Thursday, December 19, 2013

2014 Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) Internship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) are offering a paid 10-week summer internship program for students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.  During the course of the internship, students are introduced to environmental health at the federal level through collaborative projects, experiential learning opportunities, environmental health presentations, journal clubs, field trips, brown bag lunches, and mentoring relationships at NCEH/ATSDR.  Interns will be based at NCEH/ATSDR's Chamblee, Georgia Campus and will be paid a stipend of approximately $600 a week during the course of the program.   Application deadline is January 29, 2014.  Go on our website for application and eligibility requirements:   If you have any questions, pelase email Jay Nielsen or James Gooch at

Summer Undergrad Research Scholarship at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

The duPont Hospital for Children and Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion are accepting applications for their summer 2014 program.  Program is from June 2 until August 8, 2014.  Application deadline is January 17, 2014.  10-week paid scholarships are available for undergraduate students to pursue biomedical research at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DC and healthcare disparities research at Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion in Newak, DE.   Applications must have a minimu GPA of 3.2 and interest in basic and applied sciences, healthcare, pre-med, public health or related fields.  On line application and information  For more information 

Kent State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Liquid Crystal Institute NSF REU program

Kent State University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Liquid Crystal Institute are seeking applicants for a National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.  The program is held from June 2 through August 8, 2014.   Participants will be provided with a salary of $5,000, as well as housing in the Centennial Court Dormitories.   Travel support is provided as needed.Information and online application:   Review of applications begins March 1st, 2014 -- so get your applications in early.  Community college students are encouraged to apply. 

West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience SURI

The West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience continues to cultivate the next generation of neuroscientists with an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in our 9-week Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program.   Accepted students will gain invaluable experience as they study and work in high-tech facilities across over 40 laboratories housed in modern research facilities.  Students accepted to the 2014 SURI program will receive $4,000 stipend, paid throughout the program plus housing in the WVU-leased Pierpont Apartments, located near the Medical Center Campus. The program runs from May 27 to July 28, 2014.  Apply on line at:  Application deadline is February 1, 2014, with the research awards to be announced as early as March 1, 2014. 

NSF REU Program at University of Rochester - Department of Chemistry

A summer program of full-time scientific research, supporting discussion groups, research meetings, as well as social activities.  Research problems are available across the broad landscape of contemporary chemical research:  structure, mechanism, dynamics, synthesis, spectroscopy and theory; inorganic, organic, organometallic, physical, biological, polymer, nuclear and environmental chemistry.  Program runs from May 28 to August 1, 2014. For applications and information please go to:  (applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.)   Applications are due February 14, 2014.  For more information, please contact Thomas R. Krugh OR Marguerite Weston

BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville offering REU this summer

The Department of Biochemistry and Cellular Molecular Biology at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience.  The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological System.  The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.  We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply.  Underrepresented minorities, women and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.   More information and on-line applications are available at our web site at: or email

Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels Research Experience for Undergraduates (C2B2-REU)

C2B2 is a collaborative research center of the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  C2B2 is now seeking applications for the 2014 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (C2B2/NSF REU)!  Apply now: to spend your summer researching renewable fuels, chemicals and products in Colorado.  Visit for application requirements.  Completed applications must be received as of February 16, 2014 at 11:59PM.   Any questions please email or call 303-492-7736.

The University of North Texas -Department of Chemistry Summer NSF-REU

The University of North Texas, Department of Chemistry is offering once again the summer NSF-REU program.  This is a ten-week program and will begin June 2.   Participants will be given a $5,000 stipend, plus housing.  Funds are available at the northern outskirts of Dallas-Ft. Worth area.  Application forms and additional information on this program are available by visiting  Applications for the program are due by March 1, 2014 and should be submitted online:  For questions please contact Shawn Adams or 940-565-4372.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The University of Akron - College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering REU

The University of Akron, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will run from May 19 to August 8, 2014.  This program's purpose is to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer engineering including chemistry, physics, characterization, and biomaterials.  Research areas include:  Biomaterials, Chemistry, Engineering and Physics.  The research team will consist of graduate students, interns, post doctoral research associates and faculty members from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.   Stipend is $7,000 ($2,000 to be used for on-campus housing expenses).  For more information and to apply please visit:   or contact Kelli Fetter at 330-972-7667 or   Application Deadline is February 7, 2014.

Friday, November 22, 2013

2014 Penn State Chemistry REU Program

The Department of Chemistry at Penn State invites highly motivated undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors to participate in chemistry research in an environment that embraces and encourages excellence and inclusiveness.  Funding is from the National Science Foundation and the 3M Foundation; students will work for ten weeks on chemical research with a group of research mentors conducting an independent project.  The program runs from May 22 - August 1, 2014.  The Application Deadline is February 14, 2014.  You must be a US citizen and permanent resident, juniors or seniors in Fall 2014 and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Chemistry at 814-865-4041 or email:    To apply go to:

University of Delaware 2014 Marine Science Summer Internship

A great undergraduate summer research opportunity at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware is available for the summer 2014.   With the support of the NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science.  We especially encourage applications from members of minority groups underrepresented in science.   The program will run for 10 weeks (June 9 - August 15) and the stipend is $6,000 with campus housing and travel assistance.  For more information:  For application form and instructions:    If you need to speak with some one please call Ana Dittel, REU Coordinator at 302-645-4275 or

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2014 SURI Program West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience

West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience will offer up to 15 summer internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a college or university in the US and have completed their second or third year.   Research opportunities incorporate molecular - to systems-level analyses of nervous system function, which include projects in the following areas:  Sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; neural injury, including stroke; neurodegeneration; neuropsychiatric diseases.  Interns will conduct a well defined researh project under the supervision of a CN faculty member.   This is a 9 week program beginning May 27 - July 28, 2014.  Accepted students will receive a $4,000 salary plus housing in WVU-leased apartments on campus.   Application deadline is February 1, 2014.   Research awards to be announced as early as March 1, 2014.  For more information about the program, and to apply: 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rutgers Newark College of Arts and Sciences - Chemistry Department - GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE - November 20th

Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Chemistry) will hold a Graduate Open House on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Olson Hall,  Room 338 at 2:30 pm (Faculty Speed Talks) and 3:00 pm (Graduate Poster Session & Tour of Facilities).  Refreshments will be served.   For more information, please contact alessandro; Pablo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Soft Material Robotics IGERT Grant Fellowship at Tufts University

As a recipient of the National Science Foundation's prestigious IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) award, Tufts University has accepted the challenge of establishing new models for graduate education and training.  Our goal is to create a collaborative environment in which our research transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, with a focus on soft material robotics.  We invite seniors who plan to pursue graduate education in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or any of the Engineering disciplines to explore our Soft Material Robotics - IGERT website.   Information on how to apply for a Soft Material Robotics - IGERT Fellowship is available on the website.  Deadline is December 15, 2013.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Undergraduate Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of Seattle, Washington, invites students to apply to their Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).   This is a nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status who are interested in biomedical research.   Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.  The program runs from June 16th to August 15, 2014.   Please visit the SURP website to learn more about the program, including eligibiity criteria, compensation, travel and housing, and/or to submit an application.   Applications are due on January 17, 2014.  Two letters of recommendation are due on January 24, 2014.

Villanova University's Department of Chemistry is holding a PDS - Graduate Symposium on November 12, 2013

Department of Chemistry


Synergistic Induction of Cytoprotective Heme Oxygenase-1 by  
Co-treating with Sulforaphane and Copper Ions

Zachary Kemmerer
Advisor: Dr. Aimee Eggler

 Oxidative stress is a key component in the development of many chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular diseases, and carcinogenesis. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a highly inducible cytoprotective protein that produces the antioxidant, bilirubin. Bilirubin is the most potent antioxidant in mammalian serum, and thus is critical for mitigating oxidative stress and inflammation. Small molecule electrophiles and metals have independently been shown to induce HO-1. We hypothesized co-treatment could generate more-than-additive, synergistic induction of HO-1. We find that sulforaphane does synergistically induce the HO-1 protein when combined with Cu(II). The mechanism of this synergy is explored.

