ACS Scholars Program

The ACS Scholars Program is more than just a scholarship, it’s a network of passionate chemical professionals who want to help and support future chemists during a crucial time in their lives.

The program is a community that dedicates itself to representing minority students from high school seniors to undergraduate students who want to study chemical sciences. Scholars are chosen based on career objective, academic standing, leadership skills, financial need and involvement in school or community activities.

Of the previous scholars in the ACS Scholars Program:

  • Over 300 have completed a Ph.D. program
  • More than 50% of alumni chose to purse higher degrees
  • 90% earned baccalaureate degrees with 80% in the chemical sciences

Apply and learn more information here. Applications close March 1.

Education Abroad Scholarships

Winter break is a great time to talk to your friends and family about a summer study abroad. The College of Arts and Sciences offers need-based scholarships for undergraduate students looking to study abroad!

To qualify for these scholarships:

  • have a declared major in the arts and sciences
  • plan to enroll in an Ohio State -approved education abroad program
  • be enrolled at the Columbus campus
  • have a current year FAFSA on file

You do not need to be admitted to a study abroad program before you may begin applying for the scholarships.

For the programs taking place in SU 2020, AU 2020, or the full 2020-2021 academic year:

The scholarship application deadline is January 13 at 4 p.m.

Visit the Ohio State Office of International Affairs (OIA) website for a full listing of programs, scholarships, and deadlines for their study abroad opportunities. Many program deadlines begin in early January!

Fellowships for STEM Students from the East Asian Studies Center

Image result for osu east asian studiesOhio State’s East Asian Studies Center is currently seeking applicants for fellowships for Summer 2020 and the Academic year from Autumn 2020 to Spring 2021. These fellowships are available for full-time undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field with junior or senior standing. Applicants also must have completed two years of college-level East Asian language study and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Summer fellowships offer a 2,500 dollar stipend and up to 5,000 dollars in tuition and fee support. Academic year fellowships offer a 5,000 dollar stipend and up to 10,000 dollars in tuition and fee support. See flyer here. More detailed information is also available here.

Find out more by attending an information session at 100 Enarson Classroom Building at one of the following dates and times:
• Friday, November 15, 2019 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
• Monday, November 18, 2019 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
• Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
• Monday, November 25, 2019 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
• Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm
• Friday, December 6, 2019 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Applications are due Monday, February 3, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Scholarship and International Research Grant

Applications are now open for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and the International Research Grant. These scholarships will award funds of 500-6,000 dollars. The awards are to be used to meet tuition costs, but remaining balances will be issued to the recipients. You do not need to be a member of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program to apply for these scholarships. However, special consideration will be given to applicants who have research distinction or honors research distinction.

Applications are due September 16, so apply now! You can find the applications here.

Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Science Scholarship

The Kościuszko Foundation grants a $5,000 scholarship each year for undergraduate students of Polish descent. The scholarship is under Drs. James and Wanda Trefil, both dedicated educators who are passionate in helping outstanding students achieve their academic goals.

Requirements of the “Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Science Scholarship” include:

  • Undergraduate student of Polish descent, US citizen or permanent resident
  • Outstanding promise in the natural sciences
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA

Check out their website to view further requirements and the application.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Student Grant Competition

The Public Narrative Collaborative Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme is offering small grants up to $500 for work dealing with public narrative for undergraduate and graduate students graduating in spring and summer of 2019. 
 
The Public Narrative Collaborative supports broad definitions of public and of narrative. Its work is grounded in the cultural pervasiveness and widely-acknowledged power of stories and storytelling. Once thought to reside safely in the domains of literature, history, and folklore, narrative is now recognized as significant in just about every sphere of human activity: in politics, medicine, religion, education, law, business, sports, the art world, and on and on.  In addition, narratives appear in a range of media: print, radio, film, television, comics, theater, the digital, painting, sculpture, and curated art exhibitions.  Furthermore, narratives have countless purposes, some of which frequently overlap: reporting, explaining, interpreting, evaluating, entertaining, socializing, persuading, and more.  Narrative, in short, is a way of knowing and of doing.
 
PNC would like to make clear that “telling” in this context is not limited to verbal or written language, in fact proposals working in media including but not limited to visual art, sound, performance, moving image will be welcomed.  
 
Submit the following as a single pdf document by December 1st, 2018, by sending the following to ASC-pnc@osu.edu:
  • A brief general description (250 words maximum) of your project.
  • A brief description of how the interests of PNC align with the form, theme, or subject of your project.
  • Amount requested up to $500.
  • General budget (how the money will be spent).
  • CV or short narrative bio of academic and professional accomplishments. 
  • Anticipated graduation date and degree. Applicant must be anticipating graduating in Spring or Summer 2019. 
 
