The Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University is looking for excellent students for our graduate program. We would appreciate it if you would post this letter and flyer and alert your students to the possibilities at LSU.

Our faculty perform research in diverse areas from organic chemistry to structural biology to materials science, energy-related research, and environmental chemistry. Kevin Smith’s group continues its longstanding work on porphyrin chemistry, and Isiah Warner’s group continues its development of the Group of Uniform Materials Based on Organic Salts (GUMBOS) with broad applications in  nanotechnology and medicine. Rendy Kartika applies novel organic reactions to the synthesis of complex molecules of biological and pharmaceutical importance, Graça Vicente uses BODIPY dyes for biophysical and bioanalytical applications and the development of new agents for the photodynamic treatment of cancer, and Mario Rivera is engaged in areas as diverse as iron homeostasis in pathogenic bacteria and fragment screening for the discovery of antibiotics. Weiwei Xie’s group has discovered several new superconductors as part of their research into novel quantum materials, and Tuo Wang’s work in the area of solid-state NMR is providing new insights into fungal cell wall structureOur recent recipients of DOE and NSF Early CAREER Awards (Kenneth Lopata, Daniel Kuroda, and Revati Kumar) are  involved respectively in theoretical work on attosecond dynamics, experimental studies of two-dimensional infrared laser spectroscopy, and computational studies of graphene oxide-liquid interfaces. Donghui Zhang and Gerald Schneider apply X-ray and  neutron scattering techniques to soft matter research. The Superfund Center concentrates on newly identified pollutant-particle systems including environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs).

We have a large (141 students) and diverse group of graduate students in our program, essentially all supported on assistantships or fellowships. We put a large emphasis on the training of women and underrepresented minorities, and have received major awards in recognition of our mentoring, advising, and science education efforts (Nature Award for MentoringPresidential Award for STEM Mentoring.  ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students).  Our faculty believe firmly that we are here not simply to provide research advice but to also provide advising and mentorship. Above all else, we love to hear from interested prospective graduate students!

Detailed information about our department and our graduate program can be found at  For questions about our research, students are invited to contact any of our faculty. For questions about the application process, they should contact Dr. Caroline Schneider at I should note that there is no application fee for domestic students. We very much look forward to hearing from your students!

Dear Dr. Lerner, SCI Scholars is now accepting applications for its prestigious summer 2019 industrial internships. SCI Scholars is open to chemistry and chemical engineering majors who are current sophomore or juniors, US citizens or permanent residents with at least 3.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative GPA. Some positions have additional requirements. Selected candidates will receive:$6,000-$10,000+ salary and benefits (varies by internship)Certificate of recognition$1,000 professional development stipendOpportunity to nominate an inspiring high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate and $1,000 to support their curriculum.The application deadline is November 30, 2019. Please direct interested students to; the 2019 SCI Scholars page provides first-hand information on past internship experiences. You can also post the SCI Scholar flyer, as well as share it with any faculty members who could help promote this program to their students. SCI Scholars was developed by Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to introduce exceptional chemistry and chemical engineering majors to industrial careers. Contact the SCI Scholars program ( with any questions. If you have students seeking additional experiential opportunities outside of SCI Scholars, you can also direct them to Get Experience, the ACS International Center, or the inChemistryarticle, “Six Summer Job Options To Start Planning for Now.”

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website.

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program1, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities

1Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA available here.


  • Predoctoral–$24,000 per year for three years
  • Dissertation–$25,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral–$45,000 for one year

Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 70 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.

Application Deadline Dates: 

  • Predoctoral: December 17, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Dissertation: December 10, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Postdoctoral: December 10, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 7, 2020 (5:00 PM EST)

Check out the OSU Libraries’ free Graduate Student & Faculty Fall Term Workshops. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For complete session descriptions, visit the workshop calendar page.  Can’t make it to a session?  Some of the sessions have handouts or online tutorials: 

Questions?  Ask Colleen Johnson,

Intro to LaTex

Monday, October 7, 3:00  – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations

Wednesday, October 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intermediate/Advanced Zotero

Wednesday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to Qualtrics – Making Great Surveys

Thursday, October 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Advanced Qualtrics

Thursday, October 10, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Researching the Literature Review

Monday, October 14, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Researching the Literature Review

Tuesday, October 15, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching

Monday, October 21, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Introduction to Git – Beginner **Registration Required**

Monday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Introduction to Git – Advanced**Registration Required**

Monday, October 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to MATLAB

Friday, October 25, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Basic EndNote

Wednesday, October 30, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intermediate/Advanced EndNote

Wednesday, October 30, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Autzen Classroom 

Intro to Qualtrics – Making Great Surveys

Friday, November 1, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Advanced Qualtrics

Friday, November 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Creative Commons Licenses

Wednesday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations

Friday, November 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intermediate/Advanced Zotero

Friday, November 8, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

All students, staff, faculty invited to drop off non-perishable food item at following locations on Thursday or Friday to support classified staff in contract negotiations. Drop boxes (as of Wednesday): Arnold, Sea Grant break room (3rd floor University Plaza), Registrar or Admissions break room (Kerr), Jefferson Street break room/kitche, Dixon (second-floor admin office). Drop boxes (as of Thursday): Lab Animal Resource Center, 2042 Cordley, Valley Library Circulation, Maintenance/Facilities office in Hatfield Marine Science, Clackamas County Extension, School of MIME, 204 Rogers Hall. To participate in food drive collection, or for more information, contact Siobhan at 630-699-0281 Cutoff for donations is Friday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m..

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA plans to make a tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level. I would be grateful if you would bring this position to the attention of qualified applicants.

The appointment will be in the broadly defined area of Organic Chemistry. Candidates with expertise in synthetic chemistry at the interface of materials science or biology are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to establish an externally funded research program and participate in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching mission.

Applicants must apply online at Required application materials include: a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and a description of proposed research. Applicants should also submit the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Chemistry is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University Health & Safety Committee desires to recognize OSU members who are taking extra steps to promote health and safety, and to reduce accidents, incidents and injuries to employees, students or visitors. The new Safety Recognition Program provides a medium to recognize faculty, staff and student employees for their positive behaviors and actions. Examples might include actions, programs, safety achievements or an approach that places safety at its forefront. Nominations will be open for submissions via online at
and reviewed once per term (excluding summer.)

Attention STEM students and faculty, OMSI will give a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI spring science communication program. Student participation fulfills broader impact and outreach goals for OSU grant-funded research. Bring your lunch and join us on Oct. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in LPSC 402 to learn more and see demo presentations from current fellows. See for more information.

Co-hosted by the OSU Advantage Accelerator and VertueLab Sept 30 at 5:30 p.m. in MU 104. There will be two panels: one of women entrepreneurs and researchers that will provide insights into fundraising, grant management, scaling and managing a startup, and another of funding experts that will talk about SBIR federal funding, state matching dollars, and other funds. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP at