WVU Summer Symposium: Registration Open

West Virginia University has invited Ohio State students to showcase their research at its 14th Annual Summer Symposium. The symposium will be held on July 28, 2022 at WVU in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Travel and room & board will be completely covered by WVU. Additionally, the top posters in each field will receive cash prizes.

Interested students can get an overview of the program on this flyer and more detailed information on the event webpage. Abstract submissions are due by midnight on Monday, July 18. (‘How to Submit‘).

WUSM BMB Summer Research Program

There is Summer Undergraduate Research Program that will be offered this summer in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at Washington University in St. Louis.

No prior research experience is required. Even if you aren’t really sure what “doing research” means, this program might be for you! One of the goals of the program is to help students engage in academic research in a supportive environment to see if scientific research might be of interest to them after college.

This research program…

  • is 8 weeks (June 6th – July 29th, 2022)
  • provides workshops for students to attend that focus on several important aspects of science
  • has a range of research areas
  • includes travel to Saint Louis, housing, local travel, a meal plan, and an additional monthly stipend of $2000

Applications are due April 15th. No prior research experience is required. Follow directions on this flyer to submit an application. The flyer also provides additional information on the program.

Summer Internship in CO₂ Reduction

The Department of Energy is supporting a 10-week internship at startups with SBIR Phase II grants. The purpose is to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups. RenewCO₂ is searching for a candidate to support for the Summer of 2022!

About the company: RenewCO₂ is re-inventing chemical production using CO₂ emissions with a low-cost, high energy-efficiency, and carbon-negative electrochemical process. The company’s eCUT technology converts CO₂ into cost-competitive raw materials for plastics. They enable companies to meet emission reduction targets while producing sustainable materials at a profit.

The summer internship focuses on Research and Development. This position is directed at evaluating the activity of CO₂ electroreduction catalysts and the influence of process conditions on pilot performance. Activities will be performed in person at the company’s laboratory at the Rutgers Busch Campus (Proteomics building) in Piscataway, NJ. Interested individuals should have demonstrated STEM achievement and entrepreneurial interest. Selected candidates will receive a stipend.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of a pilot process
  • Perform electrochemical analysis
  • Perform chemical analysis of products using GC and HPLC
  • Perform mass and energy balance for the process
  • Prepare technical updates for stakeholders
  • Participate in market research

Learn more about the opportunity, what type of candidate the team is looking for, and start your application here: https://www.renewco2.com/careers

Experience ORISE Virtual Career Fair

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 12 to 3 p.m. ET, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a virtual career fair to highlight the variety of paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities available within the Research Participation Program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Chat with ORISE representatives and mentors from a variety of FDA programs
  • Learn about the research and/or projects conducted within those programs
  • Explore paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities
  • Connect with ORISE staff members to ask about applying, what to expect during the appointment, and to learn more about the ORISE experience
  • Network with other prospective applicants
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of entering a graduate program with Ph.D. scientists and engineers

To view current opportunities visit the FDA Opportunities page.

Click here to register for the Career Fair.

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Fellow

The Fuel Cell Technologies Fellow opportunity with the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office is now accepting applications. This is an opportunity for individuals who have a degree in the physical sciences, so may be of interest to recent CBC graduates.

What will I be doing? As a member of the team, you will both learn and contribute across the range of activities associated with managing applied research within the Fuel Cell Technologies Program. The Fuel Cells Technology Program activities will include monitoring project progress and milestones; reviewing and analyzing project progress reports and other technical reports; and engaging with project researchers. Key areas of research and development within the Fuel Cell Technologies Program include catalysts, membranes, membrane electrode assemblies, stacks, and balance of plant components.

Why should I apply? You will collaborate on the office’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program, which focuses on developing fuel cells which are among the most promising technologies that are expected to transform the energy sector. They are highly efficient, fuel flexible, and offer diverse benefits. In particular, they are affordable, clean, and reliable fuel cell technologies that convert hydrogen to electrical power for a wide variety of applications, including transportation (automobiles, buses, trucks, rail, maritime) and stationary power generation (mid-scale electric power plants, backup power, small-scale distributed power plants for buildings).

Where will I be located? Washington, DC or Golden, CO

You will receive a competitive stipend, an allowance to offset the costs of health insurance, research travel and materials up to $10,000, and relocation expenses reimbursement up to $5,000.

