Corporations and Corporate Foundations

ACS forges partnerships with corporations and corporate foundations to help create a more diverse chemical workforce to reflect our society, improve scientific literacy, and sustain our environment.

BASF Partners in ACS Scholars Program

BASF became the 15th National Partner in the ACS Scholars Program, which awards scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities to high-potential African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian undergraduates pursuing careers in chemistry and chemical engineering.

BASF Chief Diversity Officer Pat Rossman is proud of the company’s continued commitment to science education with its ongoing effort to support underrepresented minority students in the chemical sciences. “One of the most rewarding parts of my work, frankly, is to be able to work with some of the young people through the ACS Scholars Program. The Scholars give us such encouragement and enthusiasm for the future,” Rossman states. “When we think of the challenges and opportunities facing the world, so much can be solved through chemistry and dedicated chemists. We are committed to building the thinkers, innovators, and leaders for the future…and the seeds of that are planted with the ACS Scholars Program.”

The ACS Scholars Program graduates students of the caliber that qualify for BASF’s professional development program. Willie Barton was hired when he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from NC State in 2008 and Kristen Allison, a chemical engineer who graduated from Columbia University in 2012, began the program following a very gratifying summer internship in 2011. Hakeen Yusuff, a co-inventor on five patents, joined the program in 2010 after earning a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2005 and a MS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell in 2007. Yusuff graduated with a MBA from University of Chicago in 2013.

BASF currently supports eight juniors in the ACS Scholars Program. Rossman looks forward to the partnership with ACS for many years to come.

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Left to right: BASF Chemist Matthew Chan, BASF Chief Diversity Officer Pat Rossman, and Professor LaShanda Korley (ACS Scholar, 1995-1999) at a reception that recognized BASF as a National Partner.

“In the U.S. we are headquartered in Florham Park, NJ and have 16,600 employees in North America. We are a very big part of creating chemistry in North America.”

– Pat Rossman
BASF Chief Diversity Officer