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January 17, 2018

2018 Proposals due for Research Equipment Reserve Fund

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If you need new equipment, need to repair your existing equipment or would love to renovate or improve your equipment, apply for a RERF Award (Research Equipment Reserve Fund) from the OSU Research Office. 
All College of Science applications are due by Wednesday, February 14, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. to Bettye Maddux. The College will evaluate proposals and select two or three to send forward to the Research Office.
The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (defined as anything equal to or more than $5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.
This year, the budget is expected to be $400,000. Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research.
All faculty with the rank of instructor and above are eligible to serve as Principal Investigator (PI). Faculty with courtesy appointments may serve as Co-Investigator (Co-I) only. Research Associates, Postdoctoral Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible to serve as PI or Co-I.
Please note that faculty with uncommitted Research Office start-up funds are not eligible for consideration either as PI or Co-I. Also, any faculty, either as PIs and Co-Is, may only receive a RERF Award one time in a 24-month period as the PI.
January 12, 2018

Shape the Future of Mental Health at OSU!

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Have your voice heard and help shape the future of mental health at OSU!

Please complete a short survey that should take less than 10 minutes to complete and will give you the option to participate in a drawing for the chance to win a $50 gift card to the OSU Beaver Store.

The purpose of the survey is to hear from students about their concerns, needs, and suggestions on how OSU can best serve the mental health needs of the campus. This information will be used to improve the mental health programs in your community.

To complete the survey, go to:

Please complete this survey by February 2nd to be considered for the gift card incentive drawing.

I have also attached a power point slide for instructors to put on the screen as students enter class or post to Canvas to encourage participation.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Bonnie Hemrick, MPH

Mental Health Promotion Specialist

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Workshop for Distance Learning Programs in STEM: Experiences, Challenges, and Solutions

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TT Chemistry Position at Cuesta College

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Cuesta College is a 2 year community college in San Luis Obispo, California. We are currently recruiting for a tenure-track chemistry position starting in fall 2018. Our chemistry faculty teach 15-20 hours per week, including labs, have no research or publication obligations, and enjoy both autonomy in the classroom and the opportunity to be engaged with college governance if desired.

This position would be a great fit for recent graduates (MS or PhD) who wish to pursue a career teaching freshman and sophomore level courses and preparing high-quality chemistry students that will enter the workforce, transfer to universities, or enroll in nursing programs.

San Luis Obispo is a beautiful county located on the coast half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our county is a mix of small to medium sized towns set in a mostly rural area complete with coastal range mountains, vineyards, and both rocky and sandy beaches. Residents here enjoy a multitude of activities including wine tasting, cycling, surfing, and hiking.

More information about the position and application instructions can be found at the URL below.  I hope that you will consider sending this message to any prospective candidates who might have the desire for this kind of faculty position. I’d be happy to answer any questions regarding teaching at Cuesta College.

2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Conference

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January 11, 2018

Fred Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching Science

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Dear COS Faculty,

Each year the Dean of the College of Science awards the Fred Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching Science on a competitive basis to professors who have achieved sustained excellence in the teaching of science. This award recognizes faculty who have repeatedly demonstrated exceptional instructional qualities and have had a significant impact on students over a period of not less than 5 years.
We encourage nominations for the Fred Horne Award, one of the highest and most prestigious teaching awards that the College of Science offers. The nomination packet must include:
A brief letter of recommendation that articulates the rationale for the nominee and their dedication to and meritorious success and effectiveness in their teaching
A complete current curriculum vitae
2-3 recent letters of support from students and colleagues that provide evidence of the candidate’s exceptional instructional achievements over a sustained period.
Please see more information about the award and past winners at  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, January 26th.  Please email them to
I thank you in advance for your nominations, and your help in recognizing the outstanding teaching for the College of Science and for our students.

Matthew T.  Andrews
Executive Associate Dean
College of Science
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

ORISE Fellowship at CDC, Clinical Chemistry Branch

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Fellowship Position at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health
Division of Laboratory Sciences
Clinical Chemistry Branch
Protein Biomarker and Lipid Reference Laboratories

The Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), National Center for Environmental Health, CDC, conducts research and provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. Within DLS, the Protein Biomarker and Lipids Reference Laboratories in the Clinical Chemistry Branch supports this through performing research on biomarkers to detect human exposure to environmental chemicals and to diagnose and treat chronic diseases.