Learn more and apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

EPA Analytical Chemistry Internship

This opportunity for candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree is with the Analytical Chemistry Branch (ACB) laboratory of the Biological and Economic Analysis Division (BEAD), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) located in Ft. Meade, Maryland (between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD).

OPP is responsible for the registration of pesticides and must make determinations about whether pesticides pose an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment. Large amounts of data from registrants and other sources must be reviewed and reliable schedules must be maintained in order to meet statutory deadlines for both new and existing pesticides.

This research project will provide the selected candidate an opportunity to collaborate with other chemists in the laboratory and learn about the different phases of the laboratory’s projects. A list of specific research activities can be found on the internship posting.

Selected candidates will:

  • Learn about the different phases of laboratory projects from sample log in, sample preparation and analysis to data processing, review and finally reporting.
  • Conduct analyses and gain experience in using a variety of instrumentation including gas chromatography, liquid chromatography with a variety of detectors including flame ionization and mass spectrometry.
  • Gain experience in laboratory project design, planning, and analysis as well as quality assurance procedures for data generation and preparation of reports.
  • Interact directly with EPA analytical chemistry staff to understand the workings of an EPA laboratory that provides technical advice and performs pertinent studies that support program needs.

This internship begins in Summer 2021 and will initially last one year. It may be renewed up to three additional years. The position is full-time and pays a monthly stipend.

The deadline to apply is May 27, 2021. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the posting may close before the deadline. Apply here.

Computational Research Summer REU

The AIChE Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum have created a distributed REU program for students interested in getting research experience. The summer 2021 REU will be virtual, with flexible start dates to accommodate student schedules. 

The program operates using the National Science Foundation (NSF) model for REU experiences. Our program is 10 weeks long and includes orientation, skill-building and tutorials, facilitated mentoring and career planning. Students accepted into the program receive a financial offer from their host institution for the REU period. Starting dates are flexible and can be chosen to accommodate your academic program.

The program welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and especially those who might be interested in computational research, but have not yet had opportunities. Interested students can learn more about the program, and apply, by visiting https://www.comsefscholars.org. In addition, questions can be directed to comsefscholars@gmail.com

Applications are due March 15, 2021.


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.

Summer Research at University of Nebraska

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Nebraska Summer Research Program is a 10-week residential summer research experience that provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a research university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.

Nebraska remains hopeful that it will be providing an in-person experience this summer. Should that change, applicants will be notified as soon as possible and a virtual experience will still be offered.

Explore the Programs:

The online application is open until Monday, March 1, and students may apply for up to three different research groups.


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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the Group of Professor Terry A. Miller

Professor Miller’s research group has one or two research positions open for undergraduates with an interest in physical chemistry and a strong mathematical background.

The group’s research focuses on the spectroscopic detection and characterization of reactive chemical intermediates. These molecules play critical roles in a variety of processes of significant importance to our society and economy, examples of which include combustion, atmospheric and interstellar chemistry, plasmas and reacting flows. Recent analytical work in my group has involved the simulation of observed electronic-absorption spectra of HO2 free radicals. These simulations allow the determination of  HO2 concentrations that are critical to the understanding of the kinetics of electrical discharges, atmospheric shock waves, and various non-equilibrium, reacting flows. Other work focuses on analysis of spectra of larger polyatomic molecules, typically free radicals and often of high symmetry, with emphasis on the utilization of quantum chemistry calculations. This work involves understanding and calculating the extent of various interactions affecting the spectral structure typical of open-shell, free-radical spectra, such as the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, vibronic coupling, conical interactions, and the Jahn-Teller effect.

Dr. Miller’s group specializes in theoretical/computational work.  However, they maintain active collaborations with experimental groups in Engineering at Ohio State and Chemistry at the University of Louisville as well as a strong collaboration with a theoretical group, highly skilled in electronic structure calculations, at the University of Florida.

Research support is provided from an OSU Advancement fund. This funding is normally reserved for the summer, but class credit, e.g., CHEM 4998H, can be earned for research during the academic year. This undergraduate program has been on-going for several years. The undergraduates involved typically make research presentations at more than one international meeting and prepare a senior thesis. So far all have been a co-author on a research publication. One student is scheduled to graduate this spring; previous graduates are now working for their Ph.D.’s in Chemistry at M.I.T. and UC, Berkeley.

Interested students should email Professor Miller (miller.104@osu.edu) and include a brief summary of their relevant experience, including class work. The plan would be for the selected students to participate in undergraduate research during spring semester and then have a research position funded for the summer.