2024 Careers in Chemistry Conference

Careers in Chemistry Conference

The Careers in Chemistry Conference was founded in 2015 by Perry Gee, the department's undergraduate advisor from 2013-2023. The purpose of the event is two-fold. It is a vehicle where majors in Chemistry can learn from recruiters or representatives about what they need to develop when entering their post-graduate careers. It also gives invited companies or organizations the opportunity to meet our majors first-hand.

Holly Vickery, a graduate in Chemical Biology at UC Davis, noted that our conference had been very informative and insightful with her own career search. She explained, "I appreciated the advice each presenter shared about how to be a competitive applicant for an internship or job. And to learn more about their respective company was especially rewarding to hear."


2024 Conference

2024's Careers in Chemistry Conference will take place on Saturday, April 13th in the International Center.


Registration is now available here for our 2024 event.


Career Conference Program Agenda

The following is a sample program of events during our conference. 

8:30-8:50a = Check-In

9:00-9:20a = Keynote Speaker

9:30-10:30a = Alumni Panel Discussion

10:30-10:40a = Break

10:40a-12:00p = Career Development Panel Discussion

12:00-1:00p = Lunch

1:00-2:30p = Tabling Fair with Companies, Organizations, and Services


Conference Funding Partners

Gilead Sciences 

Gilead is dedicated to developing innovative medicines for life-threatening illnesses. As we pursue this goal, we strive for positive social and environmental change within our company and our supply chain. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program is built to focus on patients, society, the planet and our business practices.

Gilead’s management approach is designed to create a sustainable future that reflects our integrity and commitment to excellence. Year after year, internal and external stakeholders work to evaluate the effectiveness of our management approach. They identify strengths and opportunities that become guideposts as we reach for new breakthroughs and look at what’s next.

Chevron Corporation

We believe in the power of humanity to solve any challenge, to overcome any obstacle, and to find responsible solutions that work for all of us. We’re a global team united by a shared set of values, called The Chevron Way. From our volunteering initiatives to our commitment to diversity and inclusion, you’ll see that our values are so much more than words on a screen – they’re our way of life. The Chevron Way explains our beliefs, vision, purpose and values. It guides how we work and establishes a common understanding of our culture and aspirations.

Human ingenuity has the power to solve any challenge and overcome any obstacle. Meeting the world’s growing energy needs demands pursuit of innovations and advancements that deliver a better future for all.


Our Keynote Speaker

The 2024 keynote speaker will be Dr. Davide Donadio, who also currently serves as one of the vice chairs of the Chemistry Department.

Previous keynote speakers have included: Dr. William Casey, Dr. Kyle Crabtree, Dr. Susan Kauzlarich, Dr. Mark Kurth, Dr. Marie Heffern, and Dr. Frank Osterloh.


Our Alumni Panelists

We are grateful to all of our alumni who have appeared at our career conference over the years. Each have shared their journey in their respective career pathway since graduating as well as the lessons they learned from their experiences. 

  • Sydney Figueroa - Junior Specialist in the UC Davis Chemistry Department
  • Yajing Li -  Criminalist at California Department of Justice
  • Yiyun Liu - Ph.D. Candidate at UC Davis
  • Caitlin Chua - Associate Scientist at Thermo Fisher


Our Career Panelists

We are grateful to the the career professionals who have sat on this panel and devoting their time and support of career conference. Each has shared their journey in their respective field as well as the lessons they learned from their experiences.

  • Inge Chandra - Criminalist at the Alameda County Sheriff's Office
  • Cory Vierra - Process Chemistry Team Lead at One Bio
  • Ella Jones - Scientific Review Officer at the National Institute of Health
  • Uta Blumberg - Environmental Protection Agency
  • Douglas K McLemore - Test Prep Specialist at UC Davis Health Professions Advising
  • Elizabeth Storer - Senior Career Advisor at UC Davis Internship and Career Center


Our Tabling Fair Partners

The tabling (or open fair) portion of the conference gave invited companies and organizations the opportunity to meet our majors first-hand. It was also a forum where majors in Chemistry or related disciplines learned from recruiters or representatives about what they needed to develop when entering their post-graduate careers. We are thankful for the following companies and organizations who have attended our conference over the years.

  • ACS Chemistry Club @ UC Davis
  • Alameda County Sheriff's Office
  • Amyris
  • CA Department of Justice
  • CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Chevron Oronite Company LLC
  • E&J Gallo Winery Research Laboratory
  • Emerald Cloud
  • US Food and Drug Administration
  • Genentech
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Metagenomi
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • NorCal Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • One Bio
  • Origin Materials
  • Sacramento County's District Attorney's Office
  • Terracon Consultants
  • UC Davis Calteach/MAST
  • UC Davis Health Professional Advising
  • UC Davis Internship and Career Center
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Navy
  • Yolo County Sherriff's Coroner's Office

Check back on this webpage for more company or organization additions.


Advisor to the Conference Planning Committee

Kate Baca


Student Members of the Conference Planning Committee

Sydney Wren

Wendy Tran

Isabella Pham

Zoe Cipriano

Julianne Nguyen

Sherry Lin

Nate Gistand


Contact Us



The Conference Planning Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors for their generous support of the Career Conference in Chemistry over the years. These include the UCD Department of Chemistry, Chevron Corporation, Gilead Sciences, ACS Chemistry Club at UC Davis, Noah's Bagels, UCD Bookstores, UCD Aggie Compass, and Starbucks.