Synthesis of a Lemonose Derivative

Alicia Briegel
Advisor: Dr. Robert Giuliano

Lemonose is a sugar unit that is part of the natural product lemonomycin, which has shown activity against strains of bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A previous study on a class of carbohydrate-containing antibiotics, anthracyclines, showed that changing the functional groups on the sugar unit could change the activity and/or toxicity of the compound. The goal of this work is to synthesize 2,4,6-trideoxy-4-amino-3-C-methyl-L-lyxohexopyranose, a derivative of lemonose (shown below). The key synthetic challenge currently under investigation is formation of the cis amino alcohol. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

4:30pm – 5:20pm

Mendel 213

Mendel Science Center

The Public Is Invited To Attend

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Gerstner Sloan-Kettering

The Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences sponsors a 10-week research program for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.  Students in the program will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, posdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.  Attend weekly luncheon/seminar series with presentations by faculy.  Attend skills/development workshops, such as presentation skills, interview skills, etc.  Program begins on the first Monday in June and runs for 10 consecutive weeks.  Students who are accepted into the program will be offered a stipend of $4,000 and housing.   Four exceptional students will be selected and named "Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholars".  The deadline for submission of all application materials is February 1.  Applicants will be notified of a decision by March 15.  For eligibility requirements, further information and to apply, please go to:

Atlantis Project Study Abroad - 3 week January Program and 5 week Summer Program

PRE-HEALTH?  Intern at a European hospital in the North Atlantic!  The Atlantis Project brings pre-health undergraduate tudents for 5-week summer programs and a 3-week January program in the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Azores Islands (Portugal).  Atlantis Fellows intern at local public hospitals, see the European healthcare system from the inside, improve language skills, participate in a bioethics seminar and contribute to the community by teaching English to local residents - all of this in some of the most beautiful places on earth.   Deadlines:  3-week January 2014 session - Apply online by November 17, 2013; 5 week Summer 2014 sessions:  3 application rounds:  December 1, February 2, and March 2.  For further information and to apply, please go to:

American Chemical Society's SCI Scholars - Summer 2014 Internships for Undergraduates

The American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the fifth year of the summer internship program, SCI Scholars, for chemistry and chemical engineering undergraduates.  Exceptional sophomore and juniors with a GPA of at least 3.5 and who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.  Thirty Five scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer of 2014.  SCI Scholars will reeive $6,000-$10,000+ for a ten-weeek internship.   Students will be awarded a certificate and an additional $1,000 which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an  ACS or AIChE meeting.   Applications are due December 14, 2013.  Interested students should visit to fill out an application and get more information. 

Virginia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Virginia Tech, in conjunction with the NSF, is offering another opportunity for undergraduates to participate in research while earning $7,000 during summer 2014.  Applications are being accepted in both the sciences and engineering on the topic of Polymeric Nanostructures for Delivering Drugs and Imaging Agents.  Application review will begin on February 1, 2014.  The Program runs from May 20th until August 1, 2014.  Applicants should be rising juniors and seniors (preferred) U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.  For further information and to apply, please go to

The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP)

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is pleased to announce the return of The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP).  CRISSP is a 10-week competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in the biomedical sciences.  The internship is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge, practical training in academic research, and critical exposure to pediatric-focused career trajectories under the direct mentorship of CHOP faculty.  Full time immersion in a lab or research group allows interns to experience science and discovery first hand.  A stipend will be provided.  The program runs June 2 to August 8, 2014.  Additional information is available on our website:   CRISSP is a great opportunity for Villanova University students.  Students with competitive grades and career goals consistent with a future in biomedical research are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be open in November.  Up to 25 students will be accepted. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Match Education & Match Teacher Residency Fellowship Programs

Match Education is recruiting all majors.   Candidates do not need to have a background in education.    We seek candidates with strong content backgrounds - math, science, English, history, etc., and those who share our passion for social justice and education reform.   Match Education is a non-profit education foundation based in Boston and is looking for Villanova University grads to come tutor our students in Boston, MA.  Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency are one-year urban education fellowship programs that pair recent college graduates from top universities with a small caseload of Match students whom they work with in small group on 1-on-1 tutorials over the course of each day, providing close academic support and building relationships to guarantee the academic success of their Match students.  Teacher Residents participate in a teacher training program that prepares them to teach in "No Excuses" urban classrooms.  All details about the programs can be found here:   If you have any questions, please email 

2014 Summer Research at MIT - Amgen-UROP Scholars Program

Now entering its eighth year, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergardatues to participate in faculty-mentored summer research in MIT laboratories.  This intensive nine-week program focuses on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the areas of science and biotechnology.   Students indicating a strong desire to engage in research collaborations within these areas will be selected from colleges and universities from around the U.S., as well as the MIT undergraduate population. 

The 2014 Summer Program runs from June 9th to August 8th.   Apply online between November 1, 2013 to February 3, 2014: www.amgenscholars.comAdmissions decisions:  Early March 2014;  July 2014 (dates TBA):  Mid-summer symposium at UCLA in Los Angelese, CA  (travel expenses; room & board are covered). 

Amgen-UROP Scholars working 40 hours per week for the nine-week period will earn $4,700, at an hourly wage of $13.05.  In addition, an $800 meal allowance and on-camus housing is provided to all Scholars.  Travel to and from MIT for the beginning and end of the Program is covered for visiting (non-MIT) students.  Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident; undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).  U.S. Program applicants must also have:  a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.   To learn more about the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars program and how to apply please visit:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

University of Pennsylvania Axalta Distinguished Lectures

University of Pennsylvania announces the Axalta Distinguished Lectures, featuring Dr. Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor (MIT)   Biomaterials and Biotechnology:  From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering.  This even will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm Room 102 Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences.  For information, call 215-898-9722.

Lehigh University Open House

Department of Chemistry, Lehigh University is pleased to announce the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University is hosting an Open House Event on Saturday, October 16 from 9:30 am - 2 pm.  Students can use the following link to register:   The Chemistry Department will be hosting a concurrent poster session.   Students who attend the event will meet with faculty and current graduate students to learn about graduate studies in chemistry and biochemistry at Lehigh.   Light refreshments will be served.  The $75 application fee will be waived for anyone who attends this even and applies for graduate studies in the Chemistry Department.  Please email JoAnn DeSalvatore ( with any questions.

Friday, September 27, 2013

BRIDGE Society SCIENCE Mentoring & Networking Event on Wednesday, October 2nd

You are invited to the BRIDGE Society SCIENCE Mentoring & Networking Event on Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:00 pm in the Garey Hall Cafe.

Meet alumni and professions who will be sharing advice regarding research, graduate and medical school, and employmnet in scientific and non-scientific fields.   The following organizations are represented:  DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, GenoSpace, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, American Chemical Society, Jefferson Medical college, UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and more.

RSVP:  For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Graziano, J.D. 610-519-7427,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Stowers Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Program at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research offers students with a passion for science the extraordinary opportunity to join a laboratory and immerse themselves in a research topic full-time over a ten-week period to explore a potential career in science.   For more information and deadline, contact Ana Pedraza, Summer Scholars Program Coordinator - 816.926.4400

Visit the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research at the Biomedical Sciences Virtual Grad School Fair

Chat with school representatives in a live virtual setting.   Gain valuable insight into our program, the admissions process and the Stowers culture without ever leaving your desk.   Get the information you need to decide on the best program for you.  Visit our website at    Free for all prospective students to attend.   Virtual Fair Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2013.   Register at     For more information:  770-980-0088

Southwestern Medical Center (SURF) Program

UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.  The goal of SURF is to give students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class research environment.   Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty.  We have increased the number of fellowships for SURF to 85.  For more information and to apply online, please go to

