Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity


We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious student (preferably 2nd or 3rd year) with strong interest in physical and analytical chemistry. Students should be able to spare ~ 15 to 20h in the lab and they can enroll in CHEM-199 (4-units). We have multiple projects underway

  1. Understanding of trace gases such as oxides of sulphur and nitrogen (SOx, NOx) and O3 interaction with nano- particles which leads to the formation of new compounds. The rationale behind this research project is to measure toxicity potential of the particles that may cause respiratory diseases. The current work will focus on the oxidation of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide on the aerosol surfaces using stable isotope of oxygen. Stable isotopes are like finger prints of the reaction path ways and help us to identify the reaction mechanism at molecular level.
  2. The atmosphere of red planet- Mars is quite different from the Earth with pressure as low as 7mb and temperature as low as -70oC, making it hostile for living creatures.  In our laboratory, we simulate Mars atmosphere to understand interactions between trace gases and water vapors. These experiments are critical to evaluate Mars satellite data and measurements made by Curiosity rover over the last three years. Laboratory experiments focused on the measurement of oxygen triple isotopes in trace gases and water vapors will provide fundamental understanding of how hydroxyl radicals interact with other trace gases in the atmosphere of Mars.

Students will be introduced to various analytical techniques during this period and are encouraged to develop critical analytical skills required for an independent research. Based on student’s performance in the lab and ability to analyze data, student may get opportunity to involve in an NSF funded research project next year.

Please contact:

Dr. Robina Shaheen: Robina@ucsd.edu


SCCUR Conference by Cal Poly Pomona



This year’s SCCUR Conference will be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Please share this poster (pictured below) with your campus and students who may be interested in presenting.

ABOUT SCCUR (Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research):

SCCUR is broadly multi-disciplinary, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Students present their scholarly work either in 15-minute seminar presentations chaired by faculty moderators (with 3 minutes for Q & A and two minutes to transition to the next talk) or in poster sessions. Students apply to present their work by submitting a proposal in the form of a brief abstract, limited to 300 words. Abstracts are reviewed by faculty from appropriate disciplines at participating institutions and accepted, returned for revision, or declined. Undergraduate students who wish to present their faculty-mentored research or scholarly/creative activity at SCCUR must complete the abstract submission by early October 2017. Students and faculty mentors must also register for the conference.

We hope you can participate in SCCUR 2017 and look forward to seeing you in November!


Application now available! USC School of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Greetings, All:

We are excited to offer the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for 2017!

Please visit our website at the following to access the application:http://pharmgradprograms.usc.edu/summer-undergraduate-research-fellowships-surf/.

Below is a brief overview of the program:


The USC School of Pharmacy’s SURF program is geared towards increasing learning and networking opportunities for undergraduate students committed to pursuing either a professional or academic research career in pharmaceutical and translational sciences. Students will develop confidence and independence in conducting research and communicating scientific concepts under the guidance of faculty and other mentors. In addition to daily engagement in the lab, students will attend biweekly entrepreneurship/professional development seminars and participate in a workshop on the graduate school application process so as to stimulate serious consideration of graduate study. At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research to their peers and faculty.


  • Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty
  • Receive a $3,500 stipend for a full-time program during summer (June until mid-August)
  • Gain experience and tools to enhance your application to competitive PhD programs
  • Explore the rich and diverse culture of Southern California in Los Angeles while learning about the resources and graduate training opportunities at the USC School of Pharmacy
  • Develop lasting friendships with fellow participants
  • Housing is provided in shared housing on USC’s University Park Campus on ademonstrated financial need basis only. Evidence of financial need can be demonstrated by providing your most current need-based financial aid package.

NOTE:  housing is only available until Sunday, August 6.


  • 2017 SURF Application Deadline is March 15, 2017
  • Awardees will be notified by early April, 2017
  • Earliest start date: June 1, 2017

USC School of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Job Opening

Undergraduate Research Assistant/Intern (Chemistry)

We are currently looking for a highly motivated undergraduate student to join the Crinetics team. You will help support our team in our efforts to discover new drugs. This is a part-time position (15-20 hrs/week @ $12/h) that will compliment your formal education. We are flexible in scheduling around academic calendars. This is a great growth and learning opportunity in a small company environment where you will be surrounded by experienced and committed mentors.

• Undergraduate student studying in Chemistry or related field
• Completed coursework in general chemistry and at least one general or organic
chemistry laboratory course.
• An individual who is committed to a career in research, flexible, hard working and
eager to learn
• Students in their sophomore or junior year are preferred. Students in their final year
will not be considered as we consider a successful internship a multi-year

Initially the successful candidate will focus on one or more of the following:
• General Lab: ordering, stocking, maintaining accurate notebook and other records
• Chemical Inventory: maintaining and updating chemical and MSDS inventories
• Chemistry Support: glassware cleaning, registration of new proprietary compounds;
sample preparation
• Synthetic Lab: aid in the synthesis and purification of internal compounds
• Online Research: Literature searches, reprint retrieval and analysis of patents

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (www.crinetics.com) is a startup company located in the
heart of the San Diego biotechnology community that discovers and develops novel
therapeutics targeting peptide hormone receptors for the treatment of endocrine-related
diseases and cancers. Crinetics was founded and is operated by a team of scientists with a
proven track record of drug discovery and development for endocrine diseases and
women’s health. Crinetics is a pet friendly workplace.

To apply, please email CV to hr@crinetics.com. San Diego area residents only, please.

2016 SCI Internship Applications due December 15, 2015

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Undergraduate Students!  We have a terrífic internship opportunity for you.  This is open to chemistry and chemical engineering majors who are US citizens or permanent residents with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. If you’re interested please visit www.acs.org/SCI for more information.

Applications for the SCI Scholars 2016 summer internship program are due December 15, 2015.

In this prestigious program, about 30 chemistry and chemical engineering majors will be selected for 10-week Summer 2016 internships. Winners will receive

  • $6,000-$10,000+ stipend, depending on the internship
  • Additional benefits for some internships
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting
  • Opportunity to nominate an inspiring high school chemistry teacher for recognition with a certificate and $1,000


SCI Scholars is a summer internship program supported by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Please contact the SCI Scholars program (SCI@acs.org; 202-872-6108) with any questions or comments.

: 2015 Free Summer Research Seminars and Networking Opportunities!

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