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