Fellowship opportunities

The following was sent by email to Chemistry graduate students from Dr. Thomas:

I’ve compiled a short (likely non-exhaustive) list of fellowship opportunities to support your graduate work with fall deadlines coming up.  Most are open to students in their first or second year of their graduate program.  And most, unfortunately, are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.  External fellowships look great on your CV, but also provide release from TA duties without financially burdening your PI’s research grants.

In particular, if you are planning to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and did not attend the information session I held over the summer, have a look at the files in this box folder to help you prepare your application:


I’ve included the slides and a recording from my presentation, as well as some sample essays.

In late September or early October, I plan to organize an NSF workshop where you can bring your essays and have your peers (and hopefully some faculty) look over your materials and provide some feedback via Zoom breakout rooms.  So, if you want to take advantage of that opportunity, you should plan to get a draft of your essays done within the next month.

Pizza Lunch with CGS Delegates

Kye, Maddie and I (Ashweta) are representatives for the Chemistry department at the Council of Graduate Students (CGS). We are holding two pizza lunch events next week and invite all Chemistry graduate students to come!

19th Nov (Tuesday) in CBEC 267, 12-1.30 pm

21st Nov (Thursday) in BioSci 684, 12-1.30 pm

Please RSVP by 11/16 so that we can order enough food, by clicking here : https://forms.gle/LhNnHEaSGoCW2yraA

Why are we doing this?

CGS is the organization at OSU that advocates for graduate student protections, resources, and rights. Each department has delegates who represent YOU. We are your university and department voice! Some issues CGS is working on – establishing a grad student emergency fund, increasing mental health resources available to graduate students and providing affordable housing for graduate students.

This is an informal pizza lunch  – come talk to us about what we do, opportunities and funding available from CGS (such as the Ray Travel Award) or any issues you want addressed as a grad student.

We hope to see you there!

Please contact us if you have questions : Sahni.16,  Stachowski.7 and Lomax-vogt.2

PhD Defenses – week of July 22nd-26th

Chemistry Graduate Program Student Defenses

Week of July 22-26, 2019

Natasha Pettinger

Physical Division

Kohler Lab

“The Charge Carrier Dynamics and Photochemistry of Ceria Nanoparticles”

Wednesday, July 24th, 2015 McPherson Lab, 2:00 PM


Minhee Kang

Biological Division

Justin Wu Lab

“Solution structure of BlsM and Dynamics study of gamma-crystallins”

Friday, July 26th, 668 Biological Sciences Building, 1:00 PM

Summer 2019 M.S. and Ph.D. Graduation Applications Due Friday, May 17, 2019

For anyone planning to complete an M.S. or Ph.D. Summer 2019 (traditional dates or end-of-semester), the application is due Friday, May 17, 2019.

  • This is a CBC deadline, not a Grad School deadline

 Submit an application to graduate via gradforms.

Further information and links to important dates and deadlines can be found online.

Summer 2019 M.S. and Ph.D. Graduation Applications Due Friday, May 17, 2019

For anyone planning to complete an M.S. or Ph.D. Summer 2019 (traditional dates or end-of-semester), the application is due Friday, May 17, 2019.

  • This is a CBC deadline, not a Grad School deadline

 Submit an application to graduate via gradforms.

Further information and links to important dates and deadlines can be found online.

SU19 Registration Windows Begin to Open on February 21, 2019

Graduate student registration windows for summer will begin to open today, Thursday, February 21st.  You can view when your individual registration window will open here by clicking on Enrollment Window.  Remember that you need to complete the financial responsibility statement before you can enroll in classes.  Please register by May 1st in order to avoid late registration fees.  I have outlined some registration information below, but full details can be found online here.

Pre-candidacy GTA/GRA:

Summer Term: only register for 4 total credits of CHEM 8999 unless other coursework is required (e.g. courses required for English proficiency).  If other coursework is required, contact me for or assistance with registration.

Pre-candidacy Fellowship/Trainees/GRA-GS Match:

Summer Term: register for 6 total credits of CHEM 8999 to activate your tuition authorization.

Post-candidacy (Including Fellowship/Trainees/GRA-GS Match): 

Summer Term: register for 3 total credits of CHEM 8999

**For students planning to take the candidacy exam during SP19, register as a pre-candidacy student for summer.  Once you have officially passed, credit hours can be reduced as appropriate. **

Summer Research Course Numbers

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry at Smith College

The Department of Chemistry at Smith College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry beginning July 1, 2019. Under the supervision of Professor Kevin Shea, this postdoctoral fellowship offers a combined teaching and research position at a selective liberal arts college. The successful candidate will conduct independent research with the focus aligned to Prof. Shea’s research programs in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical education. One area of research is focused on expanding the scope of transformations involving cobalt-complexed alkynes. His group also synthesizes novel anesthetics and neurolenin D analogs used in collaboration with two colleagues in Smith’s Biological Sciences Department. Chemical education research centers on the use of technology and current literature in intro organic lecture and implementation of semester-long course-based research projects in intro organic labs. Teaching responsibilities are two courses per year, to include contributions to the department’s intermediate and advanced offerings in organic chemistry. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry or a closely related field is required. A commitment to excellence in teaching and undergraduate research is essential.

The Department of Chemistry has state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation, and its faculty is dedicated to active research programs with undergraduate students. Our chemistry and related faculty have expertise across a wide range of chemistry disciplines including bioorganic, bioinorganic, organic materials, environmental, and surface science among others. Details about the Smith Department of Chemistry are available at https://www.smith.edu/academics/chemistry

Located in the vibrant community of Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest independent women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interacts with students in small classes, as advisers, and through student-faculty research projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life and broad collegial opportunities.

Submit your application at http://apply.interfolio.com/60242 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, a teaching philosophy statement, and a statement identifying how your own research interests converge with Prof. Shea’s scholarship. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2019. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. Smith welcomes applicants from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status.

Smith is committed to providing an accessible application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants to request any needed accommodation(s).

EEO/Affirmative Action Statement: Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.