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The Chemistry Professional Development Organization (CPDO) welcomes all chemistry and chemistry-affiliated graduate students and postdocs at the University of Michigan. 

We host approximately one event per month, with certain events (such as industry panels, academic job panels, and networking events) appearing yearly. Check out our Event Archive for ideas of events we've hosted. Have an idea for an event? Contact us - we're always looking for new ideas and we welcome your input! 

Coming up next:

August 7, 5:30 pm: Alumni networking dinner

The Chemistry Professional Development Organization (CPDO) is hosting an alumni networking dinner on Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 6 pm at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor.  Following the Karle Symposium (8 am-5 pm), the alumni networking dinner will bring together graduate students, post-docs, and alumni in a relaxed setting to discuss how their education in chemistry has guided their career path/experience in chemistry on a more personal level.  

The Karle Symposium, formerly the Vaughan Symposium and before that PECRUM, is an annual event hosted by the chemistry department that brings together roughly 300 researchers with >100 poster presentations, 7 oral presentations, and two keynote speakers.  We seek to utilize this wonderful platform for research communication by including alumni in discussions.  Come back to see how things have changed, meet up with your former advisor for lunch (on your own), and share your personal/chemical/career expertise with the latest cohort of graduate students at the dinner. 

Immediately following the symposium, at roughly 5:30 pm, attendees will be escorted to the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.  Following is a tentative schedule for the networking dinner.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Social hour with cash (paper/coin only) bar (sorry, we are not allowed to pay for alcohol)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Networking and closing remarks 

For more information about the details of both the Karle Symposium or the alumni networking dinner, contact Peter Goldberg.

September: NSF GRFP application workshop

More details coming soon.

October 7 and 8, 12:30-5 pm: ACS on Campus

ACS on Campus is coming to the University of Michigan October 7 and 8 to to host a variety of sessions about how to get published and advance your career.  Preliminary event agenda is posted online at the ACS site.  Event organization and hosting by CPDO, the U of M library, and ACS on Campus.

October 7, 7-9 pm: Science Cafe with free food and drinks

In conjunction with the ACS on Campus program, we are co-hosting a night out at a local restaurant/bar.  Along with free food and drinks, we will discuss science communication and public outreach.