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.
Beth did both her PhD and Post-Doctoral work at the University of Michigan under Professors William Roush and John Montgomery, respectively. Beth met with several faculty members on Wednesday the 8th and gave a talk to the Chemistry department regarding drug hit to drug candidate optimization. On Thursday the 9th, five the person 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. Beth would like to return for informal interviews with graduate students at all levels, so that she can get to know people over the course of their graduate studies and recruit them to GSK. The opportunity for our students to do internships at GSK is also available. We should continue working with her to create more opportunities for students in the future. About 20 people were in attendance.