OAWWA Diversity In Water: Dr. Willie Harper

Join Ohio Section American Water Works Association for the next installment of its Diversity in Water virtual speaker series. The goal of the series is to highlight diverse voices in the water industry and provide career advice for young professionals and students. The speakers discuss their career path, how their identity has impacted their journey, and how they see diversity playing a role in the future of the water industry.

Dr. WIllie HarperThe event will take place on May 13th at 5:30pm and feature Professor Willie Harper. Dr. Harper is a professor of environmental engineering and science at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has transitioned from a role as an industry engineer into academia where his research focuses on how we can use microorganisms to detect and degrade contaminants. Dr. Harper has taught numerous courses in water quality, microbiology, and environmental policy and he has served as a visiting faculty member at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and at the Denmark Technical University.

Learn more about Dr. Harper and register for the event on Eventbrite.

Charles River Laboratories – Virtual Career Fair

Charles River Laboratories Virtual Career Fair
May 19, 2021
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT

The drug research and development process is highly complex, yet essential for delivering safe and effective therapies to patients. With a global network of facilities, Charles River Laboratories is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO) with a local touch. The company has dedicated employees around the world, and is passionate about its role in improving the quality of people’s lives.

During this Virtual Career Fair you will meet with team CRL members and have the potential to meet with hiring managers regarding career opportunities at Charles River sites in Ashland, OH; Spencerville, OH; and Cleveland, OH. CRL is hiring for summer internships and entry-level positions.

Register on Handshake.

University of Michigan Graduate Student Panel Discussion

Interested in learning about graduate programs that will prepare you for an exciting career in drug discovery & development? Join the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy for a Graduate Student Panel Discussion via Zoom.

Graduate students from the PhD programs in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Clinical Pharmacy Translational Sciences will share details regarding their background and goals and will be available to answer your questions and to share tips for success in graduate school.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
RSVP here.

Questions? Contact Cherie Doston, PhD at crdotson@umich.edu or 734-615-6562 (voicemail,)

Southern Teachers: Virtual Interviews

A Southern Teachers representative is holding virtual interviews for OSU students who would like to learn more about great teaching jobs at K-12 private/independent schools.

The interview day is:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Students should submit resumes to Handshake
Resume submission deadline:  Thursday, April 8, 2021


Southern Teachers helps college graduates find great jobs in college-preparatory schools around the South.

The teaching environment in these private/independent schools can be wonderful because of their small class sizes, their college-bound students, and their close-knit communities. At independent schools, quality isn’t just about test scores and college acceptances; it’s also the unique way that teachers maximize the potential of their students.

While successful progress through a teacher-education program is essential for some of these jobs (e.g., for elementary teachers), for many positions a teaching certificate is not required. Math majors can be hired to teach math; Spanish majors can teach Spanish, etc. Candidates do, however, need a strong academic record and the personal characteristics that will enable them to manage and motivate K-12 students. To summarize:  Teacher certification is not required for most jobs.

OAWWA Water Industry Career Panel

On Tuesday, March 23 at 6pm, the Young Professional’s Committee of the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association is hosting a virtual panel for students to learn about different career paths in the water industry. This is an opportunity to hear from a young professional from each sector of the water industry: research, regulatory, operations, and consulting.

Panelists include:

  • Liz Crafton – Research Engineer with Hazen and Sawyer
  • Andy Elderbrock – Water Resources Specialist at Arcadis
  • Brandon Fox – Plant Manager at the Jackson Pike Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Hayley Zimmerman – Environmental Specialist 2 with the Division of Drinking and Groundwater at the Ohio EPA

The event will include brief presentations from each panelist about their role and background, followed by a Q&A session, and finally the opportunity to speak with the panelists individually in breakout rooms.

This is a great chance for students of various backgrounds to learn about the many opportunities within the water industry. Plus, ask your questions about entering the professional world!

Register here and a Zoom link will be sent to you via email. Please contact Dane Elliott (elliott.634@osu.edu) if you have any questions.

2nd Annual FOCUS Research Symposium

The 2nd Annual FOCUS (Females of Chemistry Uniting Scientists) Research Symposium will be held virtually on Friday, April 2, 2021. 

The event will host two speakers, Prof. Jen Heemstra from Emory University and Prof. Malika Jeffries-EL from Boston University.

There will also be two opportunities for students to present their research. During the symposium there will be a poster session and three 15-minute oral talks. These events are open to ANY undergraduate student or graduate student to present their research. Abstracts can be submitted through this link. This is a great opportunity to present your research to the department, even for students in early in their career.

RSVP and questions for the Professional Development Panel can be submitted here.

Additional Upcoming Career Trek: Dow

On  – ome join an industry leader to explore career opportunities at DOW! Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome to join the event from both the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering. The focus will be on career paths for graduate students, but undergraduates are encouraged to join and explore, as well.

TREK Schedule:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Dow in North America
  • Job functions in Dow specific for new hires
  • Video overview of petrochemical industry
  • Technical presentations: Analytical measurements in plants and R&D, Manufacturing Projects Reality
  • Open discussion with several newer Dow hires, Q&A
  • Q&A with presubmitted and live questions

Come join Wendy Flory and Anna Opella (both alumna of OSU) for a Trek of Dow’s career paths! Registration via Handshake is required.

Seminar Series: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education

To better understand changes that need to be made to STEM learning environments, The Ohio State University is launching a new seminar series, Our Inclusive Path Forward: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education.

The six-part series features lectures by national leaders in recruiting, retaining and graduating a diverse population of STEM students in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. The goal is to provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn about best practices and ultimately make Ohio State’s STEM programs more equitable and inclusive. While some events have a disciplinary focus, all attendees will benefit from the perspectives and practices shared.

The series kicks off March 3 and wraps up April 14. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more and register here.


TOMORROW, March 10, at 6pm there will be a seminar (“That None Shall Perish”) by Kelly Mack, the national leader of Project Kaleidoscope, a STEM education national program with excellence in active-learning models. Register here.

Upcoming Virtual Career Treks

During the upcoming 2-day Instructional Break (March 31 and April 1), students are invited to explore these companies via a virtual Career Trek.

  1. MEDPACE:
    MEDPACE, in Cincinnati, is inviting ASC Life Sciences students, especially Juniors, Seniors, & Graduate Students (Masters, Ph.Ds & Postdocs), to join them virtually for a Career Trek on March 31st with the Time TBD.

    Register here to get updated details and schedule.

  2. 84.51 (Data/Tech):
    Recruiting Undergraduate majors that include: Data Analytics, CIS, CSE, Mathematics, & Economics! They have both internships and entry-level positions. Schedule is set and on Handshake.

    Check out the details and register here.

Midwest Health Professions Expo 2021

The 2021 Midwest Health Profession Expo will take place virtually on Monday, March 1, from 12:00-3:00pm.

This event will provide an opportunity for pre-health students and health professions schools and programs to come together. Students can learn all about the graduate school opportunities that will prepare them for a career in healthcare. Admission representatives can connect with students and inform them of their schools/program’s strengths, as well as what they look for in applicants.

With more than 80 Professional and Graduate programs already registered, students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a competitive applicants to the programs they are interested in pursuing in the future. Each recruiter listing includes the programs they represent, institution description, and the times they will be available to chat.

Student registration can be found here. If you have any questions, please email midwesthealthprofessionsexpo@gmail.com.