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Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical & Biological Engineering Reference Guide: Professional Development

This Guide contains Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering resources and information. Links below provide a starting place for your research project.

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Professional Development

Graduate School

ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist Magazine

Contains career advice, science news, awards, and other relevant topics. 

Achieving Excellence in Graduate Research: A Guide for New Graduate Students

Essay published in Advanced Science.


A PhD is not Enough!

Concise guide on graduate school and career related topics. Very enjoyable read. 

Nontraditional Careers for Chemists: New Formulas in Chemistry

I highly recommend reading this book early in your graduate school studies. There are many career options!!!


How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper

Concise guide with many reminders of essential components to include within scientific writing.

Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations

Excellent discussion of writing and presentation principles. Includes practice problems with answer key. I find this text highly effective when working through the example problems.

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information

Essential text to use for chemical style guidelines.

The Elements of Style

Classic text to improve the style and clarity of your writing.


Craft of Scientific Presentations

Includes tips and strategies for delivering great oral presentations.

How to Make an Impact

Written for business documents, but very applicable to scientific communication. This book includes fantastic techniques and examples of how to layout tables, figures, and presentation slides.