• HIPAL Mixer

    For Alumni Volunteers

    The support of Hamline Alumni is what drives the HIPAL program and enables us to provide constructive, meaningful, and up-to-date programming. Alumni volunteers provide valuable insight into the current job market and professional environment so the HIPAL program can better prepare its student members to be ‘day one career ready’. Hamline alumni can support the HIPAL program in a number of ways, which are listed below. If you would like to volunteer in any capacity please email Dr. Deanna O’Donnell, HIPAL faculty director, at dodonnell02@hamline.edu


    HIPAL Networking Mixer Events

    At the end of every fall and spring semester, HIPAL hosts a Networking Mixer Event. The goal of the event is that HIPAL students will gain insight into the expectations and opportunities in a professional environment while crafting their networking skills, professional goals, and communications skills. Business and academic professionals, both alumni and friends, provide their expertise and knowledge to the HIPAL students at these events and are a critical component for the success of the mixer. Our HIPAL students have a variety of career goals and are eager to interact with professionals from a variety of organization. Given the students’ diverse set of interest areas, we look for volunteers from the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and medicine, to name a few, who will share their stories and provide advice. If you would like to participate in one of these networking events, please email Dr. Deanna O’Donnell.


    HIPAL Guest Speaker

    Every semester HIPAL brings in business and academic professionals to lend their expertise on a variety of topics that will help prepare students for their future career endeavors. Below is a list of topics that guest speakers have addressed. We are always looking for speakers and new topics that will be of value for our HIPAL students and provide a direct tie to the employer Valued Characteristics of Graduates. If you would like to serve as a guest speaker at one of our HIPAL meetings, please email Dr. Deanna O’Donnell.

    • Workplace readiness and cultural competency in industry.
    • Ones career arc and the realities of interviewing in the current job market.
    • Entrepreneurship in the sciences.
    • Industrial design and design thinking.
    • Innovation.
    • Intellectual property and conflict of interest.
    • How students can build their network.
    • Team building and conflict resolution.
    • Strategies on meeting management.
    • Communicating through the generations: Phone skills for millennials.
    • Financial planning for your future.
    • Negotiation 101: Strategies to Increase Effectiveness.
    • The Art of Critical Decision Making.
    • Effective “Gap Year” Experiences.

    HIPAL Career Mentors

    Students greatly benefit from one-on-one discussions with business and academic professionals who have experience in the field or career they are interested in pursuing. Throughout the 4-year HIPAL program, students are required to engage professionals in several informational interviews. These are 20 minute conversations where students can learn about careers, planning for those careers, and the roles and responsibilities of individuals in those careers. If you would like to serve as a HIPAL Career Mentor, please email Dr. Deanna O’Donnell.


    HIPAL Advisory Board

    Advisory Committee Purpose

    The HIPAL Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the HIPAL faculty advisors. The primary purpose of the committee is to provide support and guidance in the ongoing growth and development of the HIPAL program and its focus on preparing Hamline’s natural science students to be ‘day one’ career ready. The committee will assist in assessing industry trends and employer needs. Members will also serve as advocates for the school and the HIPAL program while supporting programming activities and other efforts.


    advisory committee member responsibility

    Members of the HIPAL Advisory Committee would be expected to:

    1. Provide recommendations on relevant HIPAL programming to meet industry trends and employer needs
    2. Assist in establishing relevant industry and graduate school connections
    3. Provide recommendations and assistance in recruiting speakers and mixer participants
    4. Advise in the annual selection of the new HIPAL cohort based on established criteria
    5. Attend all committee meetings
    6. Attend HIPAL programs, as possible
    7. Present opportunities for connection and serve as a contact for the HIPAL students and faculty
    8. Support HIPAL with volunteer time and financial support, as appropriate

    advisory committee structure

    The HIPAL Advisory Committee consists of 5-7 members with strong connections to Hamline and relevant natural science experience in education or industry. Members are invited by the HIPAL faculty advisors and must commit to meeting 3 times per year for a two year term.


    Financial Support

    For additional information on providing financial support for the HIPAL program, please contact the Development Office at 651-523-2811 or development@hamline.edu.