Chemistry Professional Development

ChemPD, Winter 2020
Nnamdi Akporji, Aneta Jelowicki, Saejin Oh, Vani Singhania, Allison Abdilla, Karen Tsay, Olivia Hwang, Joseph Kincaid

Students attending Career Day Crash Course workshop

2019 Chemistry Career Day 

2020 Virtual Chemistry Career Day Panel Members, Moderators and ChemPD Leadership


Chemistry Professional Development (ChemPD) is a cohort of senior graduate students in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (DCB) working together with several faculty members and departmental administrators to provide Professional Development opportunities for students. ChemPD will help generate, and participate in, professional development seminars and other events with industry professionals. We will also host resumé and CV workshops, an annual ChemPD-organized Career Fair, as well as help spread awareness of relevant on-campus career events. Our aim is to build a base of knowledge and support for senior DCB graduate students to answer common questions and to help guide them along their chosen career path, or to help them expand their career options. ChemPD, above all, is a support network and cohort of students with a common goal that will meet regularly to discuss our personal experiences, challenges, and questions we have with the job application process, as well as to plan and organize upcoming ChemPD events. Finally, ChemPD will serve as the point of contact and liaison between industry, DCB graduate students, and career services on campus to maximize both career development opportunities for students as well as recruitment opportunities for industry.

To be added to our email list, send an email to either Vani or Allison



Introducing ChemPD Liaisons

To maximize our graduate students' participation and to ensure full dissemination of career development events, co-presidents Vani and Allison created the ChemPD Liaisons. The ChemPD liaisons are comprised of one or two senior graduate students from each research laboratory. The liaisons are an active participant in their own professional development, as well as the go-to person for professional development resources in their respective research labs. The role of the liaison includes spreading the word on events hosted by ChemPD, direct students to professional development resources in the department/on campus, and assist in ChemPD events throughout the year. Below is a list of the 2020 - 2021 ChemPD liaisons.

If you are interested in a ChemPD liaison position, send an email to either Vani or Allison

Organic Inorganic Physical
Name Group Name Group Name Group
Manny Sanchez Read de Alaniz
Gregg Kent
Selenta Staun
Hayton Xikun (Cici) Liu Bowers
Nnamdi Akporji Lipshutz Julianne Truong Abu-Omar Dezmond Bishop Buratto
Maša Podunavac Zakarian Aneta Jelowicki Butler Michael Haggmark de Vries
Kaylaa Gutman Zhang Li Li Scott Tarnuma Tabassum Han
KC Chen Pettus
Samuel Jacob
Anthony Wong
Menard Brian Roehrich Sepunaru
Materials Biochemistry
Name Group Name Group
Allison Abdilla Hawker Mary Lerner Greene
Adam Levi
Angelique Scheuermann



ChemPD Subcommittees

New to the 2020 - 2021 ChemPD agenda is the creation of subcommittees: International Students Subcommittee and the Internships Committee. The goals of each subcommittee is to identify resources and create events targetting each specific topic. Future subcommittees may be created, but based on the agenda received, the two subcommittees mentioned above are currently a top priority. 

  • International Students Subcommittee Members: Li Li, Allison Abdilla, Vani Singhania, Cici Liu
  • Internships Committee Members: Brian Roehrich, Mary Lerner, Kaylaa Gutman



Upcoming Events!

12:00 - 1:00pm, Wednesday November 18th
CNSI Incubators & Informational Interviews
Presenters: Prof. Javier Read De Alaniz & Dr. Tal Margalith
Meeting ID: 880 0145 5242
1:00 - 2:00pm, Wednesday December 2nd
How to Present and Package Yourself
Presenter: Dr. Kim Pierce, Principal Engineer, Intel
Meeting ID: 810 6980 0972
10:00 - 11:00am, Monday December 7th
Physical Chemistry Alumni Panel
Presenters: Dr. Austin Barnes, Dr. Marshall Ligare & Dr. Alisia Leavesley
Meeting ID: 813 2180 7066