President King Alexander and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will continue the long-standing tradition of sponsoring small group faculty conversations (academic, research and professional faculty). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. These conversations, via Zoom, provide an opportunity for President Alexander to receive candid feedback from faculty and an occasion for idea and information exchange; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. If you wish to participate, please complete the registration form to register for these sessions: Nov. 3, 10-11:30 a.m., or Nov. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
Monthly Archives: October 2020
DOE Scholars Program – Now Accepting Applications
The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.
Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:
· Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
· Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
· Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
· Identification of career goals and opportunities
· Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts
· Be a U.S. citizen.
· Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education.
· Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or field that supports the DOE mission.
How to Apply
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
January 4, 2021 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information
Download program flyer: https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/files/doe-scholars-flier.pdf
Tenure-track position in biochemistry/analytical chemistry at The College of New Jersey
I am writing to share with you an exciting opportunity in the chemistry department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, our department is in a unique position to hire a tenure-track faculty member, and we want to make sure our position is shared broadly within the chemistry community. Your program may not be familiar with our institution and what we are doing to support the professional development of faculty and students in Chemistry, so we are sharing here some highlights and encourage broad dissemination of this information with interested candidates from your department.
TCNJ is a public, selective primarily undergraduate institution located between Philadelphia and New York City (both are about an hour away) with an enrollment of approximately 7,000 undergraduates. Our college has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence, which includes the highest freshman retention rate (94%) and the 7th highest four-year graduation rate (76%) in the northern region of the US. In addition, TCNJ is committed to being an antiracist campus. It houses several faculty and staff affinity groups including the Minority Executive Council, Women’s Professional Network, Parenting Network, LGBTQ+ Pride, and Multicultural Greek Affinity Groups.
The chemistry department at TCNJ has a long and consistent track record in the training, teaching, professional development, and mentoring of undergraduates of diverse backgrounds. Although TCNJ is a small institution, over the past ten years we have seen an increasing demand for the chemistry major (currently at 30-35 majors per year), along with changing demographics of our majors (10% from underrepresented groups in mid 2000’s to 19% in 2009-2015). Additionally, over the past 15 years, 52% of our chemistry graduates have been women and 24% have come from other underrepresented groups. We continue to see an increase in students of color graduating from the chemistry major (5% in 2004 to 30% in 2019). Our successes in increasing representation of women and students from underrepresented groups are attributed to the development of novel programs and curricula to support all students regardless of their backgrounds. We have done this through systemic changes to create more equity in the classroom and research laboratories. While these changes began with faculty grassroots efforts, we are fortunate to now be supported by an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Department has been privileged to receive several capital improvements, including the construction of a new Chemistry building that houses state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation. As a result of these changes and efforts, significant redesign of our chemistry curriculum has resulted in improvements in course delivery, interest, and learning for students from not only underrepresented groups, but for students of all backgrounds.
Details for our faculty search, the area, TCNJ chemistry, and application details can be found at: https://chemistry.tcnj.edu/2020/10/22/assistant-professor-in-chemistry/
We are hosting informal information sessions on October 28th at 4:30 pm and November 12th at 1 pm (Eastern Time) for candidates to learn more about our inclusive teaching practices, resources, and research. We will also answer questions about our current faculty search, departmental resources, and the application process. To receive an event link we request an RSVP by responding to the following survey https://forms.gle/LBqjRzKHV81ZqGGj9. We will follow up with instructions and a link to folks that sign up.
We hope you will share this information broadly and we look forward to seeing applications from your department/program.
Graduate Studies at the Institute of Shock Physics
Upcoming events Career Center offers for student newsletters
OSU Career Center: Things I Wish I Knew
A career panel series featuring BIPOC identifying OSU alumni and industry professionals
· October 13, 5:00 p.m. PT – Things I Wish I Knew about Translating Skills and Experience
· October 27, 5:00 p.m. PT – Things I Wish I Knew about Imposter Syndrome and Systems of Power
· November 10, 5:00 p.m. PT – Things I Wish I Knew about Building Relationships and Networking
OSU Career Center: Get A Dam Job workshop series
· October 8, 12:00 p.m. PT – Winning Resumes and Cover Letters
· October 13, 5:00 p.m. PT – Prepare for Virtual Career Fairs
· October 14, 12:00 p.m. PT – Virtual & In-Person Interviewing
· October 15, 12:00 p.m. PT – How to Apply for Government Jobs
· October 26, 5:00 p.m. PT – Networking and Job Search in the COVID Era
· November 3, 12:00 p.m. PT – What Career Exist/How Do I Pick a Career
OSU Career Center: Career Fairs
· October 22, 2020 – STEM Fair
· October 22, 2020 – Natural Science, Earth, and Environmental Fair
· October 28, 2020 – Fall Career Fair
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· Diversity Highlight: Peace Corps Service as a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Person 10/1/2020 8:00am – 9:00am
· Introduction to Peace Corps 10/2/2020 10:00am – 11:00am
· Peace Corps Office Hours: Chat with an Oregon Recruiter 10/5/2020 11:00am – 12:00pm
· Peace Corps Service at Any Age 10/5/2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm
· Panel Discussion: Serving in Peace Corps as a Couple 10/6/2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm
· Peace Corps Reapplication Workshop 10/6/2020 10:00am – 11:00am
· Special Event: Peace Corps Financial Benefits – Education 10/7/2020 1:30pm – 2:30pm
