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: 2014201320122011, 2010, 2009


January 12: Ascending the Summit - How to make the best post-doc application and interview

Organizers: Jessica Rabuck-Gibbons, Jordan Boothe

A panel event featuring four chemistry professors from the UM who shared their perspectives and experiences about hiring potential post-docs.  Panelists were selected to represent different clusters and different stages of their academic careers: Dr. Carol Fierke (Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry Chair, Chemistry, College of LSA Professor of Biological Chemistry, Medical School, Chem Bio cluster), Dr. Nicolai Lenhert (Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Inorganic cluster), Dr. Brandon Ruotolo (Assistant Professor, Analytical cluster), and Dr. Corinna Schindler (Assistant Professor, Organic cluster).

Read the fabulous summary and analysis of events at Tree Town Chemistry.

April 16: Stopping the Stubbles: A Public Speaking Workshop

Organizers: Jessica Rabuck-Gibbons, Molly Soper

A group of 7 from the Toastmasters organization lead a workshop describing best practices when public speaking to develop skills that will be transferable to conference presentations and job interviews. Participants also prepared 2-minute speeches that were evaluated by Toastmaster attendees in a non-threatening, friendly, and encouraging way.

April 21: Academic career panel

Organizers: Taylor Johnson, Ian Pendleton

A panel of three post-docs detailed their search for academic positions, answering a suite of questions posed by the audience. A handout was provided which outlined a rough timeline for students and post-docs to use. Thanks to Alison Narayan (University of Michigan, LSI) James Devery (Loyola University Chicago, Department of Chemistry), and Joseph Topczewski (University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry) for your participation in the event, and good luck with your new positions!

April 28: Industrial career panel

Organizers: Amanda Leone, Kyle McDonald, Ian Pendleton

Three graduate students [Alina Borovika (Nagorny), Ben Klepser (Bartlett), Monica Lotz (Sanford)] described the anxiety-filled process of applying, interviewing, and negotiating for an industrial position. They reflected on their decisions, offered useful advice, and fielded questions from the audience.