Bridge Project - ACS Career Kick-Starter

A workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars transitioning into the professional workforce

In partnership with the Genentech Foundation, ACS is pleased to offer a Career Kick-Starter (CKS) Workshop.

The goal of this workshop is to provide ACS Bridge Fellows, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers that are underrepresented in the chemical sciences with the tools to conduct a successful career search, as well as building a sense of community among those that are selected to participate. 

This workshop will also help to develop interpersonal and communications skills that can be used in both professional and personal settings. ACS encourages Black, Latinx, and Indigenous individuals to apply. This program is designed for participants that aim to find their first job in governmental, non-profit, academic, or industrial organizations in the U.S. 

This workshop consists of five interactive learning modules, stimulating discussions from a diverse panel of professionals, one-on-one career consultations with a career adviser, and opportunities for creating meaningful professional connections. 

When & Where

In 2021, the ACS CKS Workshop will be held virtually from Friday, November 12th to Sunday, November 14th


Participants will:

  1. Understand how skills, values, and opportunities can intersect to create a satisfying career path for an individual
  2. Be able to identify their own personal values and skills by creating an individual development plan 
  3. Learn how to apply strategies for career exploration in different job sectors within the chemical sciences (Academia, Industry, Government, and Non-Profit/Entrepreneurship/Other)
  4. Develop new goals for their reach desired career objective
  5. Learn how to conduct a successful job search based on their new goals

How to Apply 

Applications for the 2021 Workshop are now closed.

About the Genentech Foundation: 

Launched in 2018 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the ACS Bridge Project aims for increased representation of students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups pursuing advanced degrees in the Chemical Sciences through its participation with the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN).

The Genentech Foundation supports the ACS Bridge Project to increase capacity for ACS’ broadening participation initiatives, such as ACS Bridge Fellow and ACS Bridge Departments that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, the Genentech Foundation supports professional development workshops, like the ACS Career Kick-Starter.

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“The discussions held and the information disseminated helped me navigate the job application process. I had a number of productive conversations and successful interviews, and I was ultimately successful in obtaining a position that I believe aligns with my personal and professional values.”

- 2020 CKS Participant

“Prior to this event, I did not realize all of the different career opportunities I had available. However, learning all these different pathways has been invaluable because I have been able to research the different areas to figure out where I would fit best.”

- 2020 CKS Participant

"Particularly for me, I found the comparison of government, academia, non-profit, and industry jobs very beneficial. With various examples and the panel representing across the different sectors, I was able to solidify (as well as weighting the pros and cons) my choice for the government job enterprise."

- Silvina A. Di Pietro, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellow-Postdoctoral Researcher