Is it the final day of Undergraduate Programming for the National Meeting already? My how time flies. But don’t worry, there’s plenty to do today. Have a look at the Undergraduate Program and the Undergraduate Program Guide, but in the meantime, here are a few events which we think will advance your careers and interests. Enjoy, and let us know if you have any questions! (All events are at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, unless otherwise noted)
Graduate School Recruiting Breakfast
Liberty Ballroom C/D, 8 – 9:30 am
Have you started your search for graduate schools? If you haven’t started your search, you’re a little behind! But that’s ok, this event allows you to speak to recruiters from over 30 top programs in order to determine if one is the right fit for you. Here’s a few tips before you go:
- Don’t try to impress the recruiter with your GPA or GRE score, your research, or your extracurricular activities. When it comes time for those things, they will ask you.
- Instead, have some questions about the school. Here are some really good questions. You are there to find things out, not to sell your talents.
- Finally, at the end of your conversation, hand the recruiter your business card, and ask for one of theirs. (Don’t have a business card? Write your name and e-mail address legibly on a few index cards or stiff pieces of paper. It won’t look great, but it will do for now.) Follow up with a thank you note about two weeks after the meeting.
Undergraduate Speed Networking with Chemistry Professionals
Freedom Ballroom F, 9:45 – 11:15 am
We mentioned this event in a previous post, but let us reiterate: networking is a skill that will serve you well. Simply knowing more people, especially those involved in chemistry, gives you people you can ask about career prospects, new technology, business opportunities, predictions on the future of the industry, and much, much more. A well connected individual benefits whatever organization of which they are a part, and this makes them valuable. So come out and meet some fellow chemists: share a story, ask about available careers, and find out what they wish they had known when they were in your position. Read over our list of networking tips and then come practice your skills!
Beyond the Bench: Non-Traditional Careers in Chemistry
Philadelphia Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, Salon III/IV, 10:30 – 11:55 am; 1:30 – 4 pm
Speakers discuss their non-traditional career choices related to chemistry in such as those in law, education, or marketing. Morning and afternoon
sessions focus on different careers.
Co-sponsored by the ACS Younger Chemists Committee and the ACS Division of Professional Relations
Eminent Scientist Luncheon and Lecture
Philadelphia Convention Center, 108 A/B 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Dr. M. Katharine Holloway, Senior Investigator at Merck & Co., will discuss her career and her groundbreaking research “Arresting AIDS & Halting Hepatitis C: Structure-Based Design of Protease Inhibitors”. This is a valuable opportunity to meet and hear from one of the major pioneers in the battle against AIDS and HIV. Lunch will be served (Cheesesteaks!).
Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Philadelphia Convention Center, Hall D, 2- 4 pm
Your fellow undergraduates are engaged in a wide array of studies across all fields of chemistry. And they’d love to talk to you about it. Drop by the Convention Center and see posters across all fields of chemistry.
Social Media Meet Up
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Broad Street Entrance Lounge, 6:30-8 pm
As you’ve probably figured out by now, social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook are here to stay. Businesses, schools, and government institutions are all using social media, and you should too! People with social media experience are sought after commodities, and its a skill many employers are consider valuable. Come meet the people behind the media at the Social Media Meet up. Walk-ins welcome, but RSVP now!
Oh yes, and there will be food!
There’s lots more, so come out and enjoy the final day of Undergraduate Programming here in Philadelphia!