The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is recruiting experienced graduate students to serve as part of our 2014 GTA Mentors team. The GTA Mentors Program provides an opportunity for experienced GTAs to gain valuable teaching experience and participate in advanced trainings and professional development. The CTL is seeking twelve motivated and qualified graduate students from a variety of disciplines to serve in this leadership role during the spring, summer, and fall of 2014.

GTA Mentors’ primary responsibility will be planning and facilitating the fourth annual New GTA Orientation event in September. In doing so, GTA Mentors will be required to attend four trainings throughout the summer and the New GTA Orientation September 18 & 19. All GTA Mentors will be compensated $250 in professional development funds upon completing their training and facilitation duties.

Applicants must have completed at least two terms of teaching at OSU by the end of the 2014 spring term and should have a record of high quality and innovative teaching. Applicants must also have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at OSU to be eligible. We have extended the application deadline by one week, completed applications must now be received by April 8, 2014, at 5:00 PM.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact Tess Collins at or check out the following link for application information: Apply Here.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to forward this email to those they think may be interested or to nominate outstanding GTAs within their departments by sending the GTA’s name and email address to Tess Collins.

Who is your PI? – David Ji

How did you get into Undergraduate Research? – I got into UG research because I heard of it from a T.A. at the Mole Hole.  He, like me, had a scholarship requiring a certain amount of credits, and he told me that it was a nice way to help fulfill that requirement while gaining real work experience and helping others.

What advice might you have for other Undergraduate students thinking of pursuing research or just getting started? – I am very happy with my UG research position. I enjoy going in for UG research, and learn a lot from it.  I also really like the UG research system, as it is a symbiosis, with both parties benefiting. It is difficult to tell others what to expect in the position, because that will vary greatly depending on what T.A. he/she works for, and what department of chemistry he/she works under.  In general, you should expect to aid the graduate student with their experiments in any way he/she asks, be it preparation work, clean up, experiment assistance, individual conduction of experiments, etc.
The best advice I have regarding UG research is to meet with the T.A. that you will be working for during the first week of the term and set up a timetable detailing what days and how many hours you will be coming in to work, fitting this timetable around both you and your T.A.’s schedule.  This assures that there will be no time conflicts for either of you, and will allow the research to run smoothly.

It is with tremendous enthusiasm that we recognize your early contributions to the field of Environmental Science and Engineering through the ACS ENVR 100th Anniversary Emerging Leader Award. Your accomplishments and dedication to the field in this early stage of your career are to be celebrated and encouraged – and we can’t wait to do just that!

In the spirit of the Centennial of the Division of Environmental Chemistry of ACS, a “Women in Environmental Science and Engineering” Symposium will highlight advances and pioneering efforts made by women in the field. This symposium will feature keynote and invited presentations from top women in our field. We will have an awards ceremony in the afternoon of this session[1] where you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself to the ENVR and ACS Community in the presence of well-established researchers. We are highlighting your work at SciMix and as a “Newsworthy” participant at this event. In addition, we have taken the liberty of including your abstract in this Symposiums poster session (to be held Wednesday Aug 13, optional). Your abstract submitted with your nomination from your advisor will appear in the ACS program book.

This award comes with a $500 travel grant. To receive this stipend, you must be present at both the WIESE Symposium (where the awards will be presented) and SciMix Poster session (to be held on Monday, August 11, 2014). We are sincerely looking forward to recognizing your early achievements in the field, introducing you to some of today’s leaders and legends, and welcoming you into this tremendous community. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jillian Goldfarb at We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco! Congratulations!


The Women in Environmental Science & Engineering Symposium Committee

Good morning. I would like to alert you to a new program we have set up for our undergrads to provide internship opportunities in companies throughout Oregon for them during the summer.  We hope to continue to grow this list to become the “one stop” shopping for our majors when looking for summer internship experiences using their chemistry skills.

Please alert any Chemistry majors that are interested in this opportunity to the website. The deadline for summer 2014 applications from students is April 15.

If you are aware of a company looking for interns who is not listed, please direct them to the website where there is information on how to get their information listed.

I would like to inform you about the TUM Research Opportunities Week for postdoctoral researchers, which will take place October 20th through 24th 2014.

This event, which is fully financed by TUM, offers up to 50 postdocs from around the world the opportunity to get to know faculty and explore research facilities at our university during a five days stay in Munich. The most promising participants will be offered a TUM University Foundation Fellowship to spend one year as a postdoc at our university. Application deadline is May 30th 2014.

If you can think of any young researchers of your acquaintance that might be interested in this, please spread the information:

For more information, please contact Dr. Christiane Haupt – Tel.: +, email:

The Research Office, Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) program.

Deadline to submit letters of intent to the Research Office: Monday, April 21, 2014

Synopsis of Program:

NSF announces a fourth year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future ( Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanodevices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the scalable nanomanufacturing program is on research to overcome the key scientific and technological barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices and systems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within environmental, health and safety guidelines. Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

  • A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  • A clearly identified set of research issues for science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the production of high quality nano-enabled products at low cost; and
  • A compelling research plan with clear research objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

Proposals submitted to this program should consider addressing aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale structures and their assembly/integration into higher order systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.

Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing. While not required, the involvement of an industrial partner or partners is strongly encouraged and has the potential to significantly strengthen a proposal.

Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

NSF – SNM program information:

Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development at

Submit letters of intent electronically to Debbie Delmore at