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Volume 16 Number 7

October 26, 2011

All Science and Math Poster Session

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 (TODAY)
3:45-5:15 p.m.
Weitz 236

Students will present posters about their summer research carried out at Carleton and at other institutions.  Come to this annual celebration of their creative scholarship.  Refreshments will be served.


From the Chair

As many of you may know, the Chemistry Department is interviewing candidates for a tenure-track position in Chemistry.  We actively seek out students’ participation in this process, through asking you to make time to attend seminars given by the candidates, asking for your feedback on the individual candidates, and asking you to attend meals with the candidates.  Please look for signs about these events around the department, and please participate as much as you can.  Your attendance at these events is a great way for the candidates to learn about Carleton students’ interests and departmental contributions, and to convince them that they want to come here!


Seminar Announcements

Friday, October 28, 2011
3:30 p.m.
Olin 141

Candidate Talk

This seminar will be given by the first candidate for our tenure-track position in chemistry.  Prior to the seminar, students will receive an email that contains more information about the seminar.

There will be an opportunity for students to have lunch with the candidate 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in the LDC Shearer Dining Room.  Meet in the chemistry hallway or join the group there.  If you are off board, the department will cover your lunch.  This will be in place of Periodic Table this week.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
3:30 p.m.
Olin 04

Candidate Talk

This seminar will be given by the second candidate for our tenure-track position in chemistry.  Prior to the seminar, students will receive an email that contains more information about the seminar.

There will be an opportunity for students to have lunch with the candidate 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, in the LDC Shearer Dining Room.  Meet in the chemistry hallway or join the group there.  If you are off board, the department will cover your lunch.


SCI Scholars--Summer 2012 Internships for Undergraduates

The SCI Scholars program is a joint effort of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group, the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and was developed to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.  Exceptional sophomores and juniors with a GPA of at least 3.5 and who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.

Program details:

  • Thirty scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer of 2012.
  • SCI Scholars receive $6,000-$10,000 for a ten-week internship.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate and an additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting.
  • Scholars nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition.  Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials.
  • Applications are due December 16, 2011.
  • Interested students should visit www.acs.org/sci to fill out an application and get more information.

Post-Graduation Rotation Programs at Genentech
A message from Bill Galush, Ph.D. (Chemistry ’02)

I wanted to highlight two programs that Genentech has that might be interesting to some graduating seniors in either Chem or Bio.  The first is called the Technical Development Rotation Program, which begins next August and is accepting applications now.  This is a very competitive, but also very rewarding, two year program where people do four 6-month rotations in various groups like purification, cell culture, formulation, device development, etc.  They are hands-on "in the lab" or "on the floor" jobs, and usually are working on important, cool projects.  At the end, one has an amazingly broad range of experience in biotech, and most continue on in a permanent position at Genentech afterwards.  This program is also sometimes called the Process Development Rotational Program (PDRP), but seems to now be called US Biologics Technical Development Rotation Program.

The second is similar in organization to the first, but one rotates through more operations/logistics/business-type departments, and could be suitable for someone who is looking for more of a "science business" position.  This is called the Operations Rotational Development Program (ORDP).

Links to both programs' descriptions are at http://www.gene.com/gene/careers/rotation_programs.html, and can be most easily found by searching the www.gene.com careers page for "rotation." (Because of the nomenclature change, some of the info on the job description page doesn't send you to the right place.)


C.A.M.P. (Carleton Alumni Mentoring Program)

The Career Center operates a number of initiatives targeted for Carleton students and right now there is a really great opportunity for seniors called C.A.M.P.  This is an alumni mentoring program where you choose a dedicated alum in your field and they will mentor you on your time with whatever you need!  Be it grad school applications, introduction to other professionals in the field, job opportunities, résumé help, etc...  These alums have chosen to be a part of this program to foster a relationship with you and help you through the roadblocks of your post-Carleton transition.

Simply go to the Career Center Website, and click on C.A.M.P. (https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/career/initiatives/CAMP/) to read more about the program and to browse the 100+ alumni volunteer profiles.  There are doctors, lawyers, editors, teachers, and many more represented professions.  The program is first come first serve so act now!  You can request your mentor starting today!


Interested in Pharmacy?

Bruce Benson from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota will be on campus next Tuesday, November 1, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  He will be staffing a table in Great Space and will be available to visit with students and faculty.