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October 27, 2011

Van Andel Institute Graduate School

The Van Andel Research Institute, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, conducts biomedical research with an emphasis on translating scientific results into clinical applications. The Van Andel Institute Graduate School trains Ph.D. scientists to be leading scholars in cellular, molecular and genetic studies relevant to human diseases. Our innovative problem-based curriculum leads students to explore fundamental concepts in genetics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology through highly integrated courses based on current research questions. Thesis research is conducted in state-of-the-art laboratories within a beautiful, award-winning building. Other components of our program help develop the professional skills needed in future research leaders.

For the entering class of Fall 2012, we seek effective independent learners who work capably in a collegial team environment. A solid foundation in cell biology, molecular biology and genetics will be important but more essential is an understanding of and passion for the life of a scientist, and the exploration of cutting-edge scientific questions. Those with a bold and pioneering spirit will make the most of this opportunity.

Please view the attached
brochure for additional information. More information and on-line application are available at our website, www.vai.org/Education/GraduateSchool.aspx, or by contacting the graduate school office at registrar@vai.org or 616-234-5708.

October 26, 2011

SCI Scholars: Summer 2012 Internships

We are pleased to announce the third year of the summer internship program, SCI Scholars, for chemistry and chemical engineering undergraduates.

The program is a joint effort of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group, the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and was developed to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.

Exceptional sophomores and juniors with a GPA of at least 3.5 and who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.

Program details:

  • Thirty scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer of 2012.
  • SCI Scholars receive $6,000-$10,000 for a ten-week 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.
  • Scholars nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials.
  • Applications are due December 16, 2011.
  • Interested students should visit www.acs.org/sci to fill out an application and get more information.

Co-op in GE's Materials Characterization Lab

Materials Characterization Co-Op
GE Lighting Tungsten Products Plant
Euclid, OH

At GE Lighting, we’re leading a global lighting revolution. In developing innovative energy-efficient lighting products, systems, and solutions for today and the future – such as world-class LED, fluorescent and ceramic metal halide light sources -- GE Lighting teams around the world are dedicated to leading a global lighting revolution to deliver innovative solutions that change the way people light and think about their world. Join us and you’ll find yourself in a dynamic atmosphere working with the most talented people in the industry in an open, developmental environment with abundant opportunities to learn, grow and advance within the organization. If you’re a driven, independent problem solver who brings leadership and enthusiasm to everything you do, then join GE in creating the next generation of products that will improve the lives of consumers for generations to come.

Position Description
GE Lighting in Euclid, OH is seeking students interested in a Co-Op assignment for its Materials Characterization Laboratory. Be part of an energized team of scientists involved in chemical and physical characterization of materials related to our Lighting business. We work in a diverse, exciting environment with access to state-of-the-art equipment applied to challenging manufacturing and technology projects that enhance quality, growth and competitiveness.

Using skills developed in school, individuals will be challenged to apply their education to projects important to the success of our business. Assignments will include sample preparation using various acids for sample dissolution purposes and assisting lab technicians in analysis such as: trace impurity analysis in refractory materials by ICP-OES elemental analysis; determination of carbon and oxygen in metals by combustion analysis (LECO); and wet chemistry.

Qualifications
Students currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Chemistry.

Demonstrated analytical approach to problem solving, initiative, strong communication skills, effective team skills, computer skills and coursework or related experience are required.

An excellent record of academic achievement and solid analytical skills are strongly preferred.

Additional Information
Position is 20 to 40 hours/week during lab business hours (7 am to 4:30 pm).

