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Workshop: Making the Most Out of Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Tuesday, February 16th from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

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 will share tips and tricks on how to make the most out of the mentorship program and will include 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!

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Speaker: Troy Troxler

troy.jpgMr. Troxler is the Managing Director at FreshForm, a San-Diego-based Experience Design Consultancy. In that position he is responsible for the operation aspects of the firm including contracts, accounting, legal and Human Resources. He has been a volunteer at UCSD for several years, helping students as they make the transition from the college to career. He graduated from Revelle College in 1996 with a BA in Mathematics/Computer Science. 



ACS-SA Chemistry Career Day

Wednesday, February 17th, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Your undergrad years will fly by in a blink of an eye, start planning for post-graduation as soon as possible! And what’s a better way to explore your post-grad options than by attending our Chemistry Career Day on Wednesday, Feb 17 from 10 am-12:30 pm to learn more about work experience in the chemical industry field! The event will be hosted via Zoom and will include first presentations by guest speakers about work in industry, then breakout rooms after for networking and resume reviewing with company representatives. Please fill out the RSVP forms before attending.

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Guest Speakers:

Cole Norton - BioLegend 

Cole-Norton-biolegend.PNGTalent Acquisition Supervisor with BioLegend since 2019. I have over 10 years of corporate human resources and talent acquisition experience within industries that include Biotech/Life Sciences, Aerospace Engineering & Defense, and Construction Management. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Fullerton in Marketing and received my M.B.A. from University of La Verne with a concentration in Management/Leadership. I am responsible for overseeing all of our recruitment efforts at BioLegend as we continue to excel our growth initiatives for 2021 & beyond.



Dr. Bo Gao - BioLegend

CKEAO0000030.jpgScientist III with BioLegend since 2019. Dr. Gao oversees one of our Process Development Research teams that focuses on antibody conjugation and fluorescent dye chemistry. She received her PhD from University of Notre Dame in Chemistry. She has 15 plus years of academic & industry research experience and has worked in product development for the last 6 years. She has partnered in several publications on the topics of nanomaterials, chemistry, and fluorescence microscopy.


Dr. Morgan Cable - JPL

morgan-cable.PNGDr. Morgan Cable is the Ocean Worlds Program Scientist for the Planetary Mission Formulation Office, and the supervisor of the Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She worked on the Cassini Mission as a Project Science Systems Engineer, and is currently a Co-Investigator on the Dragonfly Mission to Saturn’s moon Titan and a Collaborator on the Europa Clipper Mission.

Morgan’s research focuses on organic and biomarker detection, through both in situ and remote sensing techniques. While earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Caltech, she designed receptor sites for the detection of bacterial spores, the toughest form of life. As a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Morgan developed novel protocols to analyze organic molecules such as amines and fatty acids using small, portable microfluidic sensors. Currently Dr. Cable performs laboratory experiments to study the unique organic chemistry of Titan, a moon of Saturn. She and colleagues were the first to discover cryogenic minerals in the laboratory, made exclusively of organic molecules, that may exist on Titan’s surface. Morgan also conducts field work in extreme environments on Earth, searching for life in places such as the Atacama Desert, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lava fields in Iceland.


Dr. Matthew Del Bel - Pfizer 

matthew-del-bel.pngMatt was raised in the San Francisco bay area and came to San Diego in 2007 to study biochemistry at UCSD. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Matt continued his studies at UCSD to earn a PhD in organic chemistry. He is currently a medicinal chemist at Pfizer La Jolla and works on discovering new cancer therapies. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors and can usually be found rock climbing, skiing, or hiking. 





 Dr. Angelica Zabala Bautista - BASF

angelica-bautista.PNGDr. Angelica Zabala Bautista is a research scientist in BASF-Enzymes in San Diego. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at UCSD and her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. Her graduate school work focused on uncovering biochemical metabolic pathways in fungi. She has been working in the industry for a few years now, starting at REG-Life Sciences in the Bay Area, where she worked on the discovery and optimization of pathways to diversify fatty-acid derived products in E. coli. Currently, she is co-leading a project in BASF focused on bioprospecting different enzymes in search for good industrial catalysts. She is also the co-chair of the San Diego chapter of Women in BASF.

More speakers' biographies to follow.


Careers in STEM Teaching at Community Colleges

February 19, 2021 from 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Curious about the possibility of pursuing a teaching career at the community college level? Please join our 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.

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Panelists' Biographies:

David Hecht 


David Hecht is currently a professor of chemistry at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California and an adjunct faculty member, San Diego State University Dept. of Chemistry. He is an associate editor of the journal Biosystems and a senior member of the IEEE. He received the B.S. degree in biochemistry from Rutgers University, the M.S. degree in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and the Ph.D. in macromolecular structural biology and chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. He has worked 10+ years in various biotech and pharmaceutical companies performing systems integration as well as data management with the goal of accelerating lead discovery and optimization processes for preclinical drug discovery and development. 

At Southwestern College, a Hispanic Serving Institution in southern California, Dr. David Hecht
has actively worked to create opportunities for undergraduate students to have hands-on research
experiences. As part of these efforts, he has been developing course-based undergraduate research
experiences or CUREs that he has integrated into the chemistry curriculum. In addition, over the last 15 years, he has mentored/is mentoring more than 40 community college students working on various independent research projects that have resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals and IEEE conferences as well as student presented posters at local and national scientific meetings. His current research focuses on applications of computational intelligence in early-stage drug discovery for diseases such as Covid-19, HCV and cancer.

