Monthly Archives: October 2019

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020

Below is the flyer for the 2020 summer internship program. Also included is a graphic depicting the kinds of projects available here at the OESL.

If you are interested in applying please provide:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter indicating area of research of greatest interest to you

3) Minimum of one reference

4) List of college level science courses you have completed

Please email applications to Laura Ives at

I am looking forward to receiving your application!

West Michigan ACS Community Outreach

The West Michigan Chapter of the American Chemical Society had an amazing event and invited us to take part at Grand Valley State University.  They attempted the Guinness World Record for largest periodic table.  Many different college and high school groups selected an element and created that portion of the periodic table.  We presented posters and hosted an experiment table.


Andrew Rajewski

Andy’s final day with our lab is Friday, October 11.  He has been researching with us for more than a year and is relocating to Ann Arbor to work for PIDC doing Research and Development for them.  He is also planning on continuing to grad school next year.

Andy has become a fantastic “synthesizer” over his year with us.  He has presented a talk at ECS in Dallas and presented posters at ACS Great Lakes and the Hope College Schaap Symposium.  He has advanced our understanding of donor/acceptor compounds for organic redox flow batteries.  But more importantly, he is a fun addition to our lab and we will miss his smile.  “Cheers” to your future Andy!

Summer 2019 Wrap-up

Thanks for a great summer and another great intern group!

After tours, poster sessions, a lot of research and a lot of ice cream, we got some good feedback for next year.  It is good to know that everyone that filled out the evaluation form would recommend the MSUBI Summer Intern program to others.  Below are some other comments we received…

What I liked most?  Doing actual relevant science!  and working with projects where I have some control over the direction, priorities and techniques…  I liked having ownership of a project, in the sense that I had to decide what direction to go in and had some guidance but also the chance to pursue avenues that caught my eye….  I liked the opportunity to work towards something with a real-life application that’s realistic and impactful.

Were expectations reasonable?  Yes, I think that like any research position progress isn’t always linear, but clear goals were set and progress was reported while suggestions were given to help toward those goals.

Was the project interesting?  Yes, it allowed me to expand my scientific knowledge by doing some inorganic synthesis and learning new electrochemical techniques.

Was the experience valuable?  Absolutely!