Monday, December 3, 2018

2019 Analytical Studies Intern Program

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.  MCI is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.

Internships are intended mainly for summer 2019, but consideration will be given to projects at other times of the year.  Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, conservation studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering.  Basic courses in chemistry and math are preferred; lab experience is not required.  A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks.

Applicants should contact potential advisors in advance of application and should specify preferred advisors in their application. Applications must be made on line at  - apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program.  Those interested in working under the supervision of conservators at MCI may apply separately through SOLAA for a different MCI internship:  Museum Conservation Internship Program.  Application deadline is February 25, 2019.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome.  Projects will be supervised by one of the following staff members: 

A. Elena Charola, Research Scientist, 301-238-1213,
Deterioration and conservation of stone and other inorganic materials.

Timothy Cleland, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1208,
Characterization and quantification of proteinaceous material in bone, tissue, and other museum collections.

Christine France, Research Physical Scientist, 301-238-1261,
Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass spectrometry.

Gwénaëlle Kavich, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1265,
Analyses of organic and inorganic materials in cultural heritage using py-GC-MS, FTIR, Raman, and XRF.

Thomas Lam, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1232,
Materials characterization of cultural heritage using SEM, cathodoluminescence, XRF, and microfadometry.

Nicole Little, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1243,
Provenance studies of museum objects and analysis of biologic remains using ICP-MS, XRD, and SEM.

Asher Newsome, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1223,
Biomolecular and ambient mass spectrometry of surfaces, coatings, residues, ink, paint, metabolites, and chemical adulterants.

Caroline Solazzo, 301-238-1284,
Proteomics applications to cultural heritage; characterization and species identification of keratin-based tissues and artefacts; degradation of ancient proteins.

Keats Webb, Digital Imaging Specialist, 301-238-1212,
Advanced imaging of museum objects using 2D- and 3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the range of human vision.

Edward Vicenzi, Research Scientist, 301-238-1215,
Determining the origin and history of natural and manufactured materials via spectroscopic imaging in the SEM, including micro XRF imaging and spectrometry.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Summer Research at Nebraska

This 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.
Summer 2019 research programs include:
The online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Friday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

STEM internships available through SciTechsperience

SciTechsperience is a free, state-funded internship program that connects STEM college students with paid internships in small Minnesota companies. SciTech has successfully helped place over 1,280 interns across the state since its inception in 2012. Designed to foster Minnesota's STEM workforce, SciTech aims to help secure at least 350 internships this year alone. SciTechsperience is a program of the Minnesota High Tech Association and funded by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).   

Interested students can use SciTech's tailored job board database to search for and apply to internships in a variety of STEM fields, including chemistry. For every intern hired through the program, SciTech reimburses the employer for half the intern's wages (up to $2,500 per student). Employers decide who to hire, the program is free to use and enrolling in the program is easy. To learn more about SciTechsperience and enroll today, visit

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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 at or (626) 395-2887.

Interested students can join us for the following webinars to learn more:
- WAVE Fellows Program Webinar, Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 am PST
- Amgen Scholars Program Webinar, Thursday, November 29, 11:00 am PST
Click here to learn how to join the webinars.

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech.

 The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status. 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: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6350 award for the ten-week program. An additional housing/travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 12, 2019.

Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, 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 $6350 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.

Online applications are due February 15, 2019.

For more information, please visit

Monday, November 5, 2018

MN-ACS Chemistry Job & Recruiting Fair

The 7th Annual 2018 MN-ACS Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair will be held from 4-6 PM on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN, in the 3rd floor Ballroom of the Coeur de Catherine Building.

4:00-6:00     Meet with recruiters
5:00             Pizza beverages and light snacks will be served

This event is an opportunity to meet with technical recruiters from the Twin Cities area and is open to professionals and students from chemistry and related fields. Sophomore and junior chemistry majors are also encouraged to attend to inquire about internships. Please RSVP to James Wollack ( by November 20th so there will be an accurate head count for food. Include how many people will be coming from your group.

Past companies and organizations that have attended the career fair include*:

Aerotek, Aspen Research, Apex Life Sciences, Experis, H.B. Fuller, Kelly Scientific, Medtronic, Medtox Laboratories, Pace Analytical, Land O'Lakes, Tru Vue, Verum Scientific, WuXi AppTec, Minnesota High Tech Forum, University of MN Department of Chemistry, University of MN Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of MN Environmental Health Sciences, University of MN M.S. in Patent Law, Volt Technical Services and 3M.

* Confirmed companies/organizations are in bold, others are pending
* A list of confirmed companies will be available in late October.  Check the MN ACS web page at this time.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Merck & Co. Manufacturing Science and Technology Intern

Manufacturing Science and Technology Intern

Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal products.  Through the Manufacturing Science and Technology (MS&T) intern program Merck seeks Sophomore or Junior level undergraduates working toward B.S. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Biochemical Engineering, or related fields.  The company supports internships with a 10-12 week duration which will include one or more projects. These opportunities can provide you with great development and a chance to see if Merck is the right company for your long-term goals. 

To learn more about the MS&T intern program look at the position announcement and consider submitting an application.