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Undergraduate Scholarship available for students interested in a career as a high school chemistry teacher

Dear Chemistry Majors:

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce two undergraduate scholarships for students majoring in chemistry.  The ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship provides financial assistance to chemistry majors whose career interests are in teaching high school chemistry.  Students are selected using the following criteria: chemistry aptitude, interest, and need.  The department will review all applications and select 2 students for the $10,000.00 scholarships that are renewable through their senior year.  Renewal is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic and professional progress at or above the level at the time of initial selection.  



  1. Recipients must be chemistry majors
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  4. Career path: high school chemistry teacher


To apply for the scholarship, please send:

  1. A current unofficial transcript
  2. A letter of recommendation/support from a faculty member or education professional who can comment on your potential as a high school chemistry teacher
  3. A letter detailing your career goals which includes your motivation to pursue a career teaching high school chemistry, and the steps you have/are taking to prepare for this career (i.e., the experiences and opportunities you have pursued/continue to pursue to cultivate the necessary skills needed for your career. 


Please send all of these materials to Dr. Dan Sykes ( no later than May 3, 2019.


If you have any questions about applying for the scholarship, please contact Dr. Dan Sykes,  For more information regarding the ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship please visit the ACS Website at


Chemistry Internship Opportunity for Rising Juniors (F19)

We are seeking a summer intern to serve as a Fuel Chemist in the Fuels and Fuel Systems Branch located within the Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

As a summer intern, the individual will begin to develop:

  • The knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of aviation and maritime fuels
  • The knowledge of fuels composition, additive packages, and potential contaminants
  • The skills to conduct specification, fit-for-purpose, advanced analytical testing for Navy tactical fuels
  • The ability to analyze test results and communicate their impact on hardware operation and performance
  • The ability to quickly develop solutions to complex problems in order to provide real time fleet support

To begin the application process for the internship, we are also asking that you email the Fuels and Fuel Systems Branch Head (Michael Peretich, a copy of your resume and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Resume and transcripts must be submitted to the Branch Head by April 15, 2019 to be considered for the internship however they will be reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to submit them as soon as possible.

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be a currently enrolled student pursuing a degree in chemistry at an accredited institution of higher education
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application 
  • Be a U.S. citizen


  • Rising Junior with interest in Organic and/or Analytical Chemistry
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team environment

If selected for further consideration, you will be asked participate in one or two phone interviews before our selection is made.  We anticipate making a selection no later than April 26.

For more information, contact Michael Peretich (

Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology: Summer Research Scholarships

The Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology has established a new Summer Research Scholarship to support undergraduates doing research in the broad area of industrial biotechnology, including biopharmaceutical manufacturing, food biotechnology, and production of bio-based chemicals. Students will be expected to work closely with a faculty member at Penn State on a research project that advances our knowledge in the field of industrial biotechnology. This includes projects conducted in the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility.

Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses in any field of study may apply for the Industrial Biotechnology Research Scholarship. Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Penn State for at least one semester immediately following the Summer Scholarship. In addition, students must have a Penn State faculty supervisor who is available during the summer to oversee the proposed research and provide mentorship to the student.

Scholarship Funds

Research Scholarships will be in the amount of $5,000, and are intended to cover any personal costs (e.g., housing and food) over the course of the summer. Funds will be distributed directly to student bursar accounts at Penn State and could have an affect on student aid (or be applied to cover any outstanding charges). Funds are intended to enable students to immerse themselves in their research projects full time during approximately 10 weeks over the summer. Start and end dates are flexible and should be discussed with the research supervisor. In addition, up to $1,500 can be provided to the faculty supervisor to support the research project, e.g., the purchase of supplies or access to various core research facilities.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically to Andrew Zydney ( no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 8, 2019. Each application should contain the following information:

One page resume, highlighting pertinent experience for proposed research (as appropriate)

Copy of current transcript (printed version from LionPath is fine)

One page description of summer research project, including contact information for research supervisor

One page letter of recommendation (to be sent directly to, separate from the other application materials)

It is our intent to make scholarship decisions by March 22, 2019. Please contact Andrew Zydney ( if you have questions about the Industrial Biotechnology Scholarships, or if you have any concerns about the timing of the scholarship decisions.