UT Southwestern is also sponsoring the Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program.   This program, initially funded by a NIGMS training grant and now funded internally, will accept 10 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry.   The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting.  QP-SURF students would carry out their 10-week research project in a biomedical engineering, biophysics, computational biology, or quantitative/analytical chemistry laboratory.  For more information, and to apply online, please go to  

Both summer program will run from June 2nd through August 8th, 2014.   Participants will be selected based on their letters of reference, course work, and experience.   The stipend for the 10-week program is $4,000.   If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program:  however, fellows are responsible for paing their own travel expenses.   Application deadline is February 9, 2014.    Any problems or questions, please email

Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry's 3rd Biennial John A. Pople Lectures in the Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry announces a lecture by James T. Hynes, University of Colorado Boulder.  The title of Dr. Hynes' lecture is "Jumps and Hydrogen Bonds:  From Pure Water to DNA", and will be held on October 15th at 4:30 pm in the Auditorium of the Mellon Institute at 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.  Free and open to the public with a reception to follow in the Mellon Institute Lobby.   For more information, please call 412-268-1062.

The Hertz Foundation - Graduate Fellowships

The Hertz Foundation selects, supports, and mentors the brightest technical people in the nation, giving them all possible freedom to find their creative limits.   By further providing them opportunities to interact as a community, we help equip them to meet John Hertz's challenge to serve the nation. Twenty new Fellowships awarded annually, over 40 currently participating U.S. research universities and two options available, chosen at time of award.  For further information on these options and to apply online, please go to .  Application deadline is November 1, 2013.

Bryn Mawr College Graduate Studies Open House - October 26th

    Bryn Mawr College Graduate Program in Chemistry has been producing Ph.D. chemists for over 100 years, yet our program is often unknown because of its small size.  Our program is distinctive in that it is located at an elite undergraduate college renown for its scholarship.  The small size of our program creates strong and personal connections between graduate students and faculty mentors. And since our program is housed within a vigorous undergraduate institution, the value we place on quality teaching is transferred to our graduate students in their training. Many of our graduate students choose Bryn Mawr precisely for this valuable teacher mentoring since they plan to pursue a career in academia.  Although the environment for graduate work is unique at Bryn Mawr College, the aims and requirements of the graduate program are similar to those at larger research institutions.  Ph.D. students must successfully complete coursework, oral exams, and proposals, as well as give research presentations at external conferences, as part of their development as Ph.D. scientists.

    Bryn Mawr College is a small liberal arts college 20 minutes west of Philadelphia, located in a beautiful suburban environment. There is easy access to Philadelphia by train and a consortial arrangement exists that provides our students access to the University of Pennsylvania for courses and/or facilities when needed.

    If you feel Bryn Mawr might offer an attractive environment for some of your students to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, please direct them to the website for our graduate program: At the website you can learn about our faculty and their research areas, see where our current students come from, and read why they chose Bryn Mawr for graduate studies towards a Ph.D.

    We will be hosting a Graduate Open House on Oct. 26th. This is a terrific opportunity for students to meet faculty and current students and see first hand what doing graduate work in a liberal arts environment would be like.  I will be sending a small poster (see attached) by US mail that advertises our Open House on Oct. 26th. Please mention this opportunity to any of your students who might be interested. Students may email me to register for the event.

    If you or your students have any questions, please contact me.

Jonas Goldsmith

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies (winter session) is now accepting applications.  The course starts December 19, 2013 through January 14, 2014.   For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Undergraduate Research Poster Day

Come join us in a celebration of Undergraduate Research at Villanova University.   Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.  Undergraduate Research Opportunities are yet another reason that Villanova Unniversity is a great place to learn and grow.   Undergraduate researchers will present their summer research in an exciting poster session

Hosted by:  The Center for Udnergraduate Research and Fellowships, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Department of Chemistry, The College of Engineering.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chemical Heritage Foundation Particle Falls Premiere

