Event Archive

CPDO hosts events relating to three broad areas of professional development: career options exploration, professional skill development, and community, communication, and resource building. 

Past Events: 201320122011, 2010, 2009


July 31st Lunch with a Primarily Undergraduate Institution Professor

Organizers: Danielle Zurcher

Andrea Geyer (University of St. Francis) discussed her experiences obtaining a job and working at a primarily undergraduate institution with graduate students and post-docs.

July 16th Introduction to Chemistry Poster Design 

Organizers: Danielle Zurcher, Pete Goldberg

Senior Instructional Specialist Rob Pettigrew discussed ways to capture the audience's attention and focus on the key points of your work through improvements in layout, figure design, and chemical structures presented.  Design principles discussed focused towards scientific posters, but NO particular design or graphing programs.

May 15. Starting a Career in Academia

Organizers: Ben Klepser, Jessica Ravuck-Gibbons

Four post-docs who were recently hired in full-time academic positions shared their experience in their job search process. The panelists were hired at various academic institutions with and without graduate students in various fields of chemistry. The panelists were starting jobs at Fitchburg Stage University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Oakland University and Beloit College.

April 2. Industry Panel

Organizers: Garrett Goh, Alina Borovika

Four fifth year graduate students who have secured jobs at PPG, Dow Chemical, and a government defense agency talked about their experiences job searching.

March 14. Introduction to Chemical Education

Organizers: Pete Goldberg, Danielle Zurcher

Dr. Ginger Shultz (postdoctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan) and Dr. Larry Gruppen (chair/professor, Department of Medical Education, University of Michigan) described chemical education research that can be performed in the classroom.

February 24. Panel on Entrepreneurship in Science

Organizers: Ben Klepser, Taylor Johnson

Guest speakers Dr. Rob Malezka (MSU Professor, Dept of Chemistry and co-founder, BoroPharm), Dr. Adam Matzger (University of Michigan Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and co-founder, ChemXLerate), and Dr. David Olson (president and CEO, Swift Biosciences). Each will provide their unique perspective into developing and managing start-up companies.

January 6. Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) Job Applications and Interviews 

Organizers: Carol Ann Pitcarn

Guest speakers Dr. Tim Machonkin (Whitman College) and Dr. Harriet Lindsay (Eastern Michigan University) talked with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers about applying to primarily undergraduate institutions. The application process, including submission forms, as well as onsite interviews and personal experiences were discussed.