A PhD Workshop for Industrial Careers

Sponsored by ACS and DuPont GOLD

Join ACS and DuPont for a workshop exploring different industrial career opportunities for ACS Bridge Fellows and underrepresented PhD students and postdoctoral scholars (African American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) in the chemical and engineering sciences. DuPont employees will provide insight into effective communication techniques both in professional settings and in interviews, and how to develop sustainable and professional relationships through mentorship and collaboration. Participants will also have an opportunity to network with DuPonters, gain insights into the interview process, and receive advice on how to be successful as they enter and progress through an industrial career.

Workshop Goals:

  • Understand the interview and hiring process
  • Recognize the importance of mentoring and collaboration
  • Learn about different industrial career paths
  • Expand professional networks
  • Improve professional communication

When and Where

The 2023 PhD Workshop for Industrial Careers will be held online on June 21st, 2023, from 1PM - 5:30PM ET.


Interested applicants must be pursuing a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, evironmental engineering, data science, or other closely-related field. Doctoral students should be graduated by Fall 2024 from a U.S. institution. Applicants should have at least one research publication or patent (first or co-author and pre-print or in-review are acceptable). Postdoctoral scholars that received their PhD in 2021 or later are welcome to apply. 

How to Apply

The application submission period for the 2023 PhD Workshop for Industrial Careers will open on Monday, March 6, 2023 and will remain open until Monday, April 10, 2023. 

Interested applicants should apply below and submit the following material:

  • Resume or CV
  • A research summary that includes motivation, key accomplishments, impact made on the field and future work, highlighting collaboration and teamwork (up to 1,000 words)
  • A personal statement describing how your research has been positively affected by professional collaborations and/or mentoring relationships (up to 500 words)

Selected participants will receive an interview with DuPont, and the top two participants with the best research summary and personal statement will each be awarded a $500 cash prize. Winners will be selected by the workshop review board.

Selected and non-selected applicants will be notified by Friday, May 26, 2023.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email us at GradEd@acs.org.