Particle Falls is a real-time visualization of air-quality data.  On a background of falling blue light, spots of bright, fiery color emerge and crackle, representing the presence of fine particulate matter in the air.   This digital-media installation will be projected onto the Wilma Theater facade starting on September 26, 2013.   Join us for a reception and panel discussion with the artist, Andrea Polli, and the director of Drexwl University's ExCITe Center, Youngmoo Kim, on the intersection between art, science, and digital media.  How can art help the public better understand science?  How can art help the public better understand science?   How can artistic visualization help scientists communicate their work?
September 26, 2013
7:30 pm
Wilma Theater lobby
265 S.Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
Particle Falls is presented in conjunction with CHF's Sensing Change exhibit on display in CHF's Clifford C. hach Gallery at 315 Chestnut Street through May 2, 2014.  The exhibit features the work of Vaughn Bell, Diane Burko, Roderick Coover, Katie Holten, Statcey Levy, Eve Mosher, Fernanda Viegas, and Martin Wattenberg.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC - Saturday, October 26th

Greetings from UMBC,

I am very pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at our campus at 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21250.  This student-focused event is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH and it is being hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences with the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Biological Sciences.  

The Symposium invites mentor-approved contributions from undergraduates investigating any aspect of chemistry, biology and biochemistry.  These advances will be disseminated in a daylong event that typically offers nearly 200 student contributions and gathers more than 400 beginning scientists, mentors, and other guests. The event will feature two poster sessions with posters judged by panels of participating mentors and other qualified attendees.  Judges will rank first and second place posters in each category with non-financial awards presented at the event’s end. 

Abstracts, using the prescribed format, must be uploaded online at the event website:  - this is a new URL.   The deadline for abstract submissions is September 26, 2013.  It is tentatively planned to inform student authors on the status of their submissions by mid-October.  Students submitting abstracts should plan to present their research at this event.

Registration is free and required.  All attendees are asked to register their attendance at  Light-fare refreshments and lunch will be provided. 
 Faculty mentors and qualified attendees are needed to support this exceptional undergraduate experience by volunteering to serve as poster judges. Please consider volunteering.

To improve efficiency, we are using electronic announcements this year in lieu of sending out postcards and brochures via traditional mail.  Detailed information including the event schedule and a sample abstract are available on the event website.  Also, an electronic version of the event's trifold brochure is attached for your convenience in PDF format.  Please forward information about this event to your colleagues and interested undergraduate researchers.

New this year, we ask that the maximum size of the one sheet posters be 36" wide and 42" long - portrait orientation.  This will enable two posters to be presented side-by-side on each poster display board. A sample abstract attached for your reference.

We look forward to having you and your students participate in the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC.

William R. LaCourse, Ph.D.
Dean, CNMS
UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland
1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-5827 – office

Tour for Diversity in Medicine - a 6-state Bus Tour

 On September 25th 2013 T4D (Tour for Diversity in Medicine) will have its eductional stop with workshops at Rowan University in Glassboror, NJ.   These workshops are open to all undergraduate, recent graduates and Post-Bac students in the surrounding area.  There is no cost to attend, however, spots are limited.  Our goal is to reach 150 students at each educational stop.   Please share this oportunity with the students at your institution.    Please pass along to your students.    If there are questions or concerns please email  Here is the link to the website:


Thursday, September 12th, The 2nd Annual BRIDGE Society Law, Politics & Government Mentoring & Networking


You are invited to The 2nd Annual BRIDGE Society Law, Politics & Government Mentoring & Networking Event on Thursday, September 12th at 6:00pm in the Villanova Room. Meet over 40 alumni and professionals from across the spectrum of the law, politics, and government industry. Talk to FBI agents, lobbyists, politicians, government employees, attorneys, and more, and learn about future possible directions.

RSVP Required: RSVP early!

Dress: Business dress required.


Best Wishes,
Karen Graziano, J.D.
Director, Leadership & Professional Development
Law School Advisor


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CHF - First Friday: Sensing Change exhibit opening

Chemical Heritage Foundation Library - Museum - Center for Scholars
First Friday: Sensing Change exhibit opening

Learn more

Join us for the opening celebration of Sensing Change, an art exhibit and related programming that challenges us to see our environment with fresh eyes.  

