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2022 Archive


Careers in Chemistry

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 Info Session

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

Register here
(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), is an 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

Amgen - UCSD Educational Outreach Program

Monday, November 7th - Thursday, November 10th: Virtual

Wednesday, November 16th: In-person Career 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

▪ Case studies from the bench to clinic

Register 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.

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.

Food will be provided at this event!

Register here.


Chemistry Team

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.

Biology Team


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.

Register here.


Francisco J. Coronel, Jr.

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

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

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 Industry Day

Thursday, October 27th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Qualcomm Conference Center in Jacobs Hall
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.
Register here.

Building a Career in Physical Sciences

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

Science Policy Careers and 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.

Registration form here








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 Industry Day

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.

Find the event flyer here

Register here.


The Transfer Student Research Workshop #4: Adding to your research toolbox - computer skills, library resources, LaTeX, and more

Coffee Chat with Alumni from Booz Allen Hamilton

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.

Register here.

Chelsea Ballinger

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 Ishihara

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 Mikulsky

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.

BMS-UCSD Chemistry Recruiting Event

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.

Register here.


Jesus Moreno

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

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

EMD Industry Day

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.

Register here.

The Transfer Student Research Workshop #2: Reading Scientific Papers

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. 

Register by clicking this link

ASML Meet & Greet

SME Building Room 248
ASML Conference Room

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

Register here.

Ankura Industry Day

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).

Register here.


Ben Lowy, Director

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

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.


Test Event



Pharm-ChemBio Industry Day

Location: Faculty Club: Atkinson Pavillion & Cecil's Lounge

The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry plans 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.

For more information, please contact: Asmaa Khatib (akhatib@ucsd.edu) or Kylea Wong (kyw006@ucsd.edu

Faculty Committee: Professor Andy Kummel, Professor Navtej Toor, Professor Prabhakar Bandaru

DEADLINE TO RSVP IS FRIDAY JULY 1ST :https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1HR-yfldzgqo5NgLjbvHzD4vehB9z6h5rm5E6YsasRkkmzw/viewform 

Mentorship Program Celebratory/Conclusion Event

Where: Zoom (Link to come)
Registration Form: https://forms.gle/BMyhP2i8NZ7DCHy58

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!

Transfer Triton Day: In-Person Intro to Research Workshop

Where: UC San Diego, Revelle College, Natural Sciences Building Auditorium (Room 1205)
Registration form: https://forms.gle/LWiDNyuQgSPjvcL9A

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. 

Find the workshop flyer here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ikPHn2CU4-Ut-ePUsU6qm66Eo9YK-LbB/view?usp=sharing

Math Industry Day: Resume & Interview Tips (Hybrid Event)

Location: via Zoom OR at the Dolores Huerta/Philip Vera Cruz Room
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/gDMkfj8Nvph3H5JfA

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

BioLegend Virtual Industry Day

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.

Find the recording here.

nanoComposix Virtual Industry Day

UC San Diego MRSEC and Physical Sciences Student Success Center hosted an internship/career info session with nanoComposix, a MRSEC-affiliated company.


1. Introduction of nanoComposix Participants
Michael Sailor, Director, UC San Diego MRSEC
2. nanoComposix Overview and Education, Diversity, and Inclusion Mission

Marissa Puppo, Scientific Recruiter

3. Career at nanoComposix - Ask a Scientist:

Jian Yang, Senior Scientist

  • Educational/professional development path
  • Typical day in your position
  • Opportunities within your industry
    • Career
    • Technologies/facilities
    • Future trends

4. Internship/Career Opportunities at nanoComposix

Marissa Puppo, Scientfic Recruiter

  • Recruitment process, priorities
  • CV & application preparation tips
  • Suggestions for increasing applicants’ competitiveness
  • Advice for a successful interview

5. Q&A

Debut Biotech Information Session with CEO & Co-founder Joshua Britton

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.

ACS-SA Chemistry Career Day 2022

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 Virtual Networking Event

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.

If you missed it, check it out here. 

UC LEADS Info Sessions: Pre-PhD Research and Leadership Program

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.

Tuesday, February 1 at 1pm

Wednesday, February 9 at 11am

More info on the website: https://grad.ucsd.edu/diversity/programs/uc-leads/index.html 

Thermo Fisher Virtual Industry Day

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. 

Alumni Name Title
Jeanette Herras Director, Business Intelligence, Life Sciences Global Operations
Craig Nielsen Manager, Product Specialists – Specialty Diagnostics
Katie Panzica Communications and Engagement Program Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility