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What Chemists Need to Know About Career-Planning and Mentorship

Creating a successful chemistry career is about more than just your skills in the lab. It’s also about networking, communication, planning, and perseverance. These skills are often gained through personal experience, but they can also be passed down from established chemists who have already walked this road. As part of the “Changing the Culture of Chemistry” webinar series, a panel of distinguished researchers got together to discuss ways chemists can take their careers to the next level.

Watch an on-demand presentation of the webinar:

This one-hour program featured a panel of engaging speakers, including:

  • Professor Brandi M. Cossairt of the University of Washington, who discussed the importance of mentorship, ways to find a potential mentor, and how to get the most out of that relationship.
  • Professor Jennifer M. Heemstra of Emory University, who talked about some of the considerations importance of flexibility in career planning, the advantages of diverse career experiences.
  • Professor Robert J. Gilliard, Jr. of the University of Virginia, who discussed his own career path and the approaches that helped him get to where he is today.

The session closed with a question-and-answer session moderated by Joerg Schlatterer, Senior Manager of the ACS Student & Postdoctoral Scholars Office, where all three panelists were able to share more tips and advice.

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