The OSU Libraries and Press invite currently enrolled graduate students to enter this year’s Visualize Your Bibliography Competition. Submissions must include at least 20 sources used in a bibliography that contributes in a substantial way to a thesis, dissertation, or other scholarly work. Displays might range from a series of erasure poems made for each source to a multimedia timeline of your sources. Prizes: 1st: $750, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $250. Deadline: April 1, 2020. Awards will be given as scholarships for the 2020 Spring Term.

Learn more and submit your entry at

This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty, or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting, and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. The award is presented at University Day. The deadline for nominations is May 1.To access the nomination guidelines and application link, please visit

Our “Sensing and assembly based on non-covalent interactions” REU program has been recommended for funding (NSF) and is currently seeking applications from students that are interested in conducting research during the summer. This program will provide the participating REU students an extensive 10-week summer research experience (June 1st – August 7th, 2020) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). This program will also provide professional trainings and workshops and conclude with a research symposium. The application deadline is March 14, 2020. ​


• $5,000 stipend.​

• Housing in USM dormitory and meal plan provided.​

• Travel assistance will be available to help defray the cost of traveling to Hattiesburg.​

Who should apply:​

• Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. ​

• Current undergraduate students who have completed at least their freshman year but have not graduated, majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field. ​

• Strong academic record with a desire to conduct research; GPA > 2.8.​

• Students from underrepresented groups in STEM (women, NSF-defined underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities) and students from community colleges or other academic institutions with limited research opportunities, are especially encouraged to apply.​

For more information and application details, please visit:

USM Chemistry REU | School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences | The University of Southern MississippiThis is the home page for Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs housed at

Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of our people here and around the world.
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, as well as through the Clinical Harmonization program to improve the quality and reliability of diagnostic tests for priority clinical analytes.
DLS is seeking candidates for a full-time fellowship administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels in chemistry, biochemistry, or related science (Minimum GPA: 3.0). Experience in chemical and analytical laboratory work is desired, but not required.
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:
• Preparation of biological samples to quantify biomarkers of human exposure or establish reference values according to established laboratory procedures
• Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and automated liquid handling instrumentation
• 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 outlined in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) or International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards
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). 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). Fellows are
offered a standard Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance policy (no dental or vision) with a maximum stipend toward single coverage of $513 per month. Relocation expenses are not covered.
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 completed at by April 4, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. Additional questions can be directed to Heather Kuiper, PhD (

The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in April 2020. Funding can be used to fund students, prototyping expenses, travel and more. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Read the full RFP here:

Discovering the Scientist Within is a program designed to nurture 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ interest in the STEM fields and consists of activities paired with adult women scientist role models. The event will be on campus, Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens Feb. 1, and closes March 1. Contact Emily Nicholson in Precollege Programs at 737-9424 with questions.

The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the third annual OPEnS House on February 6, 2020 from 3-5:30 pm in Gilmore Annex room 200. Please come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities, and current projects. There will be a 10 minute presentation at 3:45 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The Open-Sensing Lab is focused on developing environmental sensing projects and research. From soldering stations to 3D printers to laser cutters, our lab provides the tools necessary for students, professors, and researchers alike to develop tools used locally and worldwide by the ecological science and engineering community. If you can imagine it, we can build it!

Examples of projects being developed in the OPEnS Lab that will be demonstrated at the OPEnS House:

–  eDNA: An affordable, open-sourced, remotely deployable, fully automated, and customizable system for extraction of DNA traces from water bodies.

– Slide Sentinel: a network of nodes recording precise acceleration and relative positioning data from accelerometers and RTK GPS receivers to detect subtle changes in sensor position due to land movement within 2cm target precision.

– Smart Rock: a submersible sensor suite that monitors water depth, temperature, turbidity, pH, and salinity (EC) of a small stream over time and designed to be built by anyone with or without extensive experience in electronics.


Dr. Chet Udell

Assistant Professor; OPEnS Lab Director

Cara Walter

Senior Faculty Research Assistant I; CTEMPs and OPEnS Lab Logistics

Dr. John Selker

Distinguished Professor; CTEMPs co-Director, TAHMO co-Director, OPEnS Lab PI