2019 Pumpkin Carving Contest Results

The 7th Annual CBC Pumpkin Carving Contest was last night and the participants made some scary good creations! The entries ranged from ghosts to French Revolution era chemists to professors from our very own department.


Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Best Overall: Tom Fanning, Blake Hartline, Meet Patel, and Sanjana Vivekanandan
  • Best in “STEM” category: Jenna Fryer and Cathryn Schoeppner
  • Best in “Spooky” category: Siqi Wang, Bobby Zhang, and Hongxuan Zhao
  • Best in “OSU” category: Sankara Jeyabalan, Dorothy Nie, and Sachi Walmiki
  • Best in “Wildcard” category: Matt Allen, Julie Meyer, Stephanie Secic, and Brittany Shook

Thank you all who participated. We hope you will join us next year!

DAAD Rise Germany Internships

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has a highly competitive RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) program in which undergraduates in STEM fields from the U.S., the U.K., and Canada have the opportunity to work with research groups at universities in Germany. Interns will be matched with a doctoral student mentor in their laboratories and will receive a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses.

You can explore their internship database to learn more about the positions this program offers. Apply online through their application portal. Applications are open from November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019.

Additionally, Ohio State will be running information sessions about the DAAD Rise program at the Kuhn Honors and Scholars Center on campus. More information about the information sessions can be found here or on OSU’s fellowship website.

Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, October 31, 4 – 5 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center
  • Friday, November 1, Noon – 1 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center

Application deadline: December 15, 2019.

RSVP: Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Round up a group of your friends (teams of 1 to 4 people), and come carve pumpkins (and eat pizza) with us!

Winners of each category will receive prizes. Best overall will be immortalized on the plaque in 110 Celeste.

Where: Celeste Lobby
When: Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm
Judging will take place at 7:00pm
Categories: STEM, Spooky, OSU, and Wilcard

The window to RSVP has passed! Please check back for photos of the winning pumpkins.

2019 OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair

Wednesday, November 6th, 4:30-6 p.m.
Performance Hall, 1st Floor of the Ohio Union

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Council will host their 10th annual OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, November 6th. Attendees can speak with admissions representatives from 20+ graduate and professional programs offered at Ohio State, as well as the pre-law and pre-health academic advisors.

Any and all Ohio State students are invited to attend, where they can learn:

  • Why apply to Ohio State for graduate or professional school?
  • What’s involved in applying?
  • What undergraduate courses and programs can help you prepare?

No RSVP is necessary and free refreshments will be provided. To read more about this event and see a full list of the representatives attending, you can visit the website here.

This event is an option for Student Success Series credit.

REU: Nanoscale Assembly of Molecules and Materials

The colors of butterfly wings, the strength of an abalone shell, and the adhesive properties of gecko feet arise from the arrangement of smaller building blocks which comprise these structures. REU students at Indiana University Bloomington will engage in in-depth study of materials chemistry and, in particular, how materials assemble from smaller entities (atoms and molecules) into larger structures and the function of assembled forms. The projects for REU students include both synthesis and characterization of materials and their building blocks, with opportunities for students with interests in all areas of chemistry.

Students in the program will engage in a 10-week summer research experience beginning in May 2020. They will participate in weekly career development discussions and visit local companies such as Eli Lilly and CRANE Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Participants will receive a $500 per week stipend, a travel allowance up to $500, on-campus housing, and a meal allowance.

More information is available on their website and flyer.

Applications will open in November and are due January 31, 2020.


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.

Research with USDA

A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, Pest Management and Biological Control Research Unit located in Maricopa, Arizona.

The mission of this research unit is to develop unique and improved biological, behavioral, cultural and genetic based methods to reduce losses by insects and mites affecting crops in arid land production areas of the U.S. The goals are economically, socially, and environmentally acceptable pest population suppression technologies based on the use of behavioral chemicals, genetics, cultural practices, biological control, sampling and decision aids, modeling and population dynamics of pests and their natural enemies.

The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or Entomology.

The deadline to apply is November 29, 2019.


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.

Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program

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Interested in becoming a math or science teacher after graduation? Apply for Ohio University’s Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program!

As part of this program, you will:

  • earn a tuition-free one year Master’s degree and teaching certification
  • receive a 14,000 dollar stipend during program year
  • join Ohio University’s network of STEM teaching fellows
  • work with faculty and experienced mentors
  • participate in STEM-related community service
  • teach in a high-needs school for 4 years after completing your master’s degree and teaching certification
  • receive a 11,000 dollar salary supplement during first four years teaching

Applications for 2020 will be accepted from December 1, 2019 until March 30, 2020. Apply and find more information here.

If you have further questions, please contact rallyforstem@ohio.edu.

Apply to be a Chemistry TA

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Apply to be a General Chemistry TA in Spring 2020!

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hires over 50 outstanding undergraduates per semester to teach our General Chemistry course. 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!

Qualifications:

  • Completed General Chemistry Sequence (1210/1220; 1610/1620 or 1910H/1920H) with an A or A- (preferred)
  • Accumulative GPA > 3.6
  • Taking Classes during Spring 2020
  •  No other paid student appointment during Autumn 2019 (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 Sunday, January 6th.  Conflicts with training should be stated on your application and be described in detail, if possible.

Apply online now! After the submission of your application, the department will reach out to you  to ask you to submit a schedule.  Submitting a schedule does not guarantee a position.  All applications, including schedules are due by November 10th, 2019, and hiring decisions will be made in early December.  Please contact the Lab Supervisors (chemlabsupervisor@osu.edu) if you have questions about the application process.

College of Medicine Q&A Sessions

Join the OSU College of Medicine Associate Dean of Admissions and the Director of Admissions for group Q&A sessions regarding Medical School Admissions. Get answers to your questions about the application process, the new MCAT, the personal statement, the AAMC’s holistic review of applicants, and much more.

Starting October 30, 2019, the Q&A Sessions will happen every 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 1st Tuesday of the month sessions are from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month sessions are from 8:00am to 9:00am. Sessions are in Meiling Hall.

For more information, view their flyer, email medicine@osu.edu, or call (614) 292-7137.

To register, sign up here.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5430 – Carbohydrate Chemistry

Offered in Spring 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:35am – 10:55am
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Callam
Prereqs: CHEM 2520 or 2620 or 2920

The main objective of CHEM 5430 is for students to gain a better understanding of glycol-science. Students will develop a working knowledge of the synthesis, conformation, and biological importance of carbohydrates and oligosaccharides, including nomenclature, protecting groups, glycoside synthesis, biosynthesis and biology, and NMR methods.

This course is designed to help develop scientific problem solving skills and application of organic and biochemistry to new situations.

Click here to learn more.