Spotlight on the Movies

With the Academy Awards in three days, take a second to find out the chemistry that goes on at the movies…

Covance’s Spring 2017 Informational Session

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All Junior and Senior science majors should be aware of the information session and on-campus interviews hosted by Covance here at the Ohio State University, March 1-2. Take advantage of the opportunity to speak with Covance employees who were once Ohio State students themselves, and discover what it’s like to work at one of the world’s leading drug development organizations. They have full-time positions, and paid summer internships available for chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, biology majors.

Wednesday, March 1st

Informational Session  1:00pm – 2:30pm
Arts and Sciences Career Services Office Denney Hall – Rm 245

On-Campus Interviews 2:30pm – 4:30pm
(30 minute interview slots

Thursday, March 2nd

On-Campus Interviews 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
(30 minute interview slots)
Arts and Sciences Career Services Office, Denney Hall – Rm 100

The date is soon approaching, so sign up now! Visit FutureLink to reserve a 30 minute interview slot and confirm your interest in the presentation. Apply to Job Code 25317752 and/or Job Code 25317778

Discover more career opportunities online.

Undergrad Spotlight: Elizabeth Auckley

Lover of Chemistry and History of Art, a swimmer, mentor, and volunteer – third year student, Elizabeth Auckley, hopes to one day become a physician and continue research as part of her career. She finds extreme interest in internal medicine, and potentially the value of arts in medical environments– best of luck, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth isn’t satisfied with just her schoolwork to keep her busy, she is also on the Varsity Swim Team, an Honors Arts and Sciences Peer Mentor, an Undergraduate Research Office Peer Research Contact, as well as Honors Collegium (Pre-Health group leader). But that’s not all! Throughout her busy schedule, she finds the time to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Columbus, as well as volunteer for art therapy and leader of science therapy with Kya’s Krusade. It’s safe to say that she somehow finds the time to do it all.
Why Chemistry you may ask? Her love and desire for chemistry stems from the fact that it is so foundational, and gets to the bottom of the question why? She stated that Ohio State provides her with such amazing resources as well as just about any research opportunity that you could imagine. She is currently involved in Undergraduate Research with Dr. Cowan, studying iron-sulfur cluster proteins.

When asked what she believes every Ohio State student should do at some point, she responded, “Sing Carmen Ohio in the Shoe. Even if you are not a football fan – it always gives me goosebumps!” We can all agree with her there!

We asked Elizabeth if she had a time machine and could travel anywhere she wanted, where would she go. She stated that although in many ways it was a difficult time, she would love to visit and live through the middle of the twentieth century. She recently became interested in modern art and the fast paced, complex, and global aspects of the intellectual and artistic conversations happening throughout that time.

Keep up the hard work and enthusiasm Elizabeth, you’re an inspiration to us all!

The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair – 2/21/17

When: February 21, 2017   10 am-3 pm
Location: The Ohio Union – Ballroom and Performance Hall

2014 Clipartpanda Com About TermsThe Spring Career Fair is open to current students and recent graduates who would like to network with employers and learn about internship or career opportunities offered by the 185 organizations in attendance. Whether your professional interests lie in the health sciences, government, Fortune 500 companies, or non-profit organizations, there is something for everyone! From ASC Career Services: “STEM students, particularly those interested in health and medical related careers, will be able to network with over a dozen research hospitals, laboratory research companies, and medical service providers. Other scientific organizations such as Los Alamos National Labs, and Hill Air Force Base offer substantive career opportunities in research.”

Experts recommend preparing yourself to get the most out of this event. You can research the roster of attendees either through the event website or the OSUCareerFair+ smartphone app, or review the ASC career fair tip sheet!

Work in the CBC Demo Lab

If you’re looking for an on-campus position that involves the occasional explosion, look no further than our own demo lab.  The Chemistry Demonstration Lab prepares, sets up and delivers models and chemical demonstrations for general chemistry and organic classes.  They also perform chemistry outreach, which involves taking demo presentations to schools, libraries, and other events.

The demo lab currently has openings for Fall Semester, and will be accepting applications online through Monday, March 6th. A cover letter and/or resume are not required, but can be sent to Angie Miller if desired.  The position is only open to currently enrolled Ohio State undergraduate students at the Columbus Campus who are eligible to work in the US.  You must have had Chem 1210 or the equivalent, although a full year of general chemistry and some knowledge of organic is preferred.

Nestle Chemistry Internship

Image result for nestleThe Nestlé Quality Assurance Center in Dublin, OH is seeking a Chemistry Intern for a three month, paid summer internship in the Chemistry Laboratory. The intern will be responsible for conducting testing for juice authenticity and nutritional labeling. These responsibilities include sample preparations, extractions, clean ups, proper work documentation, general laboratory support, and other duties as assigned.

Nestlé Quality Assurance Center (NQAC) is responsible for ensuring that all Nestlé products are safe and that the highest product safety is delivered to Nestlé’s customers. NQAC’s world class microbiological and food chemistry laboratories provide comprehensive testing services to all Nestlé factories, suppliers, and co-manufacturers in North America in order to ensure this quality assurance and product safety mission is continuously reached.

Nestlé employees and their commitment to this mission are the company’s most valuable assets. Nestlé provides targeted development opportunities that allow all employees to grow within their current role as well as within the larger Nestlé market. In addition, Nestlé offers exceptional rewards, health, and retirement benefits to the lives of their employees and their families..

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 2 years of academic coursework completed (Junior or Senior Level) towards a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Food Science, or a related field.
  • 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

More information can be found on the Nestlé official website, and their application is currently available.

The Chemistry of Chocolate

Here’s a fun article about the Chemistry of Chocolate from Chemical and Engineering News.

The author discusses different forms of consuming chocolate throughout the world, from modern day Switzerland to the Aztec civilization.

Ever wondered the nutrition of chocolate? This article has it

They also discuss the science of craving this absurdly delicious food.

Read it for fun! Take a study break!


University of Pittsburgh

Application Deadline: February 23, 2017

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh is opening a 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (SURF Pitt 2017).  Summer research opportunities are available for up to five female or minority undergraduate students majoring in chemistry who are expected to graduate in 2018. 

Students selected for the program will receive a stipend of $360 per week for 10 weeks of summer research starting on May 30th.  Students will also be provided free housing at Pennsylvania Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Applicants are required to send their cover letter, official or unofficial transcript, and a prioritized list of four Chemistry Department research groups in which they are interested.  Two letters of recommendation must be sent directly to Debbie Hunt (

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

Indianapolis Teaching Fellows

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February 21, 2017

Historically, high-need students in Indianapolis have not had equal access to an education that adequately prepares them for college and career. Indianapolis Teaching Fellows trains recent college graduates to become exceptional, certified teachers. The fast-paced six-week summer training program focuses on the essential skills that teachers need most to start strong. Fellows will repeatedly practice foundational classroom management and instructional techniques, receive direct feedback from skilled coaches, and must pass a series of evaluations in order to be eligible to start teaching in the fall.
Needed qualities include accomplished professionals and recent graduates who are not yet licensed as educators, but who
possess the skills to teach high-need subjects.
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Nicaragua Mobile Clinic

Application Deadline: February 13th

“MEDLIFE is a non-profit international student organization committed to helping underprivileged communities achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty by providing medicine, education, and development to low-income families everywhere. This spring break they are organizing a mobile clinic to Managua, Nicaragua from March 11th – 19th for interested Ohio State student within any major. During this trip, students will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of an incredible Spanish speaking country, work with local health care professionals to provide health care to remote communities surrounding the city, help combat public health issues such as STDs and parasites, as well as complete a development project to improve the lives of the communities the clinic will be working in. This is a great opportunity for pre-health students of all kinds that would like to learn about health care in a developing country.

All MEDLIFE staff and patients speak primarily if not entirely in Spanish, so this is a great way to improve language skills as well as exploring the local culture. If you have any questions about the trip or are looking to apply, please feel free to contact their brigade coordinator Sydney Sillart, at