KAITLYN FRIESE There are many opportunities offered at the University of Texas to help students prepare for their lives after undergraduate education. Some of the best systems for helping guide students to a bright future are career fairs which can assist them in securing a job or a spot in a graduate programs
On October 21st, the 8th Annual Bioscience and Biotechnology Career Fair (BABS) took place —those who planned the fair deemed this year a resounding success. BABS was created in response to student desire to have a career fair catered more to biosciences and biomedical engineering majors, presenting different options than those mainstream engineering and computer science companies that tend to rule the College of Engineering Expos and the College of Natural Sciences career fairs. A steady stream of students attended the career fair from a range of majors, including, but not limited to, computer science, biomedical engineering, and the biosciences.
Every year, BABS builds better relationships with more companies. Representatives from seventeen companies came to speak to students about what their company does and relayed information about any open full-time, part-time, or internship positions.
A few of the most popular companies were Apollo Endosurgery, Asuragen, and Genentech. Apollo Endosurgery designs biomedical equipment for use during gastrointestinal surgeries. Asuragen is a molecular diagnostics company that is using genomics to improve patient management. Genentech develops new pharmaceutical drugs and engineers new devices to aid in the search for new medicines to treat various illnesses and diseases.
In addition, representatives from several graduate programs gave details about their curriculum and information on how to apply to their programs. Both Baylor College of Medicine-Orthotics & Prosthetics Program and UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics had representatives at the career fair.
If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s BABS and want to learn about the companies and programs that came to hire and recruit UT students, visit http://www.engr.utexas.edu/ecac/183/6037-bioevent and explore those that interest you. The 9th Annual BABS will be taking place Fall 2016, so make sure to come out next year and get a step ahead!