35th H.C. Brown Lectures in Organic Chemistry

35th Herbert C. Brown Lectures in Organic Chemistry

Location:  Purdue University

Date:  Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, 2018

This year’s event promises to be an exciting celebration to honor the career of Professor H.C. Brown.  The program includes a diverse array of topics from the fields of synthetic and physical Organic Chemistry by a distinguished group of plenary speakers:

Thursday, April 12

Time:  4:30 PM (EST)

Location:  Wetherill (WTHR) Room 104

Bruce H. Lipshutz, UC Santa Barbara:  “Switching Synthetic Chemistry from Organic Solvents to Water; Faster, Better, Cheaper, and Sustainable”

(Recipient of the 2017 ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods)

Friday, April 13

Time:  9:00 AM (EST)

Location:  Stewart Center (STEW) Room 218

Zhenan Bao, Stanford University:  Designing Skin-Inspired Organic Electronic Materials”

Matthew Gaunt, University of Cambridge:  “New Strategies for Chemical Synthesis: From C–H Activation to Protein Functionalization

David Walt, Harvard Medical School:  Using Microwell Array Technology to Probe Chemistry and Biology at Their Fundamental Limits”

Jin-Quan Yu, The Scripps Research Institute:  Enantioselective and Remote C–H Activation Reactions”


For more information about the H.C. Brown Lectures, please visit our website at: https://www.chem.purdue.edu/hcbrownlectures/.   All interested students, faculty, and scientists are welcome to attend.  Registration is free, and includes lunch for all participants who register by Friday, April 6, 2018.  We also encourage student participants to present their recent works at our poster session and competition, with prizes awarded for the best posters.  We look forward to seeing you in April.


Register, Present, Attend! Midwest Regional SACNAS Research Conference at UChicago April 28th!

The SACNAS Chapter at the University of Chicago is looking for STEM students to attend and present their research at the Midwest Regional SACNAS Conference on Saturday, April 28th, 2018SACNAS is a national organization dedicated to fostering diversity in STEM fields. The theme for the regional conference is Progress on All Fronts: Personal, Professional, and Social Advancement, which will showcase cutting edge science and technology research, as well as new efforts in STEM diversification and inclusion.

Presenting your research, either orally or through a poster, is an excellent way to hone your public speaking and communication skills, strengthen your CV, and initiate conversations with professionals and potential employers. Even if you choose not to present your research, everyone is welcome to attend numerous professional development panels and workshops. However, this is an opportunity to advance your academic career so we strongly encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the conference. 

To be considered for a presentation, please register here and submit a 200 word abstract online by March 30th, 2018. Presenters must be current undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate students in any STEM field. If you wish to attend but not present, or, if you are ineligible to present, please register here.

The conference is free to attend and will provide a valuable professional development opportunity for everyone. If you have questions about the conference, you should contact the UChicago SACNAS Chapter at ucsacnas@gmail.com. Additionally, make sure to check the event on Facebook for the latest updates.

Announcing MIM 2018 at Oberlin College

Dear faculty and students,
The Meeting-in-Miniature (MIM) of the Cleveland Section of the ACS has become a much-anticipated event in the calendar of many local undergraduate and graduate researchers. MIM is a great way to showcase your work and is effective preparation for presenting at an ACS national meeting or regional meetings. It is also a great opportunity to meet chemistry and biochemistry faculty and students from neighboring colleges and universities.
MIM 2018 will be held on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 28 March 2018 at Oberlin College in Oberlin OH. Registration for the meeting is free. The half-day program will begin in the mid-afternoon with parallel sessions of 20-min talks (including 5 min of Q&A) with a plenary lecture by Emily Pentzer of Case Western Reserve University and dinner to follow in the new Hotel at Oberlin. We look forward to a large turnout and a great meeting.
Meeting registration and submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentation is now open. Registration and abstract submission should be performed online using the link https://oberlin.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4SzkGHgmPZYdBYh. Abstracts have a 200-word limit and required information includes:  title of presentation, presenting author, mentor of presenting author, department and university affiliation, email of presenting author, category (undergraduate, graduate, other), division (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic/materials, organic, physical), and abstract. The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is 1 March 2018. Send any question or concern to Zoey Hua at zhua@oberlin.edu. Meeting details as they develop will be posted at the Cleveland ACS.
Faculty mentors and other chemistry professionals are invited to serve as judges and session chairs for the oral presentations. Volunteers should email Rob Thompson at rthompso@oberlin.edu with the subject “MIM volunteer”.
Oberlin College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

New Scholarship Opportunity in the MS-PSD

The Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago is proud to announce the PSD Pathway Scholarship, a program that offers two years of full tuition, fees, insurance and stipend support to our Masters of Science in the Physical Sciences Division (MS-PSD). Applicants applying directly to the MS-PSD program will be invited to additionally apply for the Pathway Scholarship.

We [hope to reach] any potential applicants who would benefit from two years of fully funded coursework and research in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biophysical Sciences, Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences, or Physics. MS-PSD is intended to prepare students for doctoral study in these fields, and the PSD Pathway Scholarship focuses on supporting students who would benefit from receiving additional support as they work towards their doctoral degree.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please join us for an online information session – we’ll be sending application fee waiver codes to anyone who attends an online session.

2018 President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations: The President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP)

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce The Ohio State University President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP). This program, sponsored by the Office of the President, aims to aid in the recruitment and retention of postdoctoral scholars who have a promising future as leaders in their fields.

The program will provide funding to support further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression. The awards will include salary support, benefits and funds for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12 months and may be renewed for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity and adequate career development as evidenced by successful implementation of a mentoring plan.

Candidates must be nominated by their Ohio State faculty/sponsor. Eligibility criteria, submission instructions and program details can be found here.
Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Please direct questions to Marcela Hernandez.

2018 REU Opportunity at the Colorado School of Mines

Dear Chemistry Department,

We are writing to you with the hope that you could post or e-mail the attached brochure for a REU program at the Colorado School of Mines in your department, with the hope of informing undergraduate students within your department about this summer research opportunity. The REU program, titled Advancing Polymer Materials by Integrating Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has run for the past 5 years and we have been very fortunate to have had outstanding undergraduate researchers from across the country participate in the program. In an attempt to continue this tradition, we are hoping to be able to attract interested and talented undergraduate students from your program and have them apply for our REU program. We truly appreciate any help you can provide in posting or e-mailing this brochure for your undergraduate students to see and we would also be happy to address any questions they may have about the program.

Thank you again for your time and assistance.


Stephen G. Boyes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
E-mail: sboyes@mines.edu
Phone: (303)-273-3633
Web: http://chemistry.mines.edu/faculty/sboyes/sboyes.html


2018 CSM Polymer REU Flyer

2018 UNT Chemistry NSF-REU Program information

Dear Students,

The Chemistry Department at the University of North Texas invites applications for our Summer 2018 NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Program.  The ten-week program will begin May 29 (arriving May 27).  Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, and housing will be provided.  Funds are available to help defray travel costs to and from the REU site, which is located in the northern outskirts of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

If you are interested, please submit your application, personal statement, transcripts and two letters of recommendation to us by Thursday, February 15, 2018.  As stated in the attached flyer, application forms and additional information can be found on our webpage:http://chemistry.unt.edu/nsf-reu-program

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Shawn Adams

UNT Chemistry REU Program Coordinator
1155 Union Circle, #305070
Denton, TX 76203
Tel: 940-565-4372
Fax: 940-565-4318