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Career Night, 2008
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Chemistry Career Night, 2008

Sponsored and organized by the St Louis Section–YCC

The St Louis Section–YCC organized a “Chemistry Career Night” on September 26th. The event—tailored for younger chemists, including undergraduates, graduate students, academics, and those early in their industrial careers—was held in the Lab Sciences Building at Washington University. The event featured five speakers, a panel discussion with the audience, and time for refreshments and networking.

Filling lecture hall with participants
Attendees filing into the lecture hall to start the Career Night presentations.

Before the official opening, light refreshments were available outside the meeting room. A sign-up sheet to join the YCC was available, along with ACS student affiliate membership applications, and an information table provided by Covidien.

The event began with an introduction to the local section and the ACS by section Chair Keith Stine, who then introduced YCC Chair Arindam Roy. Dr Roy spoke about the YCC and welcomed the audience of over 70 attendees.

The guest speakers of the evening were Dr Lucinda Buhse (FDA), Dr Lloyd Hill (Covidien), Dr Rajesh Devraj (Pfizer), Mr Keith Hampton (On Assignment), and Dr Ryan McCulla (Saint Louis University). During the presentation portion of the evening, each speaker shared career advice relative to their respective backgrounds. After the talks, the speakers formed a panel to field questions from the audience for about 20 minutes.

Following the formal program, everyone moved back to the spacious Rettner Gallery for networking opportunities, supported by food and refreshments. The speakers have provided the PowerPoint slides (pdf, 1.9 MB) from their presentations.

The event was supported by a YCC starter grant, with additional funds from Covidien, who also provided the information booth with free pens, notepads, literature, and gifts. Pfizer provided printing of the program booklets. Washington University provided the meeting space plus additional funding from the Program for Excellence in Nanotechnology through the group of Prof Karen Wooley.

Career Night guest speakers Invited speakers, from left: Keith Hampton (On Assignment), Ryan McCulla (Saint Louis University), Lucinda Buhse (FDA), Lloyd Hill (Covidien), and Rajesh Devraj (Pfizer).
Refreshments and networking after panel discussion Attendees in the Rettner Gallery after the panel discussion enjoyed food, refreshments, and networking. YCC volunteer Eric Bruton is on the left.
YCC and more at Career Night YCC officers and more at Career Night, from left: Dan Mans (YCC Treasurer), Francisco Franco (YCC Events Coordinator), Kenya Powell (YCC Co-Chair), Lloyd Hill of Covidien, Arindam Roy (YCC Chair), Philip Cheney (YCC Media Coordinator), Archana Ramakrishnan (YCC volunteer), Brent Znosko of Saint Louis University (Chair of the ACS Professional Activities Committee), and Keith Stine of University of Missouri–Saint Louis (Saint Louis Section Chair and YCC advisor).
Arindam Roy and Rajesh Devraj networking YCC Chair Arindam Roy talking to Rajesh Devraj of Pfizer during the refreshments and networking time.

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