The Younger Chemists Committee sponsored two professional yet social, serious yet fun events recently. This report was compiled by Tabbetha Bohac, Chair of the local YCC.
Anheuser Busch chemistry lab tour, October 11, 2017
At this event, 26 chemists set out to learn the chemistry of brewing at the Anheuser Busch chemistry facilities. The tour began with a short presentation on how brewing works and the chemistry that occurs at each step of the process. Following the presentation, we broke into smaller groups to tour the different chemistry laboratories. It was very interesting and informative to see all the equipment specific to the beverage industry. The crowd expressed their favorites among the instruments, with top spots going to two in a tie: (1) an instrument that measures precisely how long it take the foam on the beer to shrink, and (2) a GS-MS that allows the operator to smell each peak as it comes off the column.
“You have a PhD, now what?” Professional Development Workshop, November 16, 2017
The YCC partnered with another local student-run group, BALSA (Brain Analysis Library of Spatial maps and Atlases), to host a professional development event titled “You have a PhD, now what?” Guest speakers Dr Thi Nguyen and Dr Michelle Repice from WashU GradCareers gave a wonderful presentation on how to position your research experiences and extra-curriculars on your résumé and in your cover letter. The interactive workshop provided a chance for everyone in attendance to reflect and work on their own professional documents. This event had an awesome turn out, with 46 people in attendance.