Chemistry Aligned with Life & Career at the University of Michigan

The department of chemistry at the University of Michigan is attending to the professional preparation and education for its doctoral and post-doctoral students who are planning on careers in industry and other parts of the private or government sectors.

The program, called CALC|UM (Chemistry Aligned with Life & Career at the University of Michigan, pronounced “calcium”) is directed by the faculty, and co-designed and implemented with a core organizing committee made up of 10-15 students.

Our objectives in the CALC|UM program are to:
(a) increase student awareness and understanding of critical features of their future professional lives where their scientific expertise intersects with the other constituencies typical in an industry setting (business, law, informatics, etc.); and
(b) provide opportunities for first-hand leadership and multi-disciplinary team experiences that are relevant to their future professional lives.

History & Development of CSIE|UM & CALC|UM Change 2016 48:2, 34-43.

Internal report on 2016 U-M/Dow Chemical Case Study (Parts 1 & 2)
Chemical & Engineering News report on the 2016 U-M/Dow Case Study

See Programs, Projects and Events to learn how you can be involved.
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FALL 2017 • Program Schedule
WINTER 2018 • Program Schedule
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CALC|UM-related events on the FALL 2017 schedule

September 15, 2017: Panel on careers beyond the bench
September 21, 2017: Seminar on careers in industry
September 22, 2017: Career options outside chemistry
September 29, 2017: Transition from research to law
October 5-6, 2017: NAS site visit to U-M
October 20, 2017: Legal careers with a chemistry background
October 27, 2017: Brainstorming a new writing course
November 3, 2017: Linked In Event
November 7, 2017: Science policy issues
November 9, 2017: Drug discovery and High Velocity Learning
November 10, 2017: Biotech or Pharma?
November 15, 2017: Site visit to BASF

 

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November 15, 2017: Site visit to BASF

On Wednesday, November 15th, we will have a site visit to BASF in Wyandotte, MI from 8am-2:30pm, and there is a poster session during lunch.

For more information and sign-up, see here.

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November 10, 2017: Biotech or Pharma?

Two Michigan alumni, Joel Beatty and Mitch Keylor, came to Ann Arbor to share their experience in pursuing a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Joel pointed out that start-up company typically has an aggressive timeline for their projects. That could mean frequent changes in project’s goal and researchers might have to switch between projects at similar pace. Mitch shared reflections on his experience as a post-doctoral researcher at Novartis in Cambridge, MA. He pointed out that post-doc positions are supposed to be temporary, and they are meant to help to advance the career goals of PhD graduates.

For the full report, see here.

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November 9, 2017: Drug discovery and High Velocity Learning

A seminar and discussion by UM Chemistry Alum Dr. Beth Knapp-Reed from Glaxo-Smith-Kline (GSK) in 1706 on Thursday, November 9, 2017,  from 12 pm to 2 pm.

Five subgroups of graduate students gave research presentations to Beth throughout the day. This served as a chance for Beth to hear about the exciting chemistry occurring within the department and provided our students with an opportunity to do some valuable networking. Beth’s talk was on high velocity learning, which detailed strategies to increase productivity by way of implementing greater efficiency. The topic seemed to resonate well with the students and many questions were asked.

For the report, see here.

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November 7, 2017: The Joys of Doing Useful Chemistry

We will be hosting Dr. T. Ramasami on Tue. Nov. 7. Dr. Ramasami is a chemist by training and the former Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology for the Government of India. His visit provides a rare opportunity to interact with a high level science and technology policy practitioner who is also be recognized as an expert by the chemistry community.

Seminar:  “The Joys of Doing Useful Chemistry”
Date: Tuesday, November 7
Time: 12 pm talk; 1 pm Q&A/discussion
Location: 1706 CHEM

RSVP for lunch

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November 3, 2017: Building a Linked In Network

On Friday, November 3rd, CALC|UM and CSIE|UM in collaboration with Dr. Clarence Anthony Jr. from the UM Career Center,hosted a workshop on effectively creating and utilizing a LinkedIn profile. Dr. Anthony covered the information that should be included in a LinkedIn profile, strategies for presenting oneself to potential employers, and how to utilize the network to connect with UM alumni. Following the discussion, Chemistry Graduate Program Coordinator Elizabeth Oxford was available to take professional profile photos for those interested.

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October 27, 2017: Discussion with Jimmy Brancho – A Class Offering In Support of Graduate Student Writers (So Everyone)

Dr. Jimmy Brancho is a 2017 graduate from the U-M Chemistry Department. He has been a noteworthy writer for public science, and now works as a Lecturer III at the Sweetland Writing Center. The department is collaborating with Sweetland to offer a graduate level writing class.

For the complete report, see here.

 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Patent Law – an alternative career path for science/engineering graduates

Two Michigan alumni came to Ann Arbor to share their experience in pursuing a career in patent law. Aaron Raphael received his B.Sc. in chemistry from U of M and law degree from Emory University. He is now a partner at J. A. Lindeman & Co. Joshua Ney received both his Ph.D. in chemistry and law degree from U of M, and he is currently an associate at Brinks Gilson & Lione.

For the report, see here.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Becoming a Chemistry Patent Consultant
Asako Kubota, PhD

Asako Kubota, who graduated from University of Michigan in 2012, came to Ann Arbor to share her experience starting a career in intellectual property (IP). Following receiving her Ph.D. in Chemistry (under the guidance of Prof. Melanie Sanford), Asako started her career as a bench chemist at Dow in Indianapolis. She then made a career change and became a patent advisor at Cooley LLC in D.C. (check out her profile here.)

For the complete report, see here.
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Friday, September 22, 2017: Career Planning

Kathryn Hughes, Staff Fellow at the FDA
Matthew Clarke, Conservation Scientist at the Smithsonian
Elizabeth Rhoades, Research Scientist at Diageo (world’s largest producer of spirits and a key producer of beer)

On Friday September 22, 2017, CALC|UM hosted its second career panel of the year. Panelists included Kathryn Hughes (Staff Fellow, FDA), Matthew Clarke (Conservation Scientist, Smithsonian), and Elizabeth Rhoades (Research Scientist,Diageo). The panelists discussed the differences between careers in the public and private sectors, as well as what a day in their career involved. Opportunities for those with a background in Chemistry was discussed for each field. Maintaining “creative flexibility” was a common theme, as one needed to adapt to new situations, figure out the landscape, and connect your own expertise to the problem at hand. Matthew, in particular, emphasized the need for being open to continuous learning in the face of new challenges.

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Friday, September 21, 2017: Diverse Career Options

Cory Valente, Dow Chemical

On Thursday September 21, 2017, Cory Valente from Dow Chemical gave a presentation on Careers in Industry. Cory is the R&D Leader for Dow’s Strategic Recruiting and Research Assignments Program, as well as the Global Network Leader for GLAD, Dow’s Diversity & Inclusion network for LGBT and ally employees. He gave an in-depth look at both his specific career path, and how industry careers can vary greatly from the imagined “bench chemist” position. Valente underscored the need to be intellectually nimble and not locked into one way of thinking about (or solving) problems. He also emphasized the need for clear communication and exceptional cooperation skills, and the role that the mention of these play, even in recommendations for positions.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Careers Beyond the Bench

Karunesh Arora, a data scientist at Ford
Sean Law, a data analyst at TD Ameritrade
Shreya Bhattarai, a software engineer at Google

The townhall style panel discussion led to very interesting topics on venturing into industry jobs after PhD. The panelists discussed the challenges for transitioning from an academic work environment to industry setting. Learning new sets of skills and being able to work in a collaborative work environment seemed to facilitate such transition.

For the full report, see here.

 

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August 3, 2017 – 3rd Annual Alumni Reception

A combined CSIE|UM and CALC|UM event preceded the Karle Symposium and featured activities by departmental alumni guests.

Panel  12:00-1:30
UM Alumni on How Michigan Prepared Them for the Future
Rm 1706 CHEM

Speed Interviewing Sessions
2-3 and 3-4 PM

See description of full session.

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2016-17 ARCHIVE

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FALL 2016 • Program Schedule
WINTER 2017 • Program Schedule
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Friday, June 9, 2017: Research science in industry, and translating products from the lab to production

Dr. Frank Reinhold (research management)
Dr. Suzanne Dakin (Chemical Engineering)
Dr. Melissa Lamson (Professional Development)

Three BASF scientists described a range of ideas on how products move from lab into production.

See the full report, here.

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Friday, April 7, 2017: From Bench Top to the 72nd Floor: How did a PhD Chemist Become a Secret Patent Agent?

Grace Winschel received her PhD in organic chemistry in 2015, and she is now practicing as a Patent Agent at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati based in Seattle.

See the full report, here.

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Friday, March 17, 2017: Starting a Industry Career as a Fresh PhD Graduate

Two recent graduates from the chemistry department, Alina Borovika (2015 – Nagorny Group) and Naoko Ichiishi (2016 – Sanford Group), came to Ann Arbor to share their experience starting an industrial career as a fresh PhD graduate. Naoko is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Merck.

For the report, see here.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Workshop: Bystander Intervention Skills

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to participants for the purpose of building safe, inclusive, and respectful communities. Change it Up! is based on a nationally recognized four-step bystander intervention model that will develop your skills and confidence when intervening in harmful situations inside and outside of the classroom.
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Friday, March 10, 2017: Panel Discussion: Consulting/Coaching

Our first-ever session on careers in consulting and professional coaching:
Dr. Jacqueline Acho – The Acho Group (formerly of McKinsey & Co)
Dr. Deanna Mitchell – DJ Mitchell Consulting (formerly of Booz Allen Hamilton)
Dr. Will Pearson – Will Pearson Coaching (former UM; Berry & Associates)

Following open 2-hour brunch (9-11), our three speakers introduced their own life pathways and guidance for those thinking about careers in the general area of professional consulting. The informative, one-hour session from 12-1 pm was followed by a lively open discussion until 2 pm. After a small break, our guests met with small groups of 3 people in the afternoon, for 30-minute periods, from 2:30-4:00 PM.

See the full report, here.
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Friday, Feb 10, 2017: “Is This What I Think It Is? Identifying Microaggressions in the Classroom and Beyond” 

Microagressions are everyday verbal or nonverbal environmental slights, snubs and insults that, more often than not, are subconsciously committed by individuals with a privileged, and/or dominant culture background. Elizabeth Rohr, Program Coordinator with the University’s Barger Leadership Institute facilitate a group discussion on the role and impact that microaggressions have in and on our daily lives and beyond.

See the full report, here.
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Monday, Dec 5, 2016: Careers in Publishing

Dr. Vjekoslav Dekaris, a scientific editor for Cell Chemistry, outlined the background for his career including his motivations; he cited what he felt was a lack of reward for hard work in graduate school combined with limited desire to continue lab work as his primary motivations for transitioning into a non-laboratory based career path.

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Wednesday Oct 26, 2016: MACRO Symposium & Short Courses
-Innovation! Short Courses: 1:00 – 6:00 PM, Michigan League, 3rd Floor
-Industry Networking Dinner Sponsored by P&G: 7:00 PM, Zingerman’s Greyline, 100 North Ashley Street

Schedule of Events
Register here for the symposium, then…
register here for the event(s) of interest.

See also: announcement

 

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2015-16 ARCHIVE

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FALL 2015 • Program Schedule
WINTER 2016 • Program Schedule
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Winter 2016 Schedule

Friday Mar 11   Panel session on Food Chemistry (joint with CDPO)
Prof. Gale Strasburg (MSU Dept Food Science and Nutrition)
Dr. Poulson Joseph (Kalsec, Inc)
12-1:30 PM Rm 1706
sign-up here

Friday Mar 18   Seminar: Dr. Ian Stewart (ExxonMobil)
“Translating your PhD into a Successful Career in Industry”
12-1:30 PM Rm 1706
sign-up here

Friday Apr 1     CALC|UM site visit
Kellogg World Headquarters &  Territorial Brewing
sign-up here

Friday Apr 15   Seminar: Dr. Dani Schultz and Dr. Jameson Bothe
A Day in the Life at Merck for a First Year Chemist: How and Why Two Michigan Grads Choose a Career in Industry
12-1:00 PM Rm 1300
1-2:00 PM Rm 1706
sign-up here

Wed April 27    Panel: Biotechnology Start-ups in Ann Arbor: Entrepreneurial Ventures and How to get Involved
David Esposito, CEO | Armune Biosciences
Jim Arthurs, COO | Armune Bioscience
Priya Gogoi, Founder and Board Member | Celsee Diagnostics
Yixing Wang, CSO | Celsee Diagnostics
sign-up here

Friday May 20 Panel: Career Transition from Industry to Academia
Prof. Mark Banaszak Holl (UM Chemistry)
Prof. Scott Larsen (UM Medicinal Chemistry)
Prof. Anna Schwendeman (UM Pharmaceutical Sciences)
sign-up here

Friday June 3 CALC|UM site visit
Cayman Chemical Company (Ann Arbor)
sign-up here

Wednesday June 29 Dow Case Study (Part 1)
Wednesday August 3 Dow Case Study (Part 2)
sign-up here

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June 29 – Aug, 3 2016 Dow Case Study

2016DowCollaboration2Four Dow scientists came to the Ann Arbor campus to present a process chemistry problem that shut down a Dow plant. Then, without revealing how Dow actually solved the problem, the Dow scientists invited the students to form teams to propose viable solutions to the real-world issue. Successful proposals had to consider industrial constraints including cost, infrastructure, resources, and safety.

Five interdisciplinary teams were formed consisting of graduate students from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Applied Physics. Over several weeks, the students developed solutions to propose. Then the Dow scientists returned to campus for a second session where the students presented their ideas. At the conclusion of the student proposals, the Dow group presented the solution that was ultimately implemented at their plant.

See the full report, here.

