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Event focuses on federal science-related jobs

Nov. 10, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A panel of public employees will be at Western Michigan University Tuesday, Nov. 17, answering questions from students about science-related careers in federal government.

The Federal Science Panel program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 159 of the Bernhard Center. WMU students interested in attending should register online at wmich.edu/career through the BroncoJobs Web site. Registrations will be accepted until all spaces are filled.

The panel will feature representatives of federal agencies that hire chemistry, biological sciences and other science majors. Two of the big questions panelists will address are: "Why would I want to work for the federal government?" and "How do I get my foot in the door?"

In addition, panelists will discuss the kind of work they do, and the benefits and challenges of serving in the federal government. They also will provide specific information about topics such as education requirements and the federal hiring process as well as provide tips for navigating the USAJobs.gov Web site.

Those attending the program will have ample opportunity to ask questions, and should come away with ideas about how their majors could be useful to a variety of government recruiters.

The Federal Career Panel is being hosted by WMU's Career and Student Employment Services and supported by a 2008 Call to Serve grant from the Partnership for Public Service. The grants help higher education institutions generate awareness about public service in America.

Since being awarded its Call to Serve grant, WMU has launched a Why Not U.S.? campaign to educate students about careers in the federal government. It also has been hosting events such as federal career panels and hands-on workshops, where students locate and apply for federal jobs.

For more information, contact Naidra Walls in Career and Student Employment Services at cses-GA3@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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