Course Spotlight: CHEM 5240 – Intro to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2020.
MWF 1:50 – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

Chem & Biochem Club Event

On Thursday, November 21, the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club will be meeting for a presentation by Marathon and a holiday party. The meeting will be in CBEC 330 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Marathon is seeking to hire interns for Summer 2020.

After the presentation, attendees will celebrate the holidays by making “chemistree” ornaments.

Questions about the meeting or the club can be emailed to bashian.5@osu.edu.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5520 – Nanochemistry

Offered in Spring 2020.
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:35am – 10:55am
Dr. Josh Goldberger

Nanoscale materials are materials with nm size dimensions, with properties that exist in the border between molecules and solids. Due to the unique properties that emerge in this regime, these materials have already impacted numerous industries including electronics, energy generation and storage, and medicine. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to nanoscale materials, their synthesis, their unique properties, and applications.

Prerequisites: Students should have completed General Chemistry II (Chem 1220, 1620, 1920H) and will need instructor permission.

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!

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.

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.

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.

NSF GRFP


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Investigate further and apply on the program’s website.


The deadline for those intending to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in chemistry is October 25, 2019.