UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD Materials Science and Engineering Program, Chemical Biology Interfaces Training Program, and School of Physical Sciences Student Success Center are excited to sponsor an Industry Interaction Day!
Join us for an inspiring talk by Professor Steven Strogatz, author of these and other bestselling books that reveal the beauty of mathematics and the hidden connection between daily life and what we learn in math classes. We can't promise his talk will help you prepare for exams but we hope it will capture your imagination and give you a satisfying fresh perspective on studying mathematics.
Bio: Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. He works on nonlinear dynamics with applications to physics, biology, and the social sciences. His latest book, Infinite Powers, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize.
Interested in learning more about the different career paths you can take as a math student?
The Department of Mathematics in collaboration with the Student Success Center is hosting a Careers in Math Panel Discussion this Spring Quarter!
The event will provide great insights from industry professionals; they will share their academic and career experiences, information about their current company, the top skills they are seeking in a successful candidate, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in Q & A during the event.
Josh, a Triton Alum, is an expert in data analysis, algorithms, and fraud detection. He graduated from UCSD in 2004 with degrees in Psychology (BS) and Math (BA) and leveraged his research experience to get his first job analyzing data for a startup. He then studied Information Systems in grad school at the Techion in Israel. In 2012, Josh founded General Forensics as a startup data company which allowed him to work with many companies, banks, and government agencies helping them to address a wide variety of data and fraud related problems. In 2022, Josh joined Ankura where he now manages data forensics and investigations in large corporate lawsuits. He continues to be involved with UCSD and to work with students.
Dafna Avraham is a senior vice president and head of the SMA Portfolio Analysis Group within PIMCO Municipals. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2021, Ms. Avraham was on the quantitative research team at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, a PIMCO company, in which she served on the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Gurtin in 2016, she held roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, serving as a quantitative portfolio analyst developing models of the Federal Reserve’s portfolio and balance sheet as well as a financial intermediation research analyst, contributing to banking regulation policy and research. Ms. Avraham earned her master’s degree in economics and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lois is a part of the Dean's Leadership Council and is thrilled to be an ambassador and advocate for UC San Diego's School of Physical Sciences. She is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the university she credits for having given her an excellent education, hands on learning, and mentorship that laid the foundation for her career. She currently is an industry mentor to students, an Associate Director and engineer at the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit federally funded institution that supports space programs, and an alumna of the School of Physical Sciences with degrees in statistics (MS), geosciences (MS), applied mathematics (BA), and Chinese studies (BA) - all from UC San Diego. She was a 2022 True Triton honoree, the inaugural chair of the Dean's Leadership Council, and is the proud mother of two daughters who have also chosen to pursue degrees and careers in science and engineering.
Aculon® specializes in developing and producing unique surface modification technologies for the electronics, consumer products, industrial and oil and gas industries. Aculon® has over 40 U.S. patents, has won many industry awards for innovation, and has worked on thousands of applications and invested hundreds of thousands of hours into solving customer surface-related issues. The company’s technologies include hydrophobic, superhydrophobic, oleophobic, and hydrophilic treatments to repel water, oil, paraffin and asphaltenes as well as almost all liquids. These treatments are thin, often nano-scale, and are easy to apply. Aculon is based in San Diego, California and operates globally with operations in Europe and Asia. Aculon® is ISO 9001. Learn more at aculon.com.
Please note that priority is given to Juniors and Seniors, but the event is open to all class levels. Areas of interest: Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.
This event is open to the first 30 students who RSVP. Participants must provide their own transportation.
Career Workshop Series: How to Effectively Job Search and Network
There is an ever-changing landscape of job searching and networking that can make it increasingly difficult to find a job and/or internship. Do you reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn, do you apply to hundreds of jobs and internships on Indeed, or do you go door-to-door asking who is hiring? Attend this workshop to learn more about how to effectively job search and network to increase your chances of landing a great job!
Gilead sciences will provide an overview of their company and share career opportunities in Gilead's medicinal chemistry and process development chemistry groups.
Opportunities will be discussed for different career levels, including jobs for graduating seniors with an interest in synthetic chemistry (BS in a chemistry major), as well as graduate students (MS and Ph.D.) and postdocs with a research background in synthetic chemistry.
An introductory presentation at 9 am will be followed by scheduled interviews with the Gilead representatives.
*If you are interested in interviewing with Gilead, please submit a resume and research summary (required for PhD and postdoc, optional for all other students) on the registration form by Monday, May 1st at 8:00 AM.
Hear from Brian Baumgartner, Product Manager, focused on autonomous vehicles at Applied Intuition. Prior to joining Applied, Brian worked for several robotics and autonomous vehicle companies including Cruise, Aurora, Uber ATG, Matternet, Liquid Robotics, SpaceX, and the US Department of Defense (amongst others). At Applied Intuition, Brian leads product and business development related work for the AV stack, including off-road, on-road, AV, and ADAS. Brian has a B.S. in Physics from Revelle College at UC San Diego, class of 2009. This will be an engaging session in which attendees will get a chance to ask questions.
Every student needs a standout resume and cover letter to land an interview, but how do you accomplish this with limited experience? Let’s face it: Recruiters don’t want to read resumes that list everything someone has done—they want to know if you have what it takes to rock the job they are trying to fill. Hiring managers are not just looking for experience—they are looking for future potential. Attend this workshop to learn how to refine and customize your resume and cover letter so that it stands out from the rest!
Join us and hear from professionals in the field of physics. You will meet UC San Diego alumni and industry professionals with diverse career trajectories. The career panel will share their experience, knowledge and how to navigate the industry to find great networks, jobs and internship opportunities.
Jessie Hirtenstein, Ph.D. Data Scientist at ICW Group
Anthony Tran, Ph.D. student at Michigan State University
Tai Nguyen, B.S. Engineering Technician at Qualcomm
Megan Grace Li, Ph.D. student at Founder of Big Sister STEM
The Student Success Center is hosting two Open House events on April 11th and 12th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to showcase the physical study space, answer questions about their programs and services, and demonstrate their partnerships with Physical Sciences student organizations, faculty, staff, and alumni industry professionals. There will be student organization stations, where you can learn more about the different PhySci student organizations and speak to their leadership members. The EXPAND Program mentees and mentors will also be displaying their research project posters! This is your chance to mix and mingle with old friends and make new connections.
There will be light refreshments, swag, and prizes!
Join the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (METOC) at their upcoming information table! Representatives from the command will discuss their career and internship opportunities, their application submission process, as well as information about "a day in the life" of one of their employees. All students are welcome to attend, especially students interested in sciences (physical sciences, mathematics, physics, meteorology, oceanography, environmental, earth, etc.), engineering (electrical, mechanical, computer), and IT (cybersecurity, InfoSec, systems admin, etc.).
You can find METOC tabling on Library Walk on April 5th between 10 AM - 2 PM. No registration needed to stop by their table!
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) looks forward to welcoming 25 UC San Diego students for a multi-day visit and tour from March 26-March 29 (UC San Diego Spring Break)! This is a unique opportunity to not only see the lab in-person and meet engineers, but also to explore potential internship and career paths at LANL. Flight and lodging expenses will be covered by LANL (logistics details will be provided with students selected to participate). Space is limited - please fill out the form to be considered for the visit.
Deadline:Monday, January 23rd at 11:59 PST
Students who are selected will be notified by the end of January 31st.
Please be aware that there is no guarantee that all applicants will be able to participate in this visit. As such, please be as detailed as possible in your responses.
ACS-SA is proud to present the 2023 Chemistry Career Day, an event to learn about the diverse array of opportunities for chemistry majors in industry. First, hear from company representatives about their journey to industry, what they do, and how you can break into industry. Then, expand your network by speaking face-to-face with the representatives and ask them questions. Attending companies include BioAge, Catalent, Element Biosciences, General Atomics, and Neurocrine Biosciences.
