Chemistry - From Classroom to Career Sophomore Year
Use your faculty advisor and peer advising to choose the best courses, given your interest. Be prepared for your annual meetings. Look for unusual opportunities that could indirectly help a caree in science.
Talk to your professor or department chair about opportunities for summer research as paid research assistants on campus or in NSF sponsored summer intern programs at other institutions throughout the country.
Line Up References
Start to look for three or more professors in Chemistry and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance. Stay in touch with them so they can speak about your successes in an informed way.
Talk to your faculty advisor and start planning now for potential internships. Think about "trying out" a career, gaining work experience, marketable skills, potential mentors and a competitive edge. Look for potential matches between an internship with your career.
What happens after Fairfield? What would be your "dream job" - and how do you get there? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors: How can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it?
Qualified Chemistry students participate in the Honors Program at Fairfield University and, for students with an exceptional academic record of achievement, the opportunity to be elected to the country's premier honor society, Phi Betta Kappa.
BASE Camp (Broadening Access to Science Education)
BASE Camp projects offer upper division students a chance to serve as camp counselors for an informative, 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. Look for the annual listing of summer events.
Attend the annual Sigma Xi poster session, held in Bannow every spring. See the work of other Chemistry majors, and imagine how your work will be displayed in future years. Contact: Dr. Jim Biardi, advisor, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3465; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in the Health Professions at Fairfield? You can receive specific advice on how to best prepare yourself to become a strong applicant for admission to a health professions school. Each semester, in addition to regular program meetings with all other pre-health students, you'll meet one-on-one with the program advisor. Those strategy sessions will help you determine how to best plan and carry out all of the components of building your application packet for graduate programs. The health professions advisor also works with students to offer general and specific advice, to anyone on campus, concerning the many professional opportunities in the health sciences. In addition to the necessary science courses, internships and research opportunities, Fairfield also provides you with a strong background in the liberal arts that emphasizes the ethical and human side of medicine, through appropriate courses in the social sciences and humanities. This helps students to build a broad perspective on healthcare and its associated issues, such as patient's rights, health care policy and legislation, ethics, etc.
All of this serves to make Fairfield applicants stand out during the very competitive admissions process. By your sophomore year, you should be earning good grades in all your classes, especially the science classes. The best time for students to gain valuable experience within the health care setting is usually during the summer before the junior year. Make sure that you investigate various options for clinical exposure or research with the health professions advisor during the sophomore year so that you know what you will be doing for the summer.
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.