Volunteer Abroad: Cape Town, South Africa

Application Deadline: November 11, 2016

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for their 2017 Experiential Learning Programs for students interested in health care. They are offering two week Health Innovation programs in South Africa.

As an OHS Volunteer you will:

  • Gain international experience on the ground in global health initiatives.
  • Mentor students who strive to become healthcare professionals and cultivate lifelong relationships.
  • Immerse yourself in diversity through service and excursions.
  • Collaborate with groups of university students from around the world.
  • Develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through the pursuit of social justice.
  • Broaden health care skills in real-world environments.

Learn more information here.
Apply here, by November 11th, 2016.

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!

Congratulations Pumpkin Carvers!

The winners of the annual CBC Pumpkin Carving Contest have been determined! A panel of  CBC judges deliberated over the excellent entries, which ranged from spooky Halloween scenes, pop culture figures, science puns, and more.

Special congratulations to the winners:
  • Best Overall Pumpkin: Shiuao Ying, Chenxi Yuan, & Yongdan Wang
  • Best Science Pumpkin: Xin Gu, Xuyao Gao, Keyang Yu, & Buyun Liu
  • Best Buckeye Spirit Pumpkin: Hui Huang & Yuyu Li
  • Funniest Pumpkin: Sidney Sillart & Nathan Yoshino

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Job Opportunities in Ethanol Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security

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Green Plains is seeking recent graduates and soon to be graduates in geology, biology, chemistry, environmental, and engineering fields to fill several available positions.

Greens Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have 17 plants located in Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Texas. Green Plains was #8 on FORTUNE 100 Fastest Growing Companies list and continues to expand its operations annually.

They are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

  • EHSS Assistant – This is a management fast-track position for recent college graduates in science and engineering.  The position would initially be based out of one of the following locations: Bluffton, Indiana; Fergus Falls, Minnesota; or Shenandoah, Iowa. There would be a promotion to EHSS Manager within approximately 2 years, at which point you would be relocated. Assistants have seen advancement opportunities as quickly as 6 months after hire. A 3.0 GPA is required.
  • PSM (Process Safety Management) Coordinator – This is a nine month to one year temporary position for recent college graduates in engineering or science background. This is a project based position at one of Green Plains’ Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, or Minnesota plants.  Employees in this position  work with Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (PIDs), job shadowing operations and maintenance staff, to complete Standard Operating Procedures, Confined Space Profiles, Electrical Room classifications, etc. Green Plains feels this is an excellent opportunity for graduates who have not had a lot of degree related experience during their college career and are looking to their foot in the door in their career!
  • EHSS/PSM Internship – This is a 3-4 month, summer/winter break position for college students finishing their Junior year and preparing to enter their Senior year. This position is for students in hard science or engineering schools that are looking to gain industrial, hands on experience prior to graduation. These are project based positions at one of Green Plains’ ethanol plants working with Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (PIDs), job shadowing operations and maintenance staff, completing valve verifications, pipe identification and labeling, and other EHSS projects. Interns may apply by sending resume, letter of interest, and a copy of transcripts to:  careers@gpreinc.com.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please apply at the career link found at the Green Plains website.

Additional questions can be directed to careers@gpreinc.com.


The Aspire Program: Paid Summer Teaching Position

Application Due: January 17, 2017
The Aspire Program at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio is a summer academic enrichment and leadership development program for middle and high school girls in grades six through nine. Image result for aspire hathaway brown
Each summer, twelve students from colleges and universities across the country are hired to serve as Core Academic Teachers (CTs) in their program. Core Academic Teachers (CTs) are college students who are interested in education. You do not have to be an education major to teach at Aspire! You simply have to have a passion for working with young people and a desire to have a positive impact on the future of education! 
Each CT teaches an academic class in one of four disciplines: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts, and an elective workshop for five-weeks. Through the guidance and support of a mentor teacher, CTs develop their own curriculum around the given class theme as well as a curriculum for an elective workshop of their choice. Through the daily faculty meetings, young teachers will have the  opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and learn about the daily lives of teachers.

