Sillart Soars Overseas

Sydney Sillart, CBC Undergraduate student, has spent the summer in Germany (and beyond) interning through DAAD’s RISE program, a German Foreign Exchange Service that offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students in North America, Great Britain and Ireland. Students are matched with doctoral students who they assist, and who serves as their mentor.

Sillart is currently working in Dr. Waldvogel’s lab at the University of Mainz, where she is using electrochemistry for various organic syntheses, specifically involving oxidative coupling and generating large heterocyclic compounds. “Working with such a prestigious lab group in Germany has been an enlightening experience”, Sillart stated of her research experience.

While taking a German language course during her first few weeks there, she learned just enough phrases to get by during her travels on the weekends. So far she’s been to Lisbon, Stockholm, Prague, Amsterdam, Belgium, Copenhagen, Madrid, and many cities in England, Scotland, and Ireland! Sillart plans to hit Budapest, Krakow, Switzerland, Italy, and Paris before flying back to the Buckeye state! She has traveled with the many other interns she met throughout this experience and has met a number of OSU students, too! “It is cool to meet new people that go to the same school as me whose paths I might never have crossed otherwise”, Sillart stated.

Sillart did not know what to expect this summer, but she seems to be soaring! “It has been a wonderful experience meeting people from around the world and getting to understand German culture… I did not know what to expect but this was the best decision I have made and I am having a lovely summer, and I honestly am not sure I ever want to leave!”

Research Associate Position Available

SafeWhite is a company committed to discovering and developing safe alternatives for teeth whitening. SafeWhite is evaluating a series of natural and bio-inspired materials as an alternative to peroxide bleaching. Located in the rev1Ventures building near the campus, this company is looking for OSU graduates who thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

Full-time employees are eligible for company benefits including insurance (Health, Dental, Vision) and paid time off, including Holidays.

Requirements and responsibilities, as well as the application, can be found at their website.

If you are looking for more information, contact or call (614) 340-1450.

Undergraduate Graduation and Awards Banquet celebrates CBC students, family, and alumni

Graduating seniors, scholarship recipients, award winners, and their families gathered together for an evening of honoring academic excellence at the 2017 Undergraduate Graduation & Awards Banquet (formerly Convocation). A handful of CBC alumni and donors joined  to meet and network with our students.

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Chair, Dr. Susan Olesik, began the evening by congratulating our students, honoring our alumni and donors, and thanking the families of our students for supporting their path of an education in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Terry Gustafson, began his presentation by acknowledging our diversified students who make our department excellent! We aren’t all chemists and biochemists here – 13 of our students graduated with double majors or dual degrees which include areas such as: Anthropology, English, Psychology, and many more! 57 of our graduates also earned a minor in another field besides Chemistry or Biochemistry! We also had a number of distinguished graduates; graduating with honors, Latin honors, research distinction, and ACS certification. And to top it all off, we had 8 students place at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum this year!

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After thanking our scholarship donors and congratulating our students who received scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year – Dr. Gustafson honored and called upon our award winners. Congratulations to the following students on your well-earned awards – we hope you are proud of yourselves:

  •         Distinguished Undergraduate Student Teachers: Scott Garner, Emma Ford, Eric Houchen (This award recognizes three chemistry majors who exhibit exemplary performance as undergraduate teaching assistants)
  •         Undergraduate Student Teacher, Rookie of the Year: Dennis Yang (This award recognizes a chemistry major who exhibits exemplary performance as a new undergraduate teaching assistant)
  •         Freshman Chemistry Award: Nathan T. Kudlapur (This award recognizes a top student enrolled in the Honors General Chemistry sequence)
  •         Sophomore Chemistry Award: Stephanie Li (This award recognizes a top student enrolled in the Honors Organic Chemistry sequence)
  •         Junior Chemistry Achievement Award from the ACS Columbus Chapter: Evan Lach (This award recognizes a top junior majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry)
  •         Senior Chemistry Achievement Award from the ACS Columbus Chapter: Jonathon Stewart (This award is recognizes a top senior majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry)
  •         Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry: Emma Ford (This award recognizes a top student majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework, and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry)
  •         Partners for Progress and Prosperity ACS Presidential Award: Nathaniel Wesley (This award is given out to an outstanding undergraduate researcher in honor of the memory of Professor Devon W. Meek)
  •         Irene Rosenfeld Scientific Achievement Award: Max Yudovich and Ryan Judd (This award was established by the estate of Irene Rosenfeld, a biochemist with achievements in the study of the biology of selenium, with additional contributions by others. This award recognizes top graduating seniors majoring in biochemistry who has accomplished an outstanding level of academic achievement in the sciences)
  •         Hypercube Scholar Award from Hypercube, Inc: Alex Patterson (Hypercube Inc. is the developer of HyperChem and other molecular modeling products. This award recognizes a top student who has demonstrated scholastic excellence in chemistry)

Congratulations Chemistry and Biochemistry Class of 2017!

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Graduating seniors – we’d love to keep in touch! If you haven’t already done so, please take a few moments to complete our exit survey and join our Alumni Group on LinkedIn.

Chemistry Co-op with Lubrizol

Lubrizol is looking for students pursuing a bachelors degree in chemistry with the availability to work three semesters (not necessarily consecutively) before their expected graduation date. Students interested in a summer or fall 2017 co-op look no further! Start your career by working alongside research chemists and completing projects in a team environment. Build your skills by synthesizing and formulating chemicals, running reactions, evaluating prototypes, and improving process development.

Additional benefits include:

  • Tuition reimbursement assistance
  • Housing Allowance
  • Paid holidays
  • Co-op/Intern events

The co-op is offered at the Wickliffe, Ohio location. For more information check out their chemistry co-op page. If interested in summer employment be sure to apply soon!

Intern with Adare Pharmaceuticals

Adare is looking for a strong intern candidate to support their R&D teams in the Dayton area over the summer. As an intern, you would research and develop treatment needs that are not fully addressed by current medications. If you are interested in improving the lives of patients through unique solutions, then this internship is for you!

For more information about Adare Pharmaceuticals check out their online site. If interested, contact Adrienne Hutchins (Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager) at

PiNO Career Fair

The Graduate Macromolecular Student Organization at Case Western Reserve University would like to invite post-doctorate, graduate, and undergraduate students from all science and engineering programs to attend the PiNO Career Fair on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) is a one-day job fair and conference that allows students seeking internships, co-ops, or full-time employment to present posters, network with industry representatives, and win cash prizes. PiNO attracts students and representatives from ALL science and engineering fields.

An online abstract and resume is due by June 2, 2017. Registration is just $10 for all looking to attend. For more registration information, conference details, and a growing list of company sponsors, please visit the PiNO website here!

ACS Career Development and Mentorship Event

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ACS-Columbus has been working with the College of Arts and Sciences to create a mentorship and career advancement program for students in chemistry fields around Columbus. Each event will focus on a specific topic for career advancement and will provide and opportunity for students to connect with members of ACS Columbus.

The first event will be held on a Saturday (Time and Date TBA) this February and will focus on ‘Finding Your Path.’ It will explore the differences in a career in academics, industry, government, or working independently. The event will be specifically designed for students who want a career in chemistry.Image result for arts and sciences osu
Please consider attending the event. Some members from ACS-Columbus will be attending the program as well. This is a great opportunity to meet professionals currently working in the field and to network with those in the field. The goal is to make this event beneficial to students in every stage of their career planning process.

Image result for acsFurther details are coming. For the purpose of gauging interested this event, fill out this quick survey for planning purposes.

Undergrad Spotlight: Nick Mitchell

Soon to be graduate from The Ohio State University, Nicholas Mitchell, has spent his time at OSU studying biochemistry, researching, joining student organizations, and as we all can imagine, enjoying football season year after year. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Nicholas didn’t always know that OSU was the school for him. In fact, it wasn’t even on his radar until he visited for the Honor’s day visit. It was then that he realized that Ohio State provided all of the necessary resources and opportunities to propel his future. Out of all the schools Nicholas visited, he believed that OSU had more opportunities for him to be involved, learn, and grow both inside and outside of the classroom.

Nicholas’ favorite class, with his favorite professor, Dr. Callam, was OChem! He believed this class was difficult, but taught him how to think and problem solve on a new level. Currently involved
in undergraduate research with Dr. Jackman, he is studying tRNA maturation pathways in C. elegans. Helping to improve lives and empower people to take control of their health to the best of their abilities is exactly what Nicholas wants to do when he is older. Becoming a physician is his vision!

Nicholas stated his mother inspires him most; “My mom! She owns a roller skating rink in Toledo. She has worked tirelessly to provide me and my 3 siblings with the opportunities and resources to follow our dreams. She also taught me how to work hard, and treat everyone the way that I want to be treated.” What a blessed guy you are, Nicholas!

Staying on the soft side, where’s the best place to relax, reflect and possibly PROPOSE to your now fiancé?! Nicholas has this one more than covered – the amphitheater near Mirror Lake. Congrats to you and the lucky lady! His second favorite spot would have to be Ohio Stadium. If he could travel back to any point in time, it would be the Michigan game this past year in the shoe. “It was nuts”, he said– we can’t disagree!

Are you a soon to be high school graduate considering a major in Chemistry or Biochemistry? Nicholas gives not just one, but two incredible reasons to pursue this dream. “First, it’s interesting! It is such a foundational science, and that makes it very valuable. Secondly, it is a great prep for whatever you do next! Planning on Pre-med? You will take a wealth of classes that prepare you for the MCAT and medical school material. There is also such a large basis for research opportunity. Getting into undergraduate research will open doors for career paths like graduate school, and help point you towards your passions.”

We’ll miss you, Nicholas, best of luck in your bright future!

2017 NMS Undergraduate Research Forum

Image result for nms research forumThe Natural and Mathematical Sciences announce the 2017 research forum for undergraduate students majoring in or conducting research in Actuarial Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science, Data Analytics, Evolution and Ecology, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Physics, and Zoology.

The Undergraduate Research Forum will be held day, Monday, April 10, 2017, 2:00–5:30 pm, in the atrium of the Physics Research Building. All students interested in undergraduate research in math and science are welcome to attend.

Certificates and a $50 gift card are awarded for the presenters of each poster, and prizes are given for the best poster award.

Abstract deadline: 12:00 pm (noon), Monday, April 3, 2017

Those interested in submitting an abstract and present need to register. For more information and a rundown of the forum schedule, take a look at their website.Image result for the ohio state university

Assist CBC Chair’s Office

The office of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Chair is hiring 3 student assistants to start in Autumn 2017. Students of all ranks and majors are welcome to apply for this position. Chemistry and related majors are encouraged to apply, as 1-2 of the positions will need to be filled by a student with a chemistry-related background.

Job Description: The student administrative assistant will primarily provide office support in the Chair’s Office in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Departmental buildings include Evans, Newman and Wolfrom, Celeste, McPherson, CBEC (North Campus), and Biological Sciences (South Campus). The position and duties will primarily be carried out on North Campus. The pay rate is $10/hour.

Main Duties:

  • Greet and assist office visitors, students, staff, and faculty
  • Data/Analytical projects
  • General office tasks
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Skills:

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Prior customer service experience
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Additional Information:

  • Reports to the Executive Assistant to the Chair
  • Approximately 15 hours per week during AU17 and SP18
  • Schedule will be built around class schedule

Contact: To apply, email your resume, a brief description (1 page max) of why you are interested in the position, and a copy of your Autumn 2017 schedule to Jackie Lipphardt at by Monday, April 10.