UK Fellowships Information Sessions

 

Are you OSU’s next Rhodes Scholar?

These highly prestigious national fellowships fund two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.  Eligible students are current juniors, graduating seniors, or recent graduates with exceptional academic records, extensive leadership experience, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Information sessions are:

  • Monday 1/29 from 12:00-1:00pm in Kuhn Honors and Scholars Center 201
  • Thursday 2/1 from 3:00-4:00pm in Kuhn Honors and Scholars Center 102
  • Tuesday 2/6 from 5:00-6:00pm in Kuhn Honors and Scholars Center 102

The faculty selection committee will nominate the most competitive applicants to represent the university on the national level.  Please contact the Undergraduate Fellowship Office at fellowships@osu.edu with any questions.

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Application due: Monday, February 5th

The ACS Honors Program is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) competition.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a major program in the college of Arts and Sciences
  • Have attained junior standing by time of funding
  • Not be graduating Spring 2018 semester
  • Be enrolled full-time during semesters of funding
  • Have an Ohio State faculty advisor with whom they work to devise and refine a proposal, and who will be responsible for overseeing the project once it is underway.

The scholarships, which typically range from $500 to approximately $12,000, will be distributed during Summer, Autumn, and/or Spring semesters of 2018-2019.  The funds automatically go toward the payment of the student recipient’s university tuition and fees.

More information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the program’s webpage. Applications for the Spring 2018 competition are due Monday, February 5th, 2018 (before 5pm).

CBC Undergraduate Scholarships – Apply Now!

The online application form for Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open! The application, along with eligibility information and a list of requirements can be found on the Application webpage.

A list of the available scholarships can be found on the CBC Scholarship webpage. The CBC Scholarships support students with a variety of goals, interests, and backgrounds.

All applicants must include the information of a faculty member who has agreed to provide a recommendation; please be sure to get permission and agreement from the faculty member before listing them as your recommender.

Applications are due Monday, February 5th, 2018, by 5:00pm.

Dr. Alexander Sokolov, one of CBC’s newest faculty members

Welcome one of our newest faculty members, Dr. Alexander Sokolov, to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry! He joins our department after receiving his Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and Postdoctoral work at both Princeton University and Cal Tech. His research aims to develop new theoretical methods for the simulations of light-induced and non-equilibrium processes in chemical systems with complex electronic structure.

Let’s get to know Dr. Sokolov a little better…

Q: What attracted you to Ohio State/Columbus?

There are many great things about OSU. Scientifically, I was well aware of the Ohio State position as the world-class research institution in both chemistry and physics. One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think about research at OSU is the work by Kenneth Wilson who won the Nobel prize in physics for his development of the renormalization group methods. Although these methods originated in physics, they are now increasingly used to solve some of the most complicated problems in quantum chemistry. In the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, research groups are working in almost every subfield of experimental and theoretical chemistry one could only imagine. There is a long history of quantum chemistry in the department that dates back to the early work by Isaiah Shavitt and Russell Pitzer who were among the pioneers in the field. I was also very impressed by the resources available at the university and how beautiful the Ohio State campus is. But probably one of the most pleasant experiences is meeting people at OSU. Everyone is very nice and looks very happy 🙂

Q: Explain your research and what it means to you:

My research is in the field of quantum chemistry, a branch of theoretical chemistry that uses quantum mechanics to study molecules and materials. Quantum mechanics can be used to simulate chemistry: predict the structure and properties of molecules, study the mechanisms of chemical reactions or how molecules react with light. This requires finding accurate approximations to the fundamental quantum mechanical equations that describe how molecules behave in real matter and developing efficient algorithms to solve these equations on the computer. In my research, I am interested in problems that involve complex chemistry, such as understanding how bioactive metal complexes transform when irradiated with light, how photocatalysts initiate chemical reactions under very mild reaction conditions, or how electrons “flow” through a molecule when an electric field is applied. These problems are very challenging for the existing quantum chemical methods and require significant advances in theory. Being able to solve some of these challenges is very exciting and is the constant source of motivation for me every day.

Q: What are your goals here at Ohio State?

One of my main goals at OSU is to become a valuable addition to the department as a researcher, a teacher, a mentor, and a colleague. In my research, my goal is to develop new theoretical tools that significantly expand the range of problems we can solve with quantum mechanical simulations. Some of these new problems I have already mentioned: from understanding the photochemistry of molecules with complex electronic properties to investigating the processes in chemical systems driven out of equilibrium. As a mentor, I would like to create a research environment for my students that will allow them to grow both professionally and personally, so they can be well prepared for their future careers.

Q: What led you to love chemistry?

When I was a child, I was struck by the realization that everything around us consists of just a handful of building blocks that we call atoms. All of the complexity and all of the beauty of the world that surrounds us and is inside of us is just a combination of a few dozen of elements bound together with even a smaller number of elementary particles. This realization that the world has a structure and this structure can be understood and manipulated led to my fascination of chemistry.

Q: Favorite class to teach:

Of course, I enjoy to teach classes on quantum chemistry and molecular electronic structure, a subject that is very close to my heart, but the other subjects that I would love to teach are: group theory, molecular spectroscopy, inorganic and coordination chemistry, photochemistry.

Q: Who do you most admire and why?

People that make an impact on lives of other people through their ideas, hard work, and dedication. There are many examples, I wouldn’t call specific names. From founders of big companies that transform the way we live, scientists with a big picture in mind that drive entire scientific fields forward to people who fearlessly work on issues in our society, demand changes and propose solutions.

Q: Piece of advice for our students:

First, never give up. There are times when things move along and there are times when everything stops. Think about the big picture and don’t be afraid to make steps in the unknown territory. Second, explore all opportunities. Before making an important decision in your life, look around. It may well be that the opportunity you are looking for is just around the corner.

Q: If you weren’t a scientist what would you be and why?

This is a tough question, because I can hardly imagine my life without science. But, looking back at my childhood, there was a time when I was interested in biology and wanted to become a doctor. That interest eventually led me to chemistry.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two beautiful children and I learn a great deal from interacting with them every day. I also enjoy spending time outdoors (particularly, running and hiking) and look forward to exploring Columbus and the nearby areas.

Q: Random fact about yourself:

The name of my hometown (Snezhinsk) can be translated from Russian as “Snow city”. As the name suggests, it does get lots of snow during the winter 🙂 Also, my last name is the derivative of the Russian word “sokol”, which translates in English as falcon.

Goldwater Scholarship Info Session

The Goldwater Scholarship awards 275 scholarships to sophomores and juniors demonstrating potential for success in a research career in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.  Competitive students should have a high GPA (3.8+), research experience, and intend to pursue a PhD and research career. The scholarship awards $7,500 towards undergraduate expenses, and  OSU will nominate four applicants for this award.

An information session on the Goldwater Scholarship will be held on October 11th from 4:30-5:30 in Kuhn Honors and Scholars House.

For more information, refer to this flyer Goldwater Info Sheet AU17-1oht6pp

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!

 

Summer Research Experience: Stone Lab

The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory is accepting applicants for the Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.

Application Due: February 6th, 2017osu-stone-lab

If you are interested in hands-on experience, enjoy working with nature, or are looking for new summer courses, apply for the REU Scholarship Program at Stone Lab! The program includes completing a research project with a faculty mentor and a five-week class. Students selected receive in-state tuition, lab fee, room, and meals. Students from any major are welcome to apply, and the 25% tuition discount makes the classes an affordable way to earn credits.

Interested and would like to learn more? Visit the Stone Lab REU page.

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

OSU Summer Research Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 17th, 2017Image result for ohio state university

The OSU Summer Research Fellowship provides funding for students working full time on an honors thesis during the summer of 2017. The purpose of this award is to provide highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project with a OSU faculty member. $3,000 will be disbursed at the start of the Summer Semester, and $500 will be awarded upon submission of a progress report at the end of the summer term. 13 URO Fellowships will be awarded plus additional awards earmarked for Psychology or Economics students working with a respective faculty member.

Applications require a completed application packet, personal statement, research proposal, and two recommendations,
including one from your project advisor. Fellowship recipients are required to present their findings (or progress so far) at the 2017 Fall Undergraduate Research Day and are encouraged to apply to present at the 2018 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

More details for due dates, award summaries, and specific fellowships can be found at their website.

Class Honoraries

Honor societies offer recognition of achievement, and in many cases, an opportunity for involvement at the university.

 

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From the AOSCH:

The Association of Ohio State Class Honoraries is the self-governing body of the class honorary community at The Ohio State University.  Its purpose is to represent the mutual interests of Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma (ALD/PES), Mirrors, Romophos, Bucket & Dipper, Chimes, Mortar Board, and Sphinx; to actively pursue the betterment of the class honorary system at Ohio State; to act as an ambassador between class honoraries, the community, and the administration of The Ohio State University; and to ensure the perpetuity and character of the member-honoraries.

Class Honoraries: The Association of OSU Class Honoraries sponsors two honoraries in each grade. Honoraries are a great opportunity to meet new people and become involved in academics, leadership, and service on campus. A list of the honoraries and links to their websites are found below:

 Applications for the honoraries are due in the last week of January.

ASC Honors Program Offering Competitive Undergraduate Scholarships

The Ohio State ASC Honors Program would like to remind students of its undergraduate scholarship competitions.

Spring 2017 applications for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) and the International Research Grant for Undergraduates in the Arts and Sciences are now open and due by Monday, February 6, 2017, before 5:00 PM. Selections will be made by mid-April and funds awarded will automatically go toward recipients’ tuition fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Awards range from $500 to $12,000 and any remaining amount available (anything not designated for tuition fees) will be given directly to recipients (provided they have not already exceeded the maximum allowable amount for financial aid).

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.

For more information about these opportunities and to access the online applications, please visit the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program website here. If you have any other questions, please contact the Arts and Sciences Honors Office at 292-5104.