Summer 2022 is under way!

The OESLab has five new interns this summer…

Brett Cesar – Michigan State University

Luke Cooper – Alma College

Kendra Hagey – University of Michigan

Taylor Opolka – Davenport University

Evelyn Widmaier – University of Michigan

Stay tuned for more news!

Summer Internship Applications Now Accepted

We are very excited to open the application process for Summer 2022!

Lots of info here:

  • Summer researchers work on individual, unique projects.
  • They are supervised by Dr. Tom Guarr, Director of R&D at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute and PI of the OESLab.
  • Please note the lab is in Holland, MI, not East Lansing, MI.
  • Our summer program lasts ten weeks. This may be extended by mutual agreement.
  • Start dates are flexible.
  • We are paying $15.00/hr for 40 hours each week.
  • We will help you find housing for the summer.  Housing may be in a rental with other students.
  • At the end of the summer we will participate in a poster session where your individual research can be presented.  Please see below for areas of research.
  • Look through this blog to see other summer’s research groups and activities.

Please read this post carefully and follow directions to apply.

Go to  Search for job # 743283.  Follow instructions to apply.

Please include with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter detailing which area of our research most interests you (see below)
  3. List of technical classes (You can send your transcript, but all we need is a list)
  4. At least one reference (preferably academic or research reference)

Here is a graphic of our research areas:

Please email Laura Ives with any questions. <—— that is me.  I am very responsive.

Our application window will close February 28, 2022.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Summer 2021 is in the books

We had a great summer with some great interns.

Johnny and Amber, have a great year back at school.  Charley, welcome to the team.

It will soon be time to post and apply to summer internships for summer 2022.  Please consider joining us at the OESLab in Holland, MI.

Amber Little

Amber is our third intern for summer 2021.  She is a Chemical Engineering student from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Her summer abstract is titled “Electrochemical Investigation of a Symmetric Nonaqueous Redox Flow Battery”.

Amber is returning to Rose-Hulman for her last year to complete her degree.  Amber is a very efficient lab worker and she helped us continue the development of a working redox flow battery prototype.  Thank you for spending the summer with us, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Charley Hengesbach

Charley Hengesbach spent her summer with us in beautiful Holland, MI.  She graduated from Alma College with a degree in Chemistry in the spring of this year.  Her abstract was titled “Exploiting a Pyrylium Route to New Redox-Active Pyridinium Compounds”.

We really enjoyed having Charley with us this summer, and she must have enjoyed spending it with us because she will be continuing her employment with Jolt Energy.  We are really thrilled that she has decided to stick around.

Johnny Drozd

Johnny is our first highlighted intern of summer 2021.  He is a Chemistry student from Western Michigan University.  Johnny came to us interested in synthesis and we aim to please.  His poster was titled “The Synthesis of Pyridinium Salts for Electrochemical Applications”.

Johnny is a great, fun and talented chemist.  He is returning to Western for one more semester and we are excited to find out what comes next for him.  Thanks for spending the summer with us!

MSU Mid-Sure Conference Presentations

Two of our summer interns chose to participate in the MSU Mid-Sure Conference.  This year this conference and these presentations were virtual.  Go to YouTube and check out their summer research…

Amber Little: “Electrochemical Investigation of a Symmetric Nonaqueous Redox Flow Battery”


Johnny Drozd: “The Synthesis of Pyridinium Salts for Electrochemical Applications”


Hope College Summer Research Symposium 2021

We have thanked Hope College many times for including us in their Summer Research Symposiums and we are indebted to them again…  Many thanks for allowing our students to show off their hard work this summer.  The symposium was a great success with a lot of interesting research being displayed.  Our MSU OESLab group had five posters of the more than forty that were displayed.  There are some great research contributions going on at Hope College!