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

 Science Pro is coming (Feb 23-25)! We’re giving away portfolios to the first 100 students who sign up and attend any of the events. 

We’re bringing out a great group of professionals over the course of three evenings. There’s a panel for life sciences, and another one for pursuing careers in math, physics, and chemistry. In the night in between we have  Career Pathways conversations which will give students direct contact with some awesome humans (some from across the country).

Feel free to use this blurb or cut and paste portions of the email below:

Science Pro is coming to the College of Science. Make connections with alumni and community professionals. Discover what’s out there, and get the inside scoop on what  it’s like to work in industry, government agencies, national labs, or for your own company. We’re giving away free portfolios to the first 100 students who sign up (and attend) a Science Pro event. Check out the schedule and who will be there, and register today. Email if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support and increasing access to our students to help them grow their network and getting closer to being career-ready.

Oregon Tech is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor of chemistry to be a core member of our intro chem/gen chem team here in beautiful Southern Oregon (Klamath Falls), within our interdisciplinary Natural Sciences Department.

We have a uniformly fantastic, innovative, and forward-thinking chemistry team, we have motivated students who know what they’re about, and we are moving into shiny new teaching and student research spaces over the next couple of years. The position is open area, with a preference for candidates who can connect with Oregon Tech’s existing programs and strengths (health sciences, engineering, environment), and opportunity to support undergraduate research, but with excellence in *teaching* being the primary consideration. 

I am writing to announce that the application deadline for the Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) Research Experience for Undergraduates has been extended to Friday, March 5, 2021. Please share the following information with your community and let me know if you have any questions! 

University of Washington’s Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) aims to accelerate the development of future energy conversion, information processing, and sensing technologies through design, discovery, processing, and application of complex electronic and photonic materials. The summer REU program is focused on exposing veterans and under-represented minorities to a viable and relevant career pathway focused on materials and energy research. Students will learn about relevant, state of the art content in future energy conversion, information processing, and sensing technologies through design, discovery, processing, and application of complex electronic and photonic materials.For more information on the program and how to apply, please visit: 

Thank you, 



Associate Director of Education & Workforce Engagement 

Clean Energy Institute (CEI)

Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C)

MolES-NanoES Building | Box 351653

Seattle, WA 98195-1653 | 206-685-2029