· National Coming Out Day Stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers 10/9/2020 2:00pm – 3:30pm
· Story Slam: Peace Corps Celebrates International Day of the Girl Child 10/9/2020 2:30pm – 3:30pm
· Peace Corps Office Hours: Chat with an Oregon Recruiter 10/13/2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm
· Special Event: Peace Corps Financial Benefits – It’s a Family Affair 10/13/2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm
· Info Session: Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows 10/15/2020 11:00am – 12:00pm
· Peace Corps Language Programs: French and Spanish 10/15/2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm
· Peace Corps Application Workshop 10/21/2020 10:00am – 11:00am
· Special Event: The Financial Benefits of Peace Corps- When You Don’t Have Enough 10/21/2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm
· Peace Corps Special Event: Around the World in 60 Minutes 10/22/2020 11:00am – 12:00pm
· Special Event: The Financial Benefits of Peace Corps – Impact 10/27/2020 5:00pm – 6:30pm
· Panel Discussion: Serving as an Asian-American volunteer 11/5/2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm
· Deloitte – Government Practice Services Division Information System 10/7/2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm
· Diversity Equity & Inclusion Spotlight at Deloitte 10/12/2020 4:30pm – 5:30pm
· Deloitte – Government Practice Services Division Case Interview Prep Workshop 10/13/2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Willamette University Adjunct Chemistry Instructor Position
Willamette University is hiring an adjunct instructor to teach General Chemistry II (CHEM 116) lecture and lab for the spring 2021 semester. The lab will be taught in person on our campus; the lecture will be taught with a combination of in-person classes on campus and remote classes via Zoom. To learn about our department, visit our web site at https://willamette.edu/arts-sciences/chem/.
Willamette University believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence; accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to be outstanding teachers and scholars, but also whose work furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
To apply, please send (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, (2) a copy of your CV, and (3) the names and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Alison Fisher, Chemistry Department Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin October 23, 2020.
FACULTY POSITION – WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
The Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University seeks applications for tenure-track
faculty in Analytical Chemistry, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or
interdisciplinary research within these fields, with appointment beginning in August 2021. A Ph.D.
in chemistry or a related field and postdoctoral experience are required. The successful candidate
will join a vibrant and productive faculty dedicated to teaching and research excellence and will
benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities in the department, as well as collaborative opportunities
throughout the main campus, with the medical school, and with local industry. Wayne State
University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the cultural center of Detroit
where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep-rooted
commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional
educational opportunities and prepares students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU
encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. WSU
is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Please submit your application materials merged into a single pdf at jobs.wayne.edu (job posting
number 045247). Candidates are expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded
research program and should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of future research
plans, statements of teaching philosophy and diversity, and three letters of recommendation. The
letters of recommendation should be sent by email directly from the recommender to
email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2020 and will
continue until the position is filled.
New Programs and Fellowships at UChicago
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Public Health Sciences department in the Biological Sciences Division is excited to announce the launch of the new Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Autumn 2021, which also offers a joint MD-MPH degree with UChicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. The MPH program is broad in its scope, with students gaining proficiency across several public health disciplines, and includes concentrations in epidemiology and global health, health policy, and data science. In addition to coursework, students will complete a practicum experience and capstone project, gaining hands-on skills and foundational knowledge that prepares them for careers as public health professionals and researchers.
Master of Science in Molecular Engineering
The one-year Master of Science in Molecular Engineering (MSME) program at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is designed to enhance a student’s career path as a traditional engineer and to prepare them for leadership positions across industries. By immersing themselves in our unique curriculum, they learn to address complex technical problems within a professional context. In keeping with the interdisciplinary tradition of UChicago studies, MSME students are able to take elective opportunities at the Booth School of Business, the Division of the Humanities, and other departments across campus.
Certificates Within Social Sciences Master’s Programs
The Social Sciences Division is pleased to announce a number of certificates available through our MA programs. Certificates include Computational Social Science, Education and Society, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Certificates can be completed as part of the one year master’s programs in International Relations and in Social Sciences (MAPSS), as well as the two year master’s programs in Computational Social Science (MACSS) and in Middle Eastern Studies. Applicants to all master’s programs are considered for substantial merit aid. To learn more about our programs, please contact E.G. Enbar.
Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Training Program
The Institute of Education Science (IES) Pre-Doctoral Training Program in the Education Sciences is an ambitious, multi-year, university-wide fellowship program, sponsored by the Committee on Education, which supports PhD students interested in pursuing research related to education while they are training for a doctoral degree in a social science discipline or within the Harris School of Public Policy or the School of Social Service Administration. Fellows in this program receive a five-year package of support that includes a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend of $34,000 annually and fringe benefits. Additional funds are available to support travel and research related to education research. More information can be found here.