Anticipated start date: December 20, 2011

Contact
Juli M. Bencivengo
MCL Lab Leader

21800 Tungsten Rd* Euclid, Ohio 44117
Tel: 216.266-3795
Fax: 216-266-8380
Dial Comm: 8*346-3795
juli.bencivengo@ge.com

October 17, 2011

Submissions to Journal of Young Investigators


My name is Christopher Hrvoj, and I am the current Director of Public Relations at The Journal of Young Investigators (http://www.jyi.org), the premier science journal for undergraduates. Featured in Nature, The New York Times, and Science, JYI aims to promote undergraduate science research through monthly publications of scientific research manuscripts, features and news articles, and information pertinent to careers in science. Since 1997, JYI has published over 500 research and features articles written by undergraduates, and reviewed by members of our staff, who currently represent over 50 academic institutions from six countries. I am writing to make you aware of several exciting educational opportunities for undergraduates offered by JYI in the fields of scientific publication, science writing, and mentoring. We deeply appreciate your dedication to the sciences and hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to enhance student involvement in research at your institution. Firstly, JYI is currently soliciting submissions of research manuscripts from undergraduates to each of our research departments, which include Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and Psychology and Social Sciences. Our editorial staff members carefully review submitted manuscripts for web publication, guiding undergraduates through an editing and publication process to which few of them would otherwise be exposed. Undergraduates who have composed senior honors theses and summer research papers in particular stand to benefit from such evaluation, and we encourage you to suggest publication with JYI as a possibility to such outstanding students. JYI is also currently providing undergraduates with the opportunity to serve as staff members within our organization. Students interested in joining our staff are encouraged to submit applications for the positions listed below. All JYI staff members contribute their time on an unpaid basis, so a strong passion for promoting scientific research is necessary in all applicants. For more information on joining our journal's staff, please visit http://www.jyi.org/participate.php. We are currently actively seeking candidates for the following positions: General Staff (average commitment of 3-5 hours/week) Science Journalist News and Feature Editor Research Associate Editor Career Researcher Human Resources Officer Graphic Artist Programmer Executive Board (average commitment of 10 hours/week) Director of the Career Center Director of Human Resources Chief Development Officer Chief Technical Officer Senior Research Editor We would be very grateful if you would share these opportunities with your students. If you are interested in doing so, we encourage you to forward this e-mail to your students, or to forward the attached message. We would also appreciate it if you would kindly add a link to www.jyi.org on your department's webpage, as this would be yet another way for students to learn about JYI.

Sincerely,
Christopher Hrvoj
Director of Public Relations
Journal of Young Investigators
http://www.jyi.org.

Submissions to Journal of Young Investigators

My name is Christopher Hrvoj, and I am the current Director of Public Relations at The Journal of Young Investigators (http://www.jyi.org), the premier science journal for undergraduates. Featured in Nature, The New York Times, and Science, JYI aims to promote undergraduate science research through monthly publications of scientific research manuscripts, features and news articles, and information pertinent to careers in science. Since 1997, JYI has published over 500 research and features articles written by undergraduates, and reviewed by members of our staff, who currently represent over 50 academic institutions from six countries. I am writing to make you aware of several exciting educational opportunities for undergraduates offered by JYI in the fields of scientific publication, science writing, and mentoring. We deeply appreciate your dedication to the sciences and hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to enhance student involvement in research at your institution. Firstly, JYI is currently soliciting submissions of research manuscripts from undergraduates to each of our research departments, which include Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and Psychology and Social Sciences. Our editorial staff members carefully review submitted manuscripts for web publication, guiding undergraduates through an editing and publication process to which few of them would otherwise be exposed. Undergraduates who have composed senior honors theses and summer research papers in particular stand to benefit from such evaluation, and we encourage you to suggest publication with JYI as a possibility to such outstanding students. JYI is also currently providing undergraduates with the opportunity to serve as staff members within our organization. Students interested in joining our staff are encouraged to submit applications for the positions listed below. All JYI staff members contribute their time on an unpaid basis, so a strong passion for promoting scientific research is necessary in all applicants. For more information on joining our journal's staff, please visit http://www.jyi.org/participate.php. We are currently actively seeking candidates for the following positions: General Staff (average commitment of 3-5 hours/week) Science Journalist News and Feature Editor Research Associate Editor Career Researcher Human Resources Officer Graphic Artist Programmer Executive Board (average commitment of 10 hours/week) Director of the Career Center Director of Human Resources Chief Development Officer Chief Technical Officer Senior Research Editor We would be very grateful if you would share these opportunities with your students. If you are interested in doing so, we encourage you to forward this e-mail to your students, or to forward the attached message. We would also appreciate it if you would kindly add a link to www.jyi.org on your department's webpage, as this would be yet another way for students to learn about JYI.

Sincerely,
Christopher Hrvoj
Director of Public Relations
Journal of Young Investigators
http://www.jyi.org.

REU at University of Akron

We are pleased to announce that the NSF REU site for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron will again accept applications for the summer of 2012. This year’s stipend amount is $7,000 and the deadline for applications is February 1, 2012. The attached brochure is primarily for undergraduate students who are currently sophomores or juniors, although we have had a few freshmen. The application and more information can be found on our website: http://www2.uakron.edu/cpspe/DPS/reu.php. If you have any questions please contact me at 330-972-7667, or by email at polymerreu@uakron.edu.

Thank you,

Kelli Fetter
REU Coordinator
College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3909

Office: (330)972-7667
Fax: (330)972-5290
Email: polymerscisa3@uakron.edu