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 at the Genentech Headquarters in San Francisco, CA on November 3rd - 5th. 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.


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:

Applicaitons for the 2023 CKS workshop are now closed.

Career Kick-Starter Testimonials 

"“It was my first opportunity to interact with other members of different minority groups in the chemical sciences. So in addition to learning about jobs and hearing other people's experiences and advice, it was very enriching for me to see people that look like me or have a similar situation. We got to connect on topics be beyond our education and career paths."

- Julio Terán, PhD candidate at North Carolina State University, 2022 CKS Participant

“It was really nice that everyone shared their experiences and struggles. It’s hard to do a PhD, so I appreciated that the workshop included reminders that we are so much more than our degrees and our research”

- Emalyn Delgado,  PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University, 2022 CKS Participant

“It was really great to be in a place where people look like me. I didn't feel like I had to be anything other than myself [...]. The workshop helped me gain the confidence I needed to go out and apply to jobs.”

- Zoe Vaughn, PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, 2022 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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