Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships are for students applying to or enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Seniors who plan to attend graduate school or first-year graduate students who are interested should go online to for more information.

Don't Panic!

I learned that the Online Application for Graduation had to be taken down for several days due to some systems issues.  This has caused some anxiety among seniors planning to graduate this spring.  Please note that we have been advised the system should be operational again by tomorrow.  The registrar's office will probably send out a notice to seniors when it's back up, but I suggest checking on it tomorrow.  It's all good!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ready to publish your research?

Are you looking to take the first step in getting published in a research journal? Craving a peer-reviewed, first-author publication?

Spruce up your resume and submit to The Tower, Georgia Tech’s premiere undergraduate research journal, by midnight, Monday, October 1, 2012, in order to be considered for the Fall 2012 issue. You can submit at! Extensions of up to 1 month are given on a case-by-case basis on the condition that you contact us before October 1.

We are currently accepting submissions from all majors in all of our accepted publication formats:
•    Abstracts – one page summary of research project with 1 figure
•    Articles -- culmination of a research project
•    Synopsis articles -- for work already published in a peer-reviewed journal
•    Perspectives -- does not need experimental data, rather provides a viewpoint in the current progress of one's field, should elaborate on own efforts as well
•    Dispatches -- similar to a communication or brevia, this format is a shorter research article for undergraduates earlier in their research project/career

Visit for detailed submission guidelines.

The Tower Undergraduate Research Journal
Office of Student Media
Georgia Institute of Technology
353 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332-0290

Friday, September 21, 2012

Academic Advising appointments

Fall advising is underway, so here's a reminder about scheduling your appointments.  Undergraduate students are advised by Ms. Ami Ivanecky and Dr. Pradeep Agrawal.  
  • To make an appointment with Ms. Ivanecky, go to  Please include your GT ID# and the purpose of your visit in the comments field.  Students are seen by appointment Monday-Thursday, 9:30-noon and 1:30-4:00 p.m.  Walk hours for quick advising questions or issues are Friday, 9:30-noon and 1:30-4:00 p.m.  
  • To make an appointment with Dr. Agrawal, please email  
First term freshmen are advised as follows:
  • Students in GT1000 for ChBE majors:  Dr. Agrawal and Ms. Ivanecky will visit your class to provide your first term advisement. 
  • Student in general GT 1000:  you will probably receive registration instructions, but you may wish to confirm your course selections with an advisor via email before registration opens  or schedule an individual appointment.  
  • Freshmen who are NOT in GT 1000:  plan to meet with an academic advisor before registration.
All students enrolled in ChBE 2100 are required to meet with a faculty mentor.  Information regarding scheduling this meeting will be forthcoming. 

All students enrolled in ChBE 2110 are REQUIRED to meet with an academic advisor before they can register for classes for the following term!

Do NOT wait until registration opens to schedule your meeting! There are 900 undergraduate ChBE students.  There are two advisors.  Remember:  lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part!.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Co-Op Orientation

I have seen many new students in the past few weeks asking questions about the co-op program.  If you are interested in learning more about how co-op works, I recommend attending an Orientation session.  These sessions are offered in the Student Success Center's Clary Theatre, and there are a few more available this semester:

September 25
11:00am - 12:00pm
October 2
11:00am - 12:00pm
October 9
11:00am - 12:00pm 

For additional information, go to

Attention: Graduating Seniors in Spring 2013

If you anticipate completing your program of study in SPRING 2013, you must complete the Online Application for Graduation this semester.  There are a few steps you should take BEFORE:
  • Confirm that your major, minor and any concentration is listed correctly in your records.  If anything is inaccurate, it must be fixed BEFORE you complete the application. 
  •  If you are pursuing the Biotechnology concentration, make sure it is listed in your records!  If not, you must add it to your record—see link:
 The Online Application for SPRING 2013 will be open in OSCAR from Monday, September 17 to Monday, October 15, 2012.  Please log in and complete the document during this window.  Questions?  Follow this link for detailed information:

Event at Institute of Paper Science and Technology

Please join us on September 18, 2012 at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech as we welcome

John Maciejewski
“The Effects of the Earthquake and Subsequent Tsunamis of March 11, 2011 on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”


Anirban Patra
“Modeling Dislocation Channels in Irradiated BCC Materials Using Continuum Crystal Plasticity”

Mr. Maciejewski's presentation will focus on what happened to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.  Information on technical aspects will be provided.  How materials contributed to or minimized the degree of damage to the station will be discussed.

