Monday, October 20, 2014

Another Fall Opportunity for recent Ph.Ds- Due November 1!



AAAS seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives, as well as those with disability status. Fellows have ranged in age from late 20s to early 70s. They represent a spectrum of career stages, from recent Ph.D. graduates to faculty on sabbatical to retired scientists and engineers. Fellows also come from a range of settings, including academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, and government labs.
New application deadline: November 1, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Some Fall Opportunities for Grads and Postdocs



  1.  ACS Program-in-a-Box
    ACS Webinars announces its fifth “Program-in-a-Box,” an entire program and materials inside, you guessed it, a box!  This is a simple and cost-effective way to reach younger members, raise visibility of ACS to new students, provide a valuable local networking opportunity, and energize your local section/chapter volunteers.  ACS Webinars conducts the program and provides the material and in exchange for an end-to-end event, volunteers invite attendees, distribute provided materials and host the program. Join other groups of students and volunteers in a learning experience. Through the interactivity of the webinar format, comments are exchanged from around the world.  And this year’s fall event “Speaking Simply - Communicating Your Science,” will kick start students with new skills helping them prepare for presentations, networking, interviewing, and more. Register today to participate at http://acswebinars.org/pib
  2. National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is offering their 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to provide support for graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines. 2,000 fellowship offers were made last year for this program, and application is open to all masters and doctoral degree students enrolled U.S. academic institutions who are involved in relevant research programs.
    Application Deadlines: occur between October 29 and November 3, 2014. Please check for the deadline for any award that is of interest to you.
  3. ACS Younger Chemist Committee (YCC) Leadership Development Award Each year, the YCC organizes a Leadership Development Workshop that is geared toward younger chemists and held in conjunction with the ACS Annual Leaders’ Conference as part of the ACS Leadership Development system. The Leadership Development Workshop is designed to help young chemists develop into highly skilled leaders in the Society and in their chosen profession. The award covers the registration fee, transportation, lodging, and meals associated with attending the Young Chemist Leadership Development Workshop. Applications for the award will be accepted between August 1 and November 1. All application material must be received by November 1 for consideration.
  4. ACS Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator: To recognize creative and impactful work by a young investigator in a forefront area of inorganic chemistry, broadly defined.The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The award will be granted to an individual who has had less than ten years of experience since her or his terminal degree. The nominee must have demonstrated innovative research in inorganic chemistry (broadly defined), which may include interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary work. Special consideration will be given to the creativity and the actual or potential impact of the research. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. Deadline: November 1 (biennial review)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UCLA OCDC

The CHEMIST Podcast: Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry at UCLA



Diversity in Chemistry
Speakers:

Steve Lopez
OCDC Co-President
UCLA
Crystal Valdez
OCDC Co-President
UCLA


Co-hosts: Corrie Kuniyoshi and Loren White
Presented by ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office (please use Firefox or Google Crome as your browser to listen to the podcast)
In an effort to better get to know the various Chemistry Graduate Student Organizations (CGSO) that exist in universities around the country, we recently asked officers of such groups to send us information on their activities and histories. Our hope is that the information shared on these podcasts will succeed in inspiring some of the listeners to join their local group, get ideas on how to improve their existing CGSO, or receive information that can help serve as a guide for those wishing begin their own CGSO. Our first such conversation, and the subject of this podcast, is UCLA's CGSO, named the Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemisty (OCDC).

OCDC - note: not all members are present in photo
See the special feature for the UCLA Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry group in the Chemist.

Monday, September 8, 2014

ACS Science Coaches

The CHEMIST Podcast: ACS Science Coaches



Help a teacher. Inspire a student.
 
Speakers:

Patricia Galvan
ACS Science Coaches
Manager
Stephanie Prosack
ACS Science Coaches
Associate


Co-hosts: Loren White and Corrie Kuniyoshi
Presented by ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office (please use Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser to listen to this podcast)
See the ad and learn more about Science Coaches from one chemistry graduate student's personal experience in the Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist Magazine

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Graduate Students & Postdoc Events for 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco



With ACS’s Fall National Meeting right around the corner, those attending will be starting, if they haven’t already, to map out a rough itinerary for what events they want to attend. With so many great symposiums, workshops, and networking events, it can be a difficult task deciding which are the most pertinent to your aims and interests.  With this in mind, we wanted to create this short blog post offering you highlights of events happening in San Francisco.

