Friday, March 14, 2014

Don’t Miss These Events at the 247th ACS National Meeting

Howdy! The 247th ACS National Meeting is well on its way, with an opening date on Sunday, March 16. We get it, you are going to be busy in Dallas meeting with peers, presenting research, and hearing discussions at symposia. Here are some additional, informative and fun events you can add to your schedule, if you like.

                  1. Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Reception
            Monday, March 17, 7:00-8:30 PM
            Dallas Convention Center, C2
Now a staple event at ACS National Meetings, this reception will allow you to speak with peers, network with experienced chemists, and form professional bonds to help you excel throughout your career. There will be tables of free nibbles, drinks, (including alcohol). Did I mention you will be entered to win a brand new iPad?!

                  2. Alternative Career Symposium
Tuesday, March 18, 9:00-11:35 AM
Dallas Convention Center, C156
As a result of your many moons spent in the lab, you may be looking for ways to apply your chemistry background to a career other than the stereotypical professions. Join key speakers and professionals who did just that, chose a job that was nontraditional to the chemistry field, to hear their advice, stories and even ask questions based on your personal ideas.

            3. GSSPC Symposium
Tuesday, March 18, 9:30-12:20PM, 2:00-5:00PM
Hyatt Regency, Reunion Ballroom E
Support fellow graduate students by stopping by the spring 2014 Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) event. The University of Texas at Austin is organizing the symposium at the ACS National Meeting in Dallas. Their event, Elements in Transition: Is Chemistry Facing Revolution or Recession, focuses on the ways chemistry is adapting for the future.

                  4. Career Pathways Workshops
Sunday-Wednesday, March 16-19
Omni Hotel, Art District 5-7 and Greenville Avenue
These workshops are designed to guide and help you through every spectrum of your career trajectory. Some workshops are general and help participants to highlight their strengths and aspirations. Others highlight specific career details, for example, providing a guide to write killer proposals. The most popular workshops focus on working in industry, government, and industry, and interview advice.

By Stephanie C. Prosack