2022 Career Conference in Chemistry

Career Conference in Chemistry

The Career Conference in Chemistry was founded in 2015. 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.

We're grateful to have featured E&J Gallo Research Laboratory, MAST/Calteach, California State Department of Justice, Genentech, Gilead Sciences, Origins Materials, the American Chemical Society, BioMarin, Merck, NASA, and Allure Labs during previous conferences. 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."


Conference Date

When: Saturday, April 2, 2022

Where: Student Community Center at UC Davis

Sponsored In-Part By: Chevron Corporation and Gilead Sciences



REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED ... Due to limited availability, we have reached RSVP capacity. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, please write to Perry Gee at prgee@ucdavis.edu. Note that being placed on a waitlist does not promise or guarantee admission to this free event. 


Health and Safety Protocols

This year's conference is being held in-person on the campus of UC Davis. But that said, we are remaining cautious and will continue to exercise strict protocols to ensure a safe and healthy event. Daily symptom surveys and/or vaccination cards will be checked on the day of the conference. Mask wearing will be strongly encouraged unless you are eating or drinking.

We encourage you to check back on this website for updated information once posted. If you have any questions at this time about how we are addressing COVID-19 and its variants, feel free to write Perry Gee at prgee@ucdavis.edu.


Career Conference Program Agenda

The following is our projected program of events for this year's conference. We encourage you to check back periodically to this site to view information updates.

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


2022 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

Dr. Frank Osterloh, Professor 

Professor Osterloh is interested in the chemical, physical, and catalytic properties of inorganic nanomaterials, and in their application to solar cells and as photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis. Nanoparticles are synthesized, modified chemically, and assembled into films or into nanocomposites. These are studied with powder X-ray diffraction, electron and optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, UV/vis spectroscopy, surface photovoltage spectroscopy, and with electrochemical and photoelectrochemical methods.


Our Alumni Panelists

Javier Aztiazarain, PhD Candidate, UCD Chemistry

Hilary Garcia, Environmental Staff Scientist, Terracon Consultants

Teresa Huang, Educator, NP3 High School, Natomas

Ming Yin Kwong, R&D Food Scientist, Protein Research

Samantha Teshima, PharmD Candidate, University of the Pacific

Holly Vickery, PhD Candidate, UCSF Chemical Biology


Our Career Panelists

Valerie Huynh, Drug Substance Regulatory Strategy Manager, Gilead Sciences

Isaac Eaquinto, Criminalist, Sacramento County District Attorney's Laboratory in Forensics

Douglas McLemore, Test Prep Specialist, UCD Health Professional Advising

Susann Pinter, Academic Coordinator/Lecturer, UCD CalTeach/MAST

Elizabeth Storer, Career Advisor, UCD Internship and Career Center

Tori White, Success Coach and Learning Strategists, UCD Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services


Our Tabling Fair Partners

ACS Chemistry Club at UC Davis


Gilead Sciences

Terracon Consultants

Sacramento County District Attorney's Laboratory in Forensics

US Army Corps of Engineers


UCD Health Professional Advising

UCD Internship and Career Center

UCD Masters Program in Forensic Science

UCD Office of Educational Opportunities and Enrichment Services

UCD Undergraduate Research Center


Advisor to the Conference Planning Committee

Perry Gee, Committee Staff Advisor, Chemistry


Student Members of the Conference Planning Committee

Alexandria Adams

Aaron Buchanon

Emily Jimenez

Elissa Lee

Vy Nguyen

Kristi Ortiz

Kevin Rosales

Sairah Saeed

Yoanna Soliman

Rima Vyas


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