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 underrepresented in the chemical sciences with the tools to conduct a successful career search and build a sense of community among those selected to participate. 

This workshop will also help develop interpersonal and communications skills used in 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

The CKS Workshop will be held in Washington, DC on November 11 - 13. More details of the event will be provided to selected applicants. All travel and accommodations will be covered by ACS for applicants that are currently in the U.S. Applicaiton deadline is October 14th, 2022.


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 to reach their desired career objective
  5. Learn how to conduct a successful job search based on their new goals

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2022 workshop are now closed.

Career Kick-Starter Testimonials 

"During the workshop, I identified the job sector I want to be working in after school based on my values and skills. I can confidently share that the CKS workshop empowered me with the needed tool to conduct an effective career search within my preferred job sector."

- Richmond Djorgbenoo, Doctoral Candidate, NC A&T State University, 2021 CKS Participant

"I was more interested in learning how to organize myself towards my goals and I do think that I was able to achieve that. I finished writing my article, which was the objective that I established during the CKS, and I can now define a much clearer path through my goals with the knowledge that I obtained listening to the lecturers and my peers."

- Fábio Danillo Alves de Oliveira, 2021 CKS Participant

“After attending the workshop and networking with peers and experts alike, I have a better picture of what I want to achieve in my career keeping my mind my values and goals. I believe the discussions from the CKS workshop will be invaluable for navigating my career outside of academia.”

- Suhasini Murali Iyengar, PhD candidate at Northeastern University, 2021 CKS participant

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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