Mr. Patra will present on modeling work he has performed on the mechanical behavior of irradiated materials.

Kindly RSVP by Monday, September 17, 3pm to Gautam Patel,

Student Researcher Needed

Title: Student Researcher
Job Description: Working on plating fibers into nickel tubes. Must be available until at least Spring 2013, Be able to work in block shifts of minimum 4 hours, previous lab experience, has completed inorganic chemistry and synthesis lab.
Where: GTRI
Hours: 15-20 a week
Pay: Depends on experience
Preferences: GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

Please send resume to:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Influenza Vaccination Using a Microneedle Patch
(Two positions available)

Position title: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Location: In the laboratory of Prof. Mark Prausnitz, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Duration: The positions begin ASAP through Spring semester 2013.

Qualifications: The candidate should be currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or a related major. Prior experience working in a laboratory setting is an advantage but not required.

Background: The National Institutes of Health has awarded Georgia Tech a grant to develop a novel dissolving microneedle patch for influenza vaccination and bring it into a Phase I clinical trial. Microneedles are micron-scale structures that painlessly pierce into the skin surface, thereby depositing vaccine in the upper layers of skin. This route of administration has a number of advantages, including the possibility of self-administration and increased vaccine immunogenicity.

Job description:
These positions provide a unique opportunity to do laboratory R&D as part of a product development team that is translating a dissolving microneedle patch for influenza vaccination into a Phase I clinical trial.

Position #1 (bioanalytical). The candidate will assist in preparing formulations, carrying out assays for quantitative analysis of vaccine loading in patches and assessment of its stability in test prototypes. The candidate will gain knowledge and hands-on experience running various analytical assays such as ELISA, HPLC and protein assays.

Position #2 (pharmaceutical engineering)
. The candidate will provide support in benchmarking both process yield and variability (content uniformity) of microneedles manufacturing processes; perform excipient screening experiments, which includes making vaccine solutions, casting them onto microneedle molds, curing these microneedles, and determining the suitability of these microneedle formulation candidates; and evaluate device designs and formulation candidates using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The candidates will have a chance to work on a product development team within an academic setting. The team working on this project will include researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University Medical School, in addition to a network of third party contractors.

Contact: If interested, please send your resume, unofficial transcript and cover letter to Dr. Priya Kalluri ( for Position #1 and to Winston Pewin ( for Position #2.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tutoring available!

Omega Chi Epsilon holds tutoring every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Ford EST L1105 for students in ChBE 2100.  If you would like to join the email list to get tutoring reminders and information on study sessions before tests, email your name and professor to  Check us out at  If you would like to get involved with OXE or become a tutor, please email Maggie at 

Friday, September 7, 2012

The GREEN Program

Twelve days, five forms of renewable energy, action-packed adventures, cultural immersion and memories for a lifetime …

The GREEN Program gives motivated students a chance to travel to Costa Rica, the epicenter of renewable energy and sustainability, to gain a hands-on educational experience while enjoying the rich culture and helping change the world. Get a sneak preview of the program on our website:

Through a rigorous curriculum and exclusive access to renewable energy technology, this ground-breaking program helps students of all majors to bridge the gap between traditional textbook learning and accelerated career development. 

Students who attended this program in the past have cited it as "one of the best experiences of their life". Some have returned to Costa Rica for summer internships in the renewable energy sector.  Others applied their experiences to succeed in internships and jobs in the United States at leading companies such as General Electric, Bechtel, the USDA, EPA, USPTO and more. 

If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming programs, please submit your application at your earliest convenience.  Due to high demand enrollment will be limited to 20 students only.  Once you are accepted, a personal representative will be happy to guide you through the registration steps and answer any questions you may have.

Program Dates:

Winter 2012: December 12-December 23

Spring 2013: March 2-March 10
                      March 9-March 17
                      March 16-March 24
                      March 23-March 31

Summer 2013:  Programs opening soon.

We look forward to traveling with you!