Walk-In Advising Hours

Did you know that the CBC Advisors designate times each weekday for walk-in appointments? Walk-in appointments allow you to get quick questions answered. Regularly checking in with an advisor helps ensure you are on the right track to achieve your academic and personal goals and are getting the most out of your CBC degree.  Check in at the front desk of 110 Celeste Lab to see an advisor during the following times during the 2018-2019 Academic Year:

  • Mondays 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 PM

*The walk-in hours schedule is subject to change, and additional walk-in hours may be added to accommodate Friday deadlines.  The Undergraduate Studies Office may be closed on national holidays, so walk-ins would be cancelled and no advising appointments would be available. 

If the hours above are not convenient for your quick questions, you are welcome to schedule an appointment. Note: Walk-in hours are not appropriate for complex questions, graduate applications, etc. To make an appointment or inquire about the walk-in hours of a specific advisor, call us at (614) 292-6009.

CBC Undergraduate Scholarships – Apply Now!

Through generous donor support, department scholarships are awarded to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry each year.

The CBC Scholarships are a family of scholarships that each support students with a variety of goals, interests, and backgrounds. For example, the ACS-Hach scholarship supports students whose future goals include K-12 education, and the Wilber Waight Canaga Memorial Fund is awarded to students interested in Biochemistry.  View the full list of scholarships and their donors here. Applicants are considered for all of the CBC Scholarships through one simple application. The 2017-2018 Scholarship Application is open until 5:00 PM on Monday, February 6th 2017.

Review the eligibility requirements and apply today!


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

Did you take photos of your pumpkin this year? We’d love to see them and feature them here on the blog! Submit them below.

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2016 CBC Pumpkin Carving Contest

It’s back! Wednesday, October 26th 5:30 – 7:30 PM  in Celeste Lab

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Enjoy snacks, claim your pumpkin, and plan your design until carving begins at 6:00. Then, it’s all hands on deck to put together a prize-worthy pumpkin entry for the judges by 7:00! Prizes will be awarded after judge deliberation at 7:30. Take your pumpkin home or leave it on display in the Undergraduate Studies Office!

 The deadline to register for this event has passed. We’ll see you next year!

Organic Chemistry in the News!

Though usually covered in other disciplines, some lucky organic chemistry students learned what it was like to go viral.


Dr. Chris Callam, this year’s recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, issued a challenge to the class last week: if one student could make a shot from the upper balcony of McPherson 1000 to the trashcan below, the whole class will receive full credit for their quiz. The class grew silent as they watched the ball arc well over their heads before landing squarely in the target. The video that captured this epic throw was picked up by multiple news outlets, becoming an instant internet sensation! Watch Dr. Callam and the student in an interview about the occasion below.

Dr. Callam had been using this fun challenge as an illustration of acid-base chemistry for over a decade. Surprisingly, a student in the class made the shot last year as well…but with no video evidence, Vinnie remains the sole O. Chem student this year to earn the title of “internet famous”. Congrats!

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.

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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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Chemistry and Biochemistry Club Research Forum

All are welcome to attend the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club Research Forum

Tuesday, March 8th 6:00 – 8:00 PM in CBEC

A.J Zanyk Photography 2015

A.J Zanyk Photography 2015

Join the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club for an evening of exciting research! Refreshments and a casual poster session will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the lobby of CBEC (151 W Woodruff Ave). Awards for winning graduate and undergraduate posters will be presented by the Columbus Chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Undergraduate and Graduate researchers interested in presenting ongoing or completed research projects should email submissions to capone.9@osu.edu by Monday, March 7th to participate.

2015 Pumpkin Contest: A spooky success!

Undergraduate majors had a blast last Friday at the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Here are some highlights:


The contest took place on Mole Day (10/23), a detail this team used to their advantage

Pop Culture


Participants anxiously await the judges’ decision


Best Overall

The team went full out, costumes and all! Their efforts earned them the coveted Best Overall title.

School Spirit

We hope you’ll join us next year!




Pumpkin Carving Contest

Friday, October 23rd 5:30 – 7:30 PM in Celeste Lab

It’s back! Join your fellow Chemistry and Biochemistry majors in some friendly competition for the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.

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Sign up your team (1-4 people) by October 19th to reserve your pumpkin.

Summer Internship – Student Analyst at CAS

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is a division of the American Chemical Society, located near the Ohio State Campus. Opportunities for student employment or internships are often availalbe, including the job description below. You can apply online or contact Human Resources (sriley@cas.org) directly.

INTERNSHIP-Student Analyst             Tracking Code 206119-094

Job Description — We have internships available providing database-building support for chemical literature indexing. This position requires using a computer to enter scientific data. Comprehensive training is provided and hours are flexible.    Applicants must possess the following:

  • A degree in or working toward a degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related science.
  • Must have successfully completed at least one class of organic chemistry coursework
  • Be familiar with scientific terminology
  • Must be able to work part time for at least 12-18 months or have at least a Sophomore standing in Biochemistry, Chemistry or a Chemical Engineering-related degree program with 12-18 months remaining until graduation
  • Must have good organizational, reading comprehension, problem-solving, self-management, and communication skills.

Candidates for positions with Chemical Abstracts must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran