As of March 22, the service counter for picking up keys from the Access, Lock and Key Shop will be relocating to the university ID Center, located in the Memorial Union. The key pick-up process will not change and an OSU ID will be required to receive keys. Learn more about the change in key counter service at Send questions to

The Chemistry Department at Carleton College is seeking applications for a full-time, one-year position, at the Assistant Professor level starting September 1, 2021.

We seek a chemist who is strongly committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment. The position will primarily involve teaching either Organic or Introductory Chemistry depending on the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. Candidates who can teach Inorganic Chemistry are especially encouraged to apply. A completed Ph.D. in chemistry is preferred, but applicants who are within one year of Ph.D. completion will also be considered.

Carleton College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 2,000. Located in the thriving two-college town of Northfield, Minnesota, it is forty-five miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in easy reach of a vibrant metropolitan area that is home to three million people and rich cultural resources. The normal teaching load is one lecture and two laboratory sections per term, three terms per year. We are particularly interested in candidates committed to teaching a diverse student body.

To apply, complete the online application at, which consists of a cover letter, CV, a statement about teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts environment and how you would contribute to a college community that embraces a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Include contact information for three letters of reference to be submitted electronically. Primary consideration will be given to applicants who have all materials, including letters of reference, submitted by March 5, 2021. 

Carleton College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing our faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Matt Silveira has been named one of our Winter 2021 Undergraduate of the Quarter, and we’re excited to tell you a little more about him.

Matt was raised in the small town of Escalon, California.  He is at least the third generation to graduate from Escalon High School, home of the Cougar’s.  He chose Oregon State because his grandparents would take him and his brother on  vacation in the summer through the Willamette Valley to visit extended family in Walla Walla, and he says, “it’s just a really nice place. I really enjoyed my time here as a kid.”

He had always enjoyed the physical sciences growing up. “You know, when you’re in grade school there really isn’t a distinction between chemistry, physics, biology and all that stuff, but science always stood out. I really didn’t get into chemistry until I was going through General Chemistry at Linn-Benton where I had a professor that was very enthusiastic and she taught in a way that really inspired me to pursue it further, as opposed to a different major I was in at the time. So, when I transferred to Oregon State, I was fully committed to being a chemistry major.”

After deciding to go to Oregon State, Matt was browsing the Chemistry Department website and ran across Dr. Walt Loveland’s website. His research sounded interesting, so he got in touch.  They talked for 15-20 minutes and according to Matt, “before he knew it, I was working in his lab.”  Matt’s job is to manufacture fission targets used for the study of kinetic energy when splitting an atom. The targets are used by graduate students as well as researchers at various National Labs including Livermore or Los Alamos.  He got into this research area because when he was in High School there was an interesting section about radioactivity, and it really intrigued him. Dr. Loveland’s lab was his opportunity to learn more and expand his knowledge as a scientist. During his time with Dr. Loveland, Matt has had a paper published as first author.

After graduation, Matt wants to take a gap year.  He’s also interested in Inorganic Chemistry, so wants to apply for a few different nuclear and inorganic chemistry positions wherever he can.  He says his summer is going to be really heavy into the applications.

When he is not in the lab, Matt is a big outdoorsman.  He says that is another reason why he chose Oregon State is because of its proximity to many good hiking and fishing spots, and will happily spend his time off on a trail in the woods.

His favorite book is a toss-up between For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.  He says his favorite food has to be a classic American Cheeseburger.  Block15 is his go-to when in school, and he thinks they have the best fries in town.

We’re incredibly proud of our Undergraduates of the Quarter and wish Matt all the luck with his future.

Reed College has two visiting faculty positions in the Reed Chemistry Department: 
Visiting faculty position in Physical Chemistry 
Visiting faculty position in Environmental Chemistry

Deadline for both positions: March 15, 2021 to guarantee full consideration.

For further information about this position please contact the chair of the search, Arthur Glasfeld (

Discovering the Scientist Within is a program designed to nurture 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ interest in STEM. The event will be virtual this year with all activity supplies shipped directly to participants. It will be held Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration is open now and closes Feb. 18. Contact Emily Nicholson in Precollege Programs with questions.

Interested in submitting a grant, but not sure how to navigate university approvals and submission? Join college-level grant personnel to learn how the grant submission process works at OSU and what you need to know about “Cayuse” research administration software. Cross-college Monthly Grant Training Sessions are open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. RSVP for all sessions in the series. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 3-4 p.m.

This is a reminder that we are accepting nominations for the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP) through February 26, 2021. The program will provide fellowship opportunities for up to five students for the 2021 cohort.

Nominees must be first year and second year STEM and related science and engineering Ph.D. students at OSU. We are particularly interested in attracting outstanding new students that represent the existing and emerging areas of collaboration with PNNL. 

Since our various Ph.D. programs have a variety of recruiting and admission timelines, we have set the priority deadline for applications to the DGRP as February 26, 2021. Interested faculty should identify a potential student applicant, PNNL collaborator, and complete the application. The program guidelines are available on the Graduate School website

The DGRP targets a four-year graduate study in which the coursework stage (years one and two) is funded by OSU faculty, department or college for stipend, tuition, health insurance and mandatory fees. Subsequent to the completion of the coursework (years three and four), PNNL will fund the student’s stipend and benefits, the OSU Graduate School will provide a tuition waiver, and the student will be primarily located at PNNL. 

An essential requirement of the program is that the co-advisors from the two institutions must be willing to support the student in the proposed collaboration research topic. In addition, the OSU advisor must have a full-time faculty appointment at OSU. During the review and selection of student applications for this program, the PNNL and OSU points of contact will confirm the availability of research funding from the individual co-advisors before OSU sends formal letters of award to the selected students.  

DGRP students will work with faculty at Oregon State and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their Ph.D. program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. As students’ ability to relocate fully to the PNNL site may vary, PNNL and Graduate School staff will consider flexibility in this requirement under appropriate and compelling circumstances.

Apply here!

Anticipated award notification: April 2021

If you have any questions, please email

I’d like to bring to your attention a workshop that aims to introduce faculty (preferably teams of two from an institution) to career planning and mentoring resources, and to position faculty to implement change on their campuses. The first COMPASS workshop was held in 2019, and the second will be held virtually on May 19-21, 2021 (with an application deadline of March 15). If you think your department would benefit from this workshop, I hope you will pass along this information to interested faculty (advertisement attached).

The workshop will cover a range of topics including:

– career planning,

– culturally aware mentor training and effective communication,

– crafting an action plan for faculty to implement on their campuses,

– promoting professional development,

– changing departmental culture about the need for student mentoring.

Prior to the workshop, participants will research the resources available locally to their students for professional development. During the workshop, participants will craft an action plan to implement a programmatic change at their respective institutions. After the workshop, participants will implement and assess their programs.

Priority will be given to teams of two faculty members from the same institution, preferably with at least one senior faculty member, who are committed to improving the career mentoring of students at their institution. A complete application must include a letter of institutional support from a department chair, dean or chief academic officer. The registration fee is waived thanks to generous sponsor support. The participants are expected to make themselves available for the entire duration of the workshop, which will be three synchronous half-days beginning at 11 AM EDT, May 19-21.

For more information and to apply, please visit