This event will take place on February 22nd, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PST) at the Natural Sciences Building.
Join Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) engineers to learn about LANL as well as internship and career opportunities! Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to engage in small groups via breakout rooms.
Click here to learn more about LANL and specific technology areas.
Interested in visiting LANL in-person? LANL will welcome 25 UC San Diego students to their site for a customized tour during Spring Break (March 26-March 30; travel & lodging will be paid by LANL). Register here for the virtual info session to learn more!
In collaboration with the Career Center, we hosted a panel discussion with Chem/Biochem Professor Thomas Bussey, Karina Kangas, a Data Analyst at Qualcomm, Ranalda L. Tsosie, a NSF EAR Post-Doctoral Scholar at Montana State University, and Jade Johnson, a SDSU Research Specialist.
HRL Labs is hiring for full-time positions and internship opportunities, specifically in: Physics, Chemical Engineering, CS, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
If there is good overlap in your skillset, you may be invited for an interview taking place the following day in Jacobs Hall.
Note: US Person (U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee) required
Location: Jacobs Hall (EBU1) - Booker Conference Room
(Please note you must create a GradLeaders account in order to register for the event. It could take up to 24 hours for your account to be approved once created).
Dr. David Chow, is the Chief Scientific Officer at HRL Laboratories, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1989. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 technical papers and holds more than 30 patents. Dr. Chow served as the Director of the Microelectronics Laboratory at HRL from 2005 to 2017. During that time, the Microelectronics Laboratory developed state-of-the-art GaN MMIC and power transistor technologies, heterogeneous integration technologies, mixed-signal integrated circuits, and millimeter-wave subsystems.
Nathaniel Georges, Joined HRL in 2021, prior to that he spent 28 years in the aerospace industry working as a designer, systems engineer, test engineer, and program manager. As a program manager, he has led successful development efforts of navigation, command & control, and imaging systems. Nathaniel has Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Furman University and a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Zachary Geiger (Warren College ’11, BS Physics/Math), is a group leader in the Advanced Test Systems Department at HRL Laboratories, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2018. His doctoral research focused on many-body non-equilibrium dynamics using ultracold lithium Bose-Einstein condensates. From 2018-2020 he worked as an engineer in Intel’s Epitaxial Growth Pathfinding group and developed thin films for next generation strained silicon transistors, authoring four patents in that time. Since joining HRL in 2020, Zachary has focused on developing electronic instrumentation for silicon spin quantum dot devices.
Dr. Sam Whiteley (Sixth College ’14, BS Physics), joined HRL Laboratories in 2019 as research staff. His current research is at the intersection of process integration, materials science, and device physics in order to identify noise sources in silicon/silicon-germanium quantum dots while improving the device fabrication. Additionally Sam leads a research team on the manufacturability of thin film silicon carbide for photonics and quantum networking. Prior to joining HRL, Sam received his PhD in 2019 in Physics from University of Chicago and earned a BS in 2014 in Physics from UC San Diego with a specialization in Biophysics.
Tim Morton (Eleanor Roosevelt College BS EE ’20, MS EE ’21), isan electrical engineer in the Advanced Test Systems Department at HRL Laboratories, LLC. He obtained both undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from UCSD, focusing on Applied Physics: Devices and Materials. Since joining HRL in 2021, he has worked on a wide variety of projects including analog/mixed signal design and simulation, PCB design, and system level design and integration
Monday, November 7th - Thursday, November 10th: Virtual
Wednesday, November 16th: In-personCareer Opportunities Session at UCSD – this is a unique experience to chat with Amgen scientists and learn about careers in industry.
We invite you to learn more about the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, exciting breakthroughs in scientific discovery and development, as well as insights into scientific careers in industry, through participation in the Amgen – UCSD Educational Outreach Fall 2022 program. Learn from Amgen leaders and scientists as they share:
▪ Amgen’s R&D capabilities, vision, and strategy
▪ Approaches to optimizing therapeutic efficacy and safety
Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company's diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson's disease, endometriosis*, uterine fibroids* and clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. For nearly three decades, Neurocrine Biosciences has specialized in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the company and current employment opportunities, while participating in the live Q & A. Panel members also plan to hold individual interview sessions. Please upload your CV and research summary in the registration form below in order to be considered for an interview.
Manwika Charaschanya, Ph.D.
Manwika was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2008, she relocated to the United States for college, and in 2012, graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Grinnell College, IA. Following Iowa, she moved a state over to Kansas, and in 2018, graduated with a doctoral degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Professor Jeffrey Aubé. Her dissertation titled “Advances in heterocyclic synthesis through ring expansions and flow chemistry” included synthetic methodology development, generation of small molecule screening libraries via Schmidt ring expansion chemistry, and application of a high-temperature and high-pressure flow reactor for heterocyclic synthesis via a collaboration with AbbVie Inc. She spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate in Professor Peter Wipf’s laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. There she worked on developing novel anti-ferroptotic agents through the synthesis of peptidomimetic TEMPO conjugates. In 2020, Manwika moved to San Diego and joined Neurocrine Biosciences as a Scientist in Medicinal Chemistry.
Nicole Harriott, PhD
Nicole was born and raised just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with Honors in both Chemistry and Biology from Ashland University in 1999. She went on to study organic and peptidomimetic synthetic chemistry as a NIH predoctoral fellow under Professor Murray Goodman at UCSD earning her PhD in 2004. Here she designed and synthesized unnatural amino acids and incorporated them into novel peptidomimetic opioids. She then went on to expand her synthetic skills as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Viresh Rawal at the University of Chicago. In Professor Rawal’s lab, she worked towards the total synthesis of Haouamine A. In 2006, Nicole returned to San Diego as a Research Scientist at Neurocrine Biosciences. It’s here that Nicole expanded her Medicinal Chemistry skills resulting in the discovery of Ingrezza which is approved in the US and Japan for the treatment of Tardive Dyskinesia. Nicole is now an Executive Director of Chemistry at Neurocrine heading up the chemistry department.
Nicholas Pagano, Ph.D.
Nick born and raised just outside Philadelphia and graduated with a BSc in chemistry in 2004 from Albright College in Reading, PA. In 2009, he received a doctoral degree in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Professor Eric Meggers. Nick’s graduate work focused on the design and synthesis of organometallic compounds as protein kinase inhibitors. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher with Professor Nicholas Cosford at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, CA investigating multistep microfluidic synthesis. Following brief employment at Optimer Pharmaceuticals here in San Diego, Nick joined Neurocrine Biosciences in 2012 as a Research Scientist in medicinal chemistry and currently serves as a Director in the department.
Lourdes (Lulu) Fernandez de Cossio, Ph.D.
Lulu graduated as a licensed psychologist from the University of Havana, Cuba, concomitantly working with children at the Cuban Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, as a neuropsychologist trainee. This latter experience motivated a career change to understanding the brain’s biology at the intersect with the endocrine and immune systems. Lulu left Cuba to pursue a Master’s in Neuroscience in Europe- Neurasmus and a doctoral degree at McGill University, Canada to better understand the role of microglia in how infections during pregnancy could lead to neurodevelopmental disorders. She went on to do a two-year postdoctoral training for in vivo optogenetics and video-EEGs, to study the hyper-direct pathway and different models of epilepsy respectively at the Hnasko and the Rho/ Shtrahman labs at UC San Diego. In September 2021, Lulu joined Neurocrine Biosciences as a Scientist in Translational and in vivo Pharmacology.
Natali Minassian, Ph.D.
Natali was born and partly raised in Austin, Texas before moving to Cupertino, California in 1992. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biology from Santa Clara University in 2002. During her senior year in
college, Natali started working in the in vitro assay development team at Xenoport, Inc—a small biotech company focused on utilizing ion channels and transporters as means to optimize drug uptake through
the GI tract or blood brain barrier. After 2 years, she went on to study mutations in voltage-gated potassium channels linked to spinocerebellar ataxia as a graduate student in Diane Papazian’s lab. She earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology program at UCLA in 2010. She stayed at UCLA as a postdoctoral fellow in Igor Spigelman’s lab where she studied the mechanisms and relief of alcohol abuse. She then conducted a 2 nd postdoctoral fellowship in the ion channel group within the neuroscience team at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. For 3 years, she worked on drug discovery CNS programs, ranging from disorders of mood and cognition to pain. During her time at JnJ, she collaborated with the peptide chemistry group to characterize the structure-function of peptide toxins against voltage-gated sodium channels. Natali then joined the Neuroscience Research Unit at Pfizer. As a senior scientist, she was the in vitro lead on multiple drug discovery projects with a mechanistic focus on ion channels in the CNS space, analyzing how compounds affect both single cell & networking activity. Following 2 years at Pfizer, Natali joined Ardelyx, Inc as senior scientist where she lead the in vitro pharmacology team. There she returned to drug discovery in the GI & cardiorenal space with a mechanistic focus on assay development for transporters, receptors, enzymes and gut permeability. After 2 years, she then joined the in vitro pharmacology team at Neurocrine Biosciences and is now a Senior Principal Scientist in the group, leading projects and developing assays for ion channels, GPCRs and transporters in the CNS space.
EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies Speed Interviews
EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies, companies of Eurofins, is hiring over 40 job opportunities! Come meet with a hiring manager as they will be sharing more about their company and conducting speed interviews.
EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies are leaders in advanced microscopy, surface analysis and materials characterization testing services for various types of materials from synthetic biomaterials to nanotechnology. We enable our clients to develop new materials with the potential to transform our world. Our laboratories are at the forefront of this revolution, providing the scientific expertise and analytical techniques to support companies at every phase of the product lifecycle, from R&D to manufacturing.
Interviews will be conducted from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Submit your resume to participate in the speed interview.
Francisco Coronel, Jr. is a graduate of UCSD with a BS Electrical Engineering degree with emphasis on Semiconductor Materials. Upon graduation he worked for Western Digital, working in their semiconductor fab for 7 years. After that Francisco worked for Motorola for 8 years as a process engineer in thin films and CVD deposition. Francisco has been at Eurofins-EAG for 22 years. He is a manager of the Materials Analysis department. Our customers include Aerospace, Military, Medical devices and consumer goods.
Michael Liao is a Manager of Materials & Surface Analysis at EAG Laboratories. Michael received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry with mastery of surface science and materials chemistry. His dissertation explored innovative methods to measure changes to surface chemistry and energetics of semiconductor quantum dots using photoemission spectroscopy and other surface sensitive analytical techniques. Michael is seeking to continue in cutting-edge research or deployment in surface science, materials chemistry, renewable energy science, or nanoscience.
Kin-Ling Sham is a Senior Metallurgist Consultant at the El Segundo, CA Eurofins EAG Lab. The last 10 years she has consultant on thermal spray wear resistant coating, controlling microstructural evolution through chemistry and processing, welding consumable development and optimization, failure analysis on various projects: aluminum cans, aluminum gas tanks, steel cables, biomedical devices, LED lights, PCBs, aerospace materials and component, airplane components, residential plumbing, etc. She is currently working on expanding the corrosion business line at Eurofins EAG Lab to beyond biomedical device corrosion testing.
BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of healthcare by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for healthcare providers. BD and its 75,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to healthcare.
In collaboration with the Career Center, The Student Success Center presents a workshop aimed at teaching students the importance of building a career in Physical Sciences combining academic studies to career development, increasing networking opportunities, navigating through off and on campus industry resources and searching for internship opportunities. Students will also have an opportunity to meet UC San Diego alumni who will share their career journey and growth in the industry. Additionally, We will also share resources, programs and industry events scheduled throughout the academic year.
The Transfer Student Research Workshop #5: Putting together a competitive application for research opportunities
Are you interested in how science and technology policy gets made at the federal, state and local levels? Consider an immersive experience that allows you to learn while lending your STEM expertise to the process. There are many ways to get involved now and throughout your career. Join our distinguished panel of experts to learn about career paths, fellowships, and how to negotiate the dual cultures of science and policymaking to help decision-makers make wise choices.
Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez is a neurotoxicologist, currently a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research-CA Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) where she serves as a Science Officer, overseeing its portfolio of Adverse Childhood Experiences research projects.
Corinne Allen, a UC San Diego alum, is the Director of Energy and Environment at Clark Street Associates. She was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellow and has been developing transformational energy technologies at both the state (New York State Research Development Energy Authority) and federal levels (Department of Energy & Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy).
Jennifer Homrich is the Internship Counselor and UCDC Coordinator in the Teaching + Learning Commons at UC San Diego. The UC Washington Center (UCDC) is a multi-campus residential, instructional and research center that provides students and faculty from the University of California with opportunities to study, research, work, and live in Washington D.C.
Seth Cohen is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego, as well as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, whose research focus is bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry. He previously served as the AAAS Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Susan Hou is a current doctoral student at the University of Washington, College of Education, studying the relation between learning, anti-racism, and emotions. They are also a UC San Diego and UCDC alumnus. While at UCSD, they studied bioengineering and spent time learning about science policy in the U.S. In 2018, they spent a summer internship in DC with the American Institute of Physics advocating for appropriate STEM education resources and federal budget.
General Atomics is a visionary pioneer with a unique and powerful mission. Join us and you can work on transformative technology, developing the latest solutions for Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Electromagnetic Systems, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Airborne Sensors, Laser Technologies, or Biofuels. Here you’ll have the freedom to look further and dream bigger. You won’t wait for opportunity, you’ll create it. We’re a different kind of company, and if you like what you learn from this event, we could be the perfect landing spot for you.
Participants will learn about the four different units within General Atomics and learn more about their internship program.
Would you ever think you could be a consultant after graduating? Believe it or not, you can! An exciting and rewarding career at Booz Allen Hamilton may be the right fit for you. Have questions you wanted to ask, but felt you couldn’t in a formal environment? Come sit on the couch and chat with the Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) Chelsea Ballinger, a recent graduate herself and ask her all the questions you always wanted to know but maybe too wary to ask.
No clue who or what Booz Allen Hamilton is or does… For over 100 years, this prestigious consulting firm has been helping the military, government and fortune 500 companies solve some of the world’s most complex problems. As a student in the sciences, you are skilled at solving problems and you will be able to put those skills to work solving real world problems. In fact, their internship program is a great way to challenge yourself. You can work on projects ranging from clinical research to public transportation, and even NextGen communications and more. What’s more, many of the solutions developed at the end of the 10-week program are being used now in real-world applications.
Chelsea is a Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton working as an engineering consultant (although she would best describe her job as professional problem solver).
Her love for physics started back in high school with her egg drop project that saved a raw egg from cracking from a three-story fall. After that project, she couldn’t stop wondering “why?” and decided to continue her curiosity into college by majoring in Physics at UC San Diego. And even though she was voted biggest nerd in her graduating high school class (and she will argue, it only means most popular nerd) she joined and became very involved in her sorority in college, proving nerds too can have a normal, balanced social life.
After graduation and deciding what to be when she grew up, Chelsea decided to continue her studies at San Diego State University in a master’s in mechanical engineering and go to work for the Department of Defense; since she was a Navy kid and wanted to build cool new stuff so that more parents could come home from deployments.
She has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton for three years and has a participated in various projects including research and development on unmanned underwater vehicles and building a better internet for the Navy. When Chelsea isn’t working, you can most likely find her quarantine baking, Netflix bingeing, or catching up with friends and family
Myles is a Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton working as a prototype engineer, also known as a professional tinkerer.
