Graduate Committee for Professional Development
The Graduate Committee for Professional Development is a student-run organization that focuses on helping chemistry graduate students prepare for the development of a professional career. We seek to give students the tools to forge their careers, get more insight to what options students have, and grant guidance on the basic necessities any student may need to be a competitive job applicant.
GCPD Aims to:
- Increase student awareness of the different and exciting potential career trajectories a chemistry degree affords
- Prepare students for their next steps through professional development programming, including: workshops, career path seminars, networking events, etc.
If you are interesting in joining with GCPD to promote your industry to UNC Chemistry, please fill out our Interest form. The form is intended to help streamline requests such as job advertising, recruitment events (hybrid or in person), or any other industry-sponsored event that would like to communicate directly with students in the department.
Accelerate to industry (A2i):
A2i was launched in May of 2022 with over 70 student/postdoc participants and 30 industry representatives from 11 different companies. Here students advanced their professional development by participating in resume building workshops, learned interviewing tips, networked with industry reps and learned about potential careers at a variety of companies.
On campus recruiting:
About once a month, local and regional companies come to UNC Chapel Hill to host a company presentation followed by student and postdoc interviews. These events create brand recognition and foster relationships with students. Moreover, these events provide students with an opportunity to network and streamline the job application process. Some companies GCPD has hosted include Eastman, P&G, Solvay, Gilead, Merck and Novartis.
Professional Development Opportunities:
In addition to recruitment events, we also host events aimed at fostering the professional development of graduate students and postdocs in the department about once a month. These workshops, career path seminars, panel discussions, and networking events are aimed at increasing student awareness of the varied and exciting potential career trajectories a chemistry degree affords and preparing them for their next career steps. We have hosted speakers with careers in science policy, national labs, tech commercialization, chemical companies, and more