In the lyrics of his hit song, “on to the next one,” Jay-Z tells us that even though he is a successful rapper, designer, and business mogul, he’s always planning a few steps ahead — a
great strategy that has kept him ahead of most of
normally, i don’t recommend taking advice from
rap songs, but Jay-Z is correct in that you should
not rest on your laurels and celebrate your current success before you
plan your next move. as many of you head toward the end of your
undergraduate career, now is the time to plan your future.
fortunately, a degree in chemistry opens the door to a variety of
opportunities, including employment right after school, an internship, or
a graduate program. However, all of these things take time to apply for
— so plan accordingly.
Moving forward to the coming 2011–2012 academic year, if you
decide to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry or some other discipline, you will need to send in your applications sometime between
december and february. since you will need transcripts and letters of
recommendation, you should line those up at the start of your senior
year. you should also plan on visiting the programs that you are accepted to, so try to consider that when planning your spring class schedule.
if you decide to enter the workforce, consider that many companies
have a hiring cycle that creates new positions at the beginning of their
fiscal year, which is usually July. you will also need to prepare and send
out résumés and cover letters.
Whichever pathway you decide to take, know that time and knowledge is power. an excellent approach is to take advantage of the various services available to you through the acs. if you are looking for a
job, consider attending an acs national meeting and taking advantage
of the numerous on-site interviews offered. also, attend the workshops on interviewing and résumé preparation offered by acs career
services. if you are looking for a graduate program, attend a graduate
school recruiting event and meet with representatives from dozens of
programs in one day. if you can’t make it to the meeting, the society
has lots of information available to you on its website, www.acs.org.
looking back to when i was finishing college, i recall that it was one
of the most exciting times of my life. as scary as it may seem, decisions
that you make today will greatly impact your future. think about what
you want from life, and then research what it will take to achieve your
goals. remember, to quote writer eudora Welty, “it doesn’t matter if it
takes a long time getting there; the point is to have a destination.” iC
Malika JeFFFries-el is an assistant professor of chemistry at Iowa State University
and an associate member of the ACS Society Committee on Education.
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e-mail us at email@example.com and we’ll
find your answer.
Q What services does the ACS Undergraduate
Programs Office offer to chapters?
A The Office supports student chapters in a variety of
ways, by providing chapter awards and recognitions,
programming at national meetings, ideas for chapter
activities, grants to support chapter activities and travel
to national meetings, and leadership training opportunities for chapter officers. In addition, individual student members also receive a host of benefits, including
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Q How can I establish a checking account for our
A Before opening a checking account for your chapter, you will need to obtain a federal Employer
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number instantly online at www.irs-ein-online.
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A Bumper stickers are available from the Undergraduate
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Q What is the process for sending in our chapter
A You must submit your chapter report online
through Manuscript Central at http://
make sure either your chapter president or faculty
advisor has an online account with this Web-based
resource and locate the chapter’s OPEID code so you
can upload your report to the system. The OPEID code
is an eight-digit number that is included on the official
list of student members you received from ACS last fall.
Once you have successfully uploaded the report and
your attachments and photos, our office receives an
e-mail from Manuscript Central informing us that your
chapter report has been received.
Q How do I order ACS Exams Study Guides?
A Before ordering the study guides, make sure that your
chapter has active ACS status, which means that six
or more members of the chapter are also ACS student
members. All active student chapters may contact the
ACS Exams Institute at Iowa State University to order
ACS Exams Study Guides. The address is: ACS Exams
Institute at Iowa State University, 0213 Gilman Hall,
(phone), or 515-294-4492 (fax). iC
roBin linDsey is a program administrator in the ACS
Undergraduate Programs Office.