First Friday: Sensing Change exhibit opening
July 5, 2013
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
FREE and open to the public; no registration required.
Learn more »

Explore the exhibit and more:

  • Curator talks (5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m.): Hear about the exhibit firsthand from its curators, Elizabeth McDonnell and Christy Schneider. 
  • Hands-on activities (throughout the evening): Learn how green spaces have long played an important role in urban health, from William Penn's plan for a "greene countrie town" called Philadelphia to the phytoremediation (that is, soil remediation using plants) taking place today around the world. Then contribute your own thoughts and creativity by creating artwork that explores your environment. 

Support for Sensing Change and related programming has been provided by the Dietrich Foundation, the Public Health Fund, and U.S. Trust. CHF acknowledges Kathryn Hach-Darrow's generous support of exhibits in the Clifford C. Hach Gallery at CHF. Additional support for CHF's exhibits program comes from Crystal TrustThe Dow Chemical Company, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.


First Fridays at CHF are made possible with the generous support of BNY Mellon Wealth Management and DuPont


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Friday, June 28, 2013

News from Chemical Heritage Foundation

On July 1, CHF will launch Sensing Change, an art exhibit, related programming, and online content that challenges us to see our environment with fresh eyes.

 Sensing Change asks us to consider what motivates artists and scientists to observe and investigate our environment. How do creative professionals in both fields make visible largely invisible processes, such as wind patterns and air quality? What methods and instruments have been used to sense shifts in our climate over time? 

Starting today, we're counting down to the launch of Sensing Change with selected videos, behind-the-scenes photos, and key items from our collections.    

 Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and look for #sensingchange to join the countdown--and the conversation.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rohm and Haas Fellow in Focus Lecture, April 17, 2013

Join the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, April 17, for "Michel-Eugene Chevreul and the Material Cultures of Color in 19th-Century France," A Rohm and Haas Fellow in Focus lecture by Laura Anne Kalba.   Lecture begins at 6:00 pm with Dessert and Coffee at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free.   Please register online or contact Carin Berkowitz at 215-873-8289 or 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Department of Chemistry presents Dr. Daniel Nocera's lecture on The Chemistry of Solar Fuels, Thursday, April 25

The Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions, Department of Chemistry, Villanova University presents Dr. Daniel Nocera, The Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Harvard University.   On Thursday, April 25, 2013, Dr. Daniel Nocera will lecture on The Chemistry of Solar Fuels in Room 132, Driscoll Hall, at 4:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend.

On April 24, 2013, The Department of Chemistry presents the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions with Dr. Daniel Nocera

Dr. Daniel Nocera, The Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University will present a lecture on The Global Energy Challenge.   This will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University at 4:30 pm.    The public is invited and encouraged to attend this lecture.   RSVPs are appreciated.   Call 610-519-4881 or email

Dr. Daniel Nocera
The Pattterson Rockwood Professor of Energy
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Alumni Survey

Dear Department of Chemistry graduate,

I am writing to ask for your participation in an upcoming survey for our most recent B.S. in Chemistry degree recipients (graduating classes 2004 to present). Your participation in this brief survey will provide valuable input that will help to evaluate and strengthen our programs. While this survey is targeted to those of you who graduated under the current curriculum, we intend to seek input from other graduating classes in future surveys.

 You can expect to receive an email message from Villanova that will prompt you to participate in an electronic survey on behalf of the Department of Chemistry.  Up-to-date contact information will ensure that you receive this important message. If your contact information has changed, please let us know by sending an email to

Thank you for considering this request. Your feedback is invaluable as we make well-informed decisions concerning the growth and improvement of the programs in the Villanova University Department of Chemistry.

Wm. Scott Kassel, PhD
Associate Professor & Chair

Monday, March 11, 2013

University of Maryland - Baltimore Open House on April 13, 2013

Join us at our University Open House, Satruday, April 13, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm, to explore the seven professional schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.   We are now accepting registrations for this event at   Registration deadline is April 7, 2013.    This is an opportunity for students to explore the professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public services offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  There will also be opportunities available for student scholarships, leadership and community involvement. 

