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Autumn Quarter 2023 Updates

Autumn Quarter 2023 Updates

Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways to be an “active” member of the MEM-C community this quarter, the list of volunteer opportunities available includes:

  • be an REU/RET mentor (for the Academic Year and/or Summer REU programs)
  • run the REU/RET journal club (for the Academic Year and/or Summer REU programs)
  • run NanoCamp (offered at UW, UCF, or UH)
  • do 3 outreach events (e.g., science fairs, STEM evenings) at local K-12 schools and/or 2-yr colleges
    • We have already received requests for Materials Ambassadors to visit:
      • North Seattle College for a STEM fair Nov 9th from 11am-1pm
      • Cedar Crest Academy for 2nd-5th graders at a STEAM evening on Nov 29th (time is TBA)
      • Bishop Blanchet High School for a lesson and activities with solar cells (date and time TBA, but it will be during the school day)
  • coordinate/facilitate the monthly lunch for graduate students and postdocs
  • provide MEM-C website support (e.g., updating publication lists, writing short news posts)
  • be a shared facility super-users

Contact Andrea Carroll ([email protected]) if you are interested in or have questions about helping with REU/RET programs, NanoCamp, outreach activities, and/or monthly lunches. Contact Kelly Olenyik ([email protected]) if you are interested in or have questions about the website work or serving as a shared facility super-user. We will continue to announce new opportunities as they become available, so watch for additional asks throughout the year and be ready to help out with our many activities!

IRG Bi-Weekly Meetings

IRG-1 meets bi-weekly on Thursdays and IRG-2 meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Meetings include student presentations and research discussions. Details about the meetings are emailed to participating IRG faculty, postdocs and students.

Monthly Luncheons

Every month MEM-C hosts a lucheon for all participating students and postdocs. These lunches are primarily community building among graduate students and postdocs both within and between the IRGs.  We have several research groups new to MEM-C and many people new to UW as we kick off a new academic year and new MEM-C award. Details about the meeting are emailed to participating postdocs and students.

Travel Stipends

Graduate students and postdocs with active MEM-C memberships are eligible to apply for travel fellowships (up to $1,000) to support the presentation of MEM-C-supported research at a conference. Volunteering in any of the capacities listed above will qualify you as an active MEM-C member.  If you would like to apply for MEM-C travel funds, get approval from your PI to request the funds and then email Kelly ([email protected]) with your request information, cc’ing your PI.

MEM-C Worktag Information

Students and postdocs who need information about MEM-C worktags for materials, supplies, or equipment fees should first contact their PI for details. If there are additional questions, contact Kelly ([email protected]). Reimbursements are most easily processed through the UW Department of Chemistry’s reimbursement portal.