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This Postcast series aims to provide SMS students with relevant career advice from professionals with STEM degrees who work in various types of fields.

Episode 7: Cosmetic Chemistry

Have you ever picked up a makeup product, read the ingredients listed on its packaging, and felt like you were reading chemistry textbook? That's because there is a lot of science involved in the field of cosmetics!

In this episode, Dr. Austin interviews a cosmetic chemist Ms. Mica Oba. Once an aspiring baker, Ms. Oba will share how a trip to Sephora guided her to become a cosmetic chemist instead. In her spare time, Ms. Oba mentors future cosmetic chemists through her website Geek + Makeup + Wisdom (, where she shares various tips to break into the competitive beauty industry.

(Note: Since the recording of the podcast, Dr. Austin reached out to the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Students at ASU can join as a student member at )

Guest Speaker:

Ms. Mica Oba Cosmetic Chemist Geek + Makeup + Wisdom

Episode 6: Brewing

Did you know that behind every great tasting beer, there is a lot of science involved? Join Dr. Austin as she interviews a quality assurance scientist Ms. Jenna Roberson from Diageo, one of the world's largest producer of spirits and beer. Jenna will take you through the science behind making some "happy beer".

For more information about the American Society of Brewing Chemists, please visit:
For more information about the Master Brewer Association of America, please visit:
For job postings in the brewing industry, please visit:

Guest Speaker:

Jenna Roberson
quality assurance scientis

Episode 5: Starbucks

Tall. Grande. Venti. Hot or Iced.

Founded in Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, Starbucks is the leader in the coffee industry and a proud partner of ASU. Through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP), hundreds of Starbucks partners are completing their Bachelor’s Degrees at ASU. .

However, did you know that many scientists at Starbucks are responsible for how a beverage or food item taste to you? In this podcast, Dr. Austin speaks with the scientists who are responsible for different stages of product development at Starbucks, Dal Perio and Alicia Binion, and a flavoring chemist at Robertet, Laurie Angley. Together they create food and beverage items at Starbucks that will become the next consumer favorite.

Guest Speakers:

Dal Perio Alicia BinionLaurie Angley
Dal PerioAlicia BinionLaurie Angley

Episode 4: TGen

So many science students at ASU are interested in pursuing a career in genetics or biotechnology. This is why Dr. Austin decided to speak with our guest speakers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)!

TGen is a prominent genomics research institute in Arizona and the home of the Helios Scholars Program, which has provided countless undergraduate research opportunities to our ASU students. In this podcast, Dr. Austin speaks with TGen's Manger of Education and Outreach, Ms. Julie Euber, and Research Scientist, Ms. Amanda Courtright-Lim, as they give advice on how to apply to research positions as an undergraduate student.

For more information on TGen's Helios Scholars Program, please visit:

Guest Speakers:

Julie Euber
Manger of Education and Outreach
Amanda Courtright-Lim
Research Scientist

Episode 3: FBI

What words come to your mind when you think of the “FBI”? Many of you will probably answer - a Special Agent!

You may not be aware, but numerous scientists and science degree holders to join the FBI each year. The FBI also has an internship program for undergraduate students who wish to gain experience within the organization. In this podcast, Dr. Austin interviews Special Agents Erin Gibbs, Sabrina Thompson, and Lori O’Brien about their roles in the FBI. For more information on FBI careers and its Honors Intern Program, please visit:

Guest Speakers:

Erin GibbsSabrina ThompsonLori O’Brien

Episode 2: International Sales

Did you know that in the corporate world, science and business often go hand in hand? Join Dr. Ara Austin as she interviews Dr. Martha Medina, who is currently the Vice President of International Sales at 21st Century Healthcare. Dr. Medina shares how she uses her chemistry knowledge to influence her buyers internationally, and she gives advice to our students who may be better suited for careers outside of traditional bench science.

For more information on 21st Century Healthcare, please visit: 21st Century Healthcare is an Arizona company who is greatly interested in hiring students locally. Please consider uploading your resume or check for new job postings here:

Guest Speaker:

Martha MedinaDr. Martha Medina
Vice President of International Sales
21st Century Healthcare

Episode 1: Forensic Science

You’ve seen forensic scientists portrayed on television shows, but how does one become a forensic scientist in real life? Join Dr. Ara Austin as she interviews forensic scientists Krista Placko and Sarah Fredricks from the Mesa Police Forensic Services Division as they give relevant career advice to our ASU students pursuing science degrees.

For more information about volunteering and internship opportunities at Mesa Police Forensic Services, visit:

For specific details on forensic science or crime analysis internship opportunities, click “Mesa Police Department” under the Organization tab,

For a list of crime labs across the United States as mentioned in the podcast, please visit American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Guest Speakers:

Krista PlackoSarah Fredricks
Krista Placko
Forensic Scientist Supervisor
Mesa Police Forensic Services
Sarah Fredricks
Forensic Scientist Supervisor
Mesa Police Forensic Services