Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Clinical Research Training Program

Are you currently a college student or recent college graduate looking for a paid internship to help you get that hard to find clinical research experience?

If so, then Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services’ Clinical Research Training Program is for you. Learn from one of the leading CRO’s in the business.

We are recruiting recent grads to begin our training program in June 2008. This is a paid internship. After completion of the program the majority of the interns will be offered a position. We are looking for individuals that are available to travel 80% of the time. Must be willing to be based out of Pittsburgh, PA.

The intern will receive classroom and on-the-job clinical research training.
Here are some examples of the training you will receive.
  • Informed Consent
  • ICH Guidelines
  • Site Selection
  • Study Initiation
  • Site monitoring procedures
  • Study Close Out
  • Database Lock and Final Reporting

General responsibilities for monitoring multi-site assignments for Clinical Studies include; ensuring adherence to Good Clinical Practices, investigator integrity and compliance with protocol and study procedures, at Investigator sites in accordance with Novum SOP’s.

Job Requirements A four year degree in Biology, Chemistry, Nursing or a health related field.

This is an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in Clinical Research doing meaningful work that makes a difference!

Contact Dr. McElroy or Dr. Villemain for more details (including an attached PowerPoint presentation on the company, the program, and their benefits).

Chemistry Seminar - 2/29

This week's seminar speakers will be Dr. Michael Hendrich and Mr. William Gunderson from Carnegie Mellon University. Their talk is titled "New Intermediates in the Catalytic Cycle of Manganese Dioxygenase".

Please join us in Weyandt 149 at 3:30. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Study Abroad Opportunity

This information just arrived today, but unfortunately there is a Feb. 29 deadline - so act quickly if interested!

2008 "Junior Summer Abroad" Research Program in Europe for Undergraduate U.S. Students

Come and experience one of the best research experiences of your life! During this 8-week study abroad program, you will be exposed to international research, education and culture. In addition, you will be working in an experienced, collaborative research team to develop and apply algorithms and software for simulating reactions with organic materials that involve transitions between electronic states. Applicants should have at least two years of undergraduate study, preferably majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or computer science; or a related discipline such as chemical engineering or materials science, with an interest in chemistry. If you have an enthusiasm for learning new science, we will help you to become familiar with this exciting area of complex systems research that is becoming more important in the global environment.

We offer:
  • 8 weeks in Europe: June 30 - August 22
  • $2,000 stipend
  • housing, food and transportation costs paid
  • extensive contact with graduate student mentors and professors
  • training in cyberinfrastructure
  • arranged tours and outings
  • participation in a concluding workshop
To qualify, the candidate:
  • must be a United States citizen
  • have at least two years of undergraduate study, preferably majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or computer science; or a related discipline such as chemical engineering or materials science, with an interest in chemistry.
  • must complete application and submit by February 29, 2008
For more information or to apply for this opportunity, contact Bill Hase (, John Tully ( or Theresa Windus ( or visit our website at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 2/22

This week's guest speaker is Dr. Michael Trakselis of the University of Pittsburgh. He will present the seminar "DNA Replication Mechanisms: Using Archaea as a Model System".

Please join us in Weyandt 149 at 3:30 for the seminar and light refreshments.

Dr. Trakselis will also be available starting at 3:10 in the same room to discuss graduate study opportunities at Pitt with any interested upperclassmen or graduate students.

Opportunities at Lancaster Laboratories

The faculty have all received literature from Lancaster Laboratories announcing that they are seeking candidates for employment in the areas of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and environmental science.

You will most likely see several posters presented around the halls in Weyandt.

Current job openings can be found on their website.

Interested candidates should contact or phone (717) 656-2300.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Summer Job & Internship Fair Announced

The fair is open to all majors and will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 11am-2pm in the HUB Ohio and Susquehanna rooms.

For more complete information, see

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 2/15

This week's guest speaker will be Dr. Chris Cahill from George Washington University. His seminar "Synthesis, Structural Chemistry and Luminescence of f-Metal Containing Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials" will be held in Weyandt 149 at 3:35pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Reminder: Call For Presentations

A reminder that the submission deadline for the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum presentations is Feb. 17.

