by Perry Gee
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis hosted its inaugural “Career Fair in Chemistry.” This half-day outreach event was held as a vehicle for chemistry majors to learn from industry insiders and alumnus about what they need to develop (or consider) when entering their post-graduate careers. It also gave the presenters an opportunity to meet potential candidates first-hand. Invited companies and organizations who appeared at the fair included Genentech, AMPAC Fine Chemicals, California State Department of Justice, E&J Gallo Winery Research Laboratory, Novozymes Incorporated, and the US Army Corp of Engineers.
The fair was attended not only by chemistry majors at UC Davis, but students from CSU Sacramento and Sacramento City College were also in the audience. Holly Vickery, a Bachelor of Science major in Chemical Biology at UC Davis, felt that the fair was very informative and insightful. She notes, “I appreciated the advice each presenter shared about how to be a good applicant for an internship or job. And to learn more about their respective companies was especially rewarding to hear.”
The student and staff organizers of the “Career Fair in Chemistry” would like to thank our co-sponsor, ACS Sacramento Chapter, for its support and contributions. Plans are already being prepared for next year’s event in March.