The Annual Health Campus Career Information Fair co-organized by BME EDGE and JHU PDO (Professional Development Office) was held at Turner Concourse on the Medical Campus. This first-ever career fair by BME EDGE turned out to be a big hit and gained a great amount of popularity among graduate students and post-docs at Hopkins. As many as 160 people pre-registered online, more than 170 people from a diverse spectrum of scientific fields visited the four-hour Exhibitor Booth session, and 50-70 people attended each of the three one-hour Panel Discussion sessions.
This year, the Exhibitor Booth session was emphasized on the chance to gain knowledge about the variety of careers in science. While the exhibitors might or might not be recruiting for specific positions, a lot of attendees were able to learn about their organizations and make contacts for now or in the future.
Participating exhibitors ranged from industry (Computercraft and Kelly Government Solutions), government (Embassy of Canada Science and Technology, German Academic Exchange Service, and U.S. Army Medical Recruiting), non-profit organization (AAAS Science and Technology Fellowships, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), as well as Hopkins organizations (JH Postdoctoral Association, Carey Business School – Innovate, JH University Center for Biotechnology Education, Hopkins Biotech Network).
The afternoon panel discussion featured discussions with panelists from different parts of the scientific workforce. The first session, moderated by Hao Dang, focused on introducing international opportunities from panelists Ronald Magarick, PhD (Vice President, Technical Leadership, jhpiego, affiliate of Johns Hopkins University), Jérome Pischella (Science and Technology Counsellor, Embassy of Canada), Bettina Schuffert (German Research Foundation), Peter R. Kerrigan (Deputy Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)), and Jessica Bell (Promotion and Digital Media Coordinator, The American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). The next session, moderated by Liang-Hui (Lawrence) Chu, ignited sparks on opportunities in consulting from panelists Mark Gold, PhD (Senior Manager, Accenture), Darshil Jhaveri (Johns Hopkins Business and Consulting Club), and Dany Matar, MD, MPH (McKinsey). The last session, moderated by Peter Boutros, opened heated discussion on opportunities in industry from panelists Jessica Carmen, PhD (Business Development Manager, Lonza Pharmaceuticals), Jason Hardebeck, MBA (Managing Director, DreamIt Ventures Baltimore), Dan Johnston, PhD (Executive Vice President of Research and Chief Operating Officer, DRI Biosciences), Sarah Hemminger, PhD (Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Mentoring Program), and Nick Durham, PhD (Scientist, MedImmune).
What did our student participants think?“The career fair was a refreshing reminder that there are a number of opportunities available for PhD students that break the traditional industry vs academia mold. The BME EDGE committee (with JHU PDO) brought together a truly enlightening group of individuals from varied backgrounds ranging from consulting to foreign opportunities as well as entrepraneurs and members of industry. I walked out of the panel sessions still not knowing exactly what my calling card would be, but was assuredly more at ease knowing that there were resources available to pursue the numerous options that are out there. Thank you BME EDGE!” [Clark Zhang, PhD student in Biomedical Engineering]
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Career Panel: Consulting
Career Panel: Opportunities in Industry