Applied Materials has an opening for a Materials Characterization Intern, who will focus on structural characterization of MRAM and FINFET multi-laywer films by FIB and TEM.  A project on 3D imaging and tomographic reconstruction using FIB/SEM will be completed within the intern term.

They are looking for an undergraduate or graduate student in materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering or physics.

The hourly rate will be ~$18-20/hour.

Please share the attached job description with your students. They need to fill the position immediately.


Brief description from the company contact:

“We mainly provide TEM/FIB analysis to Intel and support their R & D projects.  To address customers’ increasing TEM/FIB requests and fast turnaround expectations, we are expanding our team and recruiting an intern to focus on TEM sample preparation by hands-on operation of the FIB/SEM dual beam system.  Our TEM/FIB lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art FEI Osiris TEM and an Helios 600 FIB/SEM.

If your students and graduates are interested in this position or are looking for an opportunity to get professional TEM/FIB experience in a world-famous semiconductor company, please encourage them to apply.  This position needs to be filled in immediately.  Thanks a lot.”

University Marketing is beginning to plan for the next round of campus banners, and for this year, we’re going to feature people individually. The theme is how Beaver Nation extends across Oregon and beyond, so we’re looking for students, faculty, staff and alumni who have some connection to one of the six regions of the state, plus a beyond category:

  1. Coast
  2. Southern
  3. Eastern
  4. Central
  5. Willamette Valley
  6. Portland Metro
  7. Beyond — International/Out of State

We plan to feature four people per category, but you’re welcome to nominate as many as you’d like. They can either live and work in one of the regions or be from there if they’re students. We’d also consider people who may be based in Corvallis, but whose research or other work has an impact in one of the regions. Finally, if you have some stellar people who may not easily fit in one of the categories, we’re happy to consider them, too.

We’d like to get a list of nominees by Friday, May 9 so we can start scheduling photo shoots before people leave for the summer. Please include a little information about your nominees, which will help us make our selections.

Please send nominations to Dr. Rich Carter by May 7th.

Who is your PI? – Mas Subramanian

Do you have a Graduate Student/Post-Doc Mentor? – Sean Muir

How did you learn about the position? – After class my chemistry instructor introduced me to a graduate student within the Chemistry department who was researching different kinds of synthesis methods for making superconductors. Since then I have been working with the same person I was introduced to three years ago in Dr. Subramanian’s lab.

Why did you get into Undergraduate Research? – The first time I ever saw magnetic levitation was freshmen year in my general chemistry class – I had to understand how this was possible.  After my chemistry instructor explained to me how this relied on superconductor materials, and that stable levitation was possible due to ‘quantum locking’, I knew I wanted to research these further.

What advice might you have for other Undergraduate students thinking of pursuing research or just getting started? – Expect to be overwhelmed in the beginning of any research experience. I learned more about chemistry in one month of research then I did in one year of taking a class.

The purpose of the College of Science Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund is to support research
by students and faculty within the College of Science into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and
prevention of disease (in humans, animals, or plants). The fund will provide fellowship support for
graduate students working with faculty within the College of Science on disease related research. Each
year the fund will support 1 or 2 graduate student fellowships for research in the summer term. The
fellowship award will provide a stipend of $6000 for the graduate student(s) and the necessary tuition and
fees for the summer term.

Applications are accepted from graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the College of Science.

The application includes:
1) A 1-page narrative describing the student applicant’s academic career (past, present, and future),
including how this funding will promote the student’s career.
2) A CV or resume of the student applicant, including a transcript of graduate course work.
3) A brief research proposal (3 page maximum) written by the student, with input from the major
professor. The proposal must clearly address how the research addresses the mechanism,
diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
4) A letter of support from the major professor that includes a discussion of the balance of the
student/professor contributions to the proposal.

Applications will be judged on the basis of scientific merit of the research proposal, academic merit of the
student, and potential impact. Applications will be evaluated by the College of Science Honors and
Awards Committee. The Dean of the College of Science will make awards based on the committee’s
recommendations and the status of the Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund.

Proposals are due by Thursday May 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Submit application materials in a single PDF
file (labeled STUDENT_NAME_CoS_Disease_App.pdf) to Interim Associate Dean David McIntyre in the
College of Science at

A brief report (2 page maximum) on the research undertaken, listing any publications or other scholarly
outcomes from the work, is due within 3 months of conclusion of the fellowship.

The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for summer and fall terms, 2014. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 9. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at

OSU-ChUME celebrates Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with OSU-ChUME

“OSU-ChUME graduate student mentors invite you to celebrate Earth Day with us in Gilbert 324, 6pm, on April 24, 2014. Come and hear about all the sustainability initiatives occurring within the Chemistry department, and learn how to synthesize biodiesel in your own kitchen! Of course, refreshments will be provided.

OSU-CHUME graduate student mentors are dedicated to building strong, long-lasting, mentoring opportunities for undergraduate students in chemistry-related fields, and empowering them with the tools for successful careers in chemistry and other chemical fields.” 

The Research Office received 16 proposals for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2014 solicitation with requests totaling $684,237. After review and evaluation the Research Council provided the Research Office with a prioritized list of proposals recommended for funding. The Vice President for Research has approved 7 proposals for funding with combined budgets of $266,826.


The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Blunck, David (School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering): “FLIR SC6700 Camera with Required Software and Lens”
  • Fang, Chong (Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): “Advanced Spectroscopic Imaging System for Ultrafast Characterization of Materials”
  • Indra, Arup (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): “Tali™ Image-Based Cytometer”
  • Kosro, P. Michael (College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences): “Repairs to HF Surface Current Mapping System”
  • Leid, Mark (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): “Synergy™ HT Multi-Detection Platereader”
  • Li, Kaichang (Dept. of Wood Science and Engineering, College of Forestry): “Replacement of Fourier Transfer Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer”
  • Taratula, Oleh (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): “BD Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System”