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PURPOSE OF THE WATERBORNE SYMPOSIUM

From its inception, The Waterborne Symposium has been organized and executed by faculty, staff, and students of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials (formerly the Department of Polymer Science) at The University of Southern Mississippi. Proceeds from the Symposium are very important to USM and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Funds received are used for various elements of academic program development, including graduate student stipends, junior faculty development, equipment acquisition and maintenance, and especially, scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in Polymer Science and Polymer Science & Engineering, most of whom enter the coatings or related polymer industries upon graduation. These scholarships are critical to the university’s efforts to recruit the highest achieving students into our program.

$121,970 in undergraduate scholarships have been awarded from Waterborne proceeds over the last 5 academic years. Thank you to all our sponsors, attendees, and exhibitors for making this possible!

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF POLYMERS & HIGH PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials consists of 12 full-time faculty members, 4 active emeritus faculty members, and 1 research faculty member.  Of these 16 individuals, 6 are particularly associated with the coatings education and research program: Lochhead, Rawlins, Storey, Azoulay, Patton, and Thames.

The vast majority of students within the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials are full-time.  These students pursue programs of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science, Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering, Master of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Polymer Science and Engineering.  The undergraduate and graduate programs receive approximately equal emphasis, and the enrollment for undergraduate students has shown unprecedented growth in recent years. (see following table) A greater proportion of the undergraduate curriculum (as compared to the graduate curriculum) is devoted strictly to coatings education, and a larger proportion of B.S. graduates accept first jobs in the coatings industry.             

MISSION STATEMENT

To administer the preeminent educational/technical forum in the United States directed to the science and technology of surface coatings and to provide revenue to support and advance the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi.