2021 Career Conference in Chemistry

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2021 Career Conference in Chemistry

This year's Career Conference in Chemistry is an eight-day outreach event scheduled to take place virtually at UC Davis. 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, Origins Materials, the American Chemical Society, BioMarin, 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."


Career Conference Dates

April 7-9, 2021: Virtual Panel Discussions (Alumni and Career Professionals)

April 12-16, 2021: Virtual Tabling Fair (Companies and Organizations)



Registration for the 2021 Career Conference in Chemistry is CLOSED. 


Career Conference Program Agenda

This year's Career Conference in Chemistry is being held virtually over an eight day span from April 7-16, 2021. The following is our detailed program of events. We encourage you to check back periodically to this site to view information updates.



  • 11:30A - 1:00P (Alumni Panel)
    • Elizabeth Cox, Criminalist, CA Department of Justice, Santa Rosa
    • Jenna Pregent, MS Candidate in Forensics, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Faith Rekte, Former Intern, Yolo County Coroner’s Office
  • 4:10 - 5:10P (Career Professional Panel)
    • Christine Garcia, Student Advisor, UCD Forensic Science Graduate Program
    • Kristel Suchland, Supervising Criminalist/Quality Manager, Sacramento District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services
    • Kelsa WestForensic Toxicologist with the San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; Lecturer at UC Davis


  • 11:30A - 1:00P (Alumni Panel)
    • Trinidad Alcala-Arcos, Researcher, Transitions Buprenorphine Clinic of Sacramento
    • Aubrey Alvarenga, Adolescent Health and HIV/AIDS Advocate, Johns Hopkins University
    • Alex Greb, MD Candidate, UC Irvine Medical School
    • Thomas Chow, MD Candidate, UCD Medical School
    • Samantha Teshima, PharmD Candidate, University of the Pacific
  • 4:10 - 5:00P (Career Professional Panel)
    • Elizabeth Storer, Career Advisor for Health and Biological Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences, UCD Internship and Career Center
    • Douglas K McLemore, Test Prep Specialist and Counselor, UCD Health Professional Advising


  • 11:30A - 1:00P (Alumni Panel)
    • Danielle Asiain-Manuel, Junior Research Specialist, UC Davis Proteomics Core Facility
    • Haley Cynar, PhD Candidate, Oregon State University
    • Kathy Lee, Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 4:10 - 5:00P (Career Professional Panel)
    • Cameron Irvine, Senior Environmental Scientist, Robertson-Bryan Inc.
    • Lisa Hunt, Senior Scientist/Program Manager, San Francisco Estuary Institute for the SF Bay Nutrient Management Strategy
    • Hilary Garcia, Environmental Staff Scientist, Terracon Consultants Inc.

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021 (Tabling Fair)

  • 3:10P - US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021 (Tabling Fair)

  • 3:10P - CA Department of Toxic Substance Control/Environmental Sciences Lab
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A
  • 5:10P - Terracon Consultants, Incorporated
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021 (Tabling Fair)

  • 3:10P - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A
  • 5:10P - Orca Bio
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021 (Tabling Fair)

  • 3:10P - California Department of Justice
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A
  • 5:10P - Gilead Sciences
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021 (Tabling Fair)

  • 3:10P - Genentech
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A
  • 5:10P - E&J Gallo Winery - Research and Quality Labs
    • Zoom Link - N/A
    • Passcode - N/A


About Our Featured Companies and Organizations

US Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 130 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, our disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live. We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life.

Our men and women are protecting and restoring the Nation’s environment including critical efforts in the Everglades, the Louisiana coast, and along many of our Nation’s major waterways.  The Corps is also cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste and material in an effort to sustain the environment.

CA Department of Justice - A Division of the Office of the Attorney General

Among its many roles and responsibilities, the Department of Justice provides critical public safety and law enforcement support services statewide. There are approximately 500 sworn peace officers and 600 other law enforcement personnel involved in such services as criminal investigations ranging from high-tech and white collar crime to acts of violence, narcotics enforcement, gambling control, criminal history information, and forensic laboratory services. The California Justice Information Services provides criminal justice intelligence, identification, information and technology services to law enforcement, regulatory agencies and the public.

CA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.

Management and staff of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) are committed to protect Californians and their environment from exposure to hazardous wastes by enforcing hazardous waste laws and regulations. The department takes enforcement action against violators; oversees cleanup of hazardous wastes on contaminated properties; makes decisions on permit applications from companies that want to store, treat or dispose of hazardous waste; and protects consumers against toxic ingredients in everyday products. The department is committed to engaging the public in a way that gives those most affected by its decisions  opportunities to voice their concerns and ask questions.

E&J Gallo Winery - Research and Quality Labs

From its inception, E&J Gallo Winery has sought to turn challenges into opportunities and change into growth. Today, that vision defines the Winery's culture along with its values. These values serve as a compass for how they conduct business and their belief in the importance of living these values everyday. At Gallo, they are committed to building strong relationships with their distributors, customers, and employees, as well as contributing to the longterm success of the global wine industry.


Considered the founder of the industry, Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for more than 40 years. We are a biotechnology company dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Genentech became a member of the Roche Group in March of 2009. As part of their merger agreement, Roche and Genentech combined their pharmaceutical operations in the United States. Genentech's South San Francisco campus now serves as the headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the United States. Genentech Research and Early Development operates as an independent center within Roche.

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.

Orca Bio 

Orca Bio is dedicated to developing high-precision allogeneic cell therapies designed to safely replace patients’ diseased blood and immune system with a healthy one.

Established in 2016, Orca Bio is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a pipeline of high-precision allogeneic cell therapy products. Our products are designed to safely and effectively replace a patient’s diseased blood and immune system with a healthy one. The company’s proprietary therapeutic and manufacturing platforms are exclusively licensed from Stanford University.

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 

SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization composed of about 5,000 individuals and institution in more than 90 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development and environmental education. In addition, the society has more than 20,000 followers worldwide.

At our core, we promote the advancement of environmental sciences, education in the field, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making. How do we do this? The society provides a forum where environmental professionals exchange information and ideas for the development and use of multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices leading to sustainable environmental quality. SETAC achieves this through events, publications, education and certification programs. 

Terracon Consultants Incorporated 

Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services.

Over our history, Terracon has achieved significant expansion through both internal growth and acquisitions. Terracon currently has more than 5,000 employees in more than 150 offices, serving all 50 states nationwide. Additionally, we partner with our U.S. clients to serve their international needs. Terracon’s growth is due to dedicated employees who are responsive to clients, provide quality services, and take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.

We provide our employees with a culture of safety. Our Incident and Injury Free® (IIF®) program, started in 2011, has emphasized employee safety, both inside and outside the workplace. Injuries have significantly decreased as a result, even as Terracon has grown.

Our culture, systems, and structure enable us to excel at both small and large projects. By combining our national resources with specific local area expertise, we consistently overcome obstacles and deliver the results our clients expect.

Terracon serves a diverse portfolio of private and public clients. By being responsive, resourceful, and reliable, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations for service, solutions, quality, and speed of delivery. Based on a deep understanding of our clients’ needs, Terracon’s commitment is centered on these key objectives.


Advisory Staff to the Conference Planning Committee

  • Kate Creveling, Committee Staff Advisor, Chemistry
  • Perry Gee, Committee Staff Advisor, Chemistry


Student Members of the Conference Planning Committee

  • Soren Lipman
  • Olivia Matsumoto-Elliott
  • Kristie Ortiz
  • Yoanna Soliman
  • Rima Vyas
  • Julia Weider
  • Forrest Wilcox


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The Conference Planning Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors for their generous support of the Career Conference in Chemistry: UCD Department of Chemistry, Chevron Corporation, ACS-Sacramento Chapter, ACS Chemistry Club at UC Davis, Armadillo Music, Avid Reader, Barista Brew Cafe, Baskin-Robbins, Blaze Pizza, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Insomnia Cookies, Lazi Cow, Noah's Bagels, PepsiCo, Philz Coffee, Sacramento Kings, Starbucks, and The Paint Chip.