Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) Conference

This event is on June 10.

polymersThe  Graduate Macromolecular Student Organization at Case Western Reserve University invites post-doctorate, graduate, and undergraduate students from science and engineering programs to attend the PiNO conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

This one day conference allows for presentation of posters, networking, and winning cash prizes for students seeking internships, co-ops, or full-time employment. polymers2

Registration is only $10 for undergraduate and graduate students.

Registration and conference information is available on the conference’s website.


Spotlight: Dr. Rebecca Ricciardo

Dr. Rebecca Ricciardo plays many roles in the undergraduate program. She is a lecturer of general chemistry courses and serves as an instructor and Laboratory Supervisor of inorganic chemistry. Dr. Ricciardo also works with general chemistry Teaching Assistants to develop their teaching and professional skills. We asked Dr. Ricciardo to share a few words about why she became a chemist and what makes studying Chemistry at Ohio State so special.

Job # 130200 Rebecca Ricciardo, Chemistry APR-17-2013 The Ohio State Univesity Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

Dr. Rebecca Ricciardo
The Ohio State University

I chose to become a chemist because it satisfied my need to know why. Chemists study all the way down to the fundamental particles that make up matter, and this is foundational to all other work. I liked the idea gaining an “atom’s view” of the world and seeing how little pieces make significant contributions to all that we know. I have gained a greater appreciation for the world around me and for the things I see every day. Chemistry is central to the world and thus interdisciplinary. I had opportunities to explore portions of other specialties that interested me like physics and materials science.

As a graduate student in the Chemistry Department at Ohio State, I worked identifying the structural attributes responsible for specific properties. This expands the realm of smart design. The ability to pick and choose desired properties and then design a material with that potential is sought for the great impact it will have on all aspects of research and life. This broad goal drew me into the solid-state chemistry scene. It is fascinating to study a material’s properties, and then look more closely at the structure and consider both in parallel. Electronic and magnetic behavior is closely tied to the connectivity of atoms. The factors responsible for properties are numerous such as bond angles, bond distances, crystal shape & size, distortions, impurities, lattice strain, atomic structure, relative positions of atoms with each other and more.

Our department has many faculty members conducting cutting-edge research and a strong staff dedicated to the teaching mission. As a CBC student you can participate in undergraduate research with our faculty and contribute to the advancement of world scientific knowledge. Our courses and labs are designed to give you a firm understanding of all chemical divisions: physical, inorganic, organic, analytical, biological. Through a variety of upper level courses offered and research potential you are able to further study your area(s) of interest. Along the way, you have access to form mentorships with members of our department, our graduate students and your peers. There are a number of ways to be connected to our department, and you can tailor the experience and your degree to meet your needs and career goals.

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Graduate Preview Program: University of Wisconsin-Madison

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is May 6.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry is hosting a graduate preview program, CHOPS (CHemistry OPportunitieS), in October.


The CHOPS all-expense paid weekend highlights the strengths of the Department and the culture of Madison. This gives potential applicants an opportunity to see and experience the University before graduate school applications are due.

High-caliber students who may not have considered Madison as their first choice for graduate work are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit the CHOPS website.


SURI: Behavioral Ecology at Ohio State

The deadline to apply for both of these opportunities is April 1.

Opportunity #1: Bird Project

Individuals with an interest in animal husbandry and animal behavior are encouraged to apply for this position occurring from May-August. Two positions are available. Training will be provided, and assistants will  learn about the care, maintenance, and handling of wild birds for an ongoing research project. A time commitment of 2-3 hours, 2 days a week is expected, with some evening or weekend work occurring as needed with a flexibility for class schedules.

This research will occur in the Aronoff Laboratory on the Columbus campus.

To apply, email Dee Bolen and include a short CV/resume. Make sure to put “Bird Project” in the subject line.

Opportunity #2: Goldfinch Researchgoldfinchy

An upper-level undergraduate student with an interest in animal behavior and working with birds is needed for developing and conducting a project exploring social influences on mate choice preferences in the American Goldfinch. Experience with identifying wild birds by sight and sound is preferred but not required. Data collection will occur May-August and data analysis and write-up will extend into the 2016-2017 school year. Some evening and weekend work will be expected over the summer. The project is collaborative but independent enough for presentation at the Denman and other conferences.

This research will occur in the Aronoff Laboratory on the Columbus campus as well as other field sites on and near campus.

To apply, email Dee Bolen and include a short CV/resume. Make sure to put “Goldfinch Research” in the subject line.

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

SURI: Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

ChildrensThe deadline to apply for this opportunity is April 15.

The Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is looking for undergraduates to screen and enroll patients as part of its research initiatives.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the environment of one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country and be able to interact with a variety of healthcare team members.

Other duties of the Undergraduate Research Assistant include consent/assent eligible patients for specifically assigned research studies, perform administrative duties, and learn about pediatric emergency care.

Interested students can find more information and apply via this informational flyer.

Students should send completed applications to Jessica Saunders at Jessica.Saunders@nationwidechildrens.org.

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


GE Healthcare Life Sciences Opportunity

GEGE Healthcare Life Sciences is looking for a candidate for a part-time position at Ohio State.

Duties include gathering and providing insight, promotion and program support, literature distribution, stock room/ sample support, and acting as a positive representation of GE.

Several candidates in the past who have been in this position move right on to a job/company after graduation.

The position requires 10 hours/week and the candidate is paid $15/hour.

For more information, email Health Bowers (heath.bowers@ge.com), the Consumables Sales Specialist at GE.

Job Posting: Chemistry & Biochemistry Computer Support

*This position has been filled and is no longer accepting applications*

Chemistry and Biochemistry (CBC) Computer Support is looking to hire 2-3 new student employees!  If you’re a current undergraduate student who enjoys working with computers and is looking for an exciting, on-campus job, send a PDF-formatted resume to Bruce Moore at moore.3298@osu.edu with the subject “Student position in CBC.”

Job Description: Tier-1 support/help desk position.  Support MS Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux-based systems in offices, teaching and research labs.  Must be able to lift up to 35lbs.

Pay: starts at $9-10/hr, commensurate with experience, with increases over time

Hours: Part Time, 10-20 hours per week

Duration: Limited only by current enrollment as an undergraduate at OSU

SURI: University of Pittsburgh

uofpittThe Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh will be offering a 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF Pitt 2016).

There are opportunities for up to five female or minority undergraduate students majoring in chemistry who are expected to graduate in 2017.

A stipend of $350 per week will be provided for up to 10 weeks of summer research, with the ability to start as early as May 23.

Free housing in Pennsylvania Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus is also included.

Interested applicants can apply online.

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

Nestle Quality Assurance Internship


The deadline to apply is March 4.

Are you interested in a summer internship position testing the safety and quality of food made by an international food corporation? Do you know anyone who would be interested?

Nestle is looking to hire a student from Ohio State who has completed at least two years of school, is working toward their Bachelor degree in either Food Science or Chemistry, and who is looking to work  in a laboratory setting ensuring the safety of food products. This is a paid position.

Interns will be responsible for conducting testing for juice authenticity and nutritional labeling. They will also be responsible for sample preparations, extractions, clean ups, proper work documentation, general laboratory support, and other duties as assigned.


-At least 2 years of academic coursework completed (Junior or Senior Level) towards a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Food Science.
-Knowledge of lab safety
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
-Must be able to work in a team setting

Submit a resume through FutureLink posting ID# 2530018

Nestle is looking to hire US Citizens, and would prefer rising juniors. They will be conducting interviews on Ohio State campus for students who have submitted their resume.