Please be sure to include your last name in the file name (example: yourlastname_pncsmallgrant)

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, September 17th 

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship and the International Research Grant for Undergraduates in the Arts and Sciences are scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000. The Honors Committee does not require that applicants be members of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program; however, the committee generally gives preference to students who are candidates for graduation with research distinction or with honors research distinction, because they have demonstrated the sort of academic ability and commitment which indicates the likelihood of success in completing a major research project. Selections will be made in November. The application can be found online, and if you have further questions, contact the Arts and Sciences Honors Office at (614) 292-5104.

Rodriguez Selected as ACS Scholar

Congratulations to undergraduate Emily Rodriguez on receiving the American Chemical Society Scholar Award! The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and who are also intending to pursue careers in the field of Chemistry. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 per academic year.

“Chemistry has always been a door for me; it has opened the way to many opportunities and adventures. Being selected as an ACS Scholar has not only validated all of the hours put into my study of chemistry, but it will also allow me to pursue endeavors in which I can not only enrich my knowledge of chemistry, but also spread my love of chemistry to others. The American Chemical Society has always been a resource for me to use educationally, and I look forward to the many other opportunities now available to me as a scholar of this organization.” -Emily Rodriguez

Fulbright Week

The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core competition is now open.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals and many others. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to visit the Catalog of Awards to learn about opportunities in the field of Chemistry along with other fields.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018.  U.S. citizenship is required. Grant lengths vary in duration; applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description. Flexible options may also be available.

In addition, please note that Ohio State will hold its 9th Annual Fulbright Week during March 26-30, 2018. This initiative is co-organized by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.  As in the past, these three units have combined efforts to provide a full week of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential Ohio State faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate in a myriad of Fulbright Week activities.

Fullbright Week is for both graduate and undergraduate students. For more information on its targeted events, see this undergraduate flyer or this graduate flyer.

Student Spotlight: Evan Lach

CBC Undergraduate Senior, Evan Lach of Chardon, Ohio, was recently published in an article in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Journal – Evan’s humble reaction states, “It’s an honor to be published for undergraduate work, and it’s a gratifying feeling that our article was recognized specially by the journal. I have to thank Bethany Wellen (graduate advisor) and Dr. Heather Allen for their major contributions to that project and their continual advising.” Lach, a Chemistry major, has researched fundamental molecular interactions at the water surface in an atmospheric context with Dr. Allen since 2014 – but that’s not all! Evan’s hard work has paid off as he received the 2017 Junior Chemistry Achievement Award from the American Chemical Society Columbus Chapter! See more about Evan below…

Favorite college class ever:  Cannot pick a favorite – I’ve enjoyed at least a few. Everyone should take BusFin 1200 before graduation though, personal finance is very important and often overlooked.

Favorite Professor and Why: Tough question since the majority of faculty have been wonderful, but I’ll have to choose Dr. Noel Paul. Very challenging class (organic II), but he is a great instructor and person, and I learned bunches.

On-campus club involvement: I attend some Chemistry/Biochemistry club events. Their guest-speaker events are great for exploring interests within the chemical field.

Extra-curricular activities (volunteering, athletics, organization involvement. Etc.): I teach organic chemistry lab, train at the gym 3x a week, and volunteer at Cleveland Food Bank satellite locations over breaks from school.

Career goals: I’m applying to jobs currently and hoping to start as a chemist. Within a few years with a company, I want to phase out lab work and move towards lab management, compliance, or technical service.

Something unique about you: I produce a lot of music as one of my hobbies. I started in music by playing guitar, but now I mostly work on electronic music (follow me on Soundcloud “Evan Lach”)

Favorite place on/near campus:  Kingmakers in the Short North. Bring friends – for $5 you can play any board/card games from their extensive library while you’re there.

Why should an incoming graduate consider a major in the Chemistry or Biochemistry? This department provides so much in addition to strong academic training. From a robust network of professors to employment opportunities that develop marketable skills and many departmental scholarships, there’s no doubting the value of a Chemistry/Biochemistry degree.

Have you ever studied abroad or plan to? No but I went on a service trip to Ecuador my freshman winter break.

Dog or Cat person: Dogs but hypoallergenic pleas

Have any chemistry jokes or puns? I’m more of a chemistry meme connoisseur

If you could pick one superpower, what would it be and why? To see the future given a choice made today.