Myles love for Physics started as a child with a passion for Astronomy and grew to an insatiable curiosity of how the universe works. This curiosity led him to major in Physics and UC San Diego and work in a Cosmology lab – focusing on radio telescopes.
After graduation, Myles wanted went to Purdue University to acquire a masters in Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering. There, he worked on creating computer simulations and building experimental plasma antennas.
He has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton for three years and has a participated in various projects including research and development on unmanned underwater vehicles, software development, and building prototypes. When Myles isn’t working, you can most likely find him collecting hobbies, playing games with friends, and exploring San Diego.
Nick is a Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton working for the Navy’s communications command, which really means he acts as a translator of technical concepts to various other technical and non-technical audiences.
Nick’s love of Physics started when he read A Brief History of Time as a sophomore in high school. Something about physics providing a fundamental explanation of everything resonated with him and he decided on his major then and there. He powered through some math/science fatigue and obtained his Physics degree from UC San Diego, but then decided to make a drastic change for his first post- college job and went into Construction Development and Property Management. After a few years, it was obvious that this career path wasn’t intellectually stimulating enough so he shifted to a career in Defense and Engineering.
Nick started at Booz Allen Hamilton in 2007, and throughout his career has worked in San Diego, CA and Huntsville, AL in support of the Missile Defense Agency and the Navy’s communication command. He’s served in roles focused on network engineering, test engineering, systems engineering, technical project management, digital transformation, and just generally being able to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical communities – which he’s learned is a skillset that lends itself well to physics and other hard sciences and something you can build an entire career around. When Nick isn’t working, you can find him chasing his four kids around or working on his old car.
Where: Dolores Huerta - Philip Vera Cruz Room Located in the Old Student Center (in front of Art of Espresso and below the LGBTQ Center)
BMS Presentation: 1:00-1:30pm
Interviews: 1:30-3:00pm Open
Office Hours w/ Refreshments: 3:00-4:00pm
(Check-in begins at 12:30pm)
We believe diverse perspectives bring out our best ideas. We’re looking for people who want to change lives and support our mission to discover new medicines. Are you bold, focused, innovative, passionate about your work and could bring unique chemistry skills to our team? Consider joining any of our Process Development Medicinal Chemistry teams across the BMS organization. We are seeking to hire qualified MS and Ph.D. students expecting their degrees in the near future as well as postdoctoral students who are seeking a career in a highly collaborative environment. We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining top talent so you can pursue innovative ideas and perform at your best. To participate in this recruiting opportunity and to learn more about BMS, please register for the event. We are recognized for the work we do. To learn more about BMS, please visit our website at careers.bms.com. Join us as we transform patients’ lives through science.
Jesus is a San Diego native who received his B.S. in Molecular Synthesis from the University of California, San Diego in 2012. During his undergraduate years, he conducted research with Professor Thomas
Hermann at UCSD, and with Professor Ryan Shenvi at The Scripps Research Institute. After his undergraduate studies, Jesus completed a 4-month internship at Vertex Pharmaceuticals before traveling north to the University of California, Los Angeles for graduate school. As an NIH Predoctoral Scholar, Jesus completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2017 under the direction of Professor Neil Garg working on both Natural Product Synthesis and Nickel Catalysis. Jesus’ internship at Vertex inspired him to return to the pharmaceutical industry and moved across the country to join Merck Research Laboratories in Boston, MA as a Medicinal Chemist. After working on the development of novel oncology drugs, Jesus moved back to San Diego in 2020 and joined Bristol Myers Squibb, where he continues his role as a Medicinal Chemist working on the discovery of new cancer drugs. Jesus is a proud first generation Mexican–American and an avid sports fan (especially soccer) who loves spending time with his family and friends.
Jennifer Riggs is a Director of Chemistry in the small molecule drug discovery department at Bristol Myers Squibb in San Diego. Jennifer obtained her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Ball State University in Indiana. She was a summer intern in the process chemistry group at Eli Lilly before entering graduate school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She joined the lab of Ken Rinehart where she worked on the total synthesis of natural products. After completing her Ph. D., Jennifer began her career at Celera Genomics in San Francisco as a medicinal chemist. In 2006, she joined Celgene in San Diego and has held roles with increasing responsibility. Currently, Jennifer leads a group of medicinal chemists and discovery project leaders prosecuting multiple programs in the protein degradation space, acts as the collaboration chemistry lead on various external collaborations, and leads multiple employee growth initiatives at BMS.
The Transfer Student Research Workshop #3: Developing Programming and Computational Skills
We are a leading science and technology company. To us, vibrant science and technology means to discover and develop for life in all its vibrancy. We draw on our unique expertise in healthcare, life science and electronics to develop breakthroughs in many aspects of life. Our ideas are everywhere, from cancer therapies and laboratory tools to the display of your smartphone or the color of your car.
We are divided into three business divisions:
Healthcare – from prescription medicines to treat conditions such as cancer and infertility, to over-the-counter products for a healthy lifestyle, our goal in Healthcare focuses on creating innovative therapies.
Life Science – providing scientists and researchers with lab materials, technologies and services to make research and biotech production simpler, faster and safer.
Electronics – developing specialty chemicals for demanding applications, from liquid crystals and OLED materials for displays and lighting to effect pigments for coatings and cosmetics through to high-tech materials for the electronics industry.
Please join our industry day to discover what it's like to work for a vibrant science and technology company. You will have the opportunity to network with current employees and learn about early-career opportunities at our businesses.
Calling all Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Computer Science Engineers, Chemistry, and Math-Computer Science Majors.
Led by Genevive Bjorn, an award-winning science writer and teacher based in San Diego, CA, students will learn a technique to make reading academic papers more straightforward. Reading papers is an important part of doing research, and a task that many people, even experienced researchers, find challenging. Using a research-based approach, we will focus on the core aspects of how an academic paper is structured and use that to help us quickly and thoroughly understand the main points of the paper.
Why choose us? Do you know the world’s leading semiconductor lithography machine manufacturer? That’s us – ASML! In short, we make the machines that make microchips. We are a part of every device you use daily. You might be wondering what majors we are focused on – they are physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, computer science and software engineering.
Internships and Full-Time Opportunities: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science (CS) Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Math-CS, Mechanical Engineering, Optics, Physics, and Structural Engineering
Ankura is a global consulting firm that provides expert data and analysis services to businesses and government in high profile legal matters. At Ankura, your work will be used to help decide major questions, will get presented in court, and may even impact issues that make the front-page news. The topics we cover are broad ranging from fraud investigations to business merger evaluations to calculating damages in class action lawsuits. We want to connect with technically oriented UCSD students who may be interested in developing a career in consulting or interested in another path to the legal field. Our team of cross-industry, cross-disciplinary experts would love to meet you and share with you what a career at Ankura is all about.
Ankura is recruiting for four full-time Associate positions (to begin in 2023) and four summer interns (2023).
Ben Lowy is a Director at Ankura based in Los Angeles. Ben manages all aspects of complex commercial disputes, international arbitration, class action lawsuits and other financial investigation engagements. Ben has a master’s degree in International Relations with over 6 years’ experience working with fraud examiners, internal and external auditors, lawyers, and regulatory authorities conducting risk assessments, forensic accounting, compliance reviews, background/asset searches, fund tracing and electronic data processing.
Christopher McKay, Managing Director
Chris McKay, CFE is a Managing Director at Ankura based in Los Angeles. Chris helps clients to resolve complex business disputes by performing financial and accounting analysis, leveraging data analytics, and conducting market and industry research. He has more than 15 years of experience in directing forensic investigations, preparing expert testimony, testing class certification criteria, calculating damages, assessing regulatory compliance, and empirically evaluating litigation risk, loss causation, and liability.
