The Career Services office seeks to provide guidelines, resources, and opportunities to School of Chemical Sciences job seekers to help them achieve their career aspirations relevant to their academic interests and to facilitate and support connections between employers and those job seekers. Whether you are seeking a career in industry, higher education, or seeking to gain practical experience through a summer or semester internship, or co-op, we can help.
Academic Advising & Career Services
Patricia Simpson joined the University of Illinois’ School of Chemical Sciences in August 2007 and now serves as the Director of Academic Advising and Career Services. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Career Services for the University of North Alabama for eight years. After obtaining a B.A. in Communications and English, she worked as an Admissions Counselor in South Dakota and as a Career Counselor at Azusa Pacific University in California where she also acquired her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs. Patricia serves as the ACS Webinars Careers Channel Moderator and on the UI Career Services Council.
In her (limited) free time, Patricia serves as an Etiquette Consultant and she and her husband volunteer with their church, Champaign Parks & Recreation, and The Virginia Theatre. She is passionate about helping students find their unique strengths and serving as a connection for them to others to enable them to achieve their professional goals!
Career Services Coordinator
Jennifer Tasneem began working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Chemical Sciences in March 2020. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Following that, she obtained her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her interest in career advising began during her undergraduate years when she was a Peer Career Advisor at the Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke. Even during her graduate studies, alongside academic research, Jennifer was the first Graduate Peer Advisor at the Engineering Career Center at Cornell where she spearheaded advising sessions for graduate students in the College of Engineering and loved working with students.
Originally from Bangladesh, Jennifer loves cooking and baking traditional meals from her home country. As an avid DIY-er she also enjoys painting and all things related to interior design. Jennifer strives to support and equip students with resources for lifelong academic and career success and is passionate about empowering students in STEM.
Gayle began work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2002 and with the School of Chemical Sciences in August 2013. She received a B.A. in General Studies, with emphasis in the biological sciences, from Eastern Illinois University. She has worked in many capacities on campus but enjoys working with students most and helping them through their college careers. Having experienced life as an expatriate in China, and traveling around Asia, Gayle understands the obstacles international students experience being away from home. She enjoys volunteering with the Leadership Certificate Program and the Intensive English Institute, and listening to students' stories of their home and traditions.
In her spare time, Gayle enjoys reading, gardening, and hopes to one-day incorporate beekeeping into her gardening regimen.
Access to the online job system, Handshake @ Illinois
Handshake @ Illinois is the career services platform at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which offers 24-hour access to summer or semester internships, co-ops, and full-time employment opportunities as well as information on company events, contacts, and workshops presented by Career Services. You can customize your profile to send e-mails about activities aligned with your interests.
On-campus employment interviews
There are two on-campus industrial recruiting seasons – fall and spring. The fall season beginning in September is the most active. B.S., M.S., Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates seeking full-time employment should be prepared to actively interview in the fall semester prior to their graduation. Undergraduates seeking summer or semester internships or co-op employment should be prepared to actively interview in the fall and spring semesters.
Resume & cover letter reviews
Make an appointment with a Career Services professional who will sit down with you to review your resume, cover letters, educational philosophy, and/or other application materials.
Improve your interviewing skills by participating in a mock interview. The best way to prepare is to practice.
Workshops & seminars
Make sure you are prepared for your job search with workshops on each step of the recruiting process, from writing a resume to evaluating a job offer. You can request a workshop by completing this form.
Job search assistance
Meet with an experienced Career Services professional for personal assistance with identifying job search resources, career planning, job offer evaluation and negotiation.
Negotiating and networking support
Do you have a job offer? Career Services can help you in the negotiation process. You have heard the term networking, but not quite sure how to go about it? Career Services can show you how.
Academic Year Hours
Office hours during the academic year begin August 1st and end the week of finals.
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 12noon and 1-5pm
Closed for lunch 12noon - 1pm
Office hours for summer begin the 1st Monday following commencement and end July 31.
Monday - Friday
8am - 12noon and 1-4:30pm
Closed for lunch 12noon - 1pm.