California State University, Los Angeles Rise MS to PhD Program

Are you interested in earning your MS before your PhD?

California State University, Los Angeles is offering a Rise MS to PhD program. The deadline to apply is April 8, 2015. For more information, please visit the following link: 2015 Cal State LA RISE MS2PhD

Best of luck with your application!

“Green Chemistry Applied in Industry” Symposium at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada is hosting a symposium entitled “Green Chemistry Applied in Industry” on May 13-15th, 2015. The following is the poster outlining the leaders in industry and academia speaking at this event as well as how you can register: GCI Symposium 2015 Poster External

For more information about the symposium, you may go to the website:

National Geographic Young Explorer Grants



University of California San Diego

Dr. Jean-Iuc Doumont – Communication Talk – Wed, April 8, 2015

Please join us for two of Dr. Jean-luc Doumont’s world-famous talks on communication on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  One on the UC San Diego campus and the other on TSRI’s campus.

The Three Laws of Communication

One of the core abilities for a researcher pursuing any career path, is effective communication.  Useful as each of them can be, a large body of tips and tricks is impossible to remember, at least in a practical, usable way, unless it is structured into a balanced, meaningful hierarchy. To provide you with an opportunity to better communicate, we have invited the immensely popular speaker Jean-luc Doumont to UC San Diego on April 8.  This talk proposes and illustrates three simple yet solid ideas that lead to more effective communication and that underpin every other guideline: easy to remember, readily applicable, and always relevant—in short, valuable for the rest of your life. Join us for this workshop and invite your friends, colleagues, labmates, students and faculty too!

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: UC San Diego Medical Education & Telemedicine (MET) Building, lower auditorium

To register:


Persuading Others

Being able to persuade others is a critical skill for any career. We must convince an employer to hire us, persuade our boss to let us start a project, or get our coworkers to help us out. This talk offers a rational approach to persuasion: it covers how to use personal or organizational power, deploy tactics on four different planes, and harness basic social influences so as to have other people accede more easily to our requests.

Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

Location: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) – Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building

Speaker Bio

Jean-luc Doumont is a popular speaker who speaks at universities throughout the world and international conferences. He is an articulate, entertaining and thought-provoking presenter and has given hundreds of talks and workshops in English, French, Dutch and Spanish.  He understands scientists and understand how to teach them to become better communicators. Jean-luc is an engineer by training and was educated at Louvain School of Engineering and received his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University.   For more information,

persuading others 2015



ACSSA-SCURC, Abstract Submission Deadline: TODAY (3/25)

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to participate in the upcoming ACS Southern California Undergrad Research Conference!! The abstract submission deadline is today!

We are thrilled to be hosting ACS SCURC at UC San Diego, and we truly hope that many of our bright UCSD undergrads will sign-up to present (poster or oral)! The event will be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 (Price Center). It promises to be a wonderful experience, with many of your fellow undergraduate chemistry researchers from other colleges traveling to our beautiful campus to participate in the event!

Please visit our website for the latest details, to register for the event, and to submit your abstract (Deadline: 3/25):

What is the ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference?

– SCURC is an annual SoCal-wide research conference that rotates through various campuses (it has been held at USC, several UCs and Cal States, Clarement Colleges, and most recently at Concordia College).

– We typically hold our annual ACSSA Undergraduate Research Symposium in May, but this year our ACSSA Symposium will be combined with SCURC as our single, undergrad research event: ACSSA-SCURC.

– In addition to student presenters, the conference will include a keynote address from Dr. Kimberly Prather, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego and Director of Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE).

– As in the past, there will be several poster awards given out to our UCSD participants (to be announced at our year-end award ceremony event), along with raffle prizes for all participants.

– SRURC provides a special opportunity to present your research and network with fellow chemistry undergraduates from throughout southern California. It is a valuable experience for all students, regardless of your year of study or stage of research, to practice scholarly communication, get expert feedback from professionals, and make new professional connections!

– It is especially important for our seniors to participate if applying to graduate with Department Honors.

– If you have never presented research before and want to learn more, or even if you have previously participated in our ACSSA symposium, check out the amazing video created by ACSSA:–V4rNsdro&


We look forward to your participation at this exciting event!

ACSSA SCURC Planning Committee

UCSD, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Call for Proposals for NPSMA National Conference

The National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA) is seeking submissions for a limited number of sessions at the 2015 National Conference in Arlington, Virginia on November 11-13, 2015.

Presentations must be related to the conference theme or the PSM movement in general.  For your consideration, a list of suggested topics (submitted by prior attendees) is available.

Sessions are scheduled for one hour and will be listed on the agenda as a concurrent session. This year’s conference theme is “Professional Science Master’s Programs: The Vital Link between Higher Education and the STEM Workforce.”

To be considered, please complete the Proposal form and submit it by email (subject line: NPSMA National Conference Proposal) to: Completed forms must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on Friday, May 1, 2015. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the planning committee and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions prior to Friday, June 5, 2015.

For more information regarding the national conference, visit our national conference page.

If you have any questions or are considering submitting a proposal, please contact Deb at

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Criteria Proposals will be evaluated and selected by the NSPMA National Conference Planning Committee using criteria such as the topic’s timeliness and relevance to the National Conference theme. The experience and expertise of the presenter will be considered as well as the potential for innovative and promising practices to address the topic. In particular, the committee encourages incorporation of active learning, audience engagement and clear implementation. We encourage submissions that include diverse perspectives that might appeal to institutional representatives, PSM students or alumni and industry representatives.

NPSMA National Conference Planning Committee:

Joaquin Carbonara (Chairperson), SUNY Buffalo State
Saeed Foroudastan, Middle Tennessee State University
Tara Johnson, University of Central Florida
Kiriko Komura, NPSMA; PSMNO at KGI
Carol Lynch, University of Colorado Boulder
Michael Morad, Cordis Corporation
Linda Strausbaugh, University of Connecticut
Inge Wefes, University of Colorado Denver

Biotech Course

Dear Colleague,

I would like to make you aware of a unique training opportunity for your Institution’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who may be considering careers in the biotech industry.

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), in partnership with the Keck Graduate Institute, is offering a two-week intensive management training course from July 12-24, 2015, at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA. This course will accommodate 40 graduate students and postdocs (international and domestic) who will receive free tuition, room and board, plus 50% of their travel costs, thanks to generous support from EMD Millipore Corporation.

The course will introduce PhD scientists to the skills they need to thrive in industry and will expose them to the culture, organizational structures, and practices of life science companies through MBA-style case-based classroom experiences, professional development workshops, and a team-based project. They will learn how the industry develops leads, organizes and conducts research and development, and shepherds compounds through to clinical trials. The course is designed for advanced graduate students with at least three years of research experience and for postdocs.

The deadline to apply is April 15, so please forward this email to anyone who might be interested. The application is straightforward, and the only stipulation is that applicants must be or become an ASCB member. Click here for more information and to apply.


Shirley Tilghman
ASCB President

NanoComposix Nanoparticle Synthesis Research Associate Position

Are you interested to be a research associate?

NanoComposix has an available Nanoparticle Synthesis Research Associate position. For more information on the application process and qualifications, please visit the following link:

2015-03-10 Ad for Nanoparticle Chemist Research Associate – Intern

Best of luck with your application!

South Africa Summer Program

Want to go to South Africa?BEAIThe Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI), is offering summer programs in South Africa. BEAI plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. These programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. In a rapidly globalizing world,  these experiences are invaluable to the success of students in the global job market.

For the summer of 2015, BEAI has programs scheduled in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe, including the United States of America. A few of our professors include:

Professor Dr. Paul Joseph (Tufts University, USA)-Author and Previous Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program

♦   PHD from UC Berkeley

♦   Previous president of the national Peace Studies Association

♦   Former Distinguished Chair for the United States-India Education Foundation     (Fulbright program)

Professor Dr. Solava Ibrahim (University of Cambridge, UK) – Director of MA in Poverty and Development a the institute for development policy and management

♦PHD and MPhil from Cambridge

Service Learning Day with Educo Africa (Local NGO) – Vision- Young people understanding their roles as powerful agents of change – actively, confidently and positively contributing towards a better global community.

♦ Paired with 12 local South Africans for a meaningful day of service

The students will enrich their knowledge of South Africa’s history, international politics, and economics while also enjoying travel to famous and historic places. Students will get to know one another and share cultural values through planned social events.

  • Nelson Mandela’s Jail Cell at Robben Island
  • Big 5 African Safari
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Visit President Nelson Mandela’s home in the Soweto’s
  • NGO Service Learning day with Local South African Leaders

Please Note: The South Africa programs are limited to 12 students per program to enhance the students learning between the professors and students.

Fore more information, please visit or email

Teaching Opportunity in Mexico

Calling all young scientists! Are you a PhD graduate student or Postdoc and interested in international science outreach? Then you should consider coming to Mexico this summer!

Clubes de Ciencias Mexico (CdeCMx) is looking for talented young scientists to design and lead STEM workshops and mentor high school and college students in Mexico. This summer, our workshops will take place in the cities of Guanajuato, Ensenada, Merida, Monterrey, Oaxaca, and Veracruz.

Flight tickets, hotel accommodations and materials for the workshops will be provided.

Collaborate with a local instructor to design and implement a one week-long, hands-on workshop. Speaking Spanish is not required to participate.

Any scientist in now welcome to apply!

Please check out our poster and do not hesitate to contact us.

Instructor application deadline: April 10th, 2015.

Check what previous instructor say about this program

Or look at what happened last edition in Guanajuato:

Visit us at where you can find more details and look at examples of previous Science clubs.