Veeda Movaghar, Associate
Since graduating from UCLA in 2021 with a major in Business-Economics and minor in Global Studies, Veeda Movaghar has worked as an Associate at Ankura within the Competition and Class Action practice. Veeda uses her economics and accounting background, as well as SQL and R programming skills to help clients navigate complex litigation across a diverse set of industries. In her free time, Veeda enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, running, and painting.
Josh Wortman, Senior Director
Josh, a Triton Alum, is an expert in data analysis, algorithms, and fraud detection. He graduated from UCSD in 2004 with degrees in Psychology (BS) and Math (BA) and leveraged his research experience to get his first job analyzing data for a startup. He then studied Information Systems in grad school at the Techion in Israel. In 2012, Josh founded General Forensics and pursued an independent consulting career, working on interesting data and fraud projects for many companies and the government. In 2022, Josh joined Ankura. He continues to be involved with UCSD and to work with students.
The Transfer Student Research Workshop Series is meant to introduce students to many of the skills needed for undergraduate research projects. This includes reading academic papers, computer skills, programming in python, organizing and tracking your research, talking to faculty about projects, applying to summer research programs, and more. The series will be led by faculty and students from UC San Diego Physical Sciences. There are 5 workshops on consecutive weeks. If the students attend 4 out of 5 they will receive a certificate of completion from the Division of Physical Sciences.
The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistryplans to host their annual Industry Day event on July 8, 2022 at the Faculty Club. The goal of this event is to enhance the interaction between our PhD students and postdoctoral associates with our colleagues in industry. The event will feature speakers primarily from biotech, pharm, and nanotech fields. The program will include talks by industrial scientists, speed interviews with recruiting companies, and a panel discussion to provide advice to graduate students on how to pursue a career in industry.
Come join mentors and mentees as we gather virtually to celebrate the hard work you put into the program. Hear from Dean Boggs who will be providing opening remarks at the beginning of the celebration! This will be a great opportunity to network, hear testimonials and takeaways, and learn how to add your participation in the program onto your resume. For mentees who will be graduating, you will also learn how you can give back and be a mentor yourself. Don’t miss out as we will have a fun trivia game and will be raffling Amazon gift cards!
Facilitated by Physics professor, Karin Sandstrom, and Physics graduate student, Theophilus Human, this workshop will familiarize students to UC San Diego research. The goal is to build both social connections and technical skills related to starting a research project at UC San Diego prior to starting in the Fall.
In collaboration with the Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students (SUMS), the Student Success Center is hosting a virtual Math Industry Day with a focus on resume and interview tips! The event will include presentations from three guest speakers about their work in industry and well as their tips for navigating the job search and application process. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in the session’s Q&A. Guest speakers include UCSD alumn, Amanda Horowitz, currently a first year student at Kellogg School of Management, UCSD alumn, Paul de Fusco, currently a Data Services Specialist at Cloudera, and UCSD alumn, Kishan Patel, a Data Analyst at Pacific Specialty Insurance Company.
Where is the Dolores Huerta/Philip Vera Cruz room? You can find a map here.
The Student Success Center partnered with BioLegend to host a virtual BioLegend Industry Day! During this session, there was the opportunity to learn more about BioLegend, hear from professionals in their Manufacturing, Research & Product Development, Quality Control, Proteogenomics, and Talent Acquisition teams, and participate in a Q&A session. Additionally, we got to hear from the founder and CEO of BioLegend, Gene Lay!
BioLegend develops world-class, cutting-edge antibodies and reagents for biomedical research, manufactured in our state-of-the-art facility in San Diego, CA. Our mission is to accelerate research and discovery by providing the highest quality products at an outstanding value and with superior customer and technical support. In 2021, BioLegend partnered with PerkinElmer, Inc. (largest acquisition in PKI’s history) to make BioLegend’s headquarters in San Diego Center for Research Content Development.
On February 24th at 10:00am, Joshua Britton, the CEO and Co-Founder of Debut Biotech facilitated a presentation to give an overview of the company and speak more about the open positions. Debut Biotech is a natural ingredient biomanufacturing San Diego based startup company. Debut uses a proprietary platform technology they have pioneered called cell-free biomanufacturing. They use cell-free biomanufacturing to unlock and overcome the limitations of cell-based biomanufacturing. This process retains the useful parts of the cell, such as enzymes, and discards the limiting parts of the cell to overcome the barriers of traditional biomanufacturing. They unlock latent markets and provide access to sustainably produced ingredients that no others can. Learn more by visiting their website.
Are you interested in learing about the different careers in Chemistry? Do you want to hear from industry professionals working at companies like Pfizer, Catalent, Neurocrine Biosciences, BASF, General Atomics, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals? The ACS-SA Chemistry Career Day was a virtual event for students to hear from and network with professionals across the industry.
HRL Laboratories is a research center in Malibu, CA that is considered one of the world's premier physical science and engineering research laboratories. They hosted a virtual networking event for UCSD students on Monday, February 7th from 5:00PM - 6:30PM. This event featured a presentation and breakout rooms for students to network with engineers and scientists from one of four different labs of their choice. There were a variety of open full-time and internship positions that HRL was looking to fill, particularly with students studying Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, or Physics.
Undergraduate Summer Research Award Information Session
The session was hosted by Thomas Hermann, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Faculty Director of the Student Success Center. During this session he talked about the eligibility criteria, the application process, the financial aid aspect, as well as answer questions submitted through the registration form and questions asked during the meeting.
The UC LEADS program prepares promising undergraduate students for advanced education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program is designed to identify educationally or economically disadvantaged undergraduates enrolled in UC San Diego who are likely to succeed in graduate school, and to provide these students with undergraduate educational experiences that will prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service, and academia following completion of a doctoral STEM degree.
Once chosen as UC LEADS scholars, the students embark upon a two-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual Faculty Mentors. Scholars are provided with an excellent opportunity to explore their discipline, experience a research environment, and improve their opportunities for future study in their chosen field. Each scholar is mentored by a member of the UC faculty, who assists the student in designing a plan of research and enrichment activities fitted to the individual interests and academic goals of the scholar.
During this virutal industry day, students got to hear from Thermo Fisher Scientific University Relations Recruiter, Gabrielle Ellerbrock, who gave an overview of the company and shared helpful insights about their internship program. In addition, there was an alumni panel who came from their Business Operations, Strategy and Corporate Development, and Healthcare Market Division. We got to learn best practices for navigating you career, how the company culture fosters a deep sense of belonging, and their current internship opportunities!
See the list of alumni panelists below.
Director, Business Intelligence, Life Sciences Global Operations
Curious about pursuing a faculty career? Want to know more about what it is like to teach undergraduates and graduate students and what your professors are doing when they are not teaching? Please join UC San Diego professors, Javier Duarte (Physics), Ioana Dumitriu (Mathematics), Neal Devaraj (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Kimberly Schurmeier (Chemistry and Biochemistry). They have extensive teaching experience at UC San Diego, as well as other universities, run outreach programs for diverse students, and represent four different kinds of research programs—a large multinational collaboration, mathematics/data science research, a chemical biology laboratory, and research in undergraduate education. This is your chance to ask what you have always wondered about working in higher education.
This workshop, led by Dr. Stacey Brydges, will focus on finding and applying for summer research programs in the Physical Sciences. We will discuss what a summer research program is, the basics of an application, and provide some guidance on putting together your application.
Access to research opportunities at EPFL’s research park or nearby industry partners
This exchange program is offered to all Physical Sciences majors, however, you must be a Junior or Senior to apply. Note that you are still welcome to join the information session if you are a first or second year; this way you are ahead of the game and have all the information necessary once you are ready to apply when you are eligible.
During this information session you will get the chance to ask detailed questions about how to apply, financial aid, what to expect while you're abroad, etc.
During this session, students have the opportunity to learn more about Element Biosciences, job opportunities, and how you can get connected.
Element is dedicated to decreasing the barriers to research access and increasing the opportunities for research innovation—by creating more affordable, adaptable, and accurate life science tools for basic, applied, and clinical research.
They are looking for top research and engineering talent to join their mission.
This workshop was an introduction to python and how it is used in Physical Sciences research. There will was a session for students who are just starting to use python to cover the basics and a parallel session for students with some experience using python.
Mentorship Program Workshop #1: Graduate School Preparation
On Wednesday, November 3rd, this session explored essential aspects of graduate education, the value of a graduate degree, and how to better prepare for the process of applying. Attendees learned how to find undergraduate research opportunities and how to take advantage of these. In addition, they heard from Dr. Jessie Moreton, who shared her decision for going into graduate school. Jessie received a PhD in Chemistry at UC San Diego after working in the biotechnology industry for several years. Edgar Beas and Shana Slebioda from the UC San Diego Graduate Division also shared great insight about what it means to apply to graduate school.
This workshop focused on a number of skills that are important for doing research in Physical Science fields. Topics covered included: organizing your research, using the computer command line, scientific typesetting in latex, and more.
On Friday, October 22nd, this workshop was led by Genevive Bjorn! Genevieve is an award-winning science writer and teacher based in San Diego, California, USA. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, Science, and many more. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in biomedical sciences and the other in education. Currently she is doing research at Johns Hopkins University for a doctorate in education focusing on adult learning. Other academic affiliations include Boston University, the University of California, and the University of Hawaii. She loves to travel, meditate, and dream up new ways to help scientists communicate more effectively.
During this workshop, she taught a technique to make reading academic papers more straightforward. Reading papers is an important part of doing research, and a task that many people, even experienced researchers, find challenging. Using a research-based approach, they focus on the core aspects of how an academic paper is structured and use that to help us quickly and thoroughly understand the main points of the paper.
The Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences partnered with the Career Center and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry to host the “Careers in Chemistry” workshop on Wednesday, October 20th from 9:00 to 10:30am. Students learned about resources and opportunities available for Chemistry transfer students from the Student Success Center as well as the Career Services Center. Additionally, students heard from UC San Diego Chemistry & Biochemistry professors, Dr. Stacey Brydges and Dr. Thomas Bussey, and they talked about their academic and career journeys, why they choose their respective chemistry fields, and their general advice for chemistry majors. Lastly, the end of the workshop was dedicated to answering student questions submitted through the registration form and questions that came up during the workshop.
The Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences partnered with Dr. Karin Sandstrom and Dr. Stacey Brydges to host a webinar called "Undergraduate Research Skills” as the first of a five-part workshop series.
Students learned about what sort of research is happening in UCSD Physical Sciences and had the opportunity to ask questions of both faculty and current undergraduate researchers about projects. Other discussion topics include tips on how to identify research projects and how to approach faculty members for projects.
The first workshop is an introduction to undergrad research at UCSD. There were faculty and student representatives from Physics and Chemistry discussing research in their departments, followed by a Q&A session.
During this session, students had opportunity to learn more about IBM Research, job opportunities, and how you can get connected. There were breakout sessions where you could meet with researchers, connect with collaborators, as well as learn more about their internship program. IBM is looking for top research and engineering talent to join our mission here at IBM Research.
IBM presenters included Carrie Buckley from the Research Intern Team, Denise Royer the IBM Talent Aquisition Partner, Dinah Whitchurch a Global Talent Attraction Manager, Ho-Cheol Kim the Program Director, AI Horizons Network, AI Research Collaboration, Kristin Schmidt a Manager - Accelerated Materials Discovery, Rachel Ostrand a Research Staff Member, Spike Narayan the Research Division Executive of Science and Technology, and Yannis Katsis a Research Staff Member.
For 75 years, IBM Research has been propelling innovation for IBM, from the first programmable computers to the quantum computers of today. With more than 3,000 researchers across the globe, we are anticipating, examining, and inventing What’s Next in science and technology every single day.
The Department of Mathematics in collaboration with the Student Success Center hosted a Resources & Best Practices for Internship Preparation webinar on October 14, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m . The event featured presentations by Meredith Mendez, Academic Internship Programs at UC San Diego; Alice Grgas, Team Internship Program at UC San Diego and Erik Miller, XCOM Labs/ Intern Sherpa. They shared information on what resources available and what are the best practices for internship preparation and more! Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in the live Q & A.
On Wednesday, October 6th, BMS held a Process Development and Medicinal Chemistry recruiting event for MS, Ph.D, and Postdoctoral students.
BMS is looking for people who want to change lives and support our mission to discover new medicines. Are you bold, focused, innovative, passionate about your work and could bring a unique chemistry skills to our team? Consider joining any of BMS's Process Development or Medicinal Chemistry teams across their organization. They are seeking to hire qualified MS and PhD students expecting their degree in the near future as well as postdoctoral students who are seeking a career in highly collaborative environment. They are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining top talent so you can pursue innovative ideas and perform at your best.
On Tuesday, September 9th, Amgen hosted a presentation about their company and the job opportunities available within their Medicinal Chemistry and Process Chemistry teams.
If you’re seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you’ll find it at Amgen. Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses. As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other and compete intensely to win. September 7 we will be primarily looking for PhD level candidates specializing in organic synthesis, but other opportunities can be found at the Amgen careers website.
EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies, companies of Eurofins, are hiring over 40 job opportunities! On Thursday, June 17th, a hiring manager shared more about their company and conducted speed interviews.
EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies are leaders in advanced microscopy, surface analysis, and materials characterization testing services for various types of materials from synthetic biomaterials to nanotechnology. We enable our clients to develop new materials with the potential to transform our world. Our laboratories are at the forefront of this revolution, providing the scientific expertise and analytical techniques to support companies at every phase of the product lifecycle, from R&D to manufacturing.
Our clients include leading-edge tech companies in a diverse range of industries and business sectors who design, manufacture or incorporate novel materials for tomorrow’s technology-driven world. Our scientists and engineers engage in peer-to-peer interaction to discuss and comprehensively understand client issues, challenges, goals, and urgency; to define the technical problems; develop and execute analyses; and report back results. We have a growth mindset culture where individuals are encouraged to drive their own success and make their own decisions while fulfilling client needs.
On Wednesday, May 19th, Biolegend came to speak about some of their over 100 openings. BioLegend develops and produces world-class, cutting-edge antibodies and reagents for biomedical research. Our mission is to accelerate research and discovery by providing the highest quality products at an outstanding value, along with superior customer service and technical support. Our product expertise covers a diverse set of research areas including Immunology, Neuroscience, Cancer, Stem cells, and Cell Biology. BioLegend's reagents are supported by superior customer service and a quality management system that is certified for ISO 13485:2016. Our aggressive product development program, through technology licensing, collaborations, and internal hybridoma development, produces strategic reagents for use in a variety of applications.
You could have a career in research and development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, administration, or technology while working in a fun and collaborative environment. You will work with some of the best minds in biotech to produce products that will lead to medical breakthroughs and improve the lives for generations to come. We invite you to learn more about our products and our plans for the future as you consider us for the next step in your career.
Do you enjoy sharing the fascinating and exciting world of science with others? Many different kinds of careers give you the opportunity to always be learning something new as you make science concepts and advances accessible to various audiences. To highlight the breadth of career options, this event on May 6th featured panelists with experience in science writing, developing public programs for a science museum, and handling marketing communications for healthcare companies. Panelists included Science Writer at the American Institute of Physics Anashe Bandari, Science Engagement Manager at Fleet Science Center Andrea Decker, and Director of Product Marketing at Apixio James Lu. The event was moderated by author and UC San Diego director and instructor or research communications Dr. Sherry Seethaler.
On April 6th we hosted an evening with consulting industry professionals for students to learn of the career opportunities within the Consulting Industry and at Booz Allen Hamilton. Students learned about their potential as a consultant, the culture at Booz Allen Hamilton, and used the chance to network with current consultants. The event began with a quick informational session to introduce consulting as a career path, what makes Booz Allen an awesome place to work, and some quick networking tips as your start your career journey. The information session was followed by the opportunity to network with current Booz Allen employees in breakout rooms.
On March 11th students were invited to a virtual visit of one of LLNL's premiere facilities at the Laboratory, as well as a subsequent career panel with early career scientists from different backgrounds As a world-renowned national laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) devotes its science and technology expertise and resources to enhancing national and world security through cutting edge research- including features such as the world's largest and most energetic laser, extreme-scale simulations, and micropower impulse radar. Additional tours in the future to be determined!
The Department of Mathematics in collaboration with the Student Success Center hosted a Math Industry Day: Careers in Computer Science webinar on March 3rd. The event featured presentations by industry speakers Alexander Pu and Sparsh Gupta as they shared more about their academic and career journey, their current company, top skills they are seeking in a successful candidate, and more! Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in the live Q & A.
Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company's diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson's disease, endometriosis*, uterine fibroids* and clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. For nearly three decades, Neurocrine Biosciences has specialized in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems. On March 2nd, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the company and their internship program from speaker John Williams, while participating in the live Q & A.
The School of Physical Sciences Student Success Center and The Basement presented a two-part virtual round table discussion on February 24th and 25th featuring Tritons with entrepreneurial careers in the startup space. Panelists for day one included: CEO of CaeluxScott Graybeal, venture advisor and former President of Lam Capital (2017-2020) Dr. Jeff Marks, and founder of "GreenEyedGuide" Research and Consulting Danielle Robertson Rath. Panelists for day two included: data science executive and founding member of CertonaDr. Geoff Hueter, Co-Founder and Managing Member at Skrewball Spirits Brittany Merrill Yeng, and Co-Founder/CEO of Family ProudJaden Risner.
Every student needs a standout resume to land an interview and must be impressive in an interview to be offered the job, but how do you accomplish this with limited experience? On February 23rd, students learned directly from an industry recruiter on how to customize their resume to stand out from the crowd and apply techniques to help you ace the interview. Let’s face it: Recruiters don’t want to read resumes that list everything someone has done—they want to know if you have what it takes to rock the job they are trying to fill. Hiring managers are not just looking for experience—they are looking for future potential.
This workshop was led by an industry recruiter from Applied Materials, which is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Their expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, their innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.
Curious about the possibility of pursuing a teaching career at the community college level? On February 19th we hosted a distinguished panel of faculty from three California Community Colleges to learn more about pathways into the profession and the opportunities and challenges of teaching science and mathematics to diverse students with a wide range of professional goals. Panelists included: Professor of Chemistry at Southwestern College David Hecht, Professor of Mathematics George Sweeney, and Professor of Astronomy & Physics at MiraCosta College Rica French. The event was moderated by UC San Diego transfer student Austin John Felices.
If you missed the event, watch the recording here.
On February 17th, UC San Diego ACS-SA hosted a Chemistry Career Day to learn more about work experience in the chemical industry field! The event was hosted via Zoom and included first presentations by guest speakers about work in industry, then breakout rooms after for networking and resume reviewing with company representatives. Guest speakers included Talent Acquistion Supervisor at BiolegendCole Norton, Scientist III at BiolegendDr. Bo Gao, Ocean Worlds Program Scientist and Supervisor of Astrobiology at JPLDr. Morgan Cable, Medicinal Chemist at PfizerDr. Matthew Del Bel, and Research Scientist at BASF-EnzymesDr. Angelica Zabala Bautista.
The UCSD Physical Sciences Mentorship Program pairs students with mentors who will share their real world experiences and assist the students as they prepare to make the transition from college to career. This workshop on February 16th shared tips and tricks on how to make the most out of the mentorship program and included topics such as expectation setting, the mentor/mentee relationship as well as various suggestions to make the process successful for both the mentee and the mentor!
Argonne National Laboratory, home to state-of-the-art facilities such as the Advanced Photon
Source (APS) and the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS), attracts researchers
from across the globe and propels numerous scientific discoveries impacting our nation and
world. Our professional scientists, engineers, and researchers are exploring scientific solutions to
numerous real-world challenges – from testing and improving cybersecurity protection, to
developing alternative fuel sources, to advancing the potential of artificial intelligence.
As a world-renowned national laboratory, Argonne strives to advance the future of science by
creating educational pathways for the next generation of STEM leaders. Hundreds of
undergraduate and graduate students utilize our diverse internship opportunities each year. On December 9th, we shared information during Industry Day on Argonne’s amazing internship
programs, and how they make a positive difference in students’ STEM journeys and careers.
This event included an internship presentation from Argonne’s University Student Programs
staff, as well as a panel of student alumni to share their experience and growth as Argonne
On December 2nd, The Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences has partnered with Dr. Roberto Rubalcaba to host a webinar called "Stand and Deliver: Success in Math with Black, Chicanx, Indigenous and Undocumented Students" as the third of a three-part Diversity in STEM series.
In this session, you will learn strategies to create a safe and welcoming classroom for your students of color to thrive including building safe spaces for students who may be experiencing serious challenges outside of your classroom. We will discuss how to invite, include, encourage, and engage Black / African American, Latinx / Chicanx, Indigenous and Undocumented students without requiring them to change their identity to learn.
On November 18th, The Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences partnered with Dr. Dontarie Stallings to host a webinar called "Organizing and Management of Inclusive Groups" as the second of a three-part Diversity in STEM series.
This session facilitated a discussion on the effect of lack of demographic equitable representation that exists throughout most STEM fields and is inconsistent with a drive towards inclusive excellence, that is necessary to recruit talent from the entirety of our population. It also runs counter to the academic case for diversity, which argues for the causal relationship between diversity and success in research teams. This lack of representation amongst our faculty has perpetuated a view within STEM that devalues the abilities of underrepresented scientists. Through the National Diversity Equity Workshops, engaging social scientists and chemistry department heads, we have identified barriers to inclusive excellence, and solutions—that is, procedures, policies, and practices—to reduce inequities. Our recommendations represent a flexible road map that, if adopted, can lead to a climate that attracts and retains diverse, inclusive and excellent talent in academia.
On October 26th students joined our distinguished panel of educators explored a career sparking young people’s passion for science and mathematics. The panelists have considerable expertise
teaching in schools that serve diverse populations, and experience supporting current
and prospective teachers. This inspiring event was moderated by a current student in
the UC San Diego credential program, Carli Underhill, who began with questions about teaching that
she had when she was an undergraduate and then led the audience Q&A. Panelists included Alec Barron, Chris Halter, Hannah Moanike’ala Nakamoto, and Enrique J. Romero.
On October 21st, we hosted an industry day with Cepheid, an American molecular diagnostics company, as they shared more about their company and internship opportunities available. Additionally, the event featured a UCSD alumni career panel who currently works at Cepheid. Participants were able to ask questions and engage with the panelists. Panelists included: Director of Chemistry R&D Mike Declue, Senior Component Engineer Braxton Dunstone, and Senior Information and Data Scientist Stephanie Fan.
Cepheid’s mission is to deliver a better way to improve patient outcomes by enabling access to molecular diagnostic testing everywhere. Cepheid’s GeneXpert System has been heralded as game-changing by healthcare leaders across the globe – enabling institutions of any size, from small clinics to high-volume hospitals, to access the speed and accuracy of molecular diagnostics. And even with the largest installed base of any molecular platform, Cepheid is constantly innovating – even receiving FDA Emergency Use Authorization for its rapid (and extremely accurate) COVID-19 diagnostic test.
On October 6th, the School of Physical Sciences Student Success Center presented a virtual round table discussion featuring three distinguished Tritons with careers in public service, national security, and the defense sector. Speakers included Director of National Security at Argonne National Laboratory Dr. Keith Bradley, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory Dr. Vivien Zapf, and self-employed in public service Dr. Steven Buchsbaum.
