STEM Career Talks
The Summer 2023 Career Talk Series will begin on June 23rd!
Watch the recordings from Summer 2022 below.
These themed career talks allow anyone to learn about the wide diversity of STEM professions by hearing from experts in those fields. Conversations are open to the public and recorded for later viewing.
In each session we are joined by Berkeley Lab staff, Bay Area professionals, and other guest experts to talk about their careers and how they got there.
Summer 2022 Recordings
What one thing can you do in the first week to set yourself up for success? What mistakes do interns make and how do you recover? What makes you a competitive applicant, regardless of experience?
In our first Career Talk of 2022, we hear the answers to these questions from 3 experts on summer internships: Laleh Coté from Berkeley Lab, Leah Kalish from California Academy of Sciences, and Ira Young from UC Berkeley. As coordinators and mentors to countless students, they have seen it all when it comes to success and failure in a summer internship.
Week 2: Team Science and Research Roles
How do you get involved with conducting research in college and beyond? What roles and responsibilities do lab members have at different stages of their career?
In our second Career Talk of 2022, we hear the answers to these questions from 3 members of NorthenLab, a research team in Berkeley Lab's Biosciences Area headed by Dr. Trent Northen. Learn about their cutting-edge work on robot-driven EcoPODs, and how they work together as a Principal Investigator, postdoc, and scientific associate.
Week 3: Energy Storage in Space
What does energy storage mean? How will the development of new energy technologies affect us? Why should we study this in space?
In our third Career Talk of 2022, we hear the answers to these questions from the Executive Director of the Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center Noël Bahktian, Nasa Scientist John Lawson, and SLAC Researcher Johanna Nelson Weker. They shared their STEM journeys, introduced us to Energy Storage Virtual Fields Trips and broadened our understanding of energy storage, especially in remote areas like the International Space Station. A special clip from NASA Astronaut Kayla Barron is included in the session.
Week 4: Microgrids in Action
How can microgrids prepare our electrical system for the future of climate change? How do scientists and entrepreneurs work together to make the grid more resilient and effective?
In our fourth Career Talk of 2022, we hear from Indigenous leaders, electrical engineers and grid experts on how their energy storage work helps address unique needs and build climate resilience.
This career Talk features content and experts from Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage Virtual Fields Trips.
Week 5: STEM for Societal Good
How can science solutions be scaled to address the world's problems? How do scientists bridge the worlds of research and industry, and what winding paths do they take to get there?
In our fifth and final Career Talk of 2022, we hear from inventors, researchers, and entrepreneurs whose work is helping address societal problems.
This talk was conceived, organized, and hosted by the K-12 team's Experiences in Research interns, Myra and Elvira
Summer 2022 Schedule
Hear from Berkeley Lab's workforce development experts and scientists on how to make connections that can lead to future opportunities. Watch the recording now!
Learn how teams function in research and education from people at the different stages of their STEM career: from grad student, to postdoc, to principal investigator.
Join scientists from Berkeley Lab and beyond to hear about their work implementing and researching energy storage technologies, both on earth and aboard the International Space Station.
Hear from Indigenous leaders, electrical engineers and grid experts on how their energy storage work helps address unique needs and build climate resilience.
Berkeley Lab is always striving to bring science solutions to the world. In this session, scientists share how their work can change lives and protect our planet.
*The 7/22 session, has been developed and produced by Experiences in Research interns, Myra and Elvira.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Making the Most of Your Experience
View the recording | Internships can be a gateway to a long and fruitful career in STEM. Hear from workforce development experts and current scientists on how to make connections and great impressions that can lead to future opportunities. This session will focus on opportunities at Department of Energy national laboratories.
The Future of Food and Farming
View the recording | Technological innovations in agriculture and environmental science are crucial in combating climate change. Learn how scientists and chefs are changing the way we think about food.
Data Science is Everywhere
View the recording | Data Science has become the new category in research science. Our speakers will share how they use data science in their fields and what you need to know as a young researcher.
New Materials on the Frontier
View the recording | As we work towards a more sustainable future, new materials are being developed to reduce waste production, increase energy efficiency and expand technological advancement. Find out about some of the new materials being developed at Berkeley Lab.
Spring 2021 Schedule
(Recording now available) Professional mentors are essential to success in STEM. What are some tools students and professionals use to build meaningful relationships? Learn more from this panel of mentors and their mentees.
(Recording now available) What does the future of food look like? How can we improve nutritional value, drought resistance, or accessibility? We will be discussing all kinds of innovation and research in food.
(Recording now available) How do we share science solutions with the world? Hear how entrepreneurial researchers start businesses and bring inventions to the market.
Link to USPTO patent resources for students
(Recording now available) Technological innovations in energy can help us combat climate change. Learn about the renewable energy research currently being conducted.
More coming soon
Fall 2020 Schedule
(Recording now available) Science and fine arts might seem like polar opposite professions, but these panelists are here to prove you wrong. Learn how artistic skills can be used to complement research work.
(Recording now available) Ever wonder what goes on behind the screens? Cybersecurity experts work on a wide variety of data privacy issues for scientists, institutions, consumers, and more.
(Recording now available) Looking to travel for work? Researchers often travel for two reasons: to collaborate with other institutions or to collect data from field sites. Tune in to see how researchers in diverse subjects spend time outside of their labs.
(Recording now available) Quantum science is often used in pop culture as a stand-in for super complicated science, but it's more approachable than you think! Learn about how the scientists and engineers are driving technological advancements in the science of the future.
(Recording now available) Scientists and engineers put a lot of thought into creating the technology and tools that people use every day. Hear how creativity and technical expertise work hand-in-hand to produce science solutions for problems around the world.