Please share with early career faculty and/or invite them to join our listserv.

Preapplications are required and there is a webinar on January 10th

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Early Career Research Program for FY 2024

Awards Will Support Outstanding Early Career Scientists at Universities, National Laboratories, and Office of Science User Facilities

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is accepting applications for the 2024 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The program will support over 80 early career researchers for five years at U.S. academic institutions, DOE national laboratories, and Office of Science user facilities.

“The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is delivering scientific discoveries and tools needed to keep the U.S. science and technology enterprise at the forefront. Early career researchers are key to driving the nation’s innovation engine,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Director of DOE’s Office of Science. “The Early Career Research program allows scientists to push the frontiers of knowledge to close major scientific challenges, and as needed, to gain experience working across large scientific facilities at the department’s national laboratories and user facilities. This program offers a unique opportunity to propel the careers of promising early career researchers.”

To be eligible for the program, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory or Office of Science user facility. To address special circumstances and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a second year the Office of Science is extending the eligibility window for this competition from 10 to 12 years for all applicants. Awards to an institution of higher education will be approximately $875,000 over five years and the minimum request for awards to a DOE national laboratory or Office of Science user facility will be approximately $2,750,000 over five years. 

DOE’s Office of Science is the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. Early career researchers may apply to one of eight Office of Science program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; Nuclear Physics; Accelerator R&D and Production; and Isotope R&D and Production. Proposed research topics must fall within the programmatic priorities of DOE’s Office of Science, which are provided in the program announcement. Funding will be competitively awarded on the basis of peer review.

Pre-applications are mandatory and are due on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Applications will be due on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal application may submit full applications.

A webinar on this opportunity will be held on January 10, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please register here.

Further information can be found on the Office of Science funding opportunities page.

Congratulations are in order for OSU Chemistry! We were selected to receive a 24-25 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant.

Laurels awards are one-year grants and funds awarded are for disbursement during the 2024-2025 academic year. Summer 2024 tuition waivers are also allowable for students admitted in that term. As a reminder, tuition support offered through this award is intended to assist with the recruitment of new graduate students to OSU admitted during the 2024-2025 academic year. As such, you may only award funds associated with this award to newly admitted students as defined in the Laurels Award RFP.

Congratulations to our Fall 2023 Honor Roll Students. Keep up the good work, all!

Abo Al Haija, Enas
Baumgartner, Trinity
Beeman, Carley
Bianco, Giuliano
Borne, Parker
Branstrom, Brillig
Brown, Katrina
Coe, Madeline
Colling, Prongbaramee
Doyle, Tyler
Dunne, Rachel
Fix, Emily
Frechette, Emily
Friesen, Emma
Fritz, Elise
Garrison, Audrey
Gray, Matthew
Groening, Christina-Ann
Guilleux, Hannah
Hanson-McBride, Ireland
Hardeman, Jayden
Henningsen, Jack
Holden, Elliot
Hounton, Nicholas
Jeffrey, Nikayla
Johnson, Marieke
Johnston, Michael
Kenny, Mitchell
Koenigsberg, Seiji
Kondybko, Yulia
Kucirka, Rhyan
Lee, Phoebe
Linsday, Taylor
Loescher, Andrew
Lovdokken, James
Lowe, Sydney
Ly, Eric
Mashino, Hailey
McCarthy, Mollie
Mcguire, Emma
Moser, Brooke
Munoz, Trenton
Murphy, Molly
Nelson, Isabella
Neubert, Mckenna
Nieves Lira, Citlali
Park, Evan
Phan, Brandon
Qin, Catherine
Qin, Jianyao
Ruparel, Dhwani
Ryan, Samantha
Scherzinger, Sabrina
Seo, Hyunjun
Stanley, Kayla
Stein, Julia
Tence, Jonathan
Ward, Oakley
Wasserlein, Owen
White, Jackson
Williams, Nicholas
Wise, Michael
Wolfe, Samuel
Ziegler, Olivia

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is excited to announce the opening of grant applications for OSU programs and student groups to fund innovative projects with funding needs up to $10,000. It is easy to apply. Learn more about the grant application process and eligibility criteria on our website or contact Celina Anderson at the OSU Foundation for details. Apply for a WGC grant by Jan. 9.

Chemist Marilyn Mackiewicz was chosen as a Scialog fellow by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. She will work with a group of 50 fellows who are committed to accelerating progress in the chemical sciences and laboratory animation. Together, they will collaborate on projects integrating advances in automation and AI to answer crucial questions in fundamental research. Awesome job, Marilyn! 

Chemist Wei Kong was awarded $110K from the American Chemical Society for her project entitled, “Superfluid helium droplets as microreactors for studies of photochemistry of fossil fuel hydrocarbons: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the corresponding endoperoxides”

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is excited to announce the opening of grant applications for OSU programs and student groups to fund innovative projects with funding needs up to $10,000. It is easy to apply. Learn more about the grant application process and eligibility criteria on our website or contact Celina Anderson at the OSU Foundation for details. Apply for a WGC grant by Jan. 9.

Planning any speaker events for winter term? Start thinking about funding now: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women has money available for campus groups to engage speakers (virtually or in person) whose message supports PCOSW’s mission of advancing gender equity at OSU. Sponsorship averages $500 depending on the number of requests. To apply, fill out this form. For more information on PCOSW, visit our website.

My name is Borna, and I am a student volunteer with Conversations to Remember, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated towards combating loneliness and isolation felt by senior citizens. We are very interested in partnering with you to have your students volunteer with us to help these seniors. Our virtual visit program matches 2-3 college students with residents of long-term care, assisted living, and memory care communities for virtual video visits. These residents have been suffering from isolation, and your students could really brighten their days just by speaking with them. We provide training to the students in the program about the best ways to interact with the seniors, as well as additional support throughout their service. Since these visits are virtual, your students can do it without any travel. This is both convenient, and allows more of the volunteers’ time to be spent volunteering, rather than commuting to their volunteering location. We provide this program free of charge to seniors across the country, and have students from around the country as well. We would very much like to partner with you, and hope that your students would like to volunteer to help our seniors.

Typically, students volunteer 1-2 hours per week. Each call lasts up to one hour, based on the senior’s attention span and mood on each day. We expect students to volunteer for approximately 16 weeks, so that they can build a friendship with the senior. This does not need to coincide with the start of a semester, as we have new seniors starting all the time, and train new volunteers weekly. The students are matched based on the times that they’re available, with a senior who is available at the same time, and they will have a regular, weekly appointment for their visit. Students wishing for more visits or other opportunities that allow them to volunteer more hours can be accommodated with different ways to volunteer, such as assisting us with our social media, call support, or outreach.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you have about the program, or to look through our website, at Your students can register to volunteer by filling out a volunteer interest form on our website. If you’d like a flyer to tell your students about us, you can find one here.



Borna Golbarg

Conversations to Remember, a NJ Nonprofit Corporation
Telephone: 862-243-5331