Friday, January 31, 2014

Villanova University Department of Chemistry's 2014 Summer Research

Each year, the Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate students opportunities to work on an independent research project with a faculty mentor. These are paid positions that are supported through faculty research grants and other funds available to the Department.

I encourage you to meet with Chemistry faculty to discuss research opportunities in their laboratories, both in the summer and during the school year. I also suggest speaking with your classmates and with our graduate students about the research they are doing.

Applications for Summer Undergraduate Research (SUGR) Fellowships (sent to you by email) should be completed with a faculty mentor and returned to the Chemistry office by Friday, March 14, 2014. Awards will be announced by the week of March 31. The number of awards depends on funding available.

In addition to funding summer research students through faculty research grants and the Department, we are offering several competitive fellowships thanks to the Dr. Ronald Magolda Undergraduate Research Fund, the James J. and Ann M. O'Malley Fund for Undergraduate Research, and Anthony J. and Heand Johns Silvestri. Prior research experience is required for both the Magolda and Silvestri awards, while the O’Malley award is for first time researchers or those with little research experience. If you wish to be considered for one of these competitive fellowships, you need to provide an additional brief statement (maximum of 250 words) describing your career objectives and how receiving one of these fellowships will help you attain them. 
Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows Program 2014-15

The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) is pleased to announce the tenth annual Call for Proposals for the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Program. Undergraduates from all of the Colleges may apply for funding to undertake a scholarly research project with a Faculty Sponsor. Research projects will be conducted during the summer and students funded by the program will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their summer projects. Details of the VURF application process can be found at the following website: The application deadline is Monday, March 10, 2014.
Summer Housing 2014-15
CURF is also accepting applications for summer housing ( The application deadline is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. 

 If you are interested in summer housing, I encourage you to apply at the same time as the Chemistry SUGR Fellowship program as the Department can offer a limited number of room and board awards.

I look forward to seeing you in the Department this summer!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Job Opportunity in Tarrytown, NY at Regeneron

A recent grad, Matthew Blizinski  joined  Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the fastest growing biopharmaceutical companies in the world, in May 2013 as a biotech production specialist, focusing on protein purification of commercial drugs with particular emphasis on affinity, ion exchange, and hydrophobic interaction chromatography. Now that he is in a position to help current students, he contacted us to pass along his contact information (Matthew Blizinski, biotech production specialist II, for any graduating students interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry. Regeneron, stationed out of Tarrytown, NY, is a great place for young professionals and would ideal for students graduating with science degree from Villanova University.  Please contact him if you are interested.