Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates offers financial support to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and enhance the diversity of science. Students whose social, educational or economic background adds to the diversity of the biomedical workforce or who show commitment to enhancing academic success of underrepresented students are eligible. It is expected that scholarship recipients remain engaged in American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) activities, even after the completion of the scholarship.

The scholarship provides $2,000 toward undergraduate tuition and related educational costs (e.g. room and board, books and supplies, etc.) for one academic year and can be applied to fall or spring tuition bills of the year following scholarship award notification. Up to ten scholarships will be awarded each academic year. Applications by individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged, although all qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.

You must be an ASBMB member at the time of application.

Application deadline is May 31, 2024.

Job Opening: Biochem Research Technician at Virginia Tech

A full-time research technician is sought to support multiple projects in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia, is currently seeking a new full-time research technician. The Lab Manager contacted us in hopes of applications from Ohio State students.

The labs are currently engaged in advanced quantitative methods to conduct leading-edge research on the role of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) in the human brain to understand human cognitive function and dysfunction.

Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and electrochemistry to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations. The research technician will be responsible for in-vitro data collection to inform in-vivo models of human neurochemistry. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in graduate school in biomedical science or neuroscience.

Required qualifications include basic lab experience, including dilutions, weighing chemicals, and understanding of proper chemical handling. Preferred qualifications include a B.S. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or a related field, and interest in advancing human neuroscience.

For full details, read the complete job description. The application will be open until the position is filled.

MS Translational Pharmacology Info Session

The Ohio State University’s 100% online master’s program in Translational Pharmacology prepares graduates for careers in drug development.

Translational pharmacology bridges across “the discovery, development, regulation, and use of pharmacologic agents to improve clinical outcome, and inform optimal use of therapeutics in patients.” Students will develop skills in preclinical or clinical trial design, toxicology, safety, or clinical pharmacology. This is also an opportunity to advance your career in research administration.

This program is designed for recent graduates and professionals with bioscience or animal science backgrounds who are interested in a career in clinical and translational pharmacology. There are two specializations:

  1. Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Trial Design
  2. Preclinical Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology

There are upcoming virtual Information Sessions on:

Admission is available for Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Applications for Autumn 2023 are due May 1st.

WUSM Biochem & Molecular Biophysics Summer Research

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (BMB) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis invites undergraduate students to apply to its 2023 summer research program.

Students will join a lab that matches their interests where they will complete real-life research at the cutting edge of molecular biochemistry and biophysics. Research areas in the department range from single-molecule spectroscopy to molecular simulations to mitochondrial biochemistry. As well as conducting research, students will also attend workshops that cover various important areas in science, including how to design experiments, how to read papers, scientific communication, and guidance on graduate school applications, etc.

No prior research experience is required. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Local travel, housing, a meal plan, and an additional monthly stipend of $2000 will be provided (total of $4000 for the 8-week program). The program will run roughly between June 1st – July 30, 2023. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year before June 2023, and the ideal candidates will be considering applications to graduate school in the fall of 2023.

The program flyer contains more detailed information and application instructions. Applications are due by February 15, 2023.

Info Session: CUNY Natural Science PhD Progams

The Graduate Center, CUNY Office of Admissions and doctoral natural science programs invite you to their “Virtual Application ‘Boot Camp'” for CUNY Natural Science Ph.D. Programs.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Via Zoom

During the session you will learn about:

  • How to craft a competitive application and write an effective personal statement.
  • How to apply to the CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. programs in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Following a general session, breakout sessions for the Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics Ph.D. program will address program-specific questions, along with research highlights from faculty and students.

Register by November 17th to ensure that you receive the Zoom event link.

ASBMB Seminar Series

Thursday, November 4, 2021
7:30 – 8:30pm
Campbell Hall 213

Join Ohio State ASBMB for its first seminar series with Dr. Forero and Dr. Yount from Ohio State’s Microbial Infection and Immunity Department. The panel with cover graduate schools, career opportunities in research, grad applications, and more. Free pizza and drinks will be provided!


The Ohio State chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) aims to promote academic fellowship and service outreach among undergraduate students interested in fields pertaining to biochemistry, molecular biology, and biology; to encourage all students in the advancement of science; and foster growth through career development programs. Most importantly, the Ohio State chapter of ASBMB works to provide an inclusive community which students may rely on throughout their own academic career.

Events & Opportunities:

  • Guest speakers
  • Service/outreach
  • Supportive & collaborative community
  • Career development opportunities

Join the chapter GroupMe: https://web.groupme.com/join_group/70346260/SEeol0W1

Job Opening: Laboratory Operations Associate

Manus Bio is a next-generation industrial biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that produces plant-based ingredients. The company uses a variety of patented and proprietary technologies for engineering microbes for the production of specialty chemicals, such as food ingredients, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Manus Bio is seeking a self-motivated and highly organized individual for a position that will specialize in and take ownership responsibility of laboratory operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Mastery in Manus Bio SOPs and their execution involving reagent, media, and lab consumable preparation.  Ability to train others to execute these tasks to the same high standard
  • Maintain stellar lab organization to ensure operational excellence within the R&D team
  • Maintain and facilitate use of our in-house inventory platforms to a highly organized standard
  • Order and stock lab supplies and consumables.  Maintain and later build relationships with outside vendors
  • Maintain laboratory equipment to pristine condition and facilitate repairs when needed
  • Develop ability to design and implement modifications to protocols and procedures that increase efficiency of Manus Bio SOPs

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or similar discipline with 1-3 years in research lab technician, operations, or management experience
  • Read more.

Learn more and apply.

UM College of Pharmacy: Research Experience for Undergraduates

Join UM Pharmacy TOMORROW, February 10th from 4:30-5pm for a Zoom info session to learn more about the Interdisciplinary REU Program and the Pharmacy Scholars ProgramRSVP here.


The University of Michigan Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10-week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology.  The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.

REU Faculty Mentors represent the departments of Biochemistry; Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The program will be held in a virtual format for the summer of 2021.  All research projects will involve virtual components.  Please note that the majority of the virtual projects offered will not require a computational background.

The program runs June 1 – August 4, 2021. It offers a stipend, housing allowance, and meal allowance.

The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Learn more and apply on the website.


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.

Full-Time Laboratory Position Available

Posted on behalf of David Toczyski, a professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF. This is an opportunity for a student graduating in Spring 2021.


I am currently hiring a graduating student into a full time position to work in my laboratory at UCSF studying cell cycle regulation. The work is a combination of biochemistry and tissue culture. You will be using Mass spectrometry and/or CRISPR screening to characterize ubiquitin ligases. You must have some experience doing undergraduate research. However, the exact topic of the research is not important, as long as it is some aspect of cell biology, molecular biology, or genetics. This is a perfect position for someone looking to go to graduate school in a few years. It is a fun, dynamic lab with a mix of students and postdocs.

The start date of the position is, ideally, May–June, however we would consider someone earlier than that. This would be a good position for someone who wants to go to grad school. In fact, most of my previous graduate students have gone on to graduate school, and it has been great experience for that.

Please email me if you wish to apply. Include the department from which you are graduating, your GPA, and the name and contact info of the lab in which you worked, as well as the dates you work there and 2-3 sentences describing the work.

Please put “SRA” into the subject line when you email me at dpt4darwin@gmail.com.

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.