3rd Annual Poster Session ~ CANCELLED

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The poster session originally scheduled for March 31st by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club has been cancelled and is currently being rescheduled for Fall 2018! We are sorry for an inconveniences this may cause.

D. E. Shaw Research

The D. E. Shaw Research, a computational biochemistry group based in Manhattan, will be hosting a talk at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in room 304 of the Journalism Building.  During the talk, they will present an overview of their work and answer any questions students may have about the lab. It is an interdisciplinary group and so students of all degree levels and postdocs from a variety of fields are invited to attend.
Food will be served!
D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research laboratory that conducts scientific research and technological development in the field of computational biochemistry.  They have designed and developed multiple generations of Anton, a massively parallel supercomputer that executes MD simulations orders of magnitude faster than was previously possible.  Anton has now simulated the behavior of a number of proteins for periods as long as several milliseconds, revealing biologically and pharmaceutically relevant aspects of protein dynamics.
Members of the group include computational chemists and biologists, computer scientists and applied mathematicians, and computer architects and engineers of all seniority levels, working collaboratively within a tightly coupled interdisciplinary research environment under the leadership of chief scientist Dr. David E. Shaw.
Join us for an overview of our work and a discussion of current openings in the lab.
There will be two speakers: Qi Wang and Stone Jiang
Please use the following link to RSVP: goo.gl/R4gk76

Apply to be a General Chemistry TA in Autumn 2018!

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry hires over 50 outstanding undergraduates per semester to teach our General Chemistry courses. If you’d like to improve your content knowledge at your job, help students through problems, and get teaching experience, TAing could be for you!


  • Completed General Chemistry Sequence (1210/1220; 1610/1620; or 1910H/1920H) with an A or A- (preferred)
  • Accumulative GPA > 3.6
  • Taking classes during Autumn 2018
  • No other paid student appointment during Autumn 2018 [this includes paid research]

Appointment Details:

  • Salary: $12/hour
  • Hours: 10-12 per week
  • Responsibilities: Teach 1-3 hour lab; Promptly grade assignments and prepare for teaching responsibilities; 1 weekly office hour; proctor all exams; attend weekly staff meetings and beginning of the year training beginning Monday, August 13th. Conflicts with training should be stated on your application and described in detail if possible.

Apply online now!  After the submission of your application, the department will reach out to ask you to submit a schedule. Submitting a schedule does not guarantee a position.  All applications, including schedules, are due May 1st, 2018, and hiring decisions will be made by early July. Please contact the Lab Supervisors (chemlabsupervisor@osu.edu) if you have questions about the application process.

Spotlight on Chemistry: Bitters

Once used to treat a myriad of medical issues, bitters are an essential ingredient in every good barkeep’s stash (and still a sworn-by “cure” for hiccups).

Check out some of the compounds at work in bitters, and Take a quiz to test your knowledge!


Feeling crafty? Homemade bitters are pretty simple to make, with countless flavor combinations. Enjoy (and DIY) responsibly!

Chemist Position – Next Energy Technologies Inc.

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Next Energy Technologies (NEXT) is looking for entry level chemists to join their organic synthesis team. They are
seeking highly motivated new graduates who are excited at the prospect of carrying out multi-step organic
synthesis in an R&D setting. NEXT is a startup developing game-changing semi-transparent photovoltaic windows.


• Execute multi-step synthesis under the supervision of senior leaders, frequently requiring the use of air-free techniques.
• Organic compound purification via column chromatography, distillation, etc.
• Characterization of intermediates and final compounds by NMR, mass spectrometry, and other techniques as required.
• Preparation and presentation of weekly reports summarizing progress and future work.
• Basic lab maintenance and upkeep.

Minimum Requirements:

• B.S. (B.Sc.) in Chemistry.
• Strong desire to work in an innovative research setting.
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
• Must be comfortable working with up to 3L of organic solvent.
• Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
• Must be able to follow directions closely, work safely, and be hands on.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.

To apply for this position e-mail a resume of your background and qualifications to: chemjobs@nextenergytech.com

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Course Spotlight: Biochem 5613

*New* Biochem 5613 will be offered in Autumn 2018!

What: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I

Description: An introductory course in biochemistry and molecular biology developing in three semesters the molecular basis of structure and function of living cells.

Pre-req or concur: Chem 2520 (253), 2620, or 2920H, and one semester in Biological Sciences. Not open to students with credit for 613 or 4511 (511).

When: Tu Th 12:45-2:05 PM
Where: Pomerene Hall 150
Who: Dr. Kotaro Nakanishi 

Biochem 5613 has been previously only offered in the spring, but Biochemistry is a growing major and new requirement for many pre-health professions. Many professional schools including medical school require a Biochemistry course. Students may take Biochem 4511, Introduction to Biological Chemistry, or they can take Biochem 5613 and Biochem 5614 to get the content of Biochem 4511 in a more in-depth format.

Biochem 5614 is currently only offered in the autumn semester. However, depending on the enrollment in this new offering of Biochem 5613 in Autumn 2018 and student interest in pursuing a two-semester sequence, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will consider an additional offering of Biochem 5614 in Spring ’19.

If you are interested in declaring Biochemistry as a major or a minor or have any questions, please call the undergraduate advising office in Celeste 110 to schedule an appointment at (614) 292-1204.

Fulbright Week

The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core competition is now open.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals and many others. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to visit the Catalog of Awards to learn about opportunities in the field of Chemistry along with other fields.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018.  U.S. citizenship is required. Grant lengths vary in duration; applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description. Flexible options may also be available.

In addition, please note that Ohio State will hold its 9th Annual Fulbright Week during March 26-30, 2018. This initiative is co-organized by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.  As in the past, these three units have combined efforts to provide a full week of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential Ohio State faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate in a myriad of Fulbright Week activities.

Fullbright Week is for both graduate and undergraduate students. For more information on its targeted events, see this undergraduate flyer or this graduate flyer.

Internship Opportunity with Mettler Toledo

Mettler Toledo is a multinational manufacturer of scales and analytical instruments. It is the largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications. They are looking for a summer intern for their US Lab Tech Support group at their 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240 location.  They are accepting applications through the end of March. Candidates must be currently enrolled students.

To learn more about Mettler Toledo, check out their website  or apply today!


Mettler Toldeo currently supports the following analytical instrumentation:

Karl Fisher titrators

Potentiometric and acid/base titrators

Density and Refractive Index meters

Loss on Drying Moisture analyzers

Melting Point & Dropping Point analyzers

UV/VIS spectrophotometers

DSC / TGA thermal characterization systems

Analytical, Micro, and precision laboratory balances



Atlantis 2018 Shadowing Fellowships Now Open

Atlantis is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated to providing an ethical international shadowing Fellowship for pre-medical and pre-nursing students.  Students receive 20+ hours of shadowing per week during their summer programs and gain perspective on whether medicine is the right career path for them.  Atlantis host hospitals are in Europe and South America.

You can check out their website here and or apply today. Scholarship funding for student leaders is available.

Want to jump start your search for the right research program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

Studying abroad is a valuable and exciting part of an undergraduate experience. When pursuing any study abroad opportunity, be sure to check in with an advisor to address any academic or financial implications of a semester abroad. Bon voyage!”

3rd Annual Poster Session

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The Columbus Younger Chemists Committee and the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry Club present the

3rd Annual Poster Session

Rescheduled for Fall 2018

There will be a networking hour, giving students the chance to make valuable connections with professionals during a catered lunch. Judges for this event are from local industries and institutions. Parking validation is available.
Those who are interested in submitting an abstract, and to RSVP, can find the application online.