Summer Engagement Grant for Undergraduate Students

Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses and fields of study who are interested in expanding their knowledge beyond the classroom through engagement experiences are encouraged to apply for a Student Engagement Network grant by March 15.


The Student Engagement Network grant program ensures that students from all economic backgrounds can locate out-of-classroom learning opportunities that Penn State and the broader community have to offer.


Through a competitive application process, awards are given to undergraduate students from across Penn State’s campuses, including World Campus. Grant recipients may use funding to cover the costs of living (i.e. housing, food, transportation), supplies and materials for events and presentations, and other costs related to an engagement experience.


Engagement experiences cover a wide variety of learning and growth opportunities, including research, internships, co-ops, study abroad, study away, service learning, artistic creation and performance, participation in student and professional clubs and organizations, peer mentoring, and philanthropic service, among others.


The online application can be accessed here:

Apply now for the 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition

Penn State's annual Undergraduate Exhibition, taking place April 17 on the University Park campus, communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in scholarly inquiry, research, engagement, and creative endeavors.

This year, four presentation formats are available to students, with the newest allowing them to reflect on their growth through internships, study abroad, entrepreneurship, volunteering, research, and more. 

The application deadline is March 24, 2019.
Visit for more information.



Mock Interviews for Undergraduates

UMBC Campus

Room TBD Thursday, February 21st From 6-8PM

Come join students from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy as we help you prepare for interviews.

You will be able to:

  • Participate in/receive feedback for 1-2 mock interviews 
  • Hear personal pharmacy school interview stories 
  • Ask questions about the interview process
  • Learn about the pharmacy school application process 
  • and much more...

Now Accepting Applications for the Benkovic Award for Undergraduate Research

Planning to participate in research this summer? The Benkovic Summer Research Award can help you fund your chemistry RU experience. The Benkovic Award provides financial support for undergraduates who are conducting outstanding unpaid summer research on campus under the direction of a faculty member. Only undergraduates who are conducting research in chemistry at University Park during the summer of 2019 are eligible to apply. To apply, please submit an unofficial transcript and a one-page summary of your summer research plans to Stacy Englert ( by March 15.

Exciting Opportunity for Chemistry Students Interested in Grad School

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry is hosting a graduate program early preview weekend on Sept 12-15, 2019, called CHOPs (CHemistry OPportunities), to showcase the exciting research, great facilities, and collaborative atmosphere of the Department of Chemistry, as well as the vibrant city of Madison. CHOPs is an all-expense paid trip that gives potential applicants an opportunity to visit Madison and the Department before applying to graduate school.


CHOPs weekend activities include the following:

·      “Life in Graduate School” presentation by current graduate students

·      Faculty research presentations 

·      Facility tours

·      Individual meetings with faculty

·      Poster session with current graduate students

·      Presentation about applying to graduate schools

·      Tour of Madison

·      Interaction with current graduate students

·      Interaction with CHOPs program alumni

Please forward this information on to any students who would benefit from the CHOPs program. Preference for this program will be given to students from underrepresented backgrounds, from low-income homes, who are first-generation college students, and who will start the chemistry PhD program in fall 2020. Learn more about the program

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at


Professor Ramesh Giri joins the Chemistry Department Faculty

2019 Chemistry Graduate Program Priority Application Deadline was Dec 15, 2018. Applications Under Review.

Priority Application deadline for students entering in Fall 2019 was Dec 15, 2018.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The Department of Chemistry, at The Pennsylvania State University, seeks outstanding applicants for tenure-track faculty positions in all areas of chemistry, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical/computational chemistry, as well as chemical biology, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, polymer chemistry, and proteomics. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in synthetic chemistry, including interdisciplinary areas that use and/or apply synthetic chemistry in unique ways. Both junior and senior candidates are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have a Ph.D., an outstanding record of research accomplishments, an innovative future research plan, and be capable of achieving teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department of Chemistry offers a stimulating environment that supports cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, including a 177,000 square foot chemistry research building on the University Park campus, excellent shared instrumentation facilities, and close interactions with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Materials Research Institute, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Institute for CyberScience. Applicants must complete the Penn State application at, and in addition submit an application through at The following materials must be submitted in order for the application to be complete: cover letter, current CV, and brief statement of research interests. Applicants will also need to arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin September 17, 2018, and the search will continue until the positions are filled. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. For more information on the Penn State Chemistry Department, visit

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