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ICE Initiative Leads to Campus-wide Career Event

An event initiated last year by the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE) has mushroomed this summer into a campus-wide career exploration forum for graduate students and post-docs. “The First Five Years: What to Expect?” was held on Wednesday, July 13, in the Integrated Sciences Building on campus. “Are you hoping to start your career on the right path?” the program's poster asked. “Gain valuable insights from accomplished industrial and academic professionals, as they reflect upon their early career experiences.” The panelists included alumni professionals and current faculty members from UMass Amherst and other institutions. “ICE started this event last year,” said ICE Program Director Shana Passonno, “by getting a bunch of different interdisciplinary graduate programs together to pool resources and invite guests to campus.”

The event was sponsored by ICE, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, the NSF IGERT Program, the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, and the Chemistry-Biology Interface Program. (July 2011)