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Notre Dame Science Students Learn about Careers at SI

Posted on Oct 16, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

Notre Dame Students and SI Staff Panelists in OFI’s Conference Room


For the second year in a row, the University of Notre Dame Center for Career Development brought a group of science students to Washington, DC and the Smithsonian Institution to learn more about science-related internships, fellowships, and careers at SI. Led by Robyn Centilli and Holly Decker of Notre Dame, and coordinated by Karen Carter of OFI, the panelists included (in alphabetical order) Richard Barden (NMAH); Tamsen DeWitt (NZP); Megan Holycross, PhD (NMNH); Amanda Lawrence (NMNH); Philip LoPiccolo (OGR), who came with his intern Kaitlyn Bowers; and Katherine Ott, PhD (NMAH). The students included (in alphabetical order): Rachel Haley (Biochemistry, May 2019); Meghan McClain (Neuroscience and Behavior, May 2019); Matthew E. Millado (Environmental Sciences, May 2021); Christina Murray (Economics and Science-Business, May 2020); Elizabeth Olmanson (Science-Business, May 2021); Evan Joseph Slattery (Science-Business, May 2020); and Erica Vossen (Chemistry, May 2020).

The panelists talked a bit about their background in the sciences as well as how they got to the Smithsonian, and offered career advice to the students (“keep an open mind,” “network and foster personal connections on the job or internship,” “volunteer,” “do work that inspires you,” and “remember thank you notes!”). The students asked thoughtful and interesting questions and hopefully learned a lot from the experience. Go Fighting Irish!