Volunteer Opportunity at Columbus Elementary Schools

Scientific Thinkers is a student organization and volunteer program here at The Ohio State University. Through Scientific Thinkers, OSU students have the opportunity to positively impact the Columbus community by sharing their knowledge with elementary students by way of interactive lessons and experiments. The schools the organization serves are comprised largely of underrepresented minority students in STEM and have limited STEM resources within their school. Scholars students can benefit from joining Scientific Thinkers by gaining experience in teaching a unique age group, increasing their leadership skills, and expanding their ability to communicate their knowledge of STEM topics to a variety of age groups.

The program is highly rewarding and is a great way to complete community service and outreach requirements. More information can be found at https://u.osu.edu/cemscientificthinkers/. Students can view the program calendar and determine if their availability works. If students are interested they should attend a mandatory orientation on Wednesday,  February 1 at 1:00 PM in 1080 Physics Research Building. Interested students may also email scientificthinkers@gmail.com to schedule a make-up orientation.

Resume and Professional Communications Workshops

The Center for Life Sciences Education and Career and Professional Success will present two career skills workshops:

Workshop 1: Resume Writing
Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30pm
Mendenhall Lab 100

Workshop 2: Professional Communication
Wednesday, February 1 at 4:30pm
Mendenhall Lab 100

Refreshments will be provided at both workshops.

Register here.

University of Cincinnati REU

The University of Cincinnati’s Chemistry REU helps students build research skills and develop as emerging professionals and independent scientists. Participants will learn about real-life challenges that scientists are currently addressing, such as “Data Science for Big Data in Chemistry” and “Sustainable Chemistry.” Both chemistry and biochemistry research projects are available.

Students will also work closely with faculty and graduate students while working on their research project, each of which has been designed to have a tangible result during the ten-week program, running from May 30th to August 4th.

The program also includes a weekly discussion series and an end of program poster session to highlight the results of students research. A stipend of $6,000 will be awarded to each student in the program, as well as housing and meals on UC’s campus.

Learn more and apply here by March 1.

STEM-Focused Career Events

Spaces are filling up, but there is still time to secure your seat at the following events geared specifically toward STEM students like you! These events offer prime opportunities to engage in skill-building, expand professional networks and learn about career opportunities.

Click on the links below to register or learn more about each event.

  • Wed, April 6 |  Sarepta Therapeutics Mock Interviews/Resume Review – This is a great, low-stakes opportunity to obtain feedback on your interview skills or your resume from an HR professional in the biotech space.
  • Thurs, April 7 |  Vorys and Careers Bridging Science and Law, 11:30am (in person).  You will learn about how your science or engineering background makes you a prime candidate for a career in patent law (no JD required).  This is open to postdocs, grad and undergraduate students.
  • Thurs, April 14 |  Andelyn Biosciences: Biotech Leaders in Your Backyard, 5pm (in person).  This info session is geared toward both undergraduate and graduate students in biology and related fields and will take you behind the scenes of this fast-growing Columbus-based biotech company. Presenters include scientists and HR reps.

Questions? Reach out to Addie Cheney at cheney.45@osu.edu.

2022 DOE Scholars Program

The U.S. Department of Energy Scholars Program is accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates interested energy, science and technology, and environmental development.

This opportunity will allow you to work and learn alongside the DOE to support their mission’s in areas such as:

  • Energy and Nuclear Security
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Cyber Security
  • Department Operations and Management
  • Technologic Advancements

This program offers a stipend, travel reimbursement, direct involvement in DOE research, and professional development opportunities.

Applications are due Monday, January 7, 2022 at 8 a.m. ET, and can be turned in at this link.

More information, including eligibility requirements, can be found on their website or this flyer.

Course Spotlight: Chemistry 2990 – Introduction to Chemical Research

Offered in Spring 2022.
Monday 3:00pm-3:55pm
Dr. Nicole Karn
1 credit hour

Chem 2990: Introduction to Chemical Research is a seminar course focusing on the development of professional skills, conducting literature searches, writing research papers, and exploring careers and research options.

  • Improve research skills
  • Hone writing skills
  • Meet chemistry faculty

2nd Annual FOCUS Research Symposium

The 2nd Annual FOCUS (Females of Chemistry Uniting Scientists) Research Symposium will be held virtually on Friday, April 2, 2021. 

The event will host two speakers, Prof. Jen Heemstra from Emory University and Prof. Malika Jeffries-EL from Boston University.

There will also be two opportunities for students to present their research. During the symposium there will be a poster session and three 15-minute oral talks. These events are open to ANY undergraduate student or graduate student to present their research. Abstracts can be submitted through this link. This is a great opportunity to present your research to the department, even for students in early in their career.

RSVP and questions for the Professional Development Panel can be submitted here.

Become a 2021-2022 ACS Bridge Fellow

The Ohio State University is proud to be an American Chemical Society Bridge Site! The American Chemical Society is accepting applications for 2021-2022 ACS Bridge Fellows.

The ACS Bridge Program (ACS-BP) was developed to increase the number of students from underrepresented (UR) racial and ethnic groups obtaining a Ph.D. in the chemical sciences. ACS-BP assists UR students with getting into and succeeding in graduate school.

As an ACS Bridge Fellow, students enroll in a one- to two-year Bridge Experience that provides research experience, advanced coursework, mentoring, and coaching to prepare a graduate school application.

Students who have not applied to graduate school, or who have applied but were not accepted, may be offered:

  • A free common application that will be shared with participating departments
  • Resources to strengthen applications
  • Connections to faculty and mentors
  • Networking opportunities with other ACS-BP students

Please visit the ACS Bridge Program – Fellows page to determine eligibility and apply.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

Have questions about this program? Contact the ACS Bridge Program at Bridge@ACS.org.

Student Experience and Engagement Delegates (SEEDs) Program

You can help drive change, share your feedback and ideas as we create an extraordinary experience at Ohio State by applying for the Student Experience and Engagement Delegates (SEEDs) program.

Led by Dr. Melissa Shivers, Senior Vice President for Student Life, the program serves as a way for the university to gather feedback and ideas from as many students as possible. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students from any campus are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted Sunday, February 21 – Sunday, March 21.

Selected SEEDs members will commit to:

  • Attending monthly meetings with Melissa Shivers, Student Life leaders, student government leaders, university guests and other students
  • Providing feedback about a variety of topics including, but not limited to, campus policies, climate, engagement, barriers and support that is crucial to student success
  • Offering solution-oriented ideas that will advance the Ohio State student experience
  • Engaging as an active participant in special events, initiatives and potential recruitment of prospective students

Learn more and apply by March 21.

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

The annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is an opportunity for undergraduate students in all disciplines to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative activities to the OSU community and beyond.

The 26th Annual Denman Forum will take place the week of April 5-8, 2021 and will be held virtually.

Applications are due March 5, 2021. Apply here.

More information about the forum is available through the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.