Air Products Position

For those of you in the job market, we wanted to let you know that Air Products is hiring in Carlsbad and nationwide. Please visit their Career Page ( for more information.

Biofuels Certificates through the LAUNCH program

Biofuels Certificates Now Available through LAUNCH

Based on the successful EDGE Biofuels Certificate developed by the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB), two new Specialized Biofuels Certificates will be offered starting in January 2013, with the potential to complete the certificate by August 2013.  These Certificates are eligible for LAUNCH funding to cover most fees for the certificates.

Jumpstart Your Entry Into the Workplace

UCSD has always been an innovator and leader in higher education. Now we’re paving the way to your successful bridge into the modern workplace.

The LAUNCH program is designed for full-time students who want to ensure their first step into the workplace puts them on the right path to career success. LAUNCH should be done concurrently with university study, ideally during a student’s junior and senior years.

Why Take LAUNCH?

  •     Jumpstart to some of the most promising jobs today
  •     Practical knowledge from experts in the field
  •     Learn side-by-side with working professionals
  •     Document evidence of additional, focused study
  •     Increase confidence through personal coaching
  •     Stand out as a more competitive job candidate

Program and Application Information

Spring 2013 Applications opened on February 20.

Each LAUNCH student works with a coach who acts as a mentor throughout the program. The coach and student meet quarterly to identify their unique skills and career focus, develop those important “soft-skills” employers are looking for in today’s job candidates and act as a resource to services/programs to help make the difference in landing that all-important first job after graduation.

Students interested in learning more about LAUNCH can email for more information.

Major Changes to LAUNCH Program

As of Fall 2011, active undergraduate juniors and seniors have the opportunity to receive grant money to cover most course fees for most specialized and professional certificates that Extension has to offer.

This program is offered in cooperation with UCSD Academic Affairs, Undergraduate Education.

Jumpstart your entry into the biofuels or biomass production industries!

The EDGE Biofuels Certificate Program at UCSD Extension provides cutting edge courses and hands-on training to help you get into a career in the biomass production, biofuels or industrial biotech industries.  Two online courses start during the Spring quarter, followed by an intensive 4 week summer labs on campus.

The LAUNCH Program can cover most course fees for UCSD undergrads to take an EDGE Biofuels Certificate.

Applications for Spring 2013 are now open!

The LAUNCH program is designed for full-time UCSD students to take UCSD Extension specialized certificate courses concurrently with university study, ideally during a student’s junior and senior years. There are two specialized Biofuels Certificates developed and taught by the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB), which are both eligible for LAUNCH Program funding to pay most of the course fees for UCSD undergraduates.

Please find below further information for the LAUNCH Program application call for Spring 2013.

For those who do not get into the LAUNCH Program, the Legler Benbough Biofuels Scholarship is also accepting applications for the EDGE Biofuels Certificates through March 3.

Please contact me with any questions regarding this opportunity.

Visitation Weekend Photos March 2013

Hi Everyone!

We want to thank you for your visit. Below are photos from the March Visitation Weekend. I’d also like to thank our grad students Brandon, Clare, Dan, Greg, Ignacio, Jane, Jessica, Jessie, Katherine, Lindsey, Lisa, Nicole, Rachel, and Samantha! You guys are awesome!

Thanks and take care,

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable’s Annual Science Writing Competition

Writing comp 2013 final


Free ACS Workshops for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Postdoc to PUI Professor Workshop,

For senior graduate students and postdocs preparing for a career at a primarily undergraduate institution (all workshop expenses covered, along with substantial travel reimbursement).

Deadline: February 10, 2013!!

When: April 11 – 13, 2013

Where: Hope College, Holland, MI


Academic Employment Initiative (AEI) poster session,

For senior graduate students and postdocs seeking academic positions

Deadline: April 18, 2013

When: 8 – 10 PM, September 9, 2013

Where: Indianapolis, IN (SciMix at the fall national meeting)


Postdoc to Faculty workshop,

For postdocs only, preparing for an academic position

Applications: Open February 15, 2013

When: September 6 – 7, 2013

Where: Indianapolis, IN (just prior to, and in conjunction with the fall national meeting)

UCSD Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program

2013 Summer Scholars Info Session Flyer

Association of Environmental GBM

Are you interested in an internship, summer job and/or career in the environmental industry? Join the Association of Environmental Professionals as a student and gain:

• Knowledge about environmental careers including (but not limited to): arborists and foresters, archaeologists and cultural resource specialists, biologists, CEQA/NEPA practitioners, engineers, environmental assessors, environmental planners, geologists, GIS professionals, habitat restoration specialists, hydrologists, landscape architects, noise and air quality specialists, traffic engineers/planners, and urban planners


• Networking opportunities with environmental professionals

• Access to local professional events and training

• Access to prominent guest speakers

• Guidance on résumé building and editing

• Guidance on interview skills

• Opportunities to participate in environmental projects

• A fun way to benefit your university community and the environment!

Please join us for our first GBM next Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6 PM to 7 PM at the Student Service Center (SSC) 554. We will have guest speakers from Dudek, an environmental planning firm, lead the meeting and they will be available afterwards for questions and discussions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Interdisciplinary Research Awards

2013 Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards
Call for Nominations
WIN $500 in recognition of your research

REPRESENT the interdisciplinary research capacity of our campus
The Graduate Student Association, in coordination with the Office of Graduate Studies, is
seeking graduate students to participate in a competition recognizing excellence in
interdisciplinary research at UC San Diego. Each department is eligible to nominate one
student currently engaged in innovative, interdisciplinary research. A committee composed
of a diverse group of graduate students and faculty will select a small number of Interdisciplinary
Scholars. Awardees will receive a monetary award of $500. Additionally, these students will
present their award-winning research at the 2013 Interdisciplinary Research Awards Ceremony
this coming April.

The 2013 Interdisciplinary Research Awards Ceremony will be open to all students, staff, and
faculty at UCSD as well as members of the community that wish to attend; therefore, the winners
should be able to explain their research and its implications in a way that is accessible to all

Application Requirements:
➢ A student-written letter of interest describing an interdisciplinary research project, as well
as how they intend to explain their research to a diverse, non-expert, audience.
➢ Curriculum vitae or academic resume
➢ Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, preferably members of the
student’s committee and/or thesis advisors. These letters must be from faculty in two different
➢ One letter of recommendation from an UCSD student describing the ability of the
applicant to communicate his or her research.
Criteria for selection:
The applications will be reviewed and scored by a panel of students and faculty members from
varied backgrounds and disciplines. Winners will demonstrate a capacity to weave different
areas of research into a cohesive story as well as their ability to relate their project goals and
findings to a broad audience. The committee will use letters of recommendation and CVs to
further assess the students’ research history and their aptitude and passion for interdisciplinary

Response Deadline:
All nomination and application materials must be received by email no later than March 1, 2013.
Please submit all materials to the GSA Vice President of Academic Affairs Jordan J. Gosselin at Winners will be notified by March 14, 2013.

2013 Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Conference

We are excited to announce the 2013 Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Conference, organized by the Association for Women in Science of San Diego (AWIS-SD).

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Time: 7:30AM to 5PM

Location: UCSD Faculty Club on the campus of UCSD.

This year’s WIST Conference theme is Aspire Attain Ascend.  In addition to two inspiring keynote speakers, participants will have the opportunity to attend and participate in workshops with topics such as job search strategies, work/life satisfaction, and women in entrepreneurship.  As always, the WIST Conference is a great opportunity to network and make new connections, to catch up with friends and colleagues, and to become rejuvenated and empowered in our professional and personal lives.

More information and registration can be found on the WIST Conference website at

Please mark this date on your calendar.  We hope you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you there!

Postdoctoral Position in Maters/Surface Chemistry

Postdoctoral Position in Materials/Surface Chemistry, University of San Diego

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, materials, or closely related field, and have experience in solid state materials synthesis and characterization. The University of San Diego is a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), so research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is typically performed by undergraduates, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. Candidates interested in pursuing an academic position at a PUI are therefore encouraged to apply. The candidate will have the opportunity if desired to teach a course at USD under the mentorship of the PI, although this is not a requirement. The main research project involves the preparation and characterization of ZIF thin films for fundamental investigations of energy-relevant gas adsorption and reactivity. Techniques will include XPS, TPRS, XRD, and SEM, so some experience with this instrumentation is desirable.

The start date for this position is on or after May 1st. Send CV and contact information for 3 references to Professor Lauren Benz, To learn more about the group please visit