Rica French 

RicaFrench.jpgRica Sirbaugh French is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics and directs the Astronomy Program at MiraCosta College. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Rica earned degrees in physics and astronomy from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Texas at Austin. She spent years researching star clusters and planetary nebulae utilizing data from observatories such as McDonald, Kitt Peak, Mauna Kea, and the Hubble Space Telescope before realizing she preferred other targets: non-science majors and their instructors. With collaborators at the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) she is part of the nation’s largest college-level astronomy education research initiative and facilitates professional development experiences for educators nationwide. She has served on the AAS Education Committee, the board of the North County Higher Education Alliance, managed a professional development program for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and maintains resources for faculty at .

George Sweeney

Sweeney.jpgGeorge Sweeney has been teaching mathematics for 15 years at the junior high, high school and college level, and started teaching college courses in 2006. I have an undergraduate degree from UCLA, a post baccalaureate from UC Davis, a Masters Degree in pure mathematics, with a focus in theoretical statistics from Cal Poly Pomona.  My PhD is in Math Education from  UC San Diego and San Diego State. I specialized in undergraduate mathematics, but studied junior and high school math theory as well.  My dissertation is on teaching and learning linear algebra, but I have published in calculus and trigonometry as well.  I was a Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Centers and was also the Math Center coordinator for Santa Ana College.  I have taught algebra, geometry, algebra 2, precalculus, trigonometry,  calculus, statistics, college algebra, mathematics for prospective elementary school teachers, linear algebra, differential equations, and research methodologies.  I have tutored elementary, junior high school, high school mathematics—Integrated, traditional and Common Core curriculums.  I have also taught SAT, ACT, and SAT 2.  I have prepared students for AP statistics and calculus.  I have also tutored advanced mathematics from calculus 2, differential equations, linear algebra, abstract algebra, topology and real analysis.  I have taught or tutored well over 10,000 hours of math.


Austin John Felices

Austin_HDR-cropped.PNGAustin John Felices is a current UC San Diego transfer student majoring in Applied Mathematics. He transferred from MiraCosta Community College in 2018 and since coming to UC San Diego geared his major towards Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. As an upcoming graduating Senior for the class of 2021, he is looking for opportunities to work in the Tech Industry and any industry that supports his career interests. Austin also works as a Math Tutor at the community college he transferred from where he works with college students undertaking Math courses. This has been his job for years now and he always loves to help as much as possible with many different students who need Math tutoring.

Austin also is one who has learned the value of self-education, so he tries to fit times during each day to learn new aspects related to his interests and what is happening around the world. He believes learning never stops and that nothing is lost from learning something new no matter what it is he is learning.


Creating a Standout Resume and Acing the Interview

Tuesday, February 23rd from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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?

In this session, learn directly from an industry recruiter on how to customize your 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.  We welcome you to learn what it takes to prepare a notable resume and impress your interviewers.

This workshop will be 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.

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Guest Speaker: Karen Hovey

Karen-Hovey-Headshot.jpgKaren Hovey is a University Relations professional with over 8 years of recruiting experience in Silicon Valley.  Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of the Pacific concentrating in accounting and finance, but quickly realized her passion for empowering students to achieve their dreams was best served in a University Recruiting career. An advocate for diverse and first-generation college students, she is driven to make an impact and works hard to give students the tools needed to impress in the workplace.



Triton Entrepreneurs: Pathways and Advice from Startup Leaders 

February 24 and 25, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST

The Division of Physical Sciences Student Success Center and The Basement present a two-part virtual round table discussion featuring Tritons with entrepreneurial careers in the startup space. Please have your questions handy for the live Q&A session, and read more about the panelists below.

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Panelists' Biographies:

Scott Graybeal ’93


Scott is the CEO of Caelux: is a veteran global executive who led the Energy Solutions segment at Flex Ltd, serving the solar, energy storage, and LED lighting markets. Scott is passionate about renewables and building great businesses. He has led international teams and driven new technologies and business models. He is also an angel investor in Silicon Valley working primarily with energy and hard-tech early-stage companies. He is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management (M.B.A.), the Naval Nuclear Power School, and a proud Triton, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry (‘93).


Jeff Marks ’80, PhD


Jeff graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s in chemistry. He was president of Lam Capital from 2017 to 2020 and VP of Emerging Businesses. Lam Capital invested in Life science tools, 3D printing, and semiconductor companies.  The Emerging Businesses group was responsible for developing acquisition strategy including private companies.  Jeff has been an angel investor for over 10 years and has had several successful exits.  He currently acts as a venture advisor for a couple of bay area VCs.






Danielle Robertson Rath ’07


Danielle, better known as "GreenEyedGuide," serves the sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. She became a resource - a GUIDE - by using her science background to answer questions about energy drinks. As the founder of GEG Research and Consulting, she helps people who work long hours and use caffeine to get through the day. GreenEyedGuide has helped shift workers, nurses, college students, and small business owners. Her mission is to help people beat burnout and spend fewer days as a walking zombie. 





Panelists' Biographies:

Geoff Hueter, PhD ’87


Geoff earned his PhD in physics at UC San Diego. He is a data science executive who was part of the founding team that built Certona into the preeminent provider of AI-driven personalization services for online retailers. Geoff is a creative technologist with 10 patents awarded covering various applications of machine learning to customer profiling, market segmentation, personalized search relevancy and email.





Brittany Merrill Yeng ’09, MS ’10


Brittany earned her BA and MA at UC San Diego in chemistry, as well as a JD at the University of Chicago Law School. She is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Member at Skrewball Spirits, a San Diego original peanut butter flavored whiskey.






Jaden Risner, MBA ’19


Jaden Risner is the Co-Founder/CEO of Family Proud. He is experienced in the startup ecosystem. He has completed multiple incubators, accelerators, and startup schools to include UCSD's Start R program and Nex Cubed Digital Health Accelerator. Family Proud is a care management platform that connects patients and families to a community and resources critical to their care, in a time of need. As a Navy Reserve pilot, Jaden proudly continues to serve both his country and community.