freshman-seniors) interested in pursuing a career as a healthcare professional (MD, DO, PT, OT, Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Dent, Vet, Pharm, etc.). Feel welcome to schedule a meeting via Ole Career Central for any of your career needs (discerning a path in healthcare, choosing a major, finding a healthcare professional to shadow, internship opportunities, research opportunities, applying to professional schools, resume, cover letter, etc.).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ACS Student Rep to the 2014 UN Climate Conference

Become an ACS Student Representative to the UN Climate Conference 
Lima, Peru; December 1 – 12, 2014

The deadline to apply to serve as an ACS student representative to the December UN climate conference in Lima, Peru is July 1, 2014. The purpose of this project is to promote climate science literacy among college and university students by employing social media as a tool and the annual UN climate conference as a platform. “Climate Change Literacy and Education” is one of four “Actions” recommended by the ACS Climate Change Public Policy Statement See the flyer for additional information.

Application procedures and additional information can be found at:  
Click on the link:  UNFCCC COP 20 Application

Thursday, May 29, 2014

NSF Scholarship to attend Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Green Chemistry & Engineering

Apply Now for the 2014 NSF Student Scholarships!
The ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is making available scholarship opportunities for students to attend the 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) in North Bethesda, Maryland, June 17-19, 2014 and the GC&E Student Workshop on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.
The NSF Scholars program will reimburse students for travel, accommodations, and registrations fee, up to a maximum of $1000. Eligibility includes undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral students registered in an accredited U.S. college or university. Limited scholarships are available so apply now!
Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your understanding of sustainable and green chemistry and engineering!

The GC&E Student Workshop – Monday, June 16, 2014  Located at the American Chemical Society headquarters in Washington DC, this hands on workshop will help students understand how to evaluate the impact of chemicals and syntheses and choose greener options for their own research or labs. The workshop will be led by Dr. Marty Mulvihill (University of California - Berkeley) along with Dr. Marie Bourgeois (Professor, University of South Florida), Dr. Douglas Raynie (Professor, South Dakota State University), and Dr. David Constable (ACS GCI).
The 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference – June 17-19, 2014  Students will learn about the innovations and applications of green chemistry and engineering that are contributing towards designing a more sustainable world. The conference program includes over 30 technical sessions, daily keynotes, a careers workshop, a student poster competition, and opportunity to network at the opening night reception. 
We hope to see you there!
The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® Team

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MPCA Summer Student Worker for Green Chemistry Projects

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking a student worker to support green chemistry projects this summer and possibly into the fall depending on scheduling and funding.

The job posting and application procedure is available at

You must have a resume on file at the My State Job Search site before you can apply.

Applications will be accepted through May 14, 2014.