What Can You Do With Your Chemistry Degree?

Contributed by Dr. Ajay Mallia

On August 1, 2015, CSW’s Project SEED and Education committees organized a career seminar for CSW’s Project SEED fellows. The Project SEED program provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged high school students to do summer internships in chemistry-related research programs under the supervision of a mentor. The2015 fellows and their parents were invited to this seminar on “Whatcan you do with your Chemistry Degree?”

The Panel consisted of Dr. Svetla Baykoucheva, head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library at the University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Katrice Lippa, Scientific Advisor for the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Tech-
nology (NIST); and Dr. Fatima Sequeira, who works at the FDA as part of a team of scientists who evaluate generic drugs before they are allowed to be distributed in the U.S.

Dr. Ajay Mallia Chair, CSW’s Project SEED Coordinator, gave opening remarks and welcomed the attendees and panelists. The event started with short introductions of all the students, where they described their Project SEED research. All the panelists introduced themselves and explained their backgrounds. High school students and their parents actively participated in both the discussion and question/answer sections. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Fatima Sequeira.

Photo credit: Ajay Mallia