Green Corps is Looking for College Graduates

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.  Click here to find out more.  In your year with Green Corps: You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America all across the country.  You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more. You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify. And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2013-2014. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haulIf you think you’re one of those people, then click here to submit your application to join the 2013-2014 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2013 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the country.  Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, fill out our online interest form.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CHF presents Vernacular Science of the New Madrid Earthquakes: Creating knowledge in the Early United States - March 15, 2013

The Chemical Heritage Foundation will present a lecture by Conevery Bolton Valencius on  Vernacular Science of the New Madrid Earthquakes:  Creating Knowledge in the Early United States  on March 15, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.   CHF - 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106.   Open to the public and free admission, but you must register.    If you have any questions or trouble registering, please email: 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Penn State University (Climate Science) Summer Research Assistantships

Summer 2013 research assistantships are available in the area of climate science within the Department of Meteorology at Penn State University (University Park Campus). Appointment is for ten weeks, starting 3 June 2013. Positions are ideally suited for atmospheric science, ecology, physics, mathematics, and engineering undergraduates. During the summer, field and laboratory research activities will be done at Penn State University and will require 40 hours per week. Responsibilities include research experimental design, data acquisition with state-of-the-art instruments,  analyses of data sets, numerical modeling, writing of research reports, and presenting findings at research symposia. Examples of research projects include impacts of natural gas mining on regional air quality and climate, forest carbon sequestration, cloud condensation characteristics of aerosols, and gas and aerosol transport in the lower

atmosphere. The research assistantships are ideally suited for juniors and seniors who plan to go to graduate school.  Interested candidates can submit a job application via email to Professor Jose D Fuentes (E-mail: or Dr. Jon Nese (E-mail: Applications should include a cover letter, a resume, a list of courses taken in undergraduate school and associated grades, and names of two references.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

St. Joseph's University Chapter of Sigma Xi 24th Annual Call for Abstracts

The 24th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Undergraduate and graduate students working in the areas of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, the Natural, and the Social Sciences are invited and encouraged to present the results of their work in the poster sessions.  We expect, as in previous years, over 100 students from the region's colleges and universities to attend.

The Symposium will commence at 5:00 PM on the Saint Joseph's University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.  It will open with the keynote address in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. The poster sessions will start at 6:45 in the Campion Student Center.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Research Associate and Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Brandeis University.  Her talk is entitled "Numerical Competence Studies on a Grey Parrot."  This talk is free and open to the public.  Dr. Pepperberg will also be this year's recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. award.  This award recognizes the work of inspirational scientists, researchers and policy makers.  Clavius, a Jesuit mathematician and astronomer is best known as an architect of the modern Gregorian calendar and as an inspiration to such thinkers as Kepler, Descartes and Leibniz.  As one of the world's foremost authorities on animal cognitive capabilities, Dr. Pepperberg is particularly deserving of this award.  Indeed, over the course of her impressive career she has been the recipient of many fellowships, grants, and awards.  Her book, The Alex Studies, describing over 20 years of peer-reviewed experiments on Grey parrots, received favorable mention from publications as diverse as the New York Times and Science. Her memoir, Alex & Me, was a New York Times bestseller and won a Christopher Award. She has presented her findings nationally and internationally at universities and scientific congresses, often as a keynote or plenary speaker, and has published numerous journal articles, reviews, and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the American Ornithologists' Union, AAAS, the Midwestern Psychological Society, the Eastern Psychological Association (where she is now also a board member), and presently serves as consulting editor for three journals and as associate editor for The Journal of Comparative Psychology.

The registration fee for the symposium is $25 for students and $40 for faculty members. The optional dinner at Saint Joseph's is an additional $15 for both students and faculty.  Registration and abstracts are due by Tuesday March 19th, 2013.  For more information including online registration for the symposium, please visit  Please share this announcement with any potentially interested students or faculty. We look forward to seeing you and your students this April.