Senior Seminar Welcomes Alumni for Panel Discussion

Instructor Pat Wilkinson pictured with alumni guest panel
Pictured left to right: Course instructor Pat Wilkinson  with alumni Julianna Raffa, Pete Moran, Jess Henry and Ian McPhee

Senior Seminar, CHEM 698, is a Capstone course for Chemistry Majors. This course prepares students for the next step, whether it’s graduate school or a professional career. Students develop their résumé, learn about networking and job searching, and present a poster and talk about their senior thesis research or a topic of their choice. Some of the best resources for our students are our alumni and current graduate students and, each year we welcome guests for a panel discussion about life after UNH.

I just wanted to thank you again for having me in to class today. It was so fun and I hope the information I shared can be helpful. I think having a “non-traditional” example is kind of unique.  Julianna Raffa ('16), panel member

The breadth of the panel was great...It surprised and encouraged me that industry jobs could vary so much (startup-to-startup) and the variety of job opportunities that chemists have; from biomedical firms, to silicon wafer failure analysis, even recruiting for chemical firms working with human resources, and many more make you feel as if you can enter the job market as a chemist and succeed in finding work.  Robert Biro, UNH Senior, BS Chemistry


This year's panel included:

Jess Henry earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Hood College and is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire. Jess’ research in Dr. Sterling Tomellini’s laboratory and in collaboration with the New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories focusses on LC-MS/MS method development for the analysis of paralytic shellfish toxins.

Ian McPhee earned a B.S. ('94) in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and works in the field of Quality Assurance at Strem Chemicals in Newburyport, MA. Ian has also held positions as an Analytical Chemist at CryoLife, Inc. and as a Senior Quality Control Chemist at Acusphere, Inc.

Pete Moran earned a B.A. ('11) and M.S. ('13) in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and is a Chemist at Brooks Automation in Chelmsford, MA. While at UNH, Pete’s research in Dr. Chuck Zercher’s laboratory focused on the synthesis and amino acid-derived peptide isosteres for potential use in medicinal chemistry and in natural product synthesis.

Julianna Raffa earned a B.A. ('16) in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and is a Technical Recruiter at NESC Staffing Corp. in Portsmouth, NH. While an undergraduate at UNH, Julianna worked as a Marketing Intern at XDD, LLC.


About the instructor:

Pat Stone Wilkinson graduated from UNH with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1988. After earning her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Brandeis University in 1993, Pat went on to work as an Applications Scientist at Bruker BioSpin, a manufacturer of scientific instrumentation. In 2007, she returned to UNH as an Instrumentation Scientist in the University Instrumentation Center. Pat is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Chemistry and has been involved with teaching Senior Seminar since 2014.