2018 Event Report

2018 Event Report

Now with a new identity—Alum|NUM (Alumni Networking at UM)—our annual networking event is growing every year. This year more than 20 alumni shared their expertise with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the event on August 2, 2018, the day before the Department’s Karle Symposium. More than 100 graduate students participated.

The day began with two concurrent alumni panels, one detailing industrial careers and the other focussed on academic positions.  The industrial panel included Dr. Onas Bolton of Octet Scientific, Dr. Liz Swift of AbbVie, and Dr. Ping Guo of Micromeritics. The academic panel included Prof. Doug Genna of Youngstown State University, Prof. Kate Plass of Franklin and Marshall College, and Prof. Joseph Furgal of Bowling Green State University

A mock speed interviewing session and resume workshop provided experience and feedback on job interviewing skills for graduate students.





A reception rounded out the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts, and various refreshments were provided to welcome the alumni to a reception to mix, mingle, and network with former lab members, advisors, and current graduate students.

This year, the reception included the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony, which recognizes students for distinguished teaching and research. Find a complete list of the awards and recipients on the Chemistry website.

Mrs. Francoise Tamres with Joseph Meadows (Kubarych Group), who received a Milton Tamres Outstanding Teaching Award. Her late husband, Emeritus Professor Milton Tamres, established this award.

The event was organized by the Chemistry professional career development organizations: CSIE|UM (Chemical Science at the Interface of Education at UM) and CALC|UM (Chemistry Aligned with Life and Career at UM) with the Chemistry Graduate Student Council.