BASF – Free in vivo testing: Unleash your molecule’s potential as a crop protector – Deadline: Wed, Jan 17 

BASF is seeking novel compounds, such as organic molecules, natural products, and fragment-like molecules, which could be subjected to screening within our research facility, with the goal of developing new crop protection products.

Private Company – Novel approaches to increase Morbillivirus yield from eukaryotic cells culture – Deadline: Thu, Jan 18 

We are seeking proven methods to increase the viral yield from eukaryotic cell cultures in vitro, with particular interest in increasing the yield of Morbilliviruses in established cell lines.

one • fıve – Ultra-high oxygen barrier coating for paper packaging – Deadline: Wed, Jan 31 

one • fıve is seeking a water-based dispersion coating solution that strongly adheres to paper substrates and achieves ultra-high oxygen barrier. 

BASF – The challenge of repairing polymers in recycling – Deadline: Wed, Jan 31 

BASF is seeking a solution for repairing polymers in recycling. Specifically, they are interested in solutions that will extend the chain of cleaved polyolefins in recycling. 

Private Company – Novel ingredient to protect human skin from ultraviolet radiation – Deadline: Wed, Jan 31 

The company is seeking new and novel materials that will provide UV protection when applied on human skin. These include physical blockers (e.g. mineral-based compounds), oil-based and crystalline substances requiring solubilization, water-based polymers, and more.

one • fıve – Natural polymer coating with high heat seal strength for paper packaging – Deadline: Wed, Jan 31 

one • fıve is seeking a natural polymer-based solution with good adhesion to paper (for extrusion coating), which also delivers high heat seal strength.

one • fıve – High-barrier thermoforming polymer films for fiber-based food packaging – Deadline: Wed, Jan 31 

one • fıve is seeking polymer films that exhibit a water vapor transmission rate comparable to or better than polyolefins, can endure hot fill (77°C) and refrigeration (4-10°C) in contact with the product, and can be thermoformable.

Cargill – Optimizing chocolate tempering process to save time and energy – Deadline: Wed, Jan 31 

Cargill is seeking technologies and/or ingredients that can reduce the energy and processing cost (time, equipment, personnel) associated with tempering of cocoa butter in chocolate. Solutions can be focused on completely replacing the tempering step or significantly reducing its energy requirements.

Neogen Corporation – Mycotoxin detection in grain extracts – Deadline: Thu, Feb 29 

We are seeking to develop methods for detecting mycotoxins in grain extracts. A strong collaborator would have experience in developing HPLC or LC-MS methods to assist us in analytical methods detecting mycotoxins from organic extraction solutions.

Private Company – Corn sample for food safety tests (liquid matrix) – Deadline: Thu, Feb 29 

We are seeking collaborators with experience creating standard protocols for mycotoxins detection in corn. Alternatively, we would be interested in opportunities to purchase material that meets our requirements.

Private Company – Reducing nausea in multivitamin tablets – Deadline: Thu, Feb 29 

The company is seeking to understand the root cause of common nausea, stomach ache, vomiting complaints from VMS (vitamins, minerals and supplements) tablets. They also seek to create a formulation with improved consumer experience that is gentle on the stomach and/or can be taken without food.

Kraft Heinz – Encapsulation technologies for probiotics in low pH beverages – Deadline: Thu, Feb 29 

Kraft Heinz is seeking to develop encapsulation of probiotics to allow for long-term stability of probiotics in a low pH, shelf-stable beverage. The encapsulant should have minimal to no effect on the organoleptic qualities of the beverage.

Connect with Kraft Heinz on Thu, Feb 08

Private Company – Improving sample preparation for pathogen testing molecular assays – Deadline: Thu, Feb 29 

We are seeking improvements to sample preparation so that we may neutralize inhibitors and lyse both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in an enriched sample. The ideal solution or technology should achieve these tasks with only two manual pipette steps: adding the sample to the reaction tube and withdrawing the processed sample.

Kraft Heinz – Natural food preservation ingredients against molds and yeasts – Deadline: Thu, Feb 29 

Kraft Heinz is seeking natural ingredients and technologies that can replace artificial preservatives in foods to inhibit spoilage microorganisms like molds and yeasts, including the acid-tolerant yeast Zygosaccharomyces bailii.

Connect with Kraft Heinz on Thu, Feb 08

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.

This virtual session is to orient new faculty and staff to the university. Join us to learn about the terms of your employment, employee benefits, retirement programs and work-life resources. You will also be introduced to the Equal Opportunity & Access, Insurance Risk Management and University Ombuds teams. Union informational sessions for employees represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) are presented afterwards. Offered monthly. Registration is required.

Leverage this online learning library to hone your soft skills, your technical and business acumen, and to meet your learning and development goals. Use it to supplement your curricula. Curate content to support your programs and initiatives. Click here for step-by-step instructions for how to get started, and here for tips and tricks. Be sure to check out our curated collections and toolkit for supervisors.

The OSU Training Portal is available to faculty and staff, and located in your dashboard, by clicking the “Training” tab in the top right corner. Discover and search for trainings, webinars and more – all geared towards OSU employees. Bookmark so you can return to it often. Do you have an upcoming learning opportunity geared towards OSU employees? Reach out to to learn how to add your event to the portal. 

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 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

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