Visit OSBP with the Ohio State 45th Annual Graduate & Professional Student Recruitment Initiative

The Ohio State Graduate & Professional Student (GPS) Recruitment Initiative is a program to bring diverse senior students to campus to explore graduate school options.  The Office of Diversity & Inclusion sponsors the visits, which include meeting with programs (like the Ohio State Biochemistry Program), workshops on applying to and succeeding in graduate school, meals, hotel accommodations and a small honorarium to defray travel costs.  The event will be Nov. 1-3 this year and has a simple application (please see the flyer below).  GPS students also have application fees waived for most programs (including OSBP).  Because we are able to interview these students early, it makes it much easier for the program to accept the student early and submit graduate fellowship nominations.

GPS is a great way for your students from diverse backgrounds to learn more about OSBP (or other programs, such as Chemistry, Biophysics, Neuroscience, or Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology).  GPS has a very broad definition of diversity, including ethnic, cultural and economic (including first generation college students), as well as students with disabilities.

If you are or know a rising senior student from a diverse background who wishes to visit OSU and learn more about OSBP, please apply as soon as possible, and by the Sept. 30 deadline.

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GPS 2015 Flyer 1

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Baxter Young Investigator Award Program

Baxter Young Investigator Award Program

Baxter International Inc. is a global diversified healthcare company that couples its dedication to excellence and its passion for innovation with its unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology to advance patient care worldwide. To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Baxter’s Young Investigator Awards seek to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients’ lives. Baxter invites current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the United States to submit descriptions of ongoing research. The Baxter Young Investigator Awards program consists of two tiers; first tier awards include a $2,000 cash prize and an onsite visit to present the award-winning research. Second tier awards will receive a $500 cash prize.

Scope and Criteria of the Award

Competitive applications will clearly and concisely describe active research that involves one or more of the following areas.

  • Instrumental and Analytical Sciences: Innovative analytical and imaging technologies and methods to determine chemical composition and to elucidate structure from atomic to macroscopic scales.
  • Life Sciences: Innovation in clinical pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, pharmacokinetics and toxicological methods with an emphasis on biomarkers, in vitro alternatives to in vivo methods, and novel models of safety and efficacy with emphasis on drugs, devices or biologics.
  • Medical Device Engineering: Innovation relevant to drug preparation and administration devices, infection control and sterilization technologies, manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing and 3-D printing, fluid mechanics of drug delivery (e.g., IV, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal), patient monitoring, sensing/ control technologies, novel medical plastics/materials/membranes, and computational modeling (e.g,. CFD/FEA) of these areas. We are also requesting entries related to Human Factors Engineering, specifically research intended to reduce healthcare related use-errors.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences: Innovation in the formulation, characterization, or manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms, with an emphasis on injectable routes of administration, biologics/biosimilars, oncolytics and other critical care therapies, conceptually innovative mechanisms of drug delivery, lyophilization, sterilization technologies, and pharmaceutical advances that improve efficacy or patient safety.
  • The selection committee will more strongly consider those projects which clearly demonstrate direct relevance to the following therapeutic and product areas:
    • Renal, e.g., peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement, and multi-organ extracorporeal support
    • Surgical care, e.g., hemostats, sealants and inhaled anesthetics
    • Fluid systems, e.g., intravenous fluids, parenteral nutrition, oncolytics, compounding, infusion devices, and health information technology solutions and services.

Research Description

The application should clearly describe the connection between the research and the above critical care therapies or products. The length should not exceed two pages (including figures and references), with 1″ margins and font size ≥12pt. The applicant’s scientific advisor should also send a letter that confirms the enrollment or postdoctoral status, details the applicant’s contribution to the research, distinguishing it from the efforts of other supporting team members, and establishes the significance of the contribution to its relevant scientific discipline. Although these letters should be concise, the scientific advisor is welcome to discuss unique circumstances which may be relevant to the applicant’s contribution.

Eligibility

All applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows and must be primarily responsible for the research described. All successful applicants must commit to briefly presenting their results at the annual Young Investigator Awards ceremony to be held on September 15, 2015 at Baxter’s R&D facility located in Round Lake, Illinois.

Details and Conditions

The presentation will be recorded for broadcast at a later date and shared with Baxter’s worldwide facilities. Some content may be made public through Baxter’s website or through other avenues.  Baxter will cover the cost of travel to and from the awards ceremony, as well as the cost of accommodations for the nights before and after the ceremony for those traveling from outside the Chicago area.

Application Deadline

Research descriptions and letters should be submitted no later than June 30, 2015.

The Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering

The 17th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering will be held at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs from June 13-27, 2015.  This school is designed to help introduce graduate students to the capabilities available at the neutron and x-ray user facilities in the United States. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, include basic tutorials on the principles of neutron and x-ray scattering theory, the characteristics of neutron and synchrotron X-ray sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects.  As part of the school, students also conduct a series of short experiments to provide some hands-on experience using instruments at neutron and synchrotron sources, at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, and Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities.

Students interested in attending should complete an application at http://neutrons.ornl.gov/nxs/ by February 23, 2015.  Please note that all the travel and lodging costs for students accepted to attend will be covered as part of the school.  Part of the application process includes submission of evaluation letters from among the student’s advisor, department chair and other professors.

Lecture notes and videos of the 2014 NXS School are available at: http://neutrons.ornl.gov/conf/nxs2013/

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Chemistry Teaching Jobs 2015-16

Wanted: Successful Students of Chemistry to become Teachers at College-Prep Schools!

Teacher/Coach Recruiting for 2015-16 is underway.

STA recruits throughout the liberal arts and sciences, not just education majors.  We help nearly 600 private and independent schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states as they seek enthusiastic learners, effective communicators, and caring role models for their classrooms, playing fields, service activities, and co-curricular programs.   These schools offer small classes, supportive and collegial faculty cultures, opportunities to innovate, create, and inspire.

When they hire chemistry teachers, they focus on college-level studies and proven understanding of chemistry.  While coursework in secondary education can be helpful, it’s not a hiring prerequisite.  

The urgency of this email:  Students should apply soon to become STA teacher candidates so they can participate in upcoming recruitment fairs.  Attaining full STA candidacy can take up to three weeks.

Math Masters (Virtual Fair for Math teachers) Thursday, January 29

* Science Stars * (Virtual Fair for Science Teachers) Thursday, February 5

Charlottesville Teachers Fair (interviews in person) Saturday, February 14

Texas Roundup (Virtual Fair for Texas independent schools) Thursday, March 12

Florida’s Finest (Virtual Fair for Florida independent schools) Thursday, March 19

Best of the South, Atlanta (interviews in person), Saturday, March 28

Season Finale (Virtual Fair for all teachers) Thursday, April 23

STA’s services are personal, proven, and free for candidates.

2015 REU Summer Internship

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron will be offering a competitive summer research experience (REU) program for the Summer of 2015, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The University of Akron, and corporate sponsors.

Students will participate in an 11-week internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering, including chemistry, physics, characterization, and biomaterials.  These interns will take part in research and career development activities, discussions outlining their research progress and visits to regional companies.  The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern’s research results at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference.

Stipends will be $7,000, which will include $2,000 to be used for on-campus housing.

Our program will begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and will end on Friday, August 7, 2015.  For further information, please visit our website:  http://www.uakron.edu/cpspe/academics/reu-summer-internships.dot.

2015 application REU-ANNOUNCEMENT-2015

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Free Short Course–An​alytical Capabiliti​es of SCSAM

Please post and/or pass along the attached flyer to students or anyone else that might be interested in the opportunity to attend a free short course that will be offered over the fall break, October 27-28.

 

Analytical Capabilities

GOLEAD Weekend

The University of Delaware (UD) is asking for your help in identifying talented undergraduate students to participate in the GOLEAD (Graduate Opportunities: Learn, Engage And Discover) program on November 22, 2014. The program aims to increase enrollment of students from underrepresented backgrounds in PhD studies in the “chemical sciences” by informing and inspiring talented seniors on the benefits of a graduate education in the following three areas: Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.

This all-expense-paid weekend will include interactive workshops, engaging presentations, and exciting networking events.

To participate, students who might consider a PhD in the chemical sciences must be nominated by a faculty member from an institute of higher education.  If you know of a promising junior or senior student who may benefit from GOLEAD, please nominate them using this simple form.

Nominated students will be asked to complete a short application that includes unofficial transcripts and a short statement of purpose.  All application materials must be completed by October 13th.  See website for complete timeline.

The goal of GOLEAD is to increase the diversity of qualified applicants to PhD programs in science and engineering throughout the United States and it is modeled after the highly successful MIT ACCESS program.  While this program is hosted at UD, participation neither obligates seniors to apply nor guarantees future admission for study at UD.

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the GOLEAD program staff at golead@dbi.udel.edu.