Attendance at MS&T events exposes students to networking, learning and fun. Students in the materials science field should take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with professionals from all areas of materials science. Additional information is available at the Material Advantage website.
Student Chapter Travel Grants
The Material Advantage Student Program offers $500 travel grants to student chapters in support of attending AISTech, the TMS annual meeting, or the ACerS and ASM annual meetings held at MS&T. The student chapter may determine how the grant is spent, either to cover many students’ hotel costs, or to cover 1 or 2 students traveling from afar. The grants are restricted to one grant per chapter per academic year. All grants are issued in check form to the chapter advisor, and will be sent after the event upon verification that the chapter was in attendance. If a chapter has special circumstances that require the checks to be issued prior to the meeting, exceptions can be made on a case per case basis. Travel grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so act early! Chapters must be active and in good standing to be eligible for a travel grant. Download the travel grant application today. For more information, contact Candace Cunningham, or by phone at 1-800-336-5152, ext. 5527.
MetSoc Students Financial assistance
Financial is available to support student travel to the conference. Requests are pooled and a limited number of students are selected to receive funds. Priority will be given to undergraduate students at a Canadian University who are travelling more than 500 km to attend COM. For complete criteria, please consult student information on COM2013.
Students may partially defray expenses by serving as session monitors. Monitors assist session chairs, record session attendance statistics, assist with audio/visual equipment, etc. Monitor positions are limited and are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Interested students should contact Patricia Warren.
Professional Recruitment & Career Pavilion
Stop by the Professional Recruitment & Career Pavilion in the expo hall on Tuesday and Wednesday during regular expo hall hours. Visit booths, talk to company reps and view job postings in the Career Pavilion while you explore the exhibit hall. This is your chance to make valuable contacts with potential employers. Admission to the Career Pavilion is included in your conference registration fee.
Chapter Leadership Workshop – FOR CHAPTER OFFICERS ONLY
Network and share best practices. This workshop provides a detailed introduction to the Material Advantage Student Program for chapter officers. Registration is required for this workshop as well as MS&T conference registration. This workshop is for Material Advantage Chapter Officers only. Contact Candace Cunningham for more information.
Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest Semi-Finals, Finals
MS&T hosts the national semifinal and final rounds of the Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest, organized by the Ceramic Educational Council. Each Material Advantage Chapter is encouraged to hold local contests on campus prior to MS&T. Local contest winners will advance to the semifinal/final rounds. The presentation subject must be technical but can relate to any aspect of materials science and engineering. Participants receive a travel grant awarded at the end of the semifinal/final rounds. Winners of the finals receive cash prizes. For contest rules, contact Tricia Freshour.
Undergraduate Student Poster Contest Display
All Material Advantage student members are eligible to enter the poster contest.
Student Networking Mixer
Join in this relaxed, casual, and fun atmosphere designed for students, Material Advantage Faculty Advisers, and society volunteer leaders. Students are encouraged to wear their school colors. Music will be provided.
Mug Drop Contest
Mugs fabricated by students from ceramic raw materials are judged on aesthetics and breaking thresholds. Mugs are dropped from varying levels until the breaking threshold is reached. The mug with the highest successful drop distance wins!
NEW! Ceramic Disc Golf Contest
This new student-initiated contest is sure to draw a crowd! Students create discs from ceramic or glass materials to meet certain specifications and the discs are then thrown into a regulation disc golf basket. Each disc will be judged in the categories of furthest distance made and artistic merit (aesthetics). The disc that is successfully thrown into the disc golf basket from the farthest distance in the fewest number of shots will be named winner of the Ceramic Disc Golf Contest, and the most aesthetically pleasing/creative disc will be recorded as the “Best Looking” disc.
Student Awards Ceremony
Congratulate the winner’s of this year’s contests: Material Advantage Chapters of Excellence, Student Speaking Contest, Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Contests, Ceramic Mug Drop Contest, Putter Contest, TMS Superalloys Awards, ASM Materials Design Competition, AIST/AISI Scholarships, and Keramos National Awards.