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MTSU students discover options at Chemistry Career Fair [+VIDEO]

Dozens of MTSU chemistry and pre-professional students in medical fields learned about options and opportunities they can explore with companies and colleges and universities during the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29.

The event was held in the Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium on the first floor of the Science Building and also on the second floor.

The Department of Chemistry held the fair for the second year, attracting nearly a dozen companies and about 20 colleges to bring the recruiters and job seekers together.

The Princeton Review, recruiters from the U.S. Army and Navy, Eastman Chemical, Vi-Jon, Aegis Sciences and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were among the companies represented.

Companies, colleges and universities made their pitches to MTSU students during the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29 in the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium.

Companies, colleges and universities made their pitches to MTSU students during the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29 in the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium.

Samford, Auburn, Belmont, Lipscomb, Meharry, Vanderbilt and Tennessee were among the colleges and universities discussing graduate studies options with the students.

Alex Morris, a master’s degree student in chemistry who anticipates a May 2017 graduation, said the fair went very well from his perspective.

“There is a lot more opportunity for chemistry majors in Middle Tennessee than I was aware of for career and for further graduate study,” Morris said.

Morris, a Murfreesboro resident, added he was looking more for career-oriented companies — working in industry — rather than attending graduate school to earn another degree at this time.

“There’s a nice variety of schools and businesses from all of the different branches of chemistry,” he said.

Eric Miller, a pre-professional adviser in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and among staff coordinating the event, said his college was very excited to have representatives from industry in the region, and schools from Nashville, across Tennessee and out of state in Alabama.

“I’m very happy to have them in our science building today, speaking to our students,” Miller said. “We’ve had a great number of students come and check things out, and the representatives I’ve talked to all seem very happy and excited to speak to our students and have our students come out and learn a little about their program.”

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU senior Katherine Hoepker, left, junior Xyan Aguilar and senior Evidence Nwangwa share ideas with one another of the career options they have with companies and colleges and universities at the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29 in the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium. Hoepker and Nwangwa are from Murfreesboro and are biochemistry majors. Aguilar is a professional chemistry major from Brentwood, Tenn.

MTSU senior Katherine Hoepker, left, junior Xyan Aguilar and senior Evidence Nwangwa share ideas with one another of the career options they have with companies and colleges and universities at the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29 in the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium. Hoepker and Nwangwa are from Murfreesboro and are biochemistry majors. Aguilar is a professional chemistry major from Brentwood, Tenn.

Companies and colleges and universities made their pitches to MTSU students during the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29 in the Science Building atrium. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Companies and colleges and universities made their pitches to MTSU students during the Chemistry Career Fair Sept. 29 in the Science Building atrium.

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