The Science and Engineering Industry Expo is an annual, intimate recruitment and career exploration event, connecting UChicago PhD students and postdocs in chemistry, physics, chemical biology, biophysics, molecular engineering, computer science, and related disciplines to employers in industry and government.
Employers promote their organization and screen candidates in a variety of one-on-one interactions including: short presentations, a career panel, networking lunch, and speed interviews.
2019 Event Schedule:
- 8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast and Check-in – Atrium
- 9:30-9:45 am: Welcome Address – Room 301
- 9:45 am-noon: Group 1 Employer Presentations & Panel – Room 301
- 9:45-10: Argonne National Laboratory
- 10-10:15: Cabot Microelectronics
- 10:15-10:30: Citrine Informatics
- 10:30-10:45: Coffee Break
- 10:45-11: Ecolab/Nalco
- 11-11:15: IBM Quantum
- 11:15-noon: Panel Discussion with Group 1 Employers
- 9:45 am-noon: Employer Interviews – Atrium
- Noon-1:30 pm: Networking Lunch with Employer Tables – Atrium
- 1:45-4 pm: Group 2 Employer Presentations & Panel – Room 301
- 1:45-2: Intel
- 2-2:15: Coffee Break
- 2:15-2:30: Shimadzu
- 2:30-2:45: Coffee Break
- 2:45-3: Tempus
- 3-3:15: Solvay
- 3:15-4: Panel Discussion with Group 2 Employers
- 1:45-4 pm: Employer Interviews – Atrium
- 4-5 pm: Reception – Atrium
THANK YOU TO THE 2019 INDUSTRY EXPO EMPLOYER SPONSOR:
This event is free to attend, although we do offer sponsorship levels which afford certain perks. Most companies send 1-2 people to attend, and while not all are actively recruiting for specific positions, they utilize the event to create more awareness for their company and to build connections within our trainee population.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Briana Konnick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the 2020 event has not yet opened.
PHD STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS:
The Science and Engineering Industry Expo will be held on September 11th, 2020! You do not need to be currently searching for a position to attend this event.
You must submit a two-page resume by the time registration closes either directly to Briana Konnick by email or through the GRAD Gargoyle system. A suggested template for this event is here, but you do not HAVE to use this version. Whatever you submit, please keep it to two pages. If you have this document ready, please upload it into your documents in GRAD Gargoyle before you RSVP. Then, when you RSVP (Events > Career Fairs), you will be able to select the resume from your document archive.
- Scientific Industry Resume Workshop on August 14, 2019 (RSVP through GRAD Gargoyle)
- Registration for this event will close on August 23, 2019 by midnight
- Sign-ups for 1-on-1 speed interviews will occur from August 26-29, 2019
- Mandatory prep session with lunch on August 30, 2019
Eligibility: The Industry Expo is open to PhD students and postdocs in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Engineering, Computer Science, JFI, KAVLI, Physics, and Geophysical Sciences
Speed Interviews: Not all attending employers are actively trying to fill a current open position, so these speed interviews can be more informational.
INDUSTRY EXPO 2018 RECAP – September 21, 2018
Employers in attendance: Argonne, BASF, Cabot Microelectronics, Citrine, Civis Analytics, D.E. Shaw Research*, Honeywell, IBM, Nalco/EcoLab, Shimadzu, Solvay*, and Tempus (*sponsor)
- Facilitated ~160 1-on-1 speed interviews between employers and PhD students/postdocs
- Employer survey highlights:
- 100% agreed or strongly agreed that they are interested in participating again
- 100% agreed or strongly agreed that attending was a good use of their time
- 80% agreed or strongly agreed that the people they interviewed were appropriate and a good match
- Over 70 PhD students and postdocs attended the 2018 event. Trainee survey highlights:
- 97% either agreed or strongly agreed that they felt satisfied with the event overall
- 95% either agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend this event to a peer/friend