University of Arizona students and faculty met with professionals
from all over the country to swap information and questions regarding
biologically related careers. The occasion -- Biology Career Day (BCD) -- a
biannual conference exploring opportunities in biological science and related
fields. Panelists, including patent attorneys, entomologists, genetic
counselors, science writers and high school educators (to name only a few), spoke
to eager students about their college experiences, backgrounds and employment
highs. Questions darted across the rooms as students inquired about salaries,
grunt work, the availability of internships and the overall satisfaction people
felt in their particular profession.
Lunch was served outside as students and panelists mingled, discussing career
choices. Unexpectedly, 300 extra lunches remained and a
benevolent UBRP faculty sponsor suggested the lunches be donated to one of the
local Salvation Army units, who gladly accepted the generous contribution.
Following the third session of talks, participants and speakers headed
to the Arizona Desert Museum for a stroll around the grounds, followed by
cocktails and dinner. Everyone appeared to have a good time as panelists,
coordinators and students departed with full stomachs and smiling faces.
BCD was a valuable learning experience for all who attended. Undergraduates
benefited most from the event, as they learned about the availability of jobs as
well as the applicability of their biology degrees in the working world. If you didn't make it this year, shame on you! Reserve a spot on
your calendar for two years from now -- it's an activity worth attending!
Kimmey Hardesty, UBRPer in Dr. McNaughton's lab, Neural Systems, Memory and