On October 5th, Genentech was looking for Tritons to join their company! Participants learned about a $2,500 award and guaranteed internship opportunity in biotechnology. The Genentech team shared information about their Outstanding Student Award (OSA), internships, rotation programs, and how they put patients first with innovative medicine and therapies.
The School of Physical Sciences Student Success Center hosted a virtual webinar featuring research presentations from undergraduate students supported by General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI). GA-ASI supported ten students over the summer to conduct research under the close guidance of a faculty member. Students shared the findings of their research as well as how the experience has impacted their lives.
On September 16th, the Department of Mathematics, in collaboration with the Student Success Center, hosted a "Math Industry Day: Careers in Finance"webinar that featured presentations by industry speakers. They shared more about their academic and career journey, their current company, top skills they are seeking in a successful candidate, and more! Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in the live Q & A. Featured speakers included: UCSD alumnus and Head of Quantitative Strategy at Millennium Dr. Thomas Fleming, UCSD alumna and Senior Finance Manager Amanda Horowitz, Data Scientist at Intuit Dr. John Jack, and UCSD alumnus and Business Lawyer Dr. John Karayan.
On August 19th students heard from Dr. Jeffrey Marks of Lam Research as he spoke about “Innovation at an atomic level, enabling the information revolution”. In addition to Dr. Marks's talk, the event featured a UCSD alumni career panel who currently work at Lam. Students were able to ask questions and engage with the panelists. Featured panelists included: CVP for Lam Research Dr. Jeffrey Marks, Process Engineer Jasper Nie, Systems Engineer Hossein Sadeghi, and Product Engineer Qingqing Yang.
As a trusted, collaborative partner to the world’s leading semiconductor companies, Lam Research is a fundamental enabler of the silicon roadmap. In fact, today, nearly every advanced chip is built with Lam technology. Their innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services allow chipmakers to build smaller, faster, and better performing electronic devices. They combine superior systems engineering, technology leadership, a strong values-based culture, and unwavering commitment to customer success to accelerate innovation, enabling our customers to shape the future.
In collaboration with the Graduate Division and Jacobs School of Engineering, we hosted a webinar called "Teaching Students of Color in STEM" on July 31st. This event was the third workshop of "Woke: A Series in Solidarity with People of Color in STEM." The event was open to students, recent graduates, postdocs, staff, and faculty members. The webinar provided best practices for supporting and teaching students of color in STEM. It featured a moderated discussion and a Q&A session with faculty members from the Jacobs School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in a live Q&A. Panelists included: Distinguished Professor of Physics R. Sekhar Chivukula, Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Dontarie Stallings, Associate Professor of Statistics Jelena Bradic, Professor of Mathematics Ioana Dumitriu, and Assistant Professor of NanoEngineering and Mechanical Engineering Tod A. Pascal.
The Department of Mathematics in collaboration with the Student Success Center hosted a virtual Math Industry Day on July 22nd! The event included presentations by guest speakers about working in industry. Attendees had the opportunity to submit advanced questions as well as participate in the live webinar's Q&A. Panelists included Cognitive Science UCSD alum Kyle Shannon, Data Scientist at Viasat and UCSD alum Laura Wilke, and Senior Scientific Technical Manager at the Naval Information Warfare Center Charles F. Yetman.
For all physical science students or recent graduates. Held on July 9th,this webinar addressed the changing landscape of the job market for graduates with degrees in the physical sciences. Students heard from a panel of industry professionals with insight in hiring plans and strategies of industry sectors in the age of COVID-19. Industry professionals addressed communication strategies and interview skills for a hiring environment dominated by online interactions. Students had the opportunity to ask questions during this online webinar. Panelists who attended: Web Developer Kevin Ball; Founding Director of Perihelion Capital Advisors Dr. Richard Libby; CVP of Lam Research Corporation Dr. Jeffrey Marks; and University Relations Program Manager at General Atomics David Freeman.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, School of Physical Sciences and the Student Success Center sponsored another Pharm-ChemBio Industry Day. On June 3rd, this event featured asynchronous talks from speakers in biotechnology and pharma companies. The live Zoom panel discussion focused on providing advice to students and postdocs on how to pursue a career in industry in the age of COVID-19 and address communication strategies and interview skills for a hiring environment dominated by online interactions. Attendees had the opportunity to submit advanced questions as well as participate in the live webinar's Q&A.
If you missed the event or want to refresh your memory, watch it here.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, School of Physical Sciences, and the Student Success Center worked in partnership to host a Catalent Pharma Solutions Industry Day on Thursday May 28th. The event will feature an Industry Overview presentation and a Career Panel Q&A. This event discussed different industry career avenues, educational and career advice from industry professionals, and Catalent San Diego's internship opportunities. Attendees had the opportunity to submit advanced questions as well as participate in the live webinar's Q&A. Catalent's volunteering and philanthropy programs amplify the enthusiasm they have for giving back to our communities—especially in the areas of health and STEM education. With 42 facilities across four continents, Catalent touches thousands of people every day; helping people live better healthier lives. Panelists included Senior Project Manager Hannah Reynolds, Program Manager Matthew Rota, Forumulation Scientist Kirk Reynolds, Ph.D, former Metrology Engineer and current Training Coordinator Roger Parks, and Formulation Chemist Ivy Cai.
On May 27th, Dean Steve Boggs and division leadership shared how, in the midst of a pandemic, we are starting new initiatives and hosting online events to help students find pathways to meaningful careers and build professional networks outside academia.
About The Center: As the first of its kind for any physical sciences program in the nation, The Center provides students with resources for professional training beyond the classroom and career preparation beyond a degree. The Center connects students with individual research experiences in academia and internships in industry, supports them with an alumni mentoring program, and hosts industry outreach and recruitment events.
This event was held virtually on Wednesday May 6, 2020. For Chemistry and Biochemistry students graduating in 2020, but open to all students. This webinar addressed the changing landscape of the job market for graduates with degrees in the physical sciences. Students heard from a panel of industry professionals with insight in hiring plans and strategies of industry sectors in the age of COVID-19. Industry professionals addressed communication strategies and interview skills for a hiring environment dominated by online interactions. Students had the opportunity to ask questions during this online webinar. Alumni panelists included: Dr. John Williams from Neurocrine Biosciences in San Diego, Dr. Shiva Malek from Genentech and UCSF, and Ken Abeloe from Centauri (formerly Integrity Applications Incorporated).
Tips from Dr. Thomas Bussey on excelling remotely as a student and instructor. He discussed the current events and practical solutions being used to move to an online format. If you missed the seminar, watch it here.
ACS-SA and the Student Success Center brought to you to our first ever Industry Interaction Day! The event was held on February 21, 2020 in the NSB Atrium. The event included presentations by speakers about working in the industry and a networking lunch where students met the speakers and asked all their questions.
UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD Materials Science and Engineering Program, School of Physical Sciences Dean's Office, and School of Physical Sciences Center for Student Success sponsored an industry interaction day. Our goal is to enhance the interaction between our PhD students and postdoctoral associates with our colleagues in industry. The event was held on Friday, November 22nd, 2019. The program included talks by industrial scientists, lightning talks by postdocs and doctoral students, and a panel discussion to provide advice to our graduate students on how to pursue a career in industry.
The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Chemistry-Biology Interfaces Training Grant (CBI), and Cancer Researchers in Nanotechnology (CRIN) training grant hosted their annual Industry Day event on June 21, 2019 in the NSB Auditorium. The event enhanced the interaction between our PhD students and postdoctoral associates with our colleagues in industry. The event featured speakers from biotech, pharm, and nanotech fields. The program included talks by industrial scientists, lightning talks by doctoral students, and a panel discussion to provide advice to graduate students on how to pursue a career in industry.