August 10, Sunday
To start off, on Sunday evening there will be a “Journey to the Dork Side” show where you can enjoy the comedy stylings of Dr. Pete Ludovice. This will be held 7:00-8:00 PM in Moscone Center, Esplanade 305. If you are a graduate student, you should have received a ticket for this event in your registration packet.

August 11, Monday
There will be three really great events being offered on Monday. The first is the 10th Annual Fun Run, sponsored by the ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) and ACS Member Insurance that will take place at 7:00 AM. Those interested should register, purchase tickets ($35 for regular ticket and $20 for students), and pick up their materials from the Fun Run desk, located in the Moscone Center North Lobby on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th, between the hours of 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

The over event is entitled “Opportunities for International Careers and Studies” and will be held at the Moscone Center in Room 135 between 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. This event will provide attendees the chance to meet professionals from international embassies and consulates, as well as private funding organizations, who will explain how international experience (internships, scholarships, or exchanges) can benefit your future academic and professional endeavors. This event is being organized by the ACS Office of International Activities.

The last event on Monday the 11th is the “ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Reception.”  The reception will run from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM and will also be located at the Moscone Center in Room 135. It will provide excellent opportunity to network with graduate students and postdocs, as well as ACS Division, YCC and Evonik representatives! If that wasn’t enough incentive to attend, the reception will have free food and drinks (including beer and wine), with a number of prizes (including an iPad or two) being handing out to some lucky winners. This event is co-sponsored by ACS Divisions, Young Chemists Committee (YCC) and Evonik Industries.

August 12, Tuesday
On Tuesday, between the times of 8:30 – 11:35 AM and 1:30 – 4:40 PM ACS’s Division of Chemical Education is sponsoring the Fall 2014 Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) Symposium at the Moscone Center in Ballroom 304. This symposium is titled “International Collaborations with International Impact: Chemistry for Global Change” and will feature a group of graduate students from the University of Washington. In this symposium the presenters will be spotlighting international research collaboration and the impact it has on global philanthropic chemistry efforts

August 13, Wednesday
CHED is also sponsoring the “Perspectives on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences” symposium Wednesday, August 13. This symposium will highlight results from the 2013 ACS Graduate Student Survey wherein graduate students from over 260 universities provided feedback on their graduate programs. In addition, speakers will discuss using individual development plans, research centers, chemical information literacy, and blog writing to enrich the graduate student experience. The event will be located at the Moscone Center in the Esplanade Ballroom 304 and will take place between 1:30 – 4:45 PM.

In addition to the one day only events, between Sunday and Wednesday, August 10-13, the Career Pathways Workshop series is being held at the Parc 55 hotel. Over the course of these four days there will be over 20 different workshops offered. These will include workshops such as “Finding Your Path”,Working in Government”, Acing the Interview”, Working in Higher Education”, and ”Working in Industry.” To view a complete list of these professional development workshops being offered, please visit the Career Pathways Workshop website.

We Look Forward to Seeing You!
As always, there will be a variety of excellent events being offered at ACS’s National Meeting. These events are so numerous that it is not possible to give an exhaustive accounting of them here. So if you would like to get more information on the National Meeting and its various events, please check out the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist which will contain a comprehensive meeting guide for grad students and postdocs.

By Loren White


Friday, March 14, 2014

Don’t Miss These Events at the 247th ACS National Meeting

Howdy! The 247th ACS National Meeting is well on its way, with an opening date on Sunday, March 16. We get it, you are going to be busy in Dallas meeting with peers, presenting research, and hearing discussions at symposia. Here are some additional, informative and fun events you can add to your schedule, if you like.

                  1. Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Reception
            Monday, March 17, 7:00-8:30 PM
            Dallas Convention Center, C2
Now a staple event at ACS National Meetings, this reception will allow you to speak with peers, network with experienced chemists, and form professional bonds to help you excel throughout your career. There will be tables of free nibbles, drinks, (including alcohol). Did I mention you will be entered to win a brand new iPad?!

