Resources for chemistry and biochemistry students | Mount Allison

Cragg Resource Centre

Generously donated by the Mount Allison Class of 1949, the L.H. Cragg Resource Centre plays an integral part in research done by science students by providing computing facilities and software to help analyze and present data collected during research.

The Cragg Resource Centre calendar

Computing facilities/software in the Centre
  • 22 personal computers (Windows 7 and Linux)
  • Dell Latitude D620 Laptop
  • Dell 3200MP DLP projector
  • Gaussian 09W
  • PC Spartan Pro, Student Spartan 2.0.0
  • Accelrys Cerius, Accelrys Viewer Lite 5.0
  • Scifinder Scholar
  • Cambridge Structural Database (Conquest 1.9, Mercury 1.5)
  • CS ChemOffice 5.0, MDL ISIS Draw 2.5
  • ChemDraw (download instructions below)
  • SPSS 15.0 for Windows
  • Maplesoft Maple 10, Mathcad 13
  • Microsoft Office 2010, Open Office
  • Refworks, Adobe Reader X
  • Visual Paradigm

Instrumentation

Students have access to a wide range of instrumentation in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry laboratories.

Instrumentation and features

JEOL ECS-400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

Varian MercuryPlus 200 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

  • Solaris 9 Operation Environment

Varian Cary 100 Bio UltraViolet-Visible Spectrometer (x2)

  • with Temperature Controllers and Stopped Flow Apparatus
  • Cary WinUV Version 2.00 Software

Thermo Nicolet FT-Infrared 200 Spectrometer

  • EZ OMNIC 6.1A Software

Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS5 FT-Infared Spectrometer

  • with iD5 ATR Diamond accessory
  • OMNIC Software Version 8.3.103

Thermo Nicolet NXR 9650 FT-Raman Spectrometer

  • with FT-Raman Microstage and InGaAs/Ge Detectors
  • OMNIC Professional 7.1a/ FT-Raman 7.1/Atlus Software
  • Thermo Electron Standard Collection of Raman Spectra

Varian SpectrAA 220 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

  • SpectraAA 220 Version 3.10 Software

Varian ProStar High Performance Liquid Chromatograph

  • UV-Vis Detector Model 320
  • Solvent Delivery Module Model 210
  • Star Chromatography Version 5 Software

Varian Saturn 2000 GC/MS/MS Mass Spectrometer with CP-3800 Gas Chromatograph

  • NIST 98 MS Library Database

LC Technology Solutions Inc. double length personal glove box (LCPW-220)

  • Oxygen Sensor
  • Manual Purge Valve

Park Systems XE-100 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

Harrick Plasma RF Plasma Cleaner

UV-vis-NIR Spectroscopy (Princeton Instruments) coupled to an inverted polarized florescence microscope (Olympus)

1 KSV Langmuir balance and 1 NIMA Langmuir-Blodgett balance

BASi Epsilon EClipse Electrochemical Analyzer


Career resources

Academic career advising and mentoring

Biochemist Dr. Tyson MacCormack (tmaccormack@mta.ca) and chemist Dr. Glen Briand (gbriand@mta.ca) are available to meet with students enrolled as chemistry/biochemistry majors to discuss their career options. 

Past departmental graduates have gone on to (post) graduate education or careers in:

  • medicine
  • dentistry
  • healthcare
  • pharmacy
  • optometry
  • podiatry
  • allied health fields
  • law
  • veterinary medicine
  • doctoral studies in biochemistry or biology
  • education
  • bioinformatics
  • laboratory technicians
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • forensic sciences
  • patent agent
  • sales
  • government
  • industry

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their course selections will meet the entry requirements for these graduate programs and that the student attain a high enough grade to pass entrance cutoffs.

Our best advice for choosing a successful career path is to choose a career

  • whose subject matter you enjoy (and you will never work a day in your life)
  • that requires some specialization (so few others are qualified to do it)
  • is valued by society in general (so your efforts are rewarded)

Generally, chemistry and biochemistry students will enter one of the following career areas and be employed by the one or more of the following employers by exploiting the following strategies.

Career areas

Adapted to Canadian needs from a “BIOCHEMISTRY: What can I do with this degree?” by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1996, Revised 2003)

Research

Basic, applied, medical

Employers Strategies

University laboratories

Federal government labs, agencies (NRC, Alberta Innovates, Health Canada, Agriculture & Agri-Food, DFO, RCMP, Canadian Forces, etc.)

Public health labs

Commercial medical laboratories

Independent research foundations

Industry laboratories (pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, food processors, cosmetic manufacturers, chemical/petroleum industries)

Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry to qualify for laboratory technician/research assistant positions

Choose courses with laboratory work

Get on-the-job experience in a laboratory by volunteering and/or doing an honours thesis research project

Complete a certificate training program, usually one year, to learn specialized laboratory techniques

Earn master's degree in biochemistry or chemistry for better positions, advancement opportunities, more responsibility, and higher pay

Obtain PhD to direct research projects and lead research teams

Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Allied Health
  • Occupational and/or physical therapy)
  • Nursing
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Emergency medical services
  • Global health
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic counselling
Employers Strategies

Hospitals

Medical centers

Nursing homes

Private practice

Canadian Forces

Plan on attending medical school or other related graduate program

Maintain an outstanding grade point average, particularly in the sciences

Secure strong faculty recommendations

Meet with a pre-health advisor periodically

Join related student organizations

Demonstrate leadership abilities

Volunteer to work in a hospital or healthcare setting

Find a summer job or internship in a hospital

Develop a “back-up”plan in case medical/graduate school admission is denied

Consider alternative but related careers such as nurse or physician assistants

Research all of the various fields within medicine to determine a particular career goal

 

Teaching
Employers Strategies

Public/private elementary to high schools

Community college or technical institutes

Medical professional schools

Complete an accredited teacher preparation program for certification/licen sure in biology and/or chemistry

Earn a higher degree in biochemistry or chemistry and gain research experience; PhD required for universities, colleges

Business and other professional activities
  • Sales/marketing
  • Technical writing
  • Scientific journalism
  • Scientific illustration
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Administration/management
  • Scientific/technical recruiting
  • Intellectual property/patent law
Employers Strategies

Biotechnology industry

Pharmaceutical and chemical companies

Publishers: textbook, magazine, newspaper, book

Software firms

Regulatory agencies

Search firms

Law firms

Legal departments of corporations

For sales positions, gain sales experience through internships, part-time work, or summer jobs

Take business and/or computer classes

Become familiar with desktop publishing and other software packages

Develop strong written and oral communication skills

Get experience writing for a school or local newspaper

Obtain an MBA or PhD to reach high levels of administration

Plan on attending law school if interested in law

 

 

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