Time-Sensitive Opportunity for Students Interested in Health and Medicine

The Ohio State Battelle Center has an urgent opportunity for students who want to pursue a career in health and medicine. PUBAFRS 5620: Rapid Innovation for Public Impact has openings for a couple of its teams this semester (Autumn 2023). The course will provide opportunities for students to network in these fields, grow professional skills, and add to their resume.

The Battelle Center has seen students get hired as a result of their performance in this class for both internships and full-time employment!

Undergraduate students have used this course to earn capstone credit in various departments.

The organizations and challenges are:

  1. Ohio National Guard – An opportunity to help with the holistic health of guard members including mental, physical, and nutritional by creating a holistic health web portal to give guard members access to the information and resources they need.
  2. Nationwide Children’s Hospital – The medical field has found difficulty recruiting new employees, especially in the pediatric anesthesiology field. Students will learn why this recruiting gap is happening and how to combat it.

If you are interested, reach out to Ethan Rivera at rivera.154@osu.edu ASAP for permission to add the course.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5430 – Carbohydrate Chemistry

Offered in Spring 2022.
Tues & Thurs 9:35am – 10:55am
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Callam
Prereqs: CHEM 2520 or 2620 or 2920

The main course objective is for everyone to gain a better understanding of glycolscience. Students will develop a working knowledge of the synthesis, conformation, and biological importance of carbohydrates and oligosaccharides. This course is designed to help develop scientific problem solving skills and application of organic and biochemistry to new situations.

Course Topics:

  • Weeks 1-3: Structure and Conformation
  • Weeks 3-6: De-gradative Reactions in Acid and Base, Protecting Group Strategies and Functional Group Inter-conversions
  • Weeks 6-8: Reactions at the Anomeric Center and Pseudosugars
  • Weeks 8-10: Chemical Glycoside Synthesis
  • Week 11: Spectroscopy of Carbohydrates
  • Weeks 12-14: Biosynthesis of Carbohydrates and Enzymatic Synthesis Methods, Biochemical implications

Evaluation and Grading: 2 midterm exams, take-home quizzes, literature review, and a synthesis project.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5240 – Intro to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2020.
MWF 1:50 – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

Course Spotlight: Chemistry 2990

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Chemistry 2990 at The Ohio State University is a seminar course targeting chemistry majors focusing on the development of professional skills, conducting literature searches, writing research papers, and exploring careers and research options. Offered by Dr. Nicole Karn on Monday’s at 3:00 PM, this course will help students hone their writing skills and understanding, while having the opportunity to attend research presentations given by faculty conducting research. Sign up for the Spring 2019 semester! Take a look at the tentative syllabus for an in-depth course description and schedule.

New Honors Course Offered in Autumn 2016

Primary Care Across Countries—Honors (PUBHHMP 4660H/HTHRHSC 4660H) will be offered in Autumn 2016. Chemistry and Biochemistry students pursuing graduate school, professional school, or looking to work in the medical or health fields may be particularly interested in this course.

Topics include the exploration of why access to high-quality health care is important for the overall heath of the population, and understanding how different countries practice primary care. Students will look in-depth at countries-including Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom-to gain an understanding and respect for the multifaceted face of primary care systems in light of political, economic, cultural, social, and historical contexts. Finally, students will look at the outcomes these systems have on various aspects of society.



  • Mondays 2:15 PM – 4:45 PM.

With Who?

  • Lorraine S. Wallace, PhD


  • To gain an understanding of how primary care systems are constructed.
  • Understand the political, economic, multicultural, social and historical contexts of their systems development.
  • See the outcomes of each system on various segments of society.

Have any questions?

Contact Lorraine S. Wallace, wallace.621@osu.edu.


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, callam.1@osu.edu



Chem 4550: Inorganic Chemistry Lab

This Spring, Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Chem 4550) will be a course offering.

Inorganic topics include chelates, electron-transfer, the kinetic trans-effect, isomerism, solid state chemistry, metal-metal bonding, magnetism, absorption, and emission.


  • Lecture: Mondays 3:00-3:55 p.m.
  • Lab: Tuesdays OR Thursdays 11:10 a.m.- 2:05 p.m.

With Who?

  • Dr. Rebecca Ricciardo


  • Learn new synthesis and characterization techniques
  • Use advanced instrumentation in modern lab space
    • FTIR, Luminescence, UV-Vis, X-ray diffration

This lab also fulfills the advanced lab requirement for a BS in Chemistry and help fulfills requirements for an ACS certified degree.

Have any questions? 

Contact Dr. Ricciardo, 120B Celeste Lab, ricciardo.10@osu.edu