For more information, see the website.

Summer Employment at Johns Hopkins

Who: Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) seeks outstanding science teachers, professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students to work in our summer programs

What: CTY offers challenging 3-week academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the US and around the world.

Where: Residential sites in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. As well as in China, Mexico and Spain.
Day Site locations in the Baltimore-Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas.

When: Session 1: June 26 – July 19
Session 2: July 19 – August 9
Instructors and teaching assistants may work one or two sessions.

Why: Teach what you love, work with exceptional students in small classes, learn from talented colleagues, and enjoy a generous lab budget.

Salary: Instructors: $2100 – $3000 per 3-week session, based on experience.
Teaching assistants: $1100 per 3-week session.
Plus room and board at our residential sites.

Classes: 12 – 18 students
Each course has an instructor and teaching assistant.

Courses Available:

Crystals and Polymers
Students examine the structural and chemical features of crystals and polymers to better understand their properties. Students learn about metals, ionic solids, and composite materials such as orthodontic memory metal, discovering their features by building models ranging from simple cubic unit cells to network solids.

Examining the Evidence
By taking on the role of forensic scientists investigating different types of crime scenes, students develop their laboratory techniques and build knowledge of biology and chemistry.

Medical Sciences: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Students begin with a study of basic biochemistry, cell biology, and some human physiology. The course then moves into pharmacology and the effects of drugs and toxins.

The Edible World
Students take a closer look at the common products on grocery shelves, and use these items as a springboard to learn about chemistry and biotechnology.

Fast-Paced High School Chemistry
This course covers material ordinarily included in a year-long introductory course in high school chemistry (the usual prerequisite for honors or AP Chemistry).

Chemistry in Society
Designed for those who have not yet taken a chemistry course, this course gives students an introduction to the field of chemistry and its uses in the world around us.

Nuclear Science
This course covers the principles governing atomic and nuclear structure, radioactivity, and nuclear processes. Students employ these principles to understand technologies such as carbon-14 dating, treatments for cancer, nuclear reactors, and the effects of radiation exposure.

For additional information please visit our website at:

If you have questions, feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail to or by calling 410-735-6185. Also, if you could take a moment and forward this opportunity to a friend or colleague who you think would be a good fit for our program, we would greatly appreciate it.

Vince Bonina
Program Manager - Summer Programs
Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth
Phone: (410)735-6185
Fax: (410)735-6187

REU Summer Program at University of Connecticut

We are seeking participants for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program!

Our principal objective is the exposure of undergraduates from primarily non-Ph.D. granting institutions to a stimulating research environment. We especially encourage women to apply to our program. Taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities including wheel chair accessible fume hoods in our new Chemistry building and the extensive infrastructure at the UConn supporting students with disabilities, we also welcome applications from this group.

Participants will spend 10 weeks (from Monday, June 2 to Friday, August 8, 2008) working with UConn faculty and graduate students on a research project at the cutting-edge of chemistry. The research program is accompanied by a series of seminars and a varied social program.

Participants will gain knowledge of the fundamentals of scientific research, experience the intellectual delights of discovery, practice both verbal and written communication of research results, and secure a foundation for making informed decisions regarding future careers.

Our program support includes stipends of $4000, a travel allowance, and room and partial board in our modern University Dormitories. More information about our program, eligibility rules, and application forms are available from this website (see links on the side bar) or can be obtained by contacting the address below.


For more information:

Undergraduate/REU Site Coordinator: Osker Dahabsu

REU Program
Department of Chemistry, Unit 3060
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3060

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Journal Club to Meet Friday 2/8

The first journal club discussion for this semester will be this Friday, February 8, at 2:30 pm in 236 127 Weyandt. Ms. Kaycie Butler will lead the discussion of some new methods for drug delivery. Copies of the article she has chosen are available outside Dr. Southard's office (239D Weyandt). Everyone is welcome.