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2021 Archive


Careers in STEM Teaching and Research in Higher Education Panel

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.

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Undergrad Research Series: #5 Applying for Summer Research Opportunities

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.

 Watch here.

Study Abroad to Switzerland - EPFL Information Session

On November 10th, the UC San Diego Global Exchange Program is hosted an information session for the EPFL exchange/research internship opportunity in Switzerland.

Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is an idyllic study
abroad destination. Their internationally renowned School of Basic Sciences offers English language courses in:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • 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. 

Element Biosciences Virtual Event

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.

 Watch here

Undergrad Research Series: #4 Python & Scientific Programming

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. 

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Undergrad Research Series: #3 Useful Research Skills

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.

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Undergrad Research Series: #2 Reading Academic Papers

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.

Watch the event here

Careers in Chemistry

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.

Watch the event here

Undergraduate Research Skills 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. 

If you missed it, watch the event here

IBM Industry Day Virtual Event

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.

 Watch the event here

Resources & Best Practices for Internship Preparation

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. 

Watch the event here

BMS-UCSD Chemistry Recruiting Event

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.

Missed the event? Watch here

Amgen Medicinal Chemistry and Process Chemistry Careers Day

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.

If you missed the event, you can watch it here

EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies Speed Interviews

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.

BioLegend Industry Day

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.

If you missed the event, you can watch it here

Careers in Science Communication and Informal Education

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

If you missed the event, you can watch it here.

Consulting 101: Industry Networking Night with Booz Allen Hamilton

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.

If you missed the event, you can watch it here.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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!

Math Industry Day: Careers in Computer Science

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.

If you missed the event, watch it here.

Neurocrine Biosciences Industry Day

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.

Triton Entrepreneurs: Pathways and Advice from Startup Leaders

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 Caelux Scott 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 Certona Dr. Geoff Hueter, Co-Founder and Managing Member at Skrewball Spirits Brittany Merrill Yeng, and Co-Founder/CEO of Family Proud Jaden Risner.

Creating A Standout Resume & Acing the Interview

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.

If you missed the event, watch it here.

Careers in STEM: Teaching at Community Colleges

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.

ACS-SA Chemistry Career Day

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 Biolegend Cole Norton, Scientist III at Biolegend Dr. Bo Gao, Ocean Worlds Program Scientist and Supervisor of Astrobiology at JPL Dr. Morgan Cable, Medicinal Chemist at Pfizer Dr. Matthew Del Bel, and Research Scientist at BASF-Enzymes Dr. Angelica Zabala Bautista

If you missed it, watch it here

Workshop: Making the Most of Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship

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!

If you missed it:

Read through the presentation slides here

Watch a recording of the event here