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    April 12, 2019

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Six chemistry students earn NSF Graduate Student Fellowship honors

Five Department of Chemistry students have received fellowships—Mckenna Hanson (Professor Theresa Reineke, adviser), Eliza Herrero (Professor Michael Bowser, adviser), Katherine Jones (Professor Daniel Harki, adviser), Lindsay Robinson (Professor Thomas Hoye, adviser) and Celeste Rousseau (Professor Philippe Buhlmann, adviser)—and one student—Christopher Warkentin (Professor Renee Frontiera, adviser)—received an honorable mention in the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In addition, Benjamin Yeh, a Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS) student who is co-advised by CEMS Professor Aditya Bhan and Chemistry Professor Laura Gagliardi and a member of the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, received a fellowship, and Caroline Buchholz, a medicinal chemistry student who is advised by Professor William Pomerantz, received an honorable mention.

Two outstanding chemistry students receive Overend Award in Physical Chemistry

Overend recipients Samuel Stoneburner and Kajari Bera
Samuel Stoneburner and Kajari Bera

Kajari Bera and Samuel “Sam” Stoneburner have received the 2018-19 Overend Award in Physical Chemistry. This award honors outstanding physical chemistry graduate student researchers. Kajari, a fourth-year graduate student working with Professor Renee Frontiera, is the award winner in the experimental physical chemistry area. Sam, a fifth-year graduate student advised by Professor Laura Gagliardi, is the award winner in the theory/computation area. The Overend Award is named after Professor John Overend who was a physical chemist in the department from 1960 to 1984. The award was created in 1991 through the efforts of Professor Paul Barbara.

Energy & U Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Energy and U shows in May. Energy and U shows are at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 (onsite by 12:35 p.m.) and 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. May 20-24 (onsite by 9:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m.).

  • PRIORITY: Energy and U Fire Safety Volunteers: Three volunteers are MUST per show. On site by 9:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Please include your full name and email address when signing up. https://doodle.com/poll/w9xcz22agzif6x5a
  • Regular volunteers: Duties include helping to get the students in their seats, picking student volunteers, etc. Please include your full name and email address when signing up. https://doodle.com/poll/g68igtbpmca2zryi

CCGS creates videos on the academic job hunt

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) has created  a series of four new videos on its Surviving and Thriving in Higher Education YouTube Channel, The Academic Job Hunt by Professor Nancy Levinger. After preparing materials to apply for a job, the interview process can seem opaque to job candidates. But most interview processes follow standard protocols. Knowing what to expect in various stages of a job search, including interviews, can help job candidates prepare, thus increasing their chances to convert the coveted job interview into the elusive job offer. These videos discuss the interview process for academic jobs and interviews in general with the aim of helping job candidates know what to anticipate and shine in their interview opportunities. 

Safety Note: Floor Drains

It's spring time! Time to fill floor drains and unused sinks that have dried out over winter with water. If you notice unusual odors, check your traps, waste containers and chemical containers for leaks. If none is identified, please call the Department of Chemistry front office and Department of Environmental Health & Safety at 6-6002 and request an indoor air quality assessment.

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • UMN Masonic Cancer Center: Supporting scientist in environmental toxicology to work with Professor Robert Turesky. Bachelor's or master's with 0-3 years of  experience with solid background in general chemistry, and good understanding in biochemistry and analytical chemistry.
  • Ecolab: principal chemist

Information about these and other employment/research opportunities are available in the white jobs book located in 139 Smith Hall.

Varied experiences sparks alumnus' interest in renewable energy

Martin Donakowski, Ph.D.
Alumnus Martin Donakowski, Ph.D.
After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and conducting undergraduate research with Professor Wayne Gladfelter, Alumnus Martin Donakowski, Ph.D., has a career that spans academia, government laboratories, scientific non-profits, start-ups, and policy advocacy to being a scientist in polymer science and materials chemistry with Natick.

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Department Seminars

When/Where Who Abstract

9:45 a.m.
April 18
331 Smith Hall

Aaron Wright, Ph.D.
Integrative Omics Group in the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chemical Biology Approaches to Understand Drug and Xenobiotic Metabolism at the Interface of Host Organs and the Gut Microbiome 

4 p.m.
April 19
331 Smith Hall
Professor Brett VanVeller
Department of Chemistry
Iowa State University

Surfing the excited state energy surface towards new applications in photochemistry and biomedicine 

MSI Research Exhibition, Tuesday, April 16

The Minnesota Supercomputer Institute will conduct its annual Research Exhibition from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 1st, 4th, and 5th floors of Walter Library. For a schedule of events, go to https://www.msi.umn.edu/events/msi-research-exhibition-2019.

Earth Day themed coffee hour, Friday, April 19

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) is hosting an Earth Day themed coffee hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday April 19, 193 Kolthoff Hall. Please join us and make your own potted plants to green your office! Coffee/tea and cookies will be available. 


CBITG Symposium: Abstract deadline, Friday, May 17

The 14th annual National Institutes of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, John T. Tate Hall of Physics, 116 Church St SE, Minneapolis. Students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty are invited to register at cbitg.chem.umn.edu by Friday, May 17. Admittance is free to this student-organized symposium, and includes breakfast, lunch, a poster session, and the opportunity to hear about exciting research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Energy & U Public Show, Saturday, May 18

Flames, explosions, music, and screaming gummy bears—they're all part of a fun and high-energy University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering outreach program that aims to interest young people in science. The College of Science and Engineering invites you and your family to join us for a special all-ages, public show. Bring your kids and grandkids! 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Whiting Proscenium Theater, Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S. Order Tickets


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