Meet a Kelly Scientific recruiter Nov. 9

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Have you ever heard about a job and thought, “Ive always wanted to do that!” Join us for Candid Conversations and find out how.

Candid Conversations is a new series that connects you to industry professionals in a no-pressure setting. Chat with a professional from a different industry over coffee and snacks. Learn about their career path, ask questions about their job, and find out how to get into your dream job. We limit these sessions to groups of 15 people, so you’ll absolutely have the opportunity to get to know our industry pros!

Join us at our next session for free coffee, snacks, and good conversation.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Biology, Chemistry and Research Sciences with Ed Ratchford

2:00 pm-3:00 pm and 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
University Career Center, University Student Commons

Note: Registration is required to attend each of these sessions.

Register for the 2:00 pm session
Register for the 3:00 pm session.

Ed Ratchford
Ed Ratchford, Recruiter, Kelly Scientific Resources

Ed Ratchford has more than 20 years of experience as a recruiter for science professionals. Ed currently works for Kelly Scientific Resources, a global science staffing, firm as a recruiter. Ed specializes in recruiting scientists for pharmaceuticals,food/beverage, plastics, polymers, paints,coatings, as well as specialty and general chemicals.

Ed will be actively recruiting science majors during his session. We strongly recommend you bring a copy of your resume.

VCU Career Services
University Student Commons, 1st Floor
907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23284

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Phone:(804) 828-1645

Gravel Hill Cleanup Project

Our Glendale Battlefield unit includes Gravel Hill, which was a community of free African Americans which began decades before the Civil War. Unfortunately, part of this site has become a dumping ground for all kinds of garbage and we need your help to clean it up. We will be hosting a beautification event on Saturday, November 12 from 9 am-12pm to help ensure that our National Park can do its best to preserve our historical and natural areas.
Please contact me to express interest and/or get more information on the project.
Contact Lucas Irvin:

2018 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is excited to announce the release of the 2018 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. Fellows are placed in various executive and legislative branch offices throughout Washington, D.C. The fellowship period is one year beginning February 1, 2018.

Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 10, 2017, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program in a relevant field at a Virginia institution is eligible to apply through VASG. A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found in the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Applicants must submit all materials to VASG via eSeaGrant by 5:00pm EST on, February 10, 2017.

The Healthcare Experience Series

Getting certifications in the healthcare industry

Wednesday, Oct. 26
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
University Student Commons Theater

Certification opens up doors to a lot of new opportunities. Why wait until graduation to start working in the industry. Start building experience now! We’ve invited representatives from several healthcare employers their tips and tricks on getting certifications in healthcare as an undergrad. Panelists will discuss the various application processes, cost, and completion times for several certification programs.

Volunteering in healthcare panel

Tuesday, Nov. 1

2:00pm-3:00 pm
University Student Commons Theater

Volunteering is a key component of of admission to many healthcare professional programs. Join us as a panel of volunteer coordinators from local healthcare organizations offers tips on how to choose the right volunteer opportunities for you and how to get involved with their organizations.

Career Treks: UNOS

Throughout the semester, we’re taking a few students to different Richmond employers to explore career opportunities and meet fascinating people working in industry.

Registration is free and you can signup for as many different trips as you choose. Space is limited to 20 students per trip.

United Network of Organ Sharing

October 28
12:30 pm-3:30 pm

UNOS is where science, technology, and a nonprofit mission meet to change lives. Attend the trip to learn about careers as an Organ Placement Specialist, software/database developers, and research analysts.

We will meet at the Campus Connector bus stop in front of Cabell Library to ride the Campus Connector to UNOS’ downtown facility.
If you have any questions or concerns or need to cancel your reservation, please contact Carrie Hawes at

State and Local Government Career and Internship Fair

Wednesday, October 12
12:00-3:00 pm
University Student Commons, Richmond Salons

Explore careers with local, state, and federal government agencies at our October 12th career fair. More than 30 representatives will visit campus to meet students and alumni interested in internship and full-time opportunities. Agency recruiters are seeking people with diverse skills from all types of education backgrounds, so you should attend regardless of your major.

This event is open to all students and alumni and will be held in the Richmond Salons on the second floor of the University Student Commons.

More information and a complete list of attending organizations is available on our Facebook page.

Presented by VCU Career Services and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.