We are seeking candidates for a fellowship administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at the Bachelors level with a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related science (Minimum GPA: 3.0), and experience in chemical and analytical laboratory work.
This fellowship will provide the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in human exposure research and laboratory medicine. This includes operating state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and procedures, performing quality assurance tasks, processing and evaluating complex laboratory data.
Under the guidance of a mentor, training opportunities during the fellowship may include:
• Prepare biological samples to quantify biomarkers of human exposure according to established laboratory procedures
• Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and automated liquid handling instrumentation
• Perform data processing and analysis using complex software and data evaluation procedures
• Develop written documentation that clearly and accurately documents laboratory procedures, instrument operation, experimental results, troubleshooting and remedial actions
• Perform tasks in compliance with policies and regulations such as those outlines in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA)
The following skills are desired:
• Experience conducting laboratory experiments
• Ability to conduct literature searches and to write reports describing laboratory results
• HPLC, GC, and MS instrumentation experience
• Good written and oral communication skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office

This fellowship is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) (visit for further information and eligibility). Specifically, candidates must have received their degree within five years of the appointment. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed for up to five years upon recommendation of CDC and contingent on the availability of funds. The stipend depends on educational level and experience and follows those described in federal salary tables (GS tables). The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Applications should be emailed to Heather Kuiper, Ph.D. ( by February 2nd, 2018. The application should include a curriculum vitae or resume, copy of official transcripts, citizenship status, current pay stub or salary on letterhead (if applicable) and two letters of recommendation on letterhead (letters by E-mail are sufficient and should be sent directly).

2018 Air Force Research Lab Repperger Research Internship Program

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I am writing to remind you the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program until January 21, 2018.

This civilian research opportunity is a 10-week summer program intended for MS/PhD candidates pursuing degrees in STEM. Each year the laboratory will appointment a couple exceptional undergraduate students into the program.  There are 36 posted opportunities, once the application January 21, 2018 deadline passes, each application will be reviewed and AFRL will fund 15 participants for the summer period.  Check out the opportunity catalog to review all of the available opportunities, there are available research opportunities in nearly every STEM field! Please apply to no more than (3) Repperger opportunities and only apply to opportunities in your applicable educational background.

2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program Catalog:

To qualify, applicants must be pursuing their Master or PhD (some outstanding bachelor students will be considered as well), have a minimal 3.2 GPA in a STEM discipline and be a U.S. citizen. Selected participants will receive a $12,000 stipend for their participation in the internship which runs from June 4- August 10, 2018. All complete applications must be submitted by January 21, 2018. To apply, visit  For more information, visit:, or email

Please remember we have a lot more opportunities available with the Department of Defense! Please explore the U.S. Army Research Lab Summer Journeyman Fellowship (BS-PhD candidates) and additional summer and postgraduate opportunities (Bachelor–Postdoctoral opportunities) are posted to the ORAU Maryland website, currently over 200 open research opportunities:

Army Research Lab –Summer Journeyman Fellowship

I hope that you will share this e-mail with students at your intuition and encourage them to apply!

Best regards,


Sharon C. Rice

Recruiting & Marketing, Program Specialist

Scientific Assessment and Workforce Development


Career Wardrobe donations sought

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OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our 13th annual Career Wardrobe event, which will be held Feb. 8 in the MU Ballroom open to all OSU students. The annual Career Wardrobe event helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 158 or 147 Strand Agricultural Hall (STAG) and OSU Career Development Center located at B008 Kerr on campus, or The Beaver Store in Portland at 538 SW 6th Ave. 

OSU Libraries offers $2,500 grants for resident scholars using the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

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The Resident Scholar program provides research grants of up to $2,500 to support work done in the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Historians, librarians, graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral students, and independent scholars are all invited to apply. More info about the program, including its application form, is available at The application deadline is April 30.

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