VCU-IRACDA Postdoctor​al Progam in Teaching and Research

Greetings from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia!

I am writing to make you aware of a unique NIH-funded postdoctoral program here at Virginia Commonwealth University. The program is called VCU-IRACDA, and it provides postdoctoral trainees with a traditional mentored research experience, plus mentored teaching experience. IRACDA trainees are heavily recruited for academic faculty positions. We are in the 4th year of our program, and have placed all four trainees who have completed the program into faculty positions.

Please forward this to any PhD students or postdoctoral fellows you know, who may be interested in an academic career.   Please feel free to share it with graduate program directors and graduate deans at your institution, as well. I would be happy to field questions from anyone who has potential interest in VCU-IRACDA.

We are currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows who will begin work at VCU by August 2014.  I encourage applicants to get  in touch with me, and the current VCU-IRACDA fellows, to ask any questions they might have about the program. More information and the online application are available at:

The VCU Medical College of Virginia campus is in downtown Richmond.   Richmond is an affordable city which is attracting a growing number of creative young professionals. There are new residential lofts, restaurants, and galleries opening every month along the white-water of the James River.


FINAL CALL Abstracts for the 2014 Meeting-in-Miniature, ACS Cleveland Section

This year’s Meeting in Miniature of the Cleveland Section will be held Wed. March 12 at Baldwin Wallace University, with talks beginning at 3pm. Students who are engaged in a research project are encouraged to share their progress.

A highlight of the MIM is the 10-15 minute talks across all areas of chemistry. Again this year there will be cash awards given for the best undergraduate and graduate student talks. Although awards are given to encourage participation by students, we welcome talks by all practicing chemists at the MIM.

Please limit the abstract to 250 words and include names and affiliations of all authors with the presenting author’s name underlined. Abstracts should be submitted, as Word or RTF files, to Dr. Lisa Ponton (, by Monday, March 3. Please send abstracts with a subject line of “MIM-undergrad”, “MIM-grad” or “MIM-regular” to insure that they are tracked properly.

Mid-Atlant​ic Graduate Student Symposium in Medicinal Chemistry (MAGSS) 2014 at the University of Toledo

The graduate students of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toledo, take great pleasure inviting you to the 47th Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Symposium in Medicinal Chemistry (MAGSS) slated to be held June 22nd-June 24th,  2014.  This event is an excellent opportunity for graduate students, as well as post-doctoral associates and undergraduates, to share their research in the form of oral or poster presentations. We have an excellent lineup of notable speakers in the field of medicinal chemistry (please see MAGSS flyer attached) and an interactive panel discussion featuring some of the most eminent professionals in this field. As always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities for students and professors alike, as a result of the close-knit setting this regional conference provides.
This year, MAGSS is being held in partial conjunction with the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Center for Drug Design and Development (CD3) at the University of Toledo. The CD3 event will be held on the day immediately preceding MAGSS, culminating in a joint event on June 22nd 2014 (please see CD3 flyer attached). Among the distinguished speakers participating at the CD3 event, Dr. Christopher Lipinski (‘rule of five’ fame), and Dr. Gunda Georg, Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, have also kindly consented to participate in the MAGSS panel discussion.
Overall, this event promises to be both enlightening and fun!  Please share this information with all interested      parties, including students, post-docs and faculty at your university. Found immediately below are some of the important deadlines and general information associated with the event:
  1. MAGSS registration deadline: 21st March, 2014
  2. Registration fee: $50
  3. Accommodation options at subsidized rates on campus (details will be posted on our website soon)
  4. Abstract submission and registration fee payment deadline: 18th April, 2014
  5. For more details and forms, visit our website:
  6. Have questions?
Contact Aparna Raghavan ( / Chris Trabbic, Ph.D. (
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“Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Toledo” 
MAGSS 2014 flyer

New position available for an articulate Ph.D. chemist Interested in facilitati​ng collaborat​ive research/s​cientific writing

I am sending you this note to alert you to a new position that may be of interest to some of the Ph.D. chemists or postdoctoral fellows in your department.
We are looking for energetic and articulate scientists with a strong chemistry training and an interest in facilitating collaborative research and in scientific writing/grantsmanship to consider the following position:
Strategic Research Funding Coordinator

Fellowship Opportunit​ies

SDE/GWIS National Graduate Student Fellowship Program
Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science, Inc. (SDE/GWIS)
Amount $2-10,000
Eligibility: Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or  abroad.
15 Jan 2015
L’Oreal USA Postdoctoral Fellowships for Women in Science
L’Oreal USA
Amount $60,000
Applicants must be involved in the life, physical/material sciences, engineering, technology, computer science or mathematics.  Additional eligible areas of study include: immunology,  all areas of chemistry, earth  science and medical research.
20 Dec 2014 Anticipated
Special Minority Fellowship Award
Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)
Amount  $20,000 (PhD) to  $16,000 (MS)
Eligibility: To be considered for a fellowship, students must be citizens of the United States pursuing a graduate degree in a STEM-related discipline at an Ohio member university. The award will be given to an underrepresented minority.
01 Feb 2015 Anticipated

The Master’s Level Graduate Research Conference 2014

The College at Brockport will host the third annual Master’s Level Graduate Research Conference (MaRC) on Saturday April  26, 2014.

Like last year’s event, which attracted nearly 400 presenters from 30 universities, this one-day multidisciplinary conference enables students to hone professional presentation skills and network with faculty and peer scholars as they present original work through posters, oral presentations, and creative performances.

Please  note:  we are working hard to insure that all attendees have enriching experiences by:

  • Providing each presenter with a  “Digital Commons”  online folder to make their abstract and presentation  available to global audiences
  • Concentrating audience attendance at two one-hour poster  sessions and at two oral presentation sessions with discipline-specific panels of at  least six student presenters
  • Organizing disciplinary roundtable workshops on PhD/professional opportunities,  followed by conference-ending networking  receptions

Furthermore,  a graduate student coordinating committee will work to build disciplinary communities among conference attendees by:

  • Connecting presenters in common disciplines before the conference via social media
  • Helping visiting presenters find affordable housing on the eve of the conference
  • Organizing peer groups to sit together and network during the luncheon
  • Encouraging,  by discipline, presenters to attend roundtables and receptions together

Master’s level students should visit to  submit presentation proposals by this Saturday, February 22,  2014 and to  get more information about the  conference.

Accepted presenters will then need to register for the conference and pay a $20 registration fee, which will include a luncheon ticket.  Faculty, friends, and family can attend free of charge, but will need to register and  pay this modest fee if they too want access to the luncheon.



EFS is excited to offer our 2 summer field courses to undergraduate students in your department.  These courses are accredited for 3 semester credits through the Environmental Studies Program of the University of Montana at Missoula.

This summer we are offering 2 sections of the Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies course held near Boulder, Colorado and a new summer section of the Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies Course held in Akumal,            Mexico.  EFS teaches fundamental concepts & essential research methods in ecosystem science.  Students’ classroom-based knowledge is synthesized and applied through hands-on, active investigations.  Complete course syllabi  are available at the EFS website

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies  (June 4-20)  Study, SCUBA dive, & snorkel on the Mexican Caribbean Coast. Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies (July 13-29,  Aug 7-23)  Study, hike, & camp in the  Rocky Mountains.

* Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research.

* Earn 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits. * Apply your classroom/textbook learning while immersed in an incredible & active ecosystem setting!

* Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program *

* Conducted by Ecosystem Field Studies*

For detailed course info visit:

For any further questions email Steve Johnson, Course Director