ORISE Undergraduate Scholarship Competition

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) plays a critical role in helping the United States address the current climate crisis, as well as achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Carbon Negative Shot to advance the development of the emerging and necessary carbon dioxide removal industry. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) facilitated the DOE Carbon Negative Shot Summit in July 2022 to increase collaboration on this effort. Despite the many efforts that have been made so far toward CDR, there is still a lot of work to be done.

To continue that work, ORISE is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students. The challenge is for students to develop an infographic to communicate the current leading ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Thorough submissions will include research on at least four current carbon dioxide removal methods, as well as research on new developments in carbon dioxide removal. Your infographic could win you a $5,000 scholarship!

The deadline for this competition is Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Winners will be announced in late December.


  • 1st place: $5,000 scholarship
  • 2nd place: $3,000 scholarship
  • 3rd place: $1,000 scholarship

Complete details are available here. If you have any questions, you can contact STEMEd@orau.org.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 6550 – Atmospheric Chemistry

Offered in Autumn 2021.
Tues/Thurs 12:45 – 2:05pm
Professor Heather Allen

Course objective: Chemistry, composition, and reaction kinetics relating to the Earth’s atmosphere with focus on tropospheric and stratospheric chemistry with regional and global comparisons is presented. Gas and aerosol phase chemistry will be discussed as well as the interactions of atmospheric constituents with the biosphere, past and present. Perspectives on air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and anthropogenic influences will be discussed.

The course syllabus outlines specific topics that will be covered. Some topics that may be of particular interest are COVID-19 transmission and climate change.

Although this is a graduate-level course, Professor Allen would like to see a few undergraduate students join. Undergraduate students should have completed Gen Chem and Organic Chemistry, or be in their 3rd or 4th year. Interested students should contact ASC-chemadvisors@osu.edu for the special permission form needed for a 6000-level course.