Monday, November 18th

8:30AM-6:00PM: DuPont GOLD Graduate Seminar Competition

Sponsored by DuPont

The 2019 DuPont GOLD (Growth Opportunities Leading in Diversity) oral presentation competition will focus on the impact of graduate student research on future commercial technologies that will transform our world in 2035. This session will consist of a series of nine talks covering a broad range of cutting edge academic research and development efforts. The session will also include an overview of innovation at DuPont and a panel discussion with DuPont scientists focusing on their career paths in industry. This collaborative partnership with NOBCChE supports DuPont’s commitment to a diverse work force and is the first installment of DuPont’s GOLD program, a new platform geared towards exposing doctoral and post-doctoral scientists from underrepresented groups to the wide range of career opportunities in industrial research at DuPont. The top presenter will be awarded a $1000 prize and all participants will be able to explore career opportunities at DuPont.


8:30-10:00AM: Negotiations and Conflict Resolution in Day-to-Day Research Lab Interactions

Facilitator: Dr. Lloyd Munjanja, Assistant Director of Graduate Diversity and Program Climate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This workshop will focus on sharing insights on how to handle conflicts and negotiations in culturally diverse chemistry labs. The goal being to develop long term healthy relationships with your peers.


10:15-11:15AM: NSB Skilled Technical Workforce Report

For many years, the National Science Board (NSB, Board) has had a keen interest in the state of the STEM-capable workforce in the United States. The health of that workforce is vital to America’s economic prosperity, our scientific and technological competitiveness, and our national security. Building on the Board’s past work, this report focuses on a crucial but underappreciated part of the science and engineering enterprise: the Skilled Technical Workforce (STW), the millions of men and women with STEM skills and knowledge who do not have a bachelor’s degree. This report is the culmination of our 18-month effort to identify the opportunities and challenges facing students, incumbent workers, businesses, educators, and others involved with the STW. It offers recommendations for how federal policymakers and educators can work together to foster the STW, so that all Americans can participate in and benefit from advances in science and technology.


2:00-3:30PM: How to Apply for an Academic Job: Strategies for Writing a Compelling CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement (PD)

Facilitator: Dr. Steve Zimmerman, Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This session is targeted towards grad students and postdocs interested in pursuing academic careers and will discuss strategies for writing a compelling CV, cover letter, and research statement.


4:00-5:30PM: How to Get Published: Strategies from Writing, to Submitting, to Publishing your work

Facilitator: Dr. Steve Zimmerman, Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This session is targeted towards grad students, postdocs, and early career faculty to increase awareness and practice strategies to write, submit, and publish your research.


6:00-7:30PM: Regional Mixers

Cosponsored by ACS and 3M

Join the Regional Chairs at this town hall-style mixer, where you will be able to meet and network with other students and your professionals in your region, learn more about how to create a student or professional chapter, and see how you can get more involved on a regional level! 

Tuesday, November 19th

9:00AM-4:00PM: Career Fair

The Career Fair provides the landscape to expand your network and learn about professional opportunities including summer undergraduate research programs, MS and PhD graduate programs, fellowships, and career positions in government agencies, industry, and academia. 

Wednesday, November 20th

8:30-10:00AM: Communicating your Research

Facilitator: Dr. Miriam Krause, Director of Education and Outreach, Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, University of Minnesota

This workshop will discuss how and why expectations differ between scientific and non-scientific audiences, including issues around terminology and narrative. Participants will and practice communications aimed at a public audience.


8:30-10:00AM: Expanding Your Professional Network: Opportunities for Engagement with US Pharmacopeia

Sponsored by USP

Facilitator: Terita Sutton-Williams and Joy Titus-Young, USP


10:10-11:30AM: AAAS Professional Development Opportunities: Cultivating the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Facilitator: Dr. Iris R. Wagstaff, STEM Program Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

This session will share AAAS professional development and award opportunities that include the Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, the Loreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship, the Mass Media Fellowship, and the If/THEN Ambassadors Program. These initiatives provide undergraduate, graduate, and post-docs a chance to fund their research, develop Leadership in science policy, work in science journalism, and serve as ambassadors and role models for women in science.


2:00-3:30PM: Sustainability and the Productive Life: A New Approach to Time Management

Facilitator: Dr. Daniel Wong, Director of Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention, University of Illinois

Do you find yourself lacking motivation? Are you “burned out” by the pace and volume of your workload? “Sustainable Productivity” is a philosophy for transforming the way you think about time management and motivation. By adopting a process-driven mindset that prioritizes “Deep Work,” you can more reliably generate meaningful results while increasing the quality and quantity of your work output. We will examine the rationale behind this approach as well as discuss ways of implementing this practice on a regular basis.


3:45-5:15PM: Fostering Change through Inventorship: USPTO SUCCESS Act Explained

Facilitator: Dr. Cedric D'Hue, Patent and Intellectual Property Attorney, D'Hue Law LLC

This session will discuss the USPTO Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success “SUCCESS ACT”. It will (1) describe the history of inventorship by minorities and women in the chemical arts, (2) introduce and explain the goals of the USPTO SUCCESS Act and other government activities around diversity in patents, and (3) inform minorities and women about opportunities to be inventors, USPTO examiners, and patent applicants, owners, and practitioners. The target audience is minority and female early- and mid-career professionals, faculty, and students, especially those with a focus on the chemical arts or chemical engineering.