On the anniversary of the first YCC Career Night, the Younger Chemist Committee of American Chemical Society St Louis section organized its second annual Chemistry Career Night, September 17, 2009, at Sigma-Aldrich’s state-of-the-art Research and Development Center. The event was organized to help younger chemists—undergraduates, graduate students, academics, and those early in their industrial careers—by bringing together a panel of five experienced chemists to speak about their careers and share career advice. The agenda for the event was as follows:
Before the presentations, light refreshments and appetizers were provided, allowing attendees the opportunity to network and meet the speakers. All who attended the event received a program and information about ACS.
The event began with an introduction to the ACS local section by Keith Stine (chemistry professor at UMSL and YCC advisor), who then introduced YCC Chair Arindam Roy. Roy spoke about the YCC, welcomed the audience of over 100 attendees, and introduced the YCC officers and members who coordinated the event.
The speakers and panelists were:
Each of the speakers was presented with a certificate and a gift of appreciation. Dr Sean Dingman and Prof Keith Stine were also recognized and presented with a gift and certificate for their help in putting together the event. Following the formal program, everyone moved back to a spacious adjoining conference room for dinner and the opportunity to network. Many stayed to talk to the speakers and with each other while enjoying dinner.
The event was supported financially by several corporate sponsors, including Sigma-Aldrich, Varian, Monsanto, Missouri Analytical Laboratories, and the St Louis Section–ACS. Saint Louis University provided printing of the program booklets and signs. Sigma-Aldrich also provided the meeting space.
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