The DuPont GOLD (Growth Opportunities Leading in Diversity) program is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral scientists from underrepresented groups (African Americans, Hispanics, Native American) interested in career opportunities in industrial research at DuPont. The GOLD program supports DuPont’s commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by:
“Innovation thrives in an environment rich from a foundation of diverse perspectives and nurtured through a culture of equity and inclusion. I’m working to accelerate our commitments and to focus on the people and teams behind our innovations.”
Alexa Dembek SVP, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer
GOLD Seminar Competition
To attract underrepresented talent into the program, DuPont has been sponsoring and hosting a one-day seminar series and oral presentation competition at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Annual Conference since 2018. This year, the conference will be held virtually.
For 2021, the seminar competition will be held on Friday September 17th, 2021. Applications will be accepted from May 9th to July 16th, 2021. The theme for 2021 competition is "Makers of New: Developing Innovation for Tomorrow”.
As in previous years, selected participants will give an oral presentation on their research, competing to win $1,000 and a guaranteed interview with a DuPont recruiter. Each participant will be also matched with a DuPont mentor to provide guidance and help them prepare for the competition and interview. Participants will also be given the opportunity to network with DuPont recruiters and learn more about a career in industry.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, research summary, and a 500-word abstract explaining how their research could be impactful in a commercial or industrial setting to GOLD@dupont.com.
Applicants must be pursuing degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, or closely-related fields. Participation in this conference session does not guarantee future consideration for employment by DuPont.
2018 GOLD seminar completion at NOBCChE, St Louis, MO
Virtual conference mixer 2019
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Beginning in 2021, DuPont GOLD will also be partnering with the American Chemical Society (ACS). This partnership will allow DuPont GOLD to expand the applicant pool and broaden our footprint to increase Latinx and Native American demographics. The partnership with ACS will also facilitate pipeline growth of underrepresented students through encouraging undergrads to persist in STEM and pursue graduate degrees.
The DuPont Gold competition at the 2019 NOBCCHE conference remains one of the most remarkable events of my graduate school journey. The excitement for me was on top gear from the day I decided to compete until the day of the competition. The best part of my experience was the unique opportunity of excellent mentors presented by DuPont to guide each participant. I will always be grateful to [my DuPont Mentor] and all other GOLD team members whose guidance extended beyond the competition. Needless to say, that the GOLD competition made a lifetime mark on my career pathway! The rare opportunity to meet renowned scientists in different fields and brilliant peers was priceless. It is definitely a wonderful opportunity that any graduate student should embrace wholeheartedly!
The DuPont GOLD Research Seminar competition at NOBCChE was a great experience and opportunity to relate my PhD research
to a real world setting. As a 5th year PhD candidate pursuing a career in industry, I felt there were some limitations in preparing
students entering professions outside of academia.This competition was the perfect transition for helping students see the "big
picture" and overall importance of their work in future technologies.
The mentorship established with DuPont staff and selected finalists added a personal touch and created a unique experience leading up to the NOBCChE conference. As one of the 8 finalists from over 90 applicants, placing 2nd in the first year of the competition was an amazing feeling. Interactions with fellow participants and DuPont representatives helped broaden my network and meet some great people in the field. I can't thank the organizers enough for creating this competition and giving those underrepresented in STEM an opportunity to showcase their scientific achievements.
Now as I start my career as a Research Scientist at DuPont, I hope to continue the tradition and help with programs like the GOLD Research Seminar promoting intellectual curiosity, encouragement, and inspiration.
The DuPont GOLD event was a celebration of the academic and scientific achievements of minority groups in STEM, one I will never forget. The sense of camaraderie among the finalists and the intentional mentorship from DuPont staff made this experience unique and worthwhile.
Even though I didn’t win, I left St. Louis, Missouri, inspired, confident and proud to be a black chemical engineering PhD. Through the friendships forged with participants and my “big bro’s and sis’s” from DuPont, I have developed a strong network that I find continuous inspiration, encouragement and intellectual stimulation from. I can’t thank the organizers enough, but will definitely pay it forward by investing into my network of mentees and continuing to lead and excel in my research as we invent a better now and a GOLDen future.