Candidates for the CT position must be available to work from June 14, 2017-July 28, 2017.  This is a paid position with a $2,000 stipend.

Interested candidates are welcome to apply.
More information can be found at their website.

Special Seminar: Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Club welcomes Professor Lawrence J. Berliner, of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Denver to Ohio State for a special seminar on the life of Alfred Nobel and his family.

When: Thursday October 27, 6:30-7:30 PM

Where: McPherson 2015


Alfred Nobel was a genius and a keen practitioner of many fields, including chemistry, physics, physiology/medicine and literature, which comprise four of the prestigious Nobel Prizes awarded each year since 1901. There is also a rich history of the chemical elements being a key part of the prize citation, starting as early as Marie Curie.

Professor Lawrence J. Berliner of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Denver.

Prof. Lawrence J. Berliner

This talk covers the history of Alfred Nobel and how he, his father and brothers developed their famous explosive that made Nobel company and Alfred extremely wealthy and famous. However the interesting, sometimes sad part of this history, is how Alfred came about to propose and write in his will the details of these prizes.  Prof. Berliner, who teaches a course on the Nobel Prize to entering freshman undergraduate students at the University of Denver, gives both personal and sensitive insight to its mystique and fame. Time permitting, the politics and potential mistakes made by the various Nobel committees over the years will be discussed.

Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Cancer & Cell Biology

The University of Cincinnati is currently accepting applications to their Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology for the 2017-2018 school year. 

This opportunity allows students to train in more than 40 labs, with 50 faculty members from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Research Center.

Students conduct multidisciplinary research projects to better understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer development and progression. This research serves as the foundation for future of advancements in cancer therapy and diagnostics.

Acceptance to the program grants full financial support including tuition, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance plan.

More information available here.

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Ohio State Graduate and Professional School Career Fair

Are you nearing the end of your undergraduate career? Are you looking to apply for graduate or professional school at Ohio State? Attend the Ohio State Graduate and Professional School Career Fair, where you can learn the programs Ohio State has to offer and what is involved in applying.

When: November 4th, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Ohio Union – Great Hall Meeting Rooms 1, 2, 3

Admissions representatives from more than 20 Ohio State graduate and professional schools, pre-law and pre-health academic advisors and ASC Career Services will be available to answer your questions.

This event is open to current Ohio State undergraduate students. Option for Student Success Series credit.

To see the list of 2016 attendees, visit their website here.
For additional information, contact Ann Rottersman at rottersman.1@osu.edu.


Study Abroad: Brisbane


thumb_aus_students_scuba_diving_at_great_barrier_reef_3_Looking to gain research experience over the summer?

Check out this six-week summer research program in the beautiful Brisbane, Australia!

A variety of chemistry research projects are being offered through Arcadia University during the summer of 2017, such as: solutions for diseases, blood clotting agents, venom peptides, and many more!

A 3.0 GPA is required for consideration to the program, and there is no language requirement in order to be involved! Work individually with your OSU advisor to ensure your study abroad credit will be transferred smoothly.

Check out Arcadia University’s website to discover the research opportunity you would be most interested in. Keep checking back into the Arcadia website to find out more about applications, deadlines, fees, and scholarship opportunities!

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!

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.

Networking For Scientists

Do you want to get your toe in the door of science careers, or an internship there, but don’t know where to start? Do career fairs or internship fairs intimidate you? Is networking a challenge?

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) created this video to help with those things!  The following video contains networking tips, etiquette for networking, and different techniques for gaining traction at career fairs and meet ups.

TEDx Features CBC Faculty

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TEDx is hosting a free Chemistry-themed satellite event this Friday, October 7th! The talks will cover a variety of topics and will feature Dr. David Nagib, Dr. Noel Paul,  and Dr. Prabir Dutta from CBC. TEDx hopes the event “opens the eyes of [their] audience to the nuances and delicacies of such an intricate field.”

When? Friday, October 7th, 6 – 8 PM
Where? The Round Meeting Room at the Ohio Union
Tickets? Seats are free and available to the first 100 people.

More information can be found on the Facebook event page.