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Career panel to help science majors

April 8, 2015 12:00 PM

Kirby Messinger
kmessing@tulane.edu

science careers

The career panel on Monday (April 13) is part of SSE Week, a week-long compilation of events organized by students and faculty in the School of Science and Engineering. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)


Career planning can seem like a daunting and confusing process, especially in the science fields. Students in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering have an opportunity to learn about different options during a career panel on Monday (April 13) at 5:30 p.m. in room 218 of the Lavin-Bernick Center on the uptown campus.

Last fall, Tulane senior Seth Toplin, president of student government in the School of Science and Engineering (SSE), approached his fellow members of student government about an idea for a panel focused on science careers.  

“A lot of students in the school are pre-med or engineering, and both have a more defined career path with career options that are more understood,” says Toplin. “It’s harder when you have a science major to know what career opportunities are out there when you aren’t pre-med.” 

A neuroscience and public health major, Toplin knows first-hand how daunting job hunting can be for a science major. He says he has had trouble figuring out what path to take, especially since he is not interested in becoming a physician. Toplin wanted to help other students learn about nontraditional science careers. 

“The idea was to get a bunch of different speakers from different backgrounds that are in tune with the job search process,” says Toplin. “Job hunting is different these days.” 

Panelists include: La’Tesha Hinton, Tulane Wellness Center; Holly Scheib, independent global health consultant; Guy Lombardo, global injury prevention manager at Schlumberger; and Samantha Francois, Louisiana Public Health Institute. 

The career panel is part of SSE Week, a week-long compilation of events organized by students and faculty in the School of Science and Engineering. Other events include the Novel Tech Challenge pitch competition and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation Prize Award Reception, a dean’s forum and a crawfish boil. 

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