47th Annual Symposium
February 16-21, 2020



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 students at the School of Polymers and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Over $241,000 in Undergraduate Scholarships have been awarded from Waterborne proceeds over the last 8 academic years. Thank you all for your continued support!


Our History


From its inception, The Waterborne Symposium has been organized and executed by faculty, staff, and students of the School of Polymers and Engineering (formerly the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials) at USM. 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

Who typically attends Waterborne? 

Waterborne attendees typically include: coatings formulators, research and development scientists/chemists, technical managers or technical sales managers in the coatings or related fields, management or marketing executives, owners of small paint companies, coatings end users, coatings applicators/technicians, academicians and students in chemistry/polymers/coatings.  The vast majority (75-85%) of Waterborne attendees are employed in private industry, the balance are academic/government.

Market Segments Represented at Waterborne

Market Segments Represented at Waterborne

Program Composition

  • Short Courses:  Sunday, February 16 –Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • Symposium:  Wednesday, February 19 – Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Expert Panel Session: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • Technology Showcase Exhibit Hall:  Tuesday, February 18 – Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • Interactive Student Poster Session: Thursday, February 20, 2020