The LSU Libraries and the LSU Chemistry Department have partnered with the American Chemical Society, or ACS, to bring a free series of seminars to the LSU campus. The seminars are for students in any field of science who are interested in learning about career paths, finding a job, getting published as a scientist and honing their research skills using SciFinder, a research discovery tool for literature in biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science and others.
The events kick off with an informal “Science Café” for students and faculty, Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-8 p.m., at Restaurant IPO in downtown Baton Rouge. There will be free food and drinks. This networking event will include a panel discussion on “Alternative Careers in Science.”
The seminars will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, in the Rotunda and Woods Auditorium of the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. Sessions include “The Basics in Scholarly Publishing” and “Copyright Ethics in Scholarly Communication,” presented by John Finley, Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and Matt Hotze, ACS Managing Editor. Vanessa Storan will present a session on using SciFinder.
Afternoon attendees will learn about the four main career pathways in the sciences: academic, industry, government and entrepreneurial careers, and how to choose the right career path. Geared for graduate students and recent grads, it will also be useful for experienced professionals considering a career change. The session will help attendees inventory their own values, interests, background, strengths and weaknesses, to help them select an appropriate career pathway. It will also cover the job market and hiring trends.
Attendance is not limited to LSU students, but open to science students from all area colleges and universities. Registration is required but free of charge, and attendees can register by going to www.acs.org/acsoncampus. ACS is funding these free events as part of its “ACS on Campus” initiative. For more information contact Bill Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-2738.