If you, or your students, have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. A full list of academic programs, as well as admissions requirements, financial aid opportunities, and more can be found on our website, grad.uchicago.edu/admissions.
Fall 2020 Undergraduate of the Quarter – Madeline Bloom
Madeline Bloom has been named one of our Fall 2020 Undergraduates of the Quarter. We’re so proud of her.
Madeline was born in the Bay Area of California, but moved to Medford when she was five. She graduated from South Medford High, home of the Panthers. According to Madeline, she’s been interested in forensic science ever since middle school. She chose Oregon State because she saw that our undergraduate program had a forensic sciences option and thought, “Wow, this is perfect.” She was enamored with the area; the shear amount of research being performed in the department and the opportunities she could potentially get involved with. Her decision was made.
After her sophomore year she had an internship at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensic Lab in Ashland, OR. That’s where she was first introduced to mass spectrometry as an analytical technique. After that internship, she started researching labs she wanted to be a part of for her Honors Thesis during her junior year. She came across Dr. Claudia Maier’s Lab in the Mass Spectrometry Center. After talking with her and meeting her lab group and learning about her research she became super interested in working with her. After talking about what projects Madeline was interested in she decided to look at the Oxylipins. Madeline stated that, “even though it isn’t technically related to forensic science, all the skills I am learning are directly applicable.”
She is currently continuing her research in Dr. Maier’s lab. Madeline works alongside Post-doc researcher Dr. Manuel Garcia- Jamarillo, optimizing a method to analyze a group of chemical biomarkers called Oxylipins which are derived from polyunsaturated fatty acids. They’re specifically looking at the biomarkers in human plasma that are derived via biological enzymatic reactions. They’re able to use them to look at different diseases associated with inflammation such as cardiovascular disease or if they’re looking at brain tissues they can look at human diseases associated with the brain. They are currently optimizing a method to quantify these in a triple quad mass spectrometer and then comparing the new method with a standard LC-MS instrument. Madeline is also using this research as a part of her Undergraduate Honors thesis. She says it’s been a really fun experience, and she’s learned a lot about analytical chemistry and instrumentation and just the scientific method in general.
Madeline graduated in June, and will be attending George Washington University to pursue a Master of Forensic Science in the field of study of Forensic Chemistry in August. After two years in the Master’s program, she hopes to gain employment at a crime lab.
Outside school, Madeline worked as a Peer Advisor for the College of Science and the Science Success Center. She did this for three years and said she loved it. She was also a member of the OSU Chamber Choir. She said music has always been very important to her and she knew wanted to do something in addition to science. As a member of the Chamber Choir, she was able to meet new and interesting people outside the sciences. She also got to travel. In 2018, Madeline went to Washington DC to perform for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the National Cathedral, and last year, they went to Spokane. Madeline says, during the pandemic, the choir has been meeting remotely, and on occasion in a limited in-person capacity at the SEC Plaza because it’s outside. She also reported that they have special singing masks that are less restrictive, but still fully enclosed.
Her favorite food is chocolate. She completed a brief study abroad in France during her freshman year and said her favorite part was visiting the chocolate museum. She loved everything about it. Her favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. She used this book as her senior paper in High school. She said her Mom introduced her to the book, and she loves everything it stands for.
We’re incredibly proud of students like Madeline, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Fall 2020 Undergraduate of the Quarter – Samuel Wolff
We’re proud to announce that Samuel Wolff has been named one of our Fall 2020 Undergraduates of the Quarter.
Samuel grew up all around the Portland Metro area, but graduated from Lake Oswego High School, home of the Lakers. He chose chemistry purely out of interest. After a brief stint in Chemical Engineering, he realized they didn’t focus enough on the fundamentals, so he switched to Chemistry. He chose Oregon State because he didn’t want to leave Oregon and was pleased by the opportunities available here.
Shortly after switching to chemistry, Samuel joined Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou’s lab. Dr. Stylianou works with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Samuel’s little niche in the lab is photocatalysis. Improving MOFs for photocatalysis is essentially the goal. The big thing about sustainable energy is that hydrogen gas is of course a promising source of sustainable energy. And if you want to improve the way MOFs produce hydrogen sustainably, you have to engineer them in such a way that they absorb solar radiation (instead of using ultraviolet lights or stuff like that). A big parameter they focus on is red-shifting the absorption spectrum, to test improvement.
The chromophores are within the ligands, so they typically use an amino functional group or a hydroxyl. But yes, you can incorporate photo-synthesizers into the MOF. The most common general characterization techniques for these materials are powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), IR spectroscopy and surface area analysis. But to understand optical and electronic properties we typically employ UV-Vis spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
Samuel graduated in June, and his plan was to take a gap year before applying to graduate schools for admission fall term 2023. He wants to focus on materials chemistry with an emphasis in energy, energy storage and/or hydrogen gas.
Outside school, Samuel likes to rock climb, hike, camp, and participate in other outdoor activities. He also enjoys reading when he has time. His favorite food is Sushi, and his favorite book is the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
We’re very proud of our Undergraduates of the Quarter, and wish Samuel all the best with his future.