Opportunity for Junior Faculty
This workshop provides opportunities for junior faculty members planning proposals to the NSF Division of Chemistry who have not yet been a PI on a federally-funded research grant to meet with federal program officers, funded investigators, and other junior faculty.   The workshop will be held on March 26-27, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Applications for this opportunity are due on January 15, 2018.   More information can be found at: http://go.carleton.edu/nsf2018
  1. Preparing Postdocs for Undergraduate Faculty Careers in Chemistry
    ACS 6th Postdoc to PUI Professor (P3) workshop
    This two-day workshop is for postdoctoral fellows that are interested in a faculty position in the chemical sciences at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI). This event will be hosted by the University of San Diego in San Diego, CA from April 20 to 21, 2018.
    Free registration is available from early December 2017, if selected, housing and all on-site meals will be provided.



  1. Free professional development resources from ACS

ChemIDP – A career planning tool for chemical scientists (FREE)
ACS Graduate and Postdoctoral Chemist Magazine (FREE)

The George Mason University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure track-faculty position in inorganic/materials chemistry beginning Fall 2018. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Oregon State University honors outstanding contributions and performance through several major awards. OSU has a highly qualified faculty, and we depend upon you to facilitate nominations for these awards.

The nominations deadline for the following awards is March 17, 2018:

Eligibility and nomination information for these awards, which will be presented at University Day September 11, 2018, can be found on the web at:http://senate.oregonstate.edu/individual-awards.

Guidelines for Faculty Senate Award Nomination Packets is online athttp://senate.oregonstate.edu/sites/senate.oregonstate.edu/files/guidelinesfacultysenateawardnominationpackets.pdf.

Note: The nomination solicitation is being distributed now since some units elect to work on nominations during the break. The formal solicitation will be distributed in January.

An Awards Summary Table at http://senate.oregonstate.edu/nomination-awards includes not only the above awards, but other awards for which faculty are eligible.

I know that some groups have gotten reminders recently regarding the required FERPA form for letters of recommendation. It is probably a good reminder for all of us. Note that these regulations are cover currently registered OSU students.

FERPA releases are MANDATORY for writing letters of recommendation for students. The mandatory FERPA form is attached and must be completed by the student.  These can be kept within a departments central office for general use, in NOLIJ with the students records, and or by an individual.

It is also against FERPA policy to communicate official OSU business with students via personal email addresses, as personal email is not sufficiently secure to protect students’ information.

General FERPA Federal policies can be found at: http://registrar.oregonstate.edu/privacy-records

FERPA Release for Letters for Recommendation


Now approaching its twelfth summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions.

Applications for the 2018 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online.  Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 680 colleges and universities to date.

We hope you will pass this information on to your undergraduates before the application close date of February 1, 2018 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via amgenscholars.com.  Additionally, I invite you to circulate the attached items:

Learn more about our program alumni in science and medicine by reading Ten to Watch.

Thank you for sharing our information with your undergraduate community.  Any person requiring more information is welcome to contact me directly.


Kind regards,

  Michael Bergren
Director, Amgen Scholars Global Program Office
Massachussetts Institute of Technology
(617) 253-2620

OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our 13th annual Career Wardrobe event, which will be held Feb. 8, 2018 in the MU Ballroom open to all OSU students. The annual Career Wardrobe event helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 158 or 147 Strand Agricultural Hall (STAG) and OSU Career Development Center located at B008 Kerr on campus. The Beaver Store in Portland is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to submit up to 2 nominees as candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship.  The focus of the fellowship is on early stage invention that will “create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.” This is a great opportunity for an early-career inventor at OSU, with the fellowship providing $600,000 to the fellow and $75,000 to OSU for administrative overhead over 3 years.  In addition, GBMF requires that OSU commit $150,000 ($50,000 per year for 3 years) to support the fellow’s research.  To apply, click on this LINK(http://research.oregonstate.edu/office-research-development/program/gordon-and-betty-moore-foundation-moore-inventor-fellows). Email contact– research.development@oregonstate.edu