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.

Upcoming OSU Battelle Center SCOPEs

SCOPE stands for Student Community Of Practice and Engagement. These industry specific communities are built to give students the chance to discuss the latest topics, news, and technology of the day in crucial arenas while gaining access to professional development and mentorship opportunities. These communities are a chance for any student, no matter the focus of their studies, to get involved in industries with global impact that require an interdisciplinary approach.

Weekly SCOPE conversations feature discussion forums with faculty and staff leadership to help breach new horizons for the group. Learn more here.

Upcoming SCOPE conversations:


Air & Space SCOPE welcomes Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis, director of NASA Glenn Research Center.

  • Monday, February 22, 5-6pm
  • Zoom ID: 916-8637-8230
  • Password: 2020Flight

Sustainable Energy SCOPE welcomes Invenergy, a leading privately held, global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions that has created 175 projects across four continents.

  • Tuesday, February 23, 4-5pm
  • Zoom ID: 998-4813-1164
  • Password: 2020Energy

Infectious Diseases SCOPE welcomes Mikkel Quam. Get insights into contact tracing and more about pandemic preparedness from an expert in the field.

  • Thursday, February 25, 5:15-6:15pm
  • Zoom ID: 979-3849-4806
  • Password: Health

International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry

The American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the
23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference &
9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

The conference will be held in Reston, Virginia on June 11-13, 2019.

Early Bird Registration is Now Open!

Register now for the lowest rates to the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GC&E/GSC-9) which is themed “Closing the Loop” of the chemical life cycle.

You can learn more about and register for the conference online.

Hiring Full Time Jobs at EPA

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program posts job opportunities according to EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s staffing needs. Each opportunity contains detailed descriptions about required skills and degree disciplines, the process for submitting an application, and tasks associated with the job.

Posted openings will typically fill within 30 days. The recruiting cycle is quick so do not hesitate to apply  when you see an opening you’re interested in!

Openings can be found here.

Current listings as of 12/5/2018 include:

2019 Community Engagement Conference

January 23 – 24, 2019

The 2019 Community Engagement Conference will focus on “Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future” and will address questions such as:

  • What role do meaningful partnerships play in creating a sustainable future?
  • How does a community become and remain vibrant and resilient?
  • How can we ensure future generations have the clean air and clean water on which all life depends?

You will interact with a broad range of community engagement practitioners to share diverse ideas, engage in robust discussion and envision new partnerships in the pursuit of a resilient and sustainable future.

Your keynote speaker will be Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, founding member of The Elders and leader of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice.

Registration Fees:
Early Registration November 15-December 7, 2018 – $85.00
Regular Registration December 8-January 4, 2019 – $95.00
Late Registration January 5-January 11, 2019 – $105.00
Student Registration – $30.00 for two-day or $20 for one-day

Register online.

Master of Science in Environmental Metrology & Policy

The new Master of Science in Environmental Metrology & Policy program (EMAP) at Georgetown University, Washington DC is a joint endeavor between Georgetown, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In this dynamic interdisciplinary program, the first of its kind in the nation, students learn to combine and apply new scientific and technical skills in policymaking settings. Integrated metrology and policymaking core courses prepare students to pursue sequential research-oriented courses and enrich their working knowledge further through electives in economics, government, ethics, and environmental data science. With access to state-of-the-art metrology instruments, students learn by working with leading scientists and policy makers.

The two-year program includes a 10-week program-funded summer internship at NIST and EPA. In addition, the after-work course schedule offers students the possibility of pursuing the program while working full- or part-time.

More information can be found this insightful brochure and on EMAP’s website.

Deadlines for best consideration:
Priority  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 15, 2019
U. S. applicants . . . . . . . . . April 1, 2019
Foreign applicants. . . . . . . March 1, 2019

Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program

The Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program (TPS) at The Ohio State University is designed for highly motivated students with the drive and passion necessary to do high-impact meaningful research. This program is supported by a powerful, interdisciplinary group of advisory faculty working together to produce the next generation of global leaders in sustainable agricultural biotechnology.

This novel program seeks exceptional students from a variety of disciplines including chemistry, engineering, entomology, ecology, evolution, molecular genetics, microbiology, crop sciences, plant pathology, and bioinformatics.

TPS offers full support for up to five years – full remission of tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and support for research expenses. Other key aspects of the program include interdisciplinary faculty, a compact and personalized course load, a rigorous focus on research throughout the program, practical experience in each student’s field of interest through a three month+ internship, and opportunities for global collaboration.

Students can learn more on the program’s informational flier and website.

TPS has one application cycle per year. The application is currently open, with a deadline of December 1, 2018.

Smart Campus Challenge

Think you’ve got the fix for a campus sustainability problem? Pitch your next big idea and sell Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) on sustainability for a chance to get your dream project funded — all while positively impacting campus.

Each year, OSEP provides philanthropic contributions to a variety of organizations, projects and programs. For the 2018-2019 academic year, OSEP will support campus sustainability innovation by sponsoring a venture capitalist-style sustainability competition for students.

Teams of 3 to 5 students from every Ohio State University campus will have the opportunity to propose projects that support the university’s sustainability goals.

The first-place winning team will have the opportunity to travel to ENGIE’s Innovation Week in June — paid for by ENGIE. In 2014, ENGIE launched an innovation initiative to connect innovators and their solutions with the stakeholders who need them most. The winning team will have the opportunity to attend the Innovation Week Trophy award ceremony in Paris, France, and see first-hand the world’s next innovative energy solutions. To learn more about Innovation Week, visit

Submit your project:
Develop a campus sustainability project & submit to OSEP for evaluation.

Present your project:
“Sell” your project to the judges and compete for project funding.

Execute your project:
Winners will have until Spring 2020 to implement their campus sustainability project. 

Proposals must be submitted by December 7th, 2018.

Visit the following link to learn more about the challenge:

Sustainability Internship Opportunity with the Department of Athletics, Business Advancement, Business and Finance


The Department of Athletics, Business Advancement, Business and Finance is seeking a Sustainability Intern!

The focus of this position is to assist with data collection and project implementation that will move departments toward the University Sustainability Goals. Specific tasks assigned throughout the internship are broken down as follows:

  • 50% Conduct cost benefit analysis on both assigned and self-identified projects, working professionally with both internal and external stakeholders
  • 25% Assist with materials management infrastructure audits, updates, and zero waste events
  • 10% Research best practices for sustainability at universities and other relevant settings
  • 5% Develop and provide training for staff, clients, guests, students, and visitors as needed
  • 10% Other administrative tasks as assigned

Additionally, the department desires interns who meet these qualifications:

  • Enrolled full-time at The Ohio State University at least two (2) semesters per year
  • In good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA) in a related major or field
  • Students requiring ENR 4191 are encouraged to apply
  • Interest in sustainability demonstrated by area of study, participation in student organizations, community service or other similar activities
  • Experience coordinating, organizing, and implementing projects, programs and events
  • Strong personal organizational skills with ability to handle multiple tasks in a team environment, to work independently, and be detail oriented
  • Experience in using computers; knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; experience with internet use; ability to learn new software packages
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to use various modern media tools
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and ability to remain calm and professional under pressure

Other details include:

  • Hours: 15+ weekly during the academic term, 36+ weekly during summer term
  • Location: E114 Fawcett Center
  • Pay: $8.50-9.50 per hour, based on experience
  • Openings: 1
  • Start Date: January 9th, 2017
  • Dress Code: Business Casual

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Graham Oberly at by November 16th, 2016 at 5:00PM.

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:

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