BASF Hosts Student Researchers in STEM

BASF ranked No. 23 on the Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list in 2023.


BASF recently hosted students from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Junior Researchers Program at its Wyandotte site.

In addition to the SPE students, other students in the local community also participated in the event. The students were allowed to engage in hands-on learning experiences in BASF labs.

During their visit, the students explored BASF’s urethanes and composite materials to learn how they are utilized in various applications, including footwear, automotive and sports equipment. The students also had the opportunity to converse with BASF researchers, scientists and technicians. These interactions gave the students valuable insights into the industry, including potential career paths.

“BASF is passionate about chemistry and science education. The opportunity to work with the SPE Foundation and set up the BASF Junior Researchers program was something that we could not pass up. These students have the passion to be future scientists and innovators, and we are excited to see what they do next,” said Susan Jackson, BASF Head of Communications, Performance Materials North America.

In 2022, the company partnered with the SPE Foundation and Ecotek Lab in Detroit to collaborate on the SPE Junior Researcher Program, which awards $500 research stipends to 8th through 12th-grade students.


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