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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.

ASPIRE Medical Research Program

ASPIRE is a spring and summer medical research program devoted to providing research experience to undergraduates from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. They are seeking applicants who are interested in becoming medical doctors or biomedical scientists who would bring diversity to the field.

In order to apply, you must be a sophomore or junior at OSU with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Your application must include at least one letter of recommendation from a science professor and your undergraduate transcripts.

You can apply here. The application deadline is December 1, 2019, so apply now!

Find additional information here. If you have further questions, you may contact Aaron Thomas at aaron.thomas@osumc.edu.

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.

DoD NDSEG Fellowships

The DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. dual citizens who intend to pursue a Doctoral degree aligned to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development at a U.S. institution of their choice.

The NDSEG Fellowship lasts for 3 years and pays for full tuition and all mandatory fees; a monthly stipend ($38,400 annually); a $5,000 travel budget over the Fellow’s tenure for professional development; and up to $1,200 a year in health insurance.

Eligible applicants are required to be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies through the second year of a traditional PhD program.

Visit this page for more information.
The application deadline is December 6, 2019.

Pumpkin Carving Contest – Save the Date

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

Where: Celeste Lobby
When: Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm
Judging will take place at 7:00pm

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

Clean Energy Policy Internship

Interested in Clean Energy? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program.

The internship is embedded within the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E) and would allow you to participate in policy-related projects at the DOE’s EERE office in Washington, D. C. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to plan, manage and execute initiative activities, including organizing meetings and collaborations within the agency and with partnering organizations, solicitation of new ideas for how to grow the C3E, as well as new strategic directions and activities.

Interns will receive a competitive stipend for living and other expenses during the program based on academic and professional background, as well as additional benefits of health insurance, relocation expenses, and an education allowance of $10,000 per appointment year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.

To learn more about this internship including eligibility requirements, you can visit their website here. The application for this position can be found here.

Science Career Fair and Networking Brunch

Are you graduating this academic year or searching for an internship within the science, healthcare, or government industries? Visit the Autumn 2019 Science Career Fair: Adapt Your Future hosted by the Arts and Sciences Career Success. There are 62 different employers attending including the CDC, EPA, and more! The event will be held on Wednesday, October 16th from 11:30-4 PM in the Ohio Union. For more details, you can visit the event on Handshake.

Interested in networking further? Before the Career Fair begins, Career Success is hosting a networking brunch for employers and students! This is a unique opportunity to meet and connect with many of the employers that will be tabling at the career fair on a more casual, intimate level. If you are interested in the Networking Brunch, please RSVP via Handshake because space is limited! This will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 AM in 311 Denney Hall.

Open Teaching Positions

Southern Teachers Agency is beginning a new season of recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year! Southern Teachers Agency was founded in 1902 and is the oldest placement agency for educators in the country, and its services are free.

If you are interested in a chemistry teaching position, especially in the southern United States, Southern Teachers Agency can help you find the right fit. Candidates for the teaching positions do not necessarily need teacher certification to work in private/independent schools. To learn more and apply, you can visit their website.

Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences

The eleventh annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences (WoPhyS ’19) is coming up soon. All undergraduate students with research interests in all areas of the physical sciences, with focus on physics, chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, optics, photonics, astronomy, and applied physics and engineering are welcome to attend!

WoPhyS ’19 will be held Thursday, November 7 – Saturday, November 9, 2019 on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Some opportunities students will have at the conference:

  • Present research accomplishments
  • Attend keynote talks by scientists from academia, industry, and government labs
  • Participate in graduate school preparation workshops
  • Network with science students and faculty from across the country
  • Tour facilities and labs of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Want to be further involved in the conference? The WoPhyS ’19 steering committee is seeking nominations of outstanding undergraduate researchers to present their research projects and results during invited student talks. Please submit nominations for invited student speakers by contacting Jocelyn Bosley at jbosley@unl.edu.

To register for and learn more information about the WoPhyS ’19 conference, you can visit their website. There are no registration fees and all local costs are covered. Travel scholarships are also available for undergraduate students planning to present a talk or poster at the conference.