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1 Careers in Organic Chemistry Dr. Laurie Starkey Chemistry Department Cal Poly Pomona

2 The Periodic Table Organic Chemistry!

3 What Can I Do with a Chemistry Degree? B.S. Chemistry Medical School Job in Industry Vet School Pharmacy School Graduate School (M.S. or Ph.D.) Law School

4 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits Synthetic carpeting Shelter Paint and coatings Plastics

5 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits Rubber tires Transportation Antifreeze Superior lubricants Plastic components High-performance and clean-burning gasolines

6 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits CDs and DVDs Recreation High-strength, advanced materials tennis rackets, skis, golf clubs, golf balls, rollerblades, bicycles

7 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits Dyes Apparel Synthetic fibers Cleaning aids

8 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits Soaps & Detergents Health and Beauty Pharmaceuticals Vitamins Cosmetics and fragrances

9 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits Fertilizers Food Preservatives Packaging Plant protection Refrigeration media

10 Organic Chemistry's Biggest Hits Waste minimization Waste Recycling Water treatment chemicals Sewage treatment

11 Understanding Line Drawings

12 Variety of Organic Compounds

13 Flavors & Fragrances

14 Color Chemistry

15 Organic Polymers

16 Taxol: Application of Organic Synthesis

17 Synthesis of Taxol

18 Career Choices vs. Academic Degree

19 About me… School Graduated High School 1987 Univ. of Connecticut (B.S. - Chemistry)1991 UCLA (Ph.D. - Organic Chemistry)1996 Chemistry-Related Work (while in school) Chesebrough-Ponds (Summer Internship)1989 Bristol-Myers Squibb (Summer Internship)1990 Bristol-Myers Squibb (Summer Internship)1991 UCLA Teaching Assistant (TA) UCLA Research Assistant (RA) Note: you get paid to get your Ph.D. degree!! Work after Ph.D. Cal Poly Pomona (Assistant Professor)1996 CPP Tenure + Associate Professor2001 Kids born: 2002 and 2004 CPP Full Professor2007

20 All this will build a strong resume and help you get into the job or graduate school of your choice. In College: Good grades (and GRE) Take/audit advanced classes Get to know your professors Undergraduate research* Summer internships/REU * Volunteer work (service) Join clubs In High School: Good grades (and SAT) AP, honors courses Get to know your teachers Summer & part-time jobs Volunteer work (service) Extra-curricular activities Preparation to be a Chemist Skills Needed: Self-motivated, time management Good math skills Good with your hands


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