                  2. Alternative Career Symposium
Tuesday, March 18, 9:00-11:35 AM
Dallas Convention Center, C156
As a result of your many moons spent in the lab, you may be looking for ways to apply your chemistry background to a career other than the stereotypical professions. Join key speakers and professionals who did just that, chose a job that was nontraditional to the chemistry field, to hear their advice, stories and even ask questions based on your personal ideas.

            3. GSSPC Symposium
Tuesday, March 18, 9:30-12:20PM, 2:00-5:00PM
Hyatt Regency, Reunion Ballroom E
Support fellow graduate students by stopping by the spring 2014 Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) event. The University of Texas at Austin is organizing the symposium at the ACS National Meeting in Dallas. Their event, Elements in Transition: Is Chemistry Facing Revolution or Recession, focuses on the ways chemistry is adapting for the future.

                  4. Career Pathways Workshops
Sunday-Wednesday, March 16-19
Omni Hotel, Art District 5-7 and Greenville Avenue
These workshops are designed to guide and help you through every spectrum of your career trajectory. Some workshops are general and help participants to highlight their strengths and aspirations. Others highlight specific career details, for example, providing a guide to write killer proposals. The most popular workshops focus on working in industry, government, and industry, and interview advice.

By Stephanie C. Prosack

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Participants Share Tips for AEI Success


by Stephanie Prosack

Even the most successful new faculty members could have improved on the steps they took to obtain their dream jobs in academia. We found the best advice and tips from former participants in the Academic Employment Initiative (AEI)—a program that allows faculty candidates to network with university recruiters—so you can make the most of your next poster session. From preparation to networking, these tips will make you a star at your next academic presentation.

Be Your Own Investigator
You may perform chemistry research for hours during your day job, but remember, research pays in the job search as well! The top piece of advice from past AEI participants was to investigate relevant information prior to the AEI event. Gather the details important to you about institution type and job criteria, and then see which schools offer the same. “I used AEI as an opportunity to find out if the school was a good fit for me before I invested a lot of time in the application process,” says Lenny Demoranville, an AEI 2013 participant who is now a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Centre College. Another way to investigate the potential recruiter pool is to remain active in online social media forums, such as the LinkedIn AEI Group. After seeing who some of the recruiters would be at the poster session, Demoranville performed homework on his flagged schools. “I also had individualized questions for the schools that I was really interested in. These questions were both important to my decision on whether to apply or not, and showed that I was really interested in teaching there.”

Make Your CV and Poster Pop
After you consider your goals for the poster session, crafting CVs and posters to clearly reflect your interests will help to make the AEI more purposeful. Saliently display details including your background, research, and career aspirations. However, do be mindful of the amount of content; the easier it is for recruiters to read your poster the better! Demoranville, interested in primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), created his poster by choosing “to submit an abstract that highlighted an interesting lab activity I had developed,” he says.

Katie Walker, a fellow 2013 participant, prepared her poster by doing extra leg work. First, she reached out to a past AEI poster session participant to gather ideas about how to best make her own poster sparkle. Then, Walker highlighted her positive attributes in a way that confidently represented what she could bring and add to an institution.

The poster acts as a great visual for a recruiter, and it allows you as a faculty candidate to make a first impression, in person, with representatives of institutions currently hiring new, fresh faculty members. In addition to presenting an organized and distinctive poster, keeping a stack of crisp CVs available (for both the recruiters you speak with and those you don’t) can also make the AEI more of a success. Not only will your background be displayed in a tangible form on the poster, but CVs will also give recruiters contact information to take with them so they can interact with you at some later date at their discretion.

Network
Throughout the AEI poster session, interactions with a variety of people—colleagues, fellow presenters, and recruiters alike—and genuine communication after the poster session can work in your favor.

Business cards can aid networking in a big way. It is not only important to make sure to collect business cards from recruiters; in addition, handing out personalized cards of your own allows chemists interested in your capabilities to connect with you later. In addition to serving as memory prompts, cards can prove useful if you are unable to speak with someone on the spot.

Keep networking after the event. Following the 2013 poster session, participant Judy Jenkins made time to meet and follow up with interested recruiters. Jenkins remembers, “Plan so you can be available after the poster session for informal meetings. I went to dinner with one recruiter following the poster session and I visited with a recruiter the following day as well.”

Of course, participation and communicating with recruiters during the AEI does not guarantee a faculty position, or even an invitation to interview. It does, however, allow you to demonstrate your qualities, establish connections with fellow chemists, and learn about specific details presently valued by institution representatives.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Top Chemistry Stories 2013 C&EN Google+ Hangout

By Stephanie Prosack

The past year was an exciting one for chemistry. Join Chemical & Engineering News reporters Carmen Drahl and Lauren Wolf, along with guests Laura Howes and Ashutosh Jogaleskar, to discuss watershed chemistry stories and achievements of 2013--and what to expect in 2014. On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 3 PM EST, the chemistry enthusiasts will be hosting a Google+ hangout to discuss the top chemistry moments of 2013. Subjects for discussion include research C&EN selected to highlight in its year-end issue, in addition to topics publications such as Wired and Science magazines chose as top science of 2013. The event will be monitored on Twitter, and folks may interact and pose questions using the hashtag: #topchem.

To view live-feed of the hangout, select here once the session starts: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cttcfipn0sg1lg2fimmot11bb00

Currently serving as editor of Science in School, Laura Howes was previously a science correspondent for Chemistry World magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @L_Howes. Ashutosh Jogalekar is a computational chemist employed by Ensemble Therapeutics, and blogs for Scientific American at The Curious Wavefunction. Follow him on Twitter: @curiouswavefn


Senior editor at C&EN, Carmen Drahl may be followed on Twitter @carmendrahl. Lauren Wolf is an associate editor at C&EN, and may be followed on Twitter @laurenkwolf.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Influencing Change through Science Policy Fellowships

Science Policy Fellows share their experiences and their reasons for applying 

It wasn’t the most auspicious start.

In August 2013, Sam Bockenhauer received his doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University. He applied for an American Chemical Society congressional fellowship and got it—starting his tenure one month after graduation.

Bockenhauer’s experience has been good. He’s a science policy fellow, a participant in a program that places chemists and other scientists in roles within the federal government. He works in the office of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and conducts meetings with interest groups and constituents, writes memos on policy topics, and drafts letters on behalf of Sen. Franken.



Tackling Big Problems with Broad Impact
“My chief reason for applying for the fellowship was that I wanted to work on complex problems,” Sam explains.

Tasks can be as straightforward as working on a brief about nuclear energy, or as unexpected as exploring forensic science. The rules—both rigid and amorphous—set the boundaries for existence in our culture.

Attracting Scientists from All Career Stages
Fellowships in this area abound, with the lion’s share specifically connected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS works with more than 30 scientific and engineering professional organizations—including the American Chemical Society— to administer a large number of science policy fellowships. 

Laura Pence belongs in the middle group. Pence, a faculty member, decided to do a congressional fellowship mid-career. In 2012–2013, she worked in the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Col.). After a few months of cutting her teeth on the job, she narrowed her focus and became responsible for any issues pertaining to water.

“I had no documentable expertise in it, but some of the things that a chemist brings to Congress is knowing how to research something,”

Perspective Change
 “Most fellows are going from grad school, where you get very little respect, and then you do a fellowship where you are respected for your knowledge,” Brittany Westlake explains.

“I did a fellowship straight out of grad school, and at first, it was definitely a big cultural jump from a lab in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to a professional office in Washington, D.C.,” Westlake says.

Advice for New Candidates
There are a few more things would-be fellows can do to prepare themselves—and make themselves good candidates.

“Think about what you want to do with your Ph.D., and think about where it’s going to take you,” offers Kate Stoll, a 2013–2014 ACS Congressional Fellow. “If you decide that you don’t want to stay in academia and follow the tenure track, then you might want to consider getting some of these transferable skills early in your career.”

Bockenhauer adds, “I’d recommend looking for opportunities to broaden your experience outside of science. I participated in conferences, graduate student organizations, and took courses in areas ranging from patent law to biosecurity.”

[Author Bio] Wendy Hankle is a writer living in Ithaca, New York.