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6th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on February 28, 2019 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

CVS-ACS announces the sixth annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). We will fund three students for a 10-week summer research experience with a $3,500 stipend after the student’s sophomore or junior year. The award winner and advisor will be required to attend and present their research at the 2020 CVS Undergraduate Research Symposium. Preference will be given to students who would be unable to participate in summer research projects without this fellowship. One award is reserved for a student who shows financial need as defined by the ACS SEED program (see below). To apply, please see the steps outlined below and send the completed application (one pdf) to Alexander Steele ( by March 31st, 2019. We will notify the winners by April 30th, 2019.

  1. The student should provide a resume/CV, an unofficial transcript, a list of spring 2019 courses, and a brief statement describing the importance of this opportunity to his/her personal and career plans. If the student is applying for the SEED-like SURF, please explicitly state that in the beginning of this statement.
  2. A description of the proposed research project, authored by the student in collaboration with the faculty mentor.
  3. The faculty mentor should provide a letter of recommendation focusing on the qualifications of the student to carry out the project successfully.
  4. The Department Chair should include a letter indicating that the department will provide the necessary equipment, space and administrative support to the project.

Family Income Requirements for Project SEED

You must be recognized as economically disadvantaged to be considered for Project SEED. Preference is given to students whose maximum family income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ( based on family size.

For further inquiries please contact: Alexander Steele ( )

Westfield State Physical Chemist

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on December 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Westfield State University's Chemical and Physical Sciences Department invites applications for a full time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chemistry for Fall semester 2019. Teaching assignments include upper-level physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, general chemistry and other introductory chemistry courses and associated laboratories. The standard teaching load is 12 hours per semester. Contributions to the university community, advising of students, and continuing scholarship are expected.



A Ph.D. in physical chemistry or a closely related field is required, and the successful candidate must provide evidence of outstanding teaching ability or potential. Also required are a strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate level, expanding course offerings in chemistry, and engaging chemistry majors in undergraduate research. A versatility to teach other areas of chemistry is not required but is preferred.

For more information Click Here

CCSU Adjunct Position

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on December 3, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) seeks qualified candidates to teach Organic Chemistry Labs during days and in the Spring 2019 Semester.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s or Doctorate in Chemistry (or in a closely related discipline)

Commitment to serving culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities.

The salary per lab course is about $4,578 (3 credits @ $1,526/credit) for adjuncts with a Master's degree and $5,004 (3 credits @ $1,668/credit) for adjuncts with a doctorate. Limited to a maximum of two lab courses.

Applicants must be able to legally work in the United States. The Department is unable to arrange work permits for Adjunct positions. Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., SSN, DOB, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted.

Please send current CV and three professional references to Dr. James Arena, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at

Central Connecticut State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer

Trinity College Adjunct Position

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on October 31, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Trinity College Chemistry Department is seeking to hire and adjunct professor to teach one lecture section and one lab section of introductory chemistry for the Spring 2019 semester. Individuals who are interested in the position should send their CV and cover letter to Professor Timothy Curran, chair of the Trinity College Chemistry Department; inquiries and email submissions (to are welcome.

Fall 2018 Travel Grants

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on July 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

CVS Travel Awards

Attention Students: Are you going to the upcoming ACS national meeting? The CT Valley Section is now offering two $250 travel grants! One graduate student awardee and one undergraduate awardee. Applications should be emailed to before midnight August 1, 2018 to be considered for a grant. 

About the grant:

Two grants (1 undergrad, 1 grad) of $250 each to be awarded twice a year

• must be an active participant to apply (poster or presentation)

• National or Regional ACS meetings preferred.

• Max of three awards to a university in a calendar year.

• No more than one award per person per year.

• Payment is by reimbursement after travel is completed.

To apply:

Provide, in one document (word or pdf), the following information:

1. Personal Information


Graduate or Undergraduate Student:

 School and Department:

Research Advisor:

Year of School:

2. Meeting & Presentation Information

Meeting Name and Dates:

Poster or Presentation:



3. Personal Statement

Paragraph of ≤250-words describing:

a - your role in the project and

b - why you are requesting an award.

Applications should be emailed to before midnight August 1, 2018 to be considered for a grant.

NEACT Summer Conference 2018

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on June 6, 2018 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer Conference 2018 “Challenges in Teaching Chemistry”

@ Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts

August 17-18, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Sam Kean The New York Times best-selling author

Daily programs at the new Rachel Carson Center will include opportunities to attend workshops on topics including:

  • Promoting open productive discussions in chemistry classrooms 
  • Addressing student misconceptions 
  •  Balancing chemical equations creatively 
  •  Teaching chemistry topics with card sorting 
  •  Organic Lab for the High School Classroom 
  •  Introduction to free modeling resources for HS Students

Participate in “Chemistry Camp”: a discussion of real challenges that you experience at your school.

Join us on Field Trips including to the Middlesex School Observatory.

Complete registration for NEACT members: $125 for both days** Includes: a light breakfast, lunch, breaks and Friday night dinner PDPs will be available for Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut teachers.

**Purchase orders are accepted 1st time attendee? There is financial help. Ask about our scholarships.

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Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Winners

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on May 5, 2018 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grade 6-8 Winner Sarah Cipriani,7th grade, Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury CT (Teacher: Mary Louise Barta)

Grade 9-12: Emma Daly, 10th grade, East Catholic High School, Manchester CT (Teacher: Amy Coan)

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on April 3, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2018 CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest

Dive into Marine Chemistry

The Connecticut Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Contest Deadline: May 1, 2018 (receipt by email or mail)

Prizes: Subscription to ACS magazine and periodic table poster

Contact: Dr. Sharon M. Palmer, Amherst Regional High School,

Download Flyer for more details (pdf)

Download Entry Form (pdf)

2nd Annual Symposium on Applied Synthesis

Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on April 3, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Frontiers in Organic Synthesis: Solutions to Challenging Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation

Friday, September 21st, 2018
Connecticut College New London, CT

Poster presentations on any topic in organic chemistry are welcomed and encouraged
Registration and abstract submissions are now open:

For more information contact: