Student and post-doc attendees are encouraged to arrive Sunday morning (6/10) so they will be able to attend the optional pre-conference workshops. Most workshops will be interactive with panels featuring grad students, local industry members, and professors. Pre-conference workshops will be held from 1 PM to 4PM and will focus on three areas: Careers in Academia, Careers in Industry, and Succeeding in Graduate School.

Lunch will be provided starting 12:30 PM

Academia workshops in Smith 231:

1-2 pm: Panel: Tips for applying to academic positions

2-3 pm: Grant and proposal writing skills

             Professor Tim Lodge

3-4 pm: ACS workshop--publishing in ACS journals

             Professor Marc Hillmyer


Industry workshops in Smith 331:

1-2 pm: ACS workshop--Advance your career

             Antonisia Baynes

2-3 pm: Panel: How to find a job 

3-4 pm: Panel: How to transition to industry 


Life in Grad School workshops in Smith 117/119:

1-2 pm: Safety culture in research labs

             Anna Sitek and Spencer Reisbick

2-3 pm: Panel: Balancing life in grad school 

3-4 pm: Panel: Outreach and Mentoring 



Optional pre-conference activities will be held on Sunday evening (6/10). Participation in official pre-conference activities will require sign-up as a part of registration as some activities will have a small fee. 

Pre-conference activities:

Saint Paul Saints game (4:15-9 pm)

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour (4:30-6:30 pm)

Surly Brewery Tour (4:30-6 pm)

Stone Arch Bridge Tour (4:30-6 pm)

Bowling night (8-10 pm)