BEST Symposium


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BEST Symposium

BEST - Building Engineering & Science Talent Symposium

Dates: July 29-August 1, 2024
Location: Midland, MI 
Application Period: February 1, 2024 to April 30, 2024

For invited candidates, all associated costs will be paid for by Dow (this is a multiple full day immersive in-person event).

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BEST in Action

Dow’s BEST Symposium is primarily intended to introduce Black, Latinx, Native American U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scientists to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research, and in particular, the many opportunities with one of the world’s leading materials science companies, Dow. This conference, developed jointly by our minority scientists and Ph.D. recruiting team, demonstrates our commitment to a diverse and inclusive work force. 

BEST participants will:

  • Gain a broader understanding of Dow’s science and technology areas
  • Interact with all levels of R&D scientists & leadership
  • Network with other early career scientists
  • Learn about the skills necessary for a successful career in a global organization
  • Learn what industrial recruiters look for in PhD and PostDoc scientists
  • Be exposed to an array of career opportunities in industrial research

Preferred degree areas are chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics and closely related fields. Applicants must have a doctorate degree received by November 2025. For maximum individual benefit, a limited number of applicants will be chosen to participate.

Participants in the conference may be considered for future employment at Dow. However, participation neither obligates the student to apply for employment, nor guarantees future consideration for employment by Dow. For those wishing to learn more about opportunities, please visit our careers page.

BEST Symposium

BEST participants can expect to learn more about Dow’s:

  • Technology and expertise
  • Facilities and capabilities
  • Inclusion and diversity strategy & programs
  • Research Assignments Program
  • Recruiting tips & practices
  • Successful R&D careers

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with:

  • A.N. Sreeram, Senior Vice President Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer.
  • Members of the global R&D Leadership Team
  • R&D technical leaders and fellows
  • Former BEST participants, now Dow employees

Please direct all inquiries to:

James Walker 2024 BEST Chair
+1 515-212-0942

James Cabrera, 2024 BEST Co-Chair
+1 860-215-2324