Career Success Programming Update

Special Message

Career Success: Programming Update

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Resume Review
We will continue to offer resume review via our online site, VMock. VMock offers immediate, actionable feedback on your resume, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year!
Walk-in resume reviews have been suspended through March 30th.
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Career Coaching
We will continue to offer Career Coaching, though not in person. If you are interested in receiving coaching, schedule an appointment on Handshake, and the coach will reach out to you. We can connect via Carmen Zoom or over the phone. You might also be interested in:
Career Success Quick Chat
Guides and Tip Sheets on Mobile device
Guides and Tip Sheets
As always, our robust collection of guides and tip sheets are available to you on our website. These documents cover resumes, skill development, networking, interviewing, job and internship search strategies and much, much more!
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Handshake is a great resource that should remain unaffected by our temporary changes. Use Handshake to discover on-campus and local jobs, fantastic internships, and exciting career opportunities! On Handshake, you can also:

  1. Join a Career Community
  2. Build your profile
  3. Discover upcoming events
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Virtual Events
Many of our events between now and the end of the term may be able to be modified to be done virtually. PLEASE explore our events calendar, and register on Handshake for any event that hasn’t been canceled. Our team will keep you updated on the best way to participate in each exciting opportunity.

If you have a Disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using the Handshake application. As the University works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.

How to Make Good Talks Great – Register for via Zoom

How to Make Good Talks Great


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to announce that Dr. Todd Thompson of the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State will again deliver his interactive lecture: How to Make Good Talks Great.


Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:30am to 11:30am
Virtual (via Zoom) – Complete registration for link.*

*Please note that this event has been changed to virtual only (i.e., there will be no in-person session) due to public health concerns.

Dr. Thompson will discuss key elements of great seminars, lectures, and colloquia taken from his experience in astrophysics research and teaching, including

  • Improving technical seminars, job talks, and public outreach talks
  • The art of responding to questions
  • The trick of knowing what not to say

This talk is applicable to many STEM fields and beyond. Learn more here.
To  receive credit for this event as part of the Postdoctoral Professional Development Program Certification, select this course “How to Make Good Talks Great” before March 26th. You do not need an Event Credit Request Form.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Research Chemist Position – NIOSH

Research Chemist Position

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Morgantown, WV


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to announce an opening for an Associate Service Fellow to study chemical transformations of occupational environments and join its Exposure Assessment Branch (EAB) in the Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD; ), Morgantown, WV.


The candidate will be responsible for conducting gas-phase and surface-phase experiments to study the chemical transformations of consumer products and workplace emissions. Studies will include oxidation of chemical species, elucidation of chemical reaction mechanisms, and chemical collection and identification. Goals include developing more sensitive characterization of oxidized chemical species to be used as a basis for occupational sampling and as input for occupational exposure assessment.


A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field is required.  Skills in analytical chemistry (for example: gas and/or liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and/or infrared spectroscopy) are preferred as well as prior experience with chemical kinetics, aerosol chemistry, chemical synthesis, and good laboratory practice are desirable.


The HELD is a fully-equipped multi-scientific discipline research facility. The campus is located in Morgantown, WV, one of the top small cities in the United States, with fine schools and cultural features. It is adjacent to West Virginia University (WVU), and NIOSH employees typically establish close collaborations with investigators at WVU.


Interested applicants should contact Dr. Ray Wells, Chief EAB, at e-mail:  or (304)285-6341.  NIOSH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Instructor of Chemistry Position at WVU

Instructor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

West Virginia State University
Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University (WVSU) is a public-land grant institution, which was originally founded as a historically black university, but which has evolved into a
fully accessible, racially integrated and multi-generational institution serving approximately 3,514 students. The University is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to
academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. WVSU offers 23 undergraduate and six graduate degrees through its four colleges. WVSU
competes in athletics at the NCAA Division II level in five men’s sports and five women’s sports. WVSU is located in Institute, WV, a suburb of Charleston, the largest city and the capital
of West Virginia. With more than 300,000 people living in the metropolitan area, it is an active, exciting and engaging community, boasting cultural and historical events, music, festivals and

Position Description
The West Virginia State University Department of Chemistry seeks applications for a full-time one-year term instructor of chemistry.

Responsibilities for the Instructor Position
Faculty member will be expected to teach Consumer Chemistry for non-majors, Health Science General Chemistry for non-majors, general chemistry courses, and potentially courses within the
candidate’s area of expertise. Persons with the desire to teach using both traditional and on-line modalities are encouraged to apply. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to student
advising, departmental outreach, and program assessment. The position is a nine-month term appointment with the opportunity to participate in summer school.

Night and weekend work will sometimes be required.

Requirements for the Instructor Position
The candidate must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Chemistry or a closely related field.

Salary Statement
Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Appointment Status
This position will be a full-time one-year term appointment in the Department of Chemistry within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Proposed Starting Date
The starting date for this position is August 2020.

To Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, a letter of interest, transcripts, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references by March 25,
2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Please submit application materials via email, mail or in person to: or mail to:

West Virginia State University
Department of Human Resources
P. O. Box 1000, 105 Cole Complex
Institute, WV 25112

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Human Resources at (304) 766-3156 and/or

West Virginia State University conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the
satisfactory completion of a background check.

West Virginia State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. No person shall be denied admission to educational programs, activities or employment on the
basis of any legally protected status, or be subjected to prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin,
marital status, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be
made to provide this content into an alternate accessible format by contacting Justin Cherry at 304.766.3156 or

DOE SCGSR 2020 S1: Graduate Research Opportunities at DOE National Laboratories

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2020 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

We would like to bring to your attention 4 new transdisciplinary research areas for encouraging graduate training activities at the convergence of multiple disciplines and communities, including Microelectronics, Data Science, Fundamental Symmetries, and Accelerator Science. We strongly encourage applications in these areas.  Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 95 awards in 2020 Solicitation 1 cycle, for project periods beginning anytime between November 9, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 520 graduate awardees from 137 different U.S. universities to conduct thesis research at 18 DOE national laboratories/facilities across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities, and program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

Project Nature Newsletter – March Issue

The Project Nature Lecture Series, affiliated with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association, is dedicated to informing of the many ways in which one could get involved in making a significant and meaningful contribution towards fighting climate change. More information about the lecture series is here and the March 2020 newsletter is attached. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here. You can also learn about ways to get involved with Project Nature here: 

This month’s newsletter is focused on cavity-nesting birds like nuthatches, woodpeckers, chicakdees and bluebirds, et al.

Due to recent restrictions imposed by the University in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, all Project Nature Lectures scheduled through at least March 30th have been suspended.

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Upcoming Events at the Research Commons: Census Panel, IRB Overview, Research Visibility, and StoryMaps

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (Online Workshop)


This online workshop will present strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation. Each day during March 23-26, 2020, participants will receive an email with links to one or more topics related to visibility.  Work at your own pace.

Who: Ohio State faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Self-paced. March 23 – 26, 2020
Where: Online only, via email prompts


IRB Overview for Graduate Students (Presentation)

Register for in-person:

Livestream link (no registration required):

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The workshop will focus on the following key topics:

  • Understanding why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Reviewing application components
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
  • Q&A

Who: Ohio State graduate students
When: Wednesday, March 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library


Using ArcGIS StoryMaps in Your Research and Teaching (Workshop)


Want to make a map that will help you share the stories being uncovered through your research and make them accessible to a broader audience? Want to give your students an opportunity to engage with spatial thinking and work on an exciting digital project? ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to weave an inspiring and interactive narrative by combining text, maps, and multimedia content – photos, videos, and audio – to communicate information through engaging and user-friendly web mapping applications.

In this workshop, we will explore the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform with a focus on the timely topic of the U.S. Census. Participants will:

  • Explore StoryMaps albums to learn from examples spanning a wide range of topics
  • Build a StoryMap to illustrate a possible use case in research and teaching
  • Sketch a workflow for creating a StoryMap or assignment related to their own research or teaching interests
  • Locate and access training resources to support continued learning for creating an ArcGIS StoryMap

This workshop is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries.

BYOD – Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on participation, and our presenters will be available afterward for consultations. As part of the workshop, participants will sign up for an ArcGIS Online account using their Ohio State credentials.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from all disciplines
When: Tuesday, March 31, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library


Scholarship and the Census: Showcasing Examples from Across Ohio State (Panel)


The census provides critical data that many stakeholders use to make impactful decisions about how federal funding and other types of services will be provided to communities nationwide. Census data products also provide a treasure trove of demographic and socioeconomic information that scholars from many disciplines use to conduct research and create new knowledge for a multitude of topics.

Join us on Census Day (April 1, 2020) to learn more about a few examples of such scholarship at Ohio State. Researchers from several different disciplines will discuss their topics of study, uses of Census data, and perspectives on the importance of this nationwide population count.

Presenters include:

  • Bridget Freisthler, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, College of Social Work
  • Clayton Howard, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Glennon Sweeney, Senior Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Joshua Sadvari (moderator), Geospatial Information Librarian, University Libraries

This event is part of the Research Commons Presents showcasing series. Light Refreshments will be provided. 

Who: Ohio State faculty, postdocs, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students
When: Wednesday, April 1, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor 18th Avenue Library

How to Make Good Talks Great


How to Make Good Talks Great


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to announce that Dr. Todd Thompson of the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State will again deliver his interactive lecture: How to Make Good Talks Great.


Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:30am to 11:30am
Biomedical Research Tower, Room 115
Dr. Thompson will discuss key elements of great seminars, lectures, and colloquia taken from his experience in astrophysics research and teaching, including

  • Improving technical seminars, job talks, and public outreach talks
  • The art of responding to questions
  • The trick of knowing what not to say

This talk is applicable to many STEM fields and beyond. Learn more here.

Register for the event here.
To  receive credit for this event as part of the Postdoctoral Professional Development Program Certification, select this course “How to Make Good Talks Great” before March 26th. You do not need an Event Credit Request Form, just be sure to sign in at the event.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


52nd Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (MWTCC)

We are pleased to announce the 52nd annual Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (MWTCC) at the Ohio State University, to be held from the evening of Thursday, June 4, through the morning of Saturday, June 6, 2020. The program will include oral and poster presentations, with several cash and voucher prizes awarded for the best presentations across several areas. The following speakers will offer invited presentations:

  • Todd Gingrich, Northwestern University
  • Lasse Jensen, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ka Un Lao, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Noa Marom, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Benoît Roux, University of Chicago (keynote speaker at the Friday evening banquet)

We look forward to seeing as many from the community of midwestern theoretical chemists as possible, including many students and faculty from OSU. To make that happen, we have kept registration as affordable as possible:

  • Registration: $70 for undergraduate and graduate students and $130 for postdocs and faculty

The registration includes light breakfasts on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday, and a banquet on Friday. The conference will conclude at noon on Saturday, June 6.

Please visit to learn more and submit abstracts. Abstract submission will be closing May 1, 2020 for contributed talks and May 15, 2020 for poster presentations.

*** Important note regarding registration for OSU students who would like to present a poster or contributed talk ***: We would like to ask OSU faculty to arrange registration payments for their students and postdocs directly with Sarah Hancock ( Please do not use the registration system on the MWTCC website for this purpose. This will help us to avoid extra fees associated with collecting payments. You will still need to fill out an abstract submission form and submit your abstract on the MWTCC website before abstract submission is closed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you have questions.

John Herbert
Steffen Lindert
Sherwin Singer
Alexander Sokolov