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.
Student Travel Grants
The Material Advantage Student Program offers $500 travel grants to Material Advantage student chapters in support of attending 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. 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. View the travel grant application today. Application deadline: October 17, 2016. For more information, contact ASM Student Relations.
Want to save money while attending MS&T? Students may partially defray expenses by serving as session monitors. Monitors assist session chairs, record session attendance statistics, assist with audio/visual equipment, etc.
We will not be assigning sessions in advance of the meeting for MS&T16. Instead, student monitors are asked to review the list of sessions provided so that they are prepared to make their selections onsite. No assignments will be made in advance of the meeting.
Please review the student monitor responsibilities.
Please complete the student monitor application form. The form needs to be submitted by September 30, 2016.
Review the MS&T16 Session List to be ready to select your session assignments onsite.
Undergraduate Student Poster Contest
The purpose of this contest is to encourage undergraduate students to present their undergraduate research experiences and to improve their communication skills. The poster entered must be the work of an undergraduate and completed during the undergraduate education of the student. The work presented in the poster does not have to be performed at the student’s home institution, but could be, for example, from a project performed as part of a co-op experience, a summer internship, or a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project.
First, second and third places will be given in the amounts of $500, $250, and $100 respectively. Two $50 honorable mentions will also be given. All students are eligible to enter the poster contest. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony at MS&T.
Deadline to submit poster abstracts is October 3, 2016. To enter the poster contest, submit your name, title of poster and an abstract of no more than 100 words to Tricia Freshour.
During MS&T, the submissions to the 2016 undergraduate poster contest will be displayed in the convention center exhibit hall on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26, during regular expo hall hours
Graduate Student Poster Contest
The purpose of the contest, open to current graduate students pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, is to recognize superior research performed during graduate study. Posters must be accepted for the MS&T technical program to be entered into the contest. Entries will be displayed in the general poster session. First, second and third place prizes are given in the amounts of $250, $150 and $100, respectively. For more information or to inquire about competing, contact Tricia Freshour.
Sunday, October 23
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. Register today for the Chapter Leadership Workshop. Contact ASM Student Relations for more information.
Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest
MS&T hosts the semifinal and final rounds of the Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage undergraduate students to present technical papers and to improve their presentation skills. The presentation subject must be technical but can relate to any aspect of materials science and engineering. One contestant from a university is able to compete in this contest. Participants receive a travel grant awarded at the end of the semifinal/final rounds. Winners of the finals receive cash prizes. See below for contest rules, grading sheets, and the winner reporting form.
MS&T speaking contestants must be reported to Tricia Freshour by October 3, 2016. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Tricia.
How To Get That Job: Bridging The Communication Gap Between Generations
Register for this exciting new MS&T workshop from Material Advantage! Featuring experienced professionals