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: