Appointments for Summer 2018!

Apply NOW to the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program (NESLS) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Summer 2018

Must apply at

by February 28, 2018 for Summer term (must start by June 15 and end on or after August 10, 2018

·       Current AAS, BS, MS, and PhD students – Majors related to Engineering, Earth and Geosciences, Environmental and Marine Sciences, Life Health and Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, Government, Policy, Risk Analysis, Science Writing, Public Affairs, and Computer Sciences

·       Stipend based on academic status – range from $529/week to $935/week for full-time; pro-rated for part-time

·       Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)

·       Professional development activities

·       Minimum GPA  – 3.0/4.0

·       Open to U.S. and Eligible International Citizenship

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are excited to share with you a great opportunity for your students to learn about the variety of internships and research participation programs available at ORNL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab.

ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair on February 22 from noon to 3 p.m. EST. Students may register up to the day of the event at

During the virtual career fair, students will be able to chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying. (See the attached agenda to learn more about the researchers scheduled to chat.)

Please share this information with your students and encourage them to find out more about the science education programs at ORNL!


Molly Austin has been named one of the Winter 2018 Undergraduates of the Quarter and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Molly was born in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to Oregon when she was 11 years old. She went to Lake Oswego High School and inherited her love of chemistry from her parents.

Molly enjoys the fundamental nature of chemistry and its ability to explain essential functions of other science disciplines. Molly always knew she wanted to be a chemistry major at Oregon State University, choosing the location to be near family and for the beauty that Oregon possesses.

Her freshman year, Molly applied for the URSA Grant which allowed her to interview for various research positions. She chose to work in Dr. Sandra Loesgen’s lab. Molly’s research involves natural product discovery, where she works on bacterial strains from the mucus of juvenile Pacific fish. Extracted metabolites are isolated, identified, and tested against pathogens, such as MRSA, and cancer cell lines.

Post-graduation, Molly plans to go medical school or physician’s assistant school.

In her spare time, she likes to play volleyball, do ceramics, and participate in the EPIC campus ministry and leadership.

Her favorite TV show is Avatar: The Last Airbender, and favorite her food is chocolate.

Students like Molly Austin are a huge part of what makes our department so great. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.

Jonathan Lopez Arana has been named the winter 2018 Undergraduate of the Quarter and we couldn’t be happier for him. Jonathan was born and raised in Hillsboro Oregon, where he went to Hillsboro High School, and enjoyed the chemistry learned in his physics classes.

When Jonathan first applied to OSU he originally decided on engineering because of the quality the OSU College of Engineering. He switched to Chemistry after enjoying a class taken from Margie Haak. He has since served as a TA for Paula Weiss.

Post-graduation Jonathan plans to teach for multiple years, but eventually go back to school to get into educational administration and become a principal. Jonathan is planning on getting an ESOL endorsement so he can teach nonEnglish students, and plans to teach wherever he is most needed, but would prefer to stay in Oregon if possible. In his spare time Jonathan likes to play sports at Dixon and is part of an intermural sports flag football and basketball team. He also enjoys going to elementary schools and helping with the science and engineering nights that Margie Haak leads.

Jonathan’s favorite movie is Boys in the Hood, and his favorite food is a quesadilla because it’s quick and simple. He also loves his mother’s tamales.

Jonathan’s being the first person in his family to go to college, and planning to become a principal in order to help children, are examples of what makes our department so great. We wish him well in the future and in whatever path he chooses to follow.

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for University Day awards. Criteria and nomination forms regarding these awards are online at; nominations will be accepted through March 17. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online at For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker at

will be held on campus Feb. 13, 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily at the MU (check in at the SEC Plaza). These will be the last large-scale vaccination opportunities for students to receive their second dose of meningococcal B vaccine on campus prior to the Feb. 15 deadline. Students who received their first dose more than 28 days ago are now eligible for their second dose and can receive it from SHS, the OSU Pharmacy, local pharmacies or urgent care clinics. Visit for more information.

Originally printed in: The Daily Barometer, an Orange Media Network publication

  • By Sydney Sullivan, News Contributor

On Tuesday Jan. 29, the Black History Month celebrations were kicked off with the Black Excellence Celebration, an event recognizing black faculty and staff who have gone out of their way to help the black community and the BCC. The staff recognized at this year’s event were Dorian Smith, Jamar Bean, Jason Thomas, Micknai Arefaine, Elizabeth Namagoba and Shelley Moon.

From celebratory events like Black Excellence to Roll Bounce Skate Night in Eugene, the month is full of engaging opportunities for everyone to participate in.  Read more…

Chemistry Graduate Student, Elizabeth Kawessa Namagoba receiving the Black Excellence Award. Photo Courtesy of: Logan Howell, Orange Media Network
Wanted to let you know that Seattle Genetics just posted our 2018 Summer Internship openings on our corporate website this week.
Students just need to go to the Category pull down menu, choose “Internships” & then click “Search”.  A long list of positions (n=53) will come up.  I’ve attached screenshots of the entire list.
Please post this information as soon as possible since these internships get filled quite rapidly once they’re posted.
In addition, the company offers fellowship opportunities.  Information on fellowships is provided here:
As a closing note: Summer internship openings will be posted the first week of February every year.  Therefore, it would probably be helpful to set a reminder on your calendar in late January for future postings going forward since I will be leaving the company at the end of this month.

Are you looking for a research opportunity? Are you interested in expanding your skill set and becoming competitive in your field?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are recruiting students in STEM! ORNL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab, dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security.

ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair February 22nd from noon to 3 p.m. EST at a computer or mobile device near you!

Pre-register for the Laboratory Internship Virtual Event today!

This virtual career fair will feature various internship opportunities and research participation programs at ORNL.

Chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying! (Check out the attached agenda to learn more about the researchers scheduled to chat.)

This is an excellent opportunity to network and see what a unique internship experience at a national lab would be like! Follow us to stay posted for future opportunities exploring even more programs available at locations around the United States through DOE and ORISE!

See you on the 22nd!

Agenda for ORNL Virtual Career Fair

ORNL Virtual Career Fair postcard

Congratulation to all the Chemistry Majors who made the Dean’s list for Fall term 2017.  Keep up the good work!

Aldous, Tanner
Baer, Ian
Bemis, David
Bloom, Madeline
Brown, Jessica
Callaghan, Kristen
Cavanagh, Joseph
Cayton, Devin
Chen, Anqi
Cleary, Lauren
Coddington, Nathan
Day, Blake
Downey, Quinn
Fried, Zachary
Gonzales, Seth
Hoag, Morgan
Hochstetler, Cory
Hoodenpyle, Elizabeth
Huggins, Nicholas
Hunter, Kye
Kutnerian, Amy
La Juenesse, Jesse
Lee-Rouille, Taylor
Liu-May, Rachel
Lopez-Arana, Jonathan
Marshall, Stephanie
Matlapudi, Susmitha
Minter Andrew
Nagasaka, Cocoro
Oldfield, Mathew
Palmiter, James
Qian, Eric
Rear, Henry
Reynolds, Tyelor
Saman, Brittany
Schineller, Hannah
Shupe, Hannah
Snyder, Nathaniel
Srey, Jason
Thompson-Hernandez, Ian
Tomlinson, Kiara
Unitan, Lindsay
Vasquez, Alena
Viramontes Jr. Jaime
Walls, William
Weeks, Emma
Whited, Rylee
Wise, Henry
Young, Ilsa