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.
video release form

_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
FALL 2016 • Program Schedule
WINTER 2017 • Program Schedule
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2016-17 ARCHIVE

_____________________________________________________

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

Grace 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.

_________________________________________________
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.

_____________________________________________________

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.
______________________________________________________

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.
______________________________________________________

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.
_______________________________________________________

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.

__________________________________________________

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

 

_____________________________________________________

2015-16 ARCHIVE

_____________________________________________________
FALL 2015 • Program Schedule
WINTER 2016 • Program Schedule
__________________________________________________

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

______________________________________________________
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.

______________________________________________________
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.
______________________________________________________
May 20, 2016 Panel: Career Transition from Industry to Academia
report coming

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

______________________________________________________

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.

______________________________________________________

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

______________________________________________________
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.

______________________________________________________
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

______________________________________________________
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

_____________________________________________________

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.

______________________________________________________
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.

______________________________________________________
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.

__________________________________________________
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.

 

______________________________________________________
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.

______________________________________________________