• HIPAL Guest Speaker

    HIPAL Program Structure

    HIPAL is a 4-year program for students majoring in one of the natural science. Students enter the program through an application process in the spring of their first year. There is no cost to the student and they are not given any formal credit. Instead students gain valuable skills and experiences to help them reach their professional goals and in exchange students are asked to make a 4-year commitment to the program. 

    Students meet with the faculty director every other week for a 90-minute meeting. These meeting take the form of seminars, workshops, lectures, and interactive experiences covering a variety of topics that will prepare students for the expectations and opportunities in a professional environment, preparing them to be ‘day one career ready’ upon graduation. Meetings are facilitated by Hamline faculty, guest speakers from the private and public sector, and staff from campus offices like the Career Development Center (CDC). 

    The structure of the HIPAL program over the four years has been developed with the employer’s Valued Characteristics of Graduates in mind. In addition to the traditional meetings, every semester there is a keynote lecture that is sponsored by HIPAL and open to the Hamline community. Each semester concludes with a networking mixer with industry and academic professionals (managers/physicians/recruiters/ professors).
      

    HIPAL Program:

    By the end of a student’s first year they will…

    • Identify students' top strengths using StrengthsQuest Assessment.
    • Begin to develop their professional portfolio by defining their academic college, academic professional school, career, personal, and financial goals.
    • Learn networking skills and practice those skills at a networking mixer with industry and academic professionals.
    • Self-starting students will have applied for and secured a summer internship or research experience (applications are typically due January-March).
    • Self-starting students will explore study abroad options before the end of their first year.

    These goals will be met through participation in seminars, an interactive networking mixer, and a student’s independent initiative.

    By the end of a student’s sophomore year they will…

    • Create a résumé and revise it through a HIPAL peer review process.
    • Discuss the importance of one’s online professional image and develop a LinkedIn profile.
    • Learn interview best practices and apply them through participation in the CDC sponsored Practice Interview Program.
    • Learn about business etiquette at a professional dinner and practice those skills through participation in Hamline’s Alumni Relations sponsored Etiquette Dinner.
    • Participate in a number of guest lectures. Previous topics include:
      • Workplace readiness and cultural competency in industry.
      • Ones career arc and the realities of interviewing in the current job market.
      • Logistics of starting a small start-up scientific company.
      • Industrial design and design thinking.
       
    • Attend the fall and spring HIPAL keynote lectures.
    • Conduct at least one informational interview with a professional school student or industry professional in the student’s field of interest.
    • Practice and refine their networking skills at the fall and spring networking mixer with industry and academic professionals.
    • Identify a summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) and compile a competitive application. Peer review this application, making improvements where necessary.
    • Applied for and secured a summer internship, research experience, or summer abroad experience through Hamline’s Global Engagement Center.
    • (Pre-med students) Attend the Hamline Pre-Med Information Session in spring.

    These goals will be met through participation in seminars, workshops, interactive networking mixers, and a student’s independent initiative.

    By the end of a student’s junior year they will…

    • Give an elevator talk on their summer internship, research, or study-abroad experience.
    • Learn about different types of professional writing artifacts such as grants, personal statements, and abstracts. Practice writing these artifacts and edit drafts through peer review processes.
    • Refine interview skills through participation in the CDC sponsored Practice Interview Program.
    • Participate in a number of guest lectures. Previous topics include:
      • How students can build their network.
      • Team building and conflict resolution. These skills will be tested through a follow-up teamwork exercise with a real-world scenario.
      • Strategies on meeting management. These strategies will be practices throughout the student’s junior and senior year, rotating roles through the HIPAL cohort.
      • Communicating through the generations: Phone skills for millennials.
       
    • Attend the fall and spring HIPAL keynote lectures.
    • Conduct at least two informational interviews with a professional school student or industry professional in the student’s field of interest.
    • Discuss the preparation process for applying to professional and graduate schools. Discuss the realities of graduate and professional school, review standardized exam skills, and identify appropriate strong reference letter writers.
    • Participate in a 3-hour Mock Fellowship Review Panel where HIPAL students evaluate manufactured student applications for a graduate school fellowship and assess candidate’s merit based on a set of criteria.
    • Practice and refine their networking skills at the fall and spring networking mixer with industry and academic professionals.
    • Applied for and secured a summer internship, research experience, or summer abroad experience through Hamline’s Global Engagement Center.
    • Prepare application for professional or graduate school (if planning to attend). Due dates vary so be sure to check the school’s admission website. You should look into the application process well in advance. Keep in mind that the application process can be costly as each application typically has a fee associate with it. Talk to your mentors if you are not sure if professional or graduate school is right for you. Below are some common graduate and professional schools that science students apply for and things you should keep in mind. The following timelines are for students hoping to attend graduate or professional school upon graduation.
      • Graduate school applications are typically due November to January of your senior year. Most schools will require you to complete the general GRE. Some schools require the subject specific GRE. Most students take these standardized exams in the summer after their junior year. Contact you academic advisor if you have questions.
      • Medical school applications require a lot of advanced planning. The Hamline Pre-med website is a great resource to help you stay on track. Please be aware that most medical schools are not accepting student upon graduation, but instead recommend students take a ‘gap year’ (the average age of a 1st year medical student is 26). To stay on track, you need to take the MCAT no later than April of your junior year. At Hamline there is an official process you must follow that has been outlined by the Pre-med committee (contact a Pre-med Faculty Advisor with questions). In April/May of your junior year you need to begin the application process. Applications must be submitted to the AMCAS by June 15 after your junior year. Candidates that successfully move through the process can expect secondary medical school applications and medical school interviews to take place sometime between July after your junior year and March of your senior year.
      • Pharmacy school applications are typically due fall of your senior year. Most students take the PCAT the summer after their junior year. Contact a Pre-Pharmacy Faculty Advisor with questions.
      • Dental school applications are typically due the summer after your junior year. Most students take the DAT during their junior year. Contact a Pre-Dental Faculty Advisor with questions.
      • MBA application due dates rotate throughout the academic year depending on the school. Most schools require students to take the GMAT.
       

    These goals will be met through participation in seminars, workshops, interactive networking mixers, and a student’s independent initiative.

    By the end of a student’s senior year they will…

    • Update professional portfolio by revising résumé, LinkedIn profile, and personal statements.
    • Participate in a number of guest lectures. Previous topics include:
      • Financial planning for your future.
      • Negotiation 101: Strategies to Increase Effectiveness.
      • The Art of Critical Decision Making.
      • Effective “Gap Year” Experiences.
      • Entrepreneurship.
      • Intellectual property and conflict of interest.
       
    • Attend the fall and spring HIPAL keynote lectures.
    • Refine interview skills through participation in the CDC sponsored Practice Interview Program.
    • Assist faculty in recruiting the next first year HIPAL class. Evaluate the application form and make improvements where necessary. Review portions of candidates’ applications and provide feedback to the HIPAL faculty.
    • Mentor incoming HIPAL cohort in networking skills and advise them on how to get the most out of the HIPAL program.
    • Practice and refine their networking skills at the fall and spring networking mixer with industry and academic professionals.
    • Applied for and secured a job or position in graduate/professional school.

    These goals will be met through participation in seminars, workshops, interactive networking mixers, and a student’s independent initiative.

    Past HIPAL Keynote Lecture topics have included:

    “Emerging Opportunities in Biomanufacturing of Cell-Based Therapies", HIPAL Fall 2017 speaker: Dr. Samira Azarin, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota 

    “Frontal Lobe Function and Dysfunction: Relevance to Disease, Life, and Career", HIPAL Spring 2017 speaker: Bradley Boeve, MD., Professor of Neurology and Chair of the Division of Behavioral Neurology at Mayo Clinic Rochester

    Drug-finding 101, HIPAL Fall 2016 speaker: Dr. Marti Head, GSK

    “Financial Planning for Life after Hamline, HIPAL Fall 2015 speaker: Jill Johnson, retired financial advisor

    “A View from Inside the Medical Device Industry", HIPAL Spring 2015 speaker: Jonas Runquist, HLT, Inc.

    “The New Reality of the Global Workplace: Crafting Your Undergraduate Career to Build a Cultural Competency”, HIPAL Fall 2014 speaker: Dr. Vincent King, 3M

    “Industrial Design: Who Does It? What Do They Do? What Role Does Industrial Design Play in Product Development?”, HIPAL Spring 2014 speaker: Lars Runquist, RED Group