ACS on Campus at Stanford University
September 20, 2014

    The Santa Clara Valley ACS local section partnered with ACS on Campus at Stanford University on September 20, 2014.  ACS on Campus is a free outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty members advance in their careers. The program is designed to bring together leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops. A PDF file of the flyer and agenda for the Stanford ACS on Campus can be seen by clicking here; it includes modules from three core content areas: Career Development & Planning, The Publishing Process, and Research Resources in addition to the other areas listed on our website. While open to the public, ACS on Campus is most appropriate for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate, faculty members and non-faculty researchers. The event is open to all disciplines of the sciences. The ACS on Campus is hosting a one day event on Saturday, September 20 at Stanford, featuring sessions on publishing, SciFinder, grant proposal writing, and ACS Career Pathways.

    The afternoon including a “Finding your Path” career session conducted by Mark Frishberg, California Local Section member. This is a career exploration workshop run by the ACS to help chemists learn about the four main career pathways available to chemical professionals: Higher education, industry, government, and entrepreneurial careers and why each one may or may not be the right choice for you. This workshop is not only ideal for graduate students and recent grads, but also experienced professionals who are considering a career change. In addition to learning about which types of careers are available in each pathway, you'll also learn about the job market and hiring trends to help you make your choice.

    Grace Baysinger, ACS member and Stanford Chemistry librarian, was the host of the event.  About 75 students from local universities including Stanford, San Jose State and Santa Clara University attended.

    The organizers from ACS on Campus contacted the local sections in the area to see if there was interest participating in this event.  Ashley Piekarski, Santa Clara Valley Chair Elect gave a presentation on the Santa Clara Valley local section activities and encouraged student participation in their local ACS section.  In addition, several volunteers including Bonnie Charpentier, Lee Latimer, Howard and Sally Peters, and Natalie McClure from the local section helped with set up and registration.    In addition, the volunteers joined the networking lunch with the students who attended the workshops.  These types of partnerships with National ACS and the local sections will hopefully help increase membership!  

Ashley Piekarski
Natalie McClure
Workshop Volunteers

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