Chemistry - From Classroom to Career Senior Year
Capstone Courses / Independent Study
Use the Capstone Course to integrate what you have learned, reflect upon how you have grown at Fairfield, and visualize where your path will lead you next. The course also is usually a chance to sharpen research skills, strengthen your Portfolio, and make fresh connections among courses and experiences.
Students can become Teaching Assistants in upper division labs. Talk to the Department Chair for details.
Start to narrow your interests and look for ways to use classwork, internships, summer work and potential independent studies to further your interest.
Use your final internship(s) to try out careers, sharpen your resume and cover letter, develop a portfolio, make contacts, and take classroom skills and apply them to the real world.
Line Up References
Finalize three or more professors from Chemistry and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask or guidance.
Talk to a favorite professor about possible graduate schoolwork in Chemistry. Also talk to favorite professors about possible research projects you might do with them. Many Chemistry graduates continue to Grad school for Masters and PhD, in schools such as Harvard, Boston College, University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova, Tufts, and the University of Connecticut. /p>
In Health Professions, your applications should be in and you will be watching the mail. You may have secondary applications to fill out but your real concern should be interviews. See Dr. Church for lists of commonly asked interview questions, or to schedule a mock interview to help you prepare for the BIG day! If you have finished all core and major requirements you may take whatever classes interest you. This is a great opportunity to learn something special! Remember to keep your GPA up! As a rule, medical students should have at least a 3.5. If your GPA drops below 3.0 it is unlikely that you will be accepted into any American medical schools. Other programs have somewhat lower GPA requirements, but whatever your aspirations you should strive to stay above 3.0.
BASE Camp (Broadening Access to Science Education)
Chemistry students can serve as camp counselors at BASE Camp, which offers high school students an informative and fun week-long experience with actual scientific research, across all scientific disciplines at Fairfield. Projects change every year, allowing students to choose from a variety of topics including biomedical science, medicinal chemistry, forensics, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, marine ecology, software engineering, behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and biophysics, and applied mathematics.
Attend the annual Sigma Xi poster session, held in Bannow every spring. Post your own work, or see the work of other Chemistry majors. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers.. Contact: Dr. Jim Biardi, advisor, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3465; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Chemistry majors.