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June 3, 2016 Site Visit: Cayman Chemical Company

Cayman chemical is a biotechnology company headquartered in Ann Arbor with more than 350 employees. The company provides chemicals for pharmaceutical research as well as analytical services to state and federal crime labs. Cayman chemical offers a wide range of career opportunities for chemists, biochemists and engineers. A group of 20 students participated in a site visit to Cayman Chemical.

See the full report, here.
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May 20, 2016 Panel: Career Transition from Industry to Academia
report coming

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April 27, 2016 Seminar: Biotechnology Start-Ups in Ann Arbor
report coming

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April 15, 2016 Seminar: A Day in the Life at Merck for a First Year Chemist: How and Why Two Michigan Grads Choose a Career in IndustryMerck1Dr. Jameson Bothe and Dr. Dani Schultz

During the seminar, Dani and Jameson spoke about Merck in general and their roles within Merck. Dani, an organic chemist, currently works in Global Chemistry which includes process chemistry and discovery. Jameson, an analytical chemist, works in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Supply.

See the full report.

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April 1, 2016 Seminar: Field Trip to Kellogg

IMG_3472A“We were greeted by a range of Kellogg employees.  Almost immediately, we were escorted through the pilot plant.  Various sections of the plant are responsible for scaling up production of Keebler, Pringles, Kashi, Special K brand foods and more.  This testing can be for production processes, new flavors, or completely new products.  Fortunately for us, we were able to sample some delicious new flavors that we hadn’t seen in stores before.”

See the full report

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March 18, 2016 Seminar: Translating your PhD into a Successful Career in Industry
Dr. Ian Stewart (ExxonMobil)

iS1Sometimes the company may present an opportunity for you to move around, potentially to a managerial role. Accepting or declining this opportunity is a reflection on your own motivations. Specifically, if you like getting your hands dirty, building your expertise in the technical field of interest, and (more generally) working in the lab, then you may consider saying “no” to a managerial ladder. If you want to apply yourself in a different area and prove yourself as a learner then you may be interested in a managerial role.

See the full report.

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March 11, 2016 Panel: Food Chemistry
Prof. Gale Strasburg (MSU Dept Food Science and Nutrition)
Dr. Poulson Joseph (Kalsec, Inc)

CPDO and CALC|UM welcomed Jeff Swada, Gale Strasburg, and Poulson Joseph to the Chemistry department for an overview of the food chemistry landscape. Additionally, they provided valuable insight about how the specific expertise of chemists can be beneficial for getting a job in food chemistry.

See the full report

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November 9, 2015 Seminar: Human-Centered Design
Jennifer Moe (Proctor & Gamble)
Robb Olsen (Proctor & Gamble)

What is Human Centered Design? Are you interested in working in industry as a R&D scientist? Two topics that appear to be two separate entities but both go hand in hand at P&G. At P&G, their products are produced through a human centered design process. Jennifer Moe and Robb Olsen introduce the concept and explains how it applies to their products/brands.

see the full report

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November 6, 2015 panel: U-M Courses of CALC|UM Interest

On Friday, November 6th we hosted CALC|UM’s Courses to Consider panel to introduce Chemistry graduate students to valuable courses outside of the Chemistry department. The panel featured classes and professors or students from three departments: the Ford School of Public Policy, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Ross School of Business.

See the full report.

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October 30, 2015 Seminar: Working with Start-UpsMaggie2Dr. Margaret McCammon, MEDC: Michigan Economic Development Corporation, an entrepreneur and investment portfolio manager in the chemical sciences to share her career experiences as well as educate students and faculty on the resources available for start ups in Michigan. For more information, and a video of the presentation, see the full report.

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Friday, October 9, 2015 Seminar  on Preparing for InterviewsScott1Dr. Scott Osborne (Procter & Gamble) gave an information-filled seminars based on his years of experience with interviewing job candidates. The Ten Commandments to Ace the Campus Interview: Strategies and Advice from Recruiting at P&G”

For more information, and a video, see the full report.

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October 2, 2015 Seminar: Critical Skills for Seeking Jobs
IMG_5882AThe Chemistry Department welcomed Dr. Aaron Crumm and Mr. Mikhail Zolikoff to give the seminar on important skills for job seeking. The speakers are both from the Center for Entrepreneurship and have given similar workshops in the engineering departments. For more information, and videos, see the full report.

 

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September 16, 2015 Seminar: Careers in Scientific Publishing
L1004259Interested students from multiple departments converged to listen to insights from Dr. Jennifer Griffith’s career in publishing with the ACS and RSC. Her talk explained the management structure of large scientific publishing companies, the duties of professionals across the editorial spectrum, and they keys to success in a scientific publishing career. For more information and the video, see the full report.

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