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Twenty students participated in Biocom Institute’s Virtual Biotech Trek, exploring additional career paths in the life science arena.

Biocom Institute Hosts Notre Dame Virtual Biotech Trek

  • 2020-06-11T19:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Karen Overklift

On May 19th, Biocom Institute hosted twenty students from the University of Notre Dame for a special virtual experience, taking them into the heart of the life sciences industry, and exposing them to real-world careers available in California. Typically, Notre Dame students who are interested in careers in life sciences, and who are accepted into the Career Trek program, travel to San Diego on a three-day trip to explore and gain insight into the myriad of careers available. These unique immersive experiences provide a behind the scenes look for students to engage with an organization like Biocom Institute, learn about various career paths, and make professional connections. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling to San Diego wasn’t an option. Instead, students participated in an interactive Zoom call, where they learned first-hand the importance of live networking. Martin Holguin, Senior Manager, Process Development & Transfer Process Engineering at Illumina, who is actively involved with Biocom Institute’s Military Fellowship Program, as well as being a Notre Dame Club of San Diego Alumni Club Board member, was the connector between University of Notre Dame and Biocom Institute. Through Biocom Institute’s Virtual Biotech Trek, students were able to see the landscape of California’s life science industry, learn about workforce trends, and hear about the importance of collaboration, especially with regard to the innovation and technology being used to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Students also gained perspective on internships and what career options are available with a science degree outside of research and lab bench work.