The Chemistry Department, at the University of North Texas, invites applications for our Summer 2016 NSF-REU Program.  The ten-week program will begin on June 6, and participants will be given a $5,000 stipend, plus housing.  Funds are available to help defray travel costs to and from the REU site, which is located at the northern outskirts of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

If you are interested, please submit your application, personal statement, transcripts and two letters of recommendation to us by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  As stated in the attached flyer, application forms and additional information can be found on our webpage:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Shawn Adams
UNT Chemistry REU Program Coordinator
1155 Union Circle, #305070
Denton, TX 76203
Tel: 940-565-4372
Fax: 940-565-4318

UNT Chemistry REU Flyer

Dear university representative,

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such exciting areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded scientists who can work equally well with other scientists or the general public. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. Additionally, a poster presentation at a SRF-sponsored conference at the end of the summer will provide students with an opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice when they present their results to scientists from other research institutions.

Paid positions are available at such world-renowned research institutions as:
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Harvard School of Medicine
Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Scripps Research Institute
SRF Research Center
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The online application and full descriptions of each research project can be found at Applications will be accepted until 12 pm PST February 1, 2016. A downloadable program flyer is available at the same address. Please share the flyer and/or email with your students or other departments you think would be interested in this research opportunity. A low resolution version that is more amenable to posting can be provided as well.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide in advertising our summer internship program. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me at

Job Title:  Cerakote Coatings Specialist

Classification:  Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO:  Senior Research Chemist/QC Lead

Location:  NIC Industries, Inc., White City, OR.

Company Information:

General Summary:

In conformance with established NIC policies and procedures perform the primary and secondary job functions as listed. The primary duties of this position may be changed and or modified as a result of product developments or competitive technologies that affect the short-term and long-term technology plans and product strategy of NIC.

The Cerakote R&D Technologist assists and performs R&D functions as directed by the Sr. Research Chemist to support any and all R&D operations.

Essential Job Functions:  (Applicant/Employee must have the ability to perform essential job functions with or without accommodations.)

  1. Formulate, make, spray and evaluate by standard or non-standard test methods, any developmental or R&D coating.
  2. Conduct laboratory testing and qualitative analysis of R&D and development coatings.
  3. Collaborate with R&D Lead in the improvement of existing products and assist in the development of new products.
  1. Perform all necessary experiments in the laboratory to demonstrate “proof of concept” and optimize existing product improvements and new product formulations.
  1. Report findings to R&D Lead and ensure clear and concise communication.
  1.   Provide customer technical service for sales, marketing, and management.
  1.  Work with training to resolve any coating application problems.
  2. Maintain product development laboratory and chemicals inventory.
  3. Maintain and create R&D records, reports and documentation necessary to support and track coating development including standard test results such as Adhesion, Abrasion, CoF, Mandrel Bend, Salt Spray, Exhaust Simulator, Gouge, Scratch, MEK Rubs, Chemical Resistance, Stain Resistance, Viscosity, Density, Thermal Emissivity, Furnace Testing, QUV, etc
  4. Create work instructions and standard operating procedures as needed.
  1. Maintain and document experimental formulation panels etc.
  1. As appropriate, answer technical inquires for Sales, Marketing, Management, Training and Production.
  2. Continue to develop knowledge of coating materials and production fundamentals in order to answer technical questions for sales, marketing, management, training, production.
  3. Perform all tasks safely, observing all health, safety and environmental procedures. Maintain a clean, organized work environment and a safe laboratory environment.
  4. Otherwise support any/all R&D functions of Cerakote.

Secondary Job Functions:  (Applicant/Employee must have the ability to perform essential job functions with or without accommodations.)

  1. Support Cerakote R&D efforts to create new concepts in coating technology that could be applied to NIC’s product lines.
  1. As required work with NIC Management to identify new opportunities and to extend the market for existing NIC technology by providing expertise in chemistry, materials science, and the chemistry of materials.

Additional Job Functions:

  1. Assist with special projects as requested.
  2. Provide weekly summary of activities and progress.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  1. Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science.
  2. Exhibit good organization, time-management and problem-solving skills.
  3. Able to wear required safety equipment and protective clothing as required by law and NIC policy.
  4. Able to work overtime as required.
  5. Ability to lead by example and create a positive work environment with high expectations for employee productivity.
  6. Ability to be successful and productive while working under time constraints.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Lifting 10 lb containers regularly.  Lifting up to 50 lb containers occasionally, boxes, or bags on occasion.
  2. Standing for 95-100% of the work day.
  3. Moving up to 55-gallon drums of material using a hand-truck.
  4. Ability to lift weight above head when required.



The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF 2016 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program guidelines and application: Information: Debbie Delmore at Deadline: Jan. 11.

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May 2016. The applications are due by Friday, Jan. 15. For more information please visit Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or

Accordingly, the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce a competition for the eleventh Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship.  This fellowship offers two years of financial support for a scientist who has received or will receive a doctoral degree from a group of selected US chemistry departments in 2015-2016, and who wishes to study a problem at the biology-chemistry interface.

Irving S. Sigal Fellowships are currently awarded at two year intervals.  Since a very large number of nominees could result from an invitation to each US chemistry department awarding the doctoral degree, ACS has decided to divide the graduate chemistry departments into five groups, with a different group of departments invited to participate in successive competitions.  Your department at Oregon State University is invited to nominate a doctoral student who seeks postdoctoral funding for 2016-2018.

The ACS invites your department to nominate one graduate student who has received or expects to receive a doctoral degree in any field of chemistry during 2015-2016, and who would like to pursue postdoctoral study at the biology-chemistry interface.  ACS places no restrictions on the nominee, such as age or nationality, beyond the criteria in the previous sentence.  We need to receive the name, postal mail, and email address of your nominee by COB January 29, 2016.  You may send in your nomination by email, fax or mail, but you may only nominate one student to participate.  The nominee will be invited to complete and return by March 25 an application we will e-mail to him/her.  Announcement of the Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow is anticipated by late June 2016. It is expected that the Sigal Fellow will commence the two years of postdoctoral study by January 1, 2017.

Thank you for your cooperation in identifying outstanding candidates.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Askar Fahr, Ph.D.
Program Manager
The Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowships

American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

telephone: (202) 872-6207
fax: (202) 872-6319

Oregon Sea Grant’s Summer Scholars Program is a ten-week program placing high caliber undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. Applications due Feb. 22. For more information and application instructions:

OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors course proposals for 2016-2017 at  Any course in the General Catalog may be offered as an honors course; proposals for interdisciplinary colloquia are also welcome. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses.  For more or 541-737-6412.  Deadline: Jan. 15.