Summer 2017 Science Courses and Research Opportunities now being Offered at Ohio State’s Stone Lab!

If you’re thinking about taking science classes this coming summer, consider applying to Stone Lab!

For over 90 years, Stone Lab has served as a fieldstation for Ohio State, allowing thousands to study frestone-lab-image-1shwater biology on Gibraltar Island on Lake Erie. Researchers from all over the Midwest have worked here to understand issues facing the Great Lakes, especially invasive species and toxic algal blooms.

You can become a part of this important team, too! Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses in the fields of biology, geology, and natural resources, in addition to several conferences and educational programs for anyone with an interest in science. These courses range in duration from one day to five weeks. Click here to start your application for summer courses.

Moreover, Stone Lab also features individual research opportunities and tours of the facilities. Click here for more information regarding scholarships for Stone Lab research programs for undergraduates if this is more closely aligned with your interests.

For more information about all that Stone Lab has to offer, click here. You can also subscribe to Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab’s monthly email newsletter.


Job Opportunities in Ethanol Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security

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Green Plains is seeking recent graduates and soon to be graduates in geology, biology, chemistry, environmental, and engineering fields to fill several available positions.

Greens Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have 17 plants located in Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Texas. Green Plains was #8 on FORTUNE 100 Fastest Growing Companies list and continues to expand its operations annually.

They are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

  • EHSS Assistant – This is a management fast-track position for recent college graduates in science and engineering.  The position would initially be based out of one of the following locations: Bluffton, Indiana; Fergus Falls, Minnesota; or Shenandoah, Iowa. There would be a promotion to EHSS Manager within approximately 2 years, at which point you would be relocated. Assistants have seen advancement opportunities as quickly as 6 months after hire. A 3.0 GPA is required.
  • PSM (Process Safety Management) Coordinator – This is a nine month to one year temporary position for recent college graduates in engineering or science background. This is a project based position at one of Green Plains’ Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, or Minnesota plants.  Employees in this position  work with Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (PIDs), job shadowing operations and maintenance staff, to complete Standard Operating Procedures, Confined Space Profiles, Electrical Room classifications, etc. Green Plains feels this is an excellent opportunity for graduates who have not had a lot of degree related experience during their college career and are looking to their foot in the door in their career!
  • EHSS/PSM Internship – This is a 3-4 month, summer/winter break position for college students finishing their Junior year and preparing to enter their Senior year. This position is for students in hard science or engineering schools that are looking to gain industrial, hands on experience prior to graduation. These are project based positions at one of Green Plains’ ethanol plants working with Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (PIDs), job shadowing operations and maintenance staff, completing valve verifications, pipe identification and labeling, and other EHSS projects. Interns may apply by sending resume, letter of interest, and a copy of transcripts to:

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please apply at the career link found at the Green Plains website.

Additional questions can be directed to


Structural Biology and Biochemistry Graduate Program

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The University of Colorado Denver is looking for applicants for their Structural Biology and Biochemistry PhD Program at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Application Due: Dec. 1
This program provides training for research excellence and focus on career paths through developing skills to become qualified and capable scientists. Their dedicated faculty encourage and mentor student in their labs to become successful independent researchers, and foster scientific excellence and innovation in the field of bio molecular structure and function.

Image result for university of coloradoCareer paths of graduates include positions in academia, public, and private sector research institutions after completing postdoctoral study.

Why Choose CU Anschutz?

  • The program offers state-of-the-art core facilities.
  • Their advanced expertise and technologies support cutting-edge research in biomedical sciences.
  • Students receive support that includes tuition and fees, health and dental insurances, and a $28,500 stipend.

Find out more!

Undergraduate Research: Retroviruses

Have you thought about working in a lab? Doing research now as an undergraduate?

You have the unique opportunity to work in a research lab for OSU!

The Yoder lab is researching retroviruses, a type of RNA viruses that insert their DNA into host cells, an example of which is HIV.  The lab supervisor is Dr. Kristine Yoder.  This opportunity is open to talented 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students who are interested in medical research.  You will get to work in the lab 10-15 hours a week during the school year, and then full time over the summer for at least one year.


From Dr. Yoder:

Depending on the experience of the undergraduate, the lab duties may initially be limited to supportive tasks (such as preparing solutions) with the expectation of advancing to an individual medical research project.  For more information about our research visit our website at

  • Prefer Students who have completed introductory chemistry and biology coursework
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required

Interested students should send a resume, unofficial transcript and current class schedule to by Friday, September 9.

Study Abroad in the UK and EU

Have you considered studying abroad? What about this school year?

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If you are interested in studying sciences in another country then Biology 4798, Scientific Roots in the UK and EU, is for you!  Students will be able to learn during the semester in Columbus about scientific breakthroughs that occurred in England and the EU, and then for spring break take a trip to visit the locations and landmarks associated with those discoveries.  Each student will have research projects including the Royal Society, HMS Endeavour, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Kew Gardens, and Cambridge University.  There will be a final project where students will get to report and present their findings.

Locations visited over Spring break: London, Cambridge, Lyme Regis, Paris

This is a great opportunity to get started in study abroad, if that is in your plans for the future.  Any opportunity to study abroad is an opportunity to learn more and be enriched by other cultures.  You will get the opportunity to visit both London, England and for the first time Paris, France as well!

IF enough students enroll this course will be offered in the spring.

While in the past this course has focused on Biology, it has been modified to include both Chemistry and Physics.

To find out more about this trip (application, prerequisites, etc…) visit: Scientific Roots in the UK and EU

Have you participated in this study abroad trip before? We’d love to hear about it! Share your study abroad experience in the “Submit a Feature” option in the sidebar so we can feature it on this blog.

Studying abroad is a valuable and exciting part of an undergraduate experience. When pursuing any study abroad opportunity, be sure to check in with an advisor to address any academic or financial implications of a semester abroad. Bon voyage!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Research Internships

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016

This is a nine week program  from June 7th to August 6th, 2016.

Sponsored by the Materials Processing Center and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering. Each participant Chooses a project to work on with MIT faculty members. Scholarship Awards are available.

Fields of Study include Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, and many more.

For more information visit their website at

Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

Synthesis for Sustainability and Biology: 2016 Summer REU Opportunity

Application Deadline: February 28, 2016

Are you interested in finding new methods to improve the sustainability of fine chemical manufacture? Would you be excited to focus on the synthesis of small molecule modulators of biological functions? The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech are searching for eager individuals for their NSF REU Site Proposal.

Applicants should be US citizens and Permanent Residents, who will have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of Spring term 2016. This program runs for 11 weeks, May 31st – August 12th.

Students will have the opportunity to work in groups that include graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members focused on the goals of sustainable chemical synthesis and developing chemical probes of biological systems. Students also have the chance to receive valuable training in scientific communication and professional development, participate in discussions of Green Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and lead scientific outreach activities with Middle School students.

Accepted applicants will receive a stipend and round trip tickets, live in on-campus housing, and participate in social activities.

For more information visit:

Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

SURI: West Virginia University Centers for Neuroscience

West Virginia University will be offering upwards of 15 internships this coming summer. They will be research intensive training and eligible to undergraduates who have completed their second or third year.

The internships are nine weeks long, with training in one of the following areas:

  1. Sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience
  2. Neural injury, including stroke
  3. Neurodegeneration
  4. Neuropsychiatric diseases

Participants will receive $4,000 and on-campus housing. To be considered, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better, be enrolled in a U.S. college or university, have a background in biology, neuroscience, physics, chemistry, engineering, or psychology, and complete the online application, resume, two letters of recommendation, and send in their official transcript.

Deadline for application is February 5,2016 and can be found by clicking here.

Summer research is a great way to broaden your undergraduate experience. In addition to the opportunity highlighted above, summer research programs are available at institutions across the country and abroad.

Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students

Chem 5430: Carbohydrate Chemistry

This Spring, Chemistry 5430 (Carbohydrate Chemistry) will be a course offering.

Carbohydrate Chemistry topics include degradative reactions in acids and bases, protecting group manipulations, strategies and functional group inter-conversions, reactions at the anomeric center and pseudosugars, chemical glycoside synthesis, NMR of carbohydrates, biosynthesis of carbohydrates and enzymatic synthesis methods, and biology of carbohydrates. 



  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:35 a.m.- 10:55 a.m.

With who?

  • Dr. Christopher Callam


  • Gain a better understanding of glycol-science
  • Develop knowledge of synthesis, conformation, and biological importance of carbohydrates and oligosaccharides
  • Develop scientific problem solving skills and application of carbohydrate chemistry to new situations

Have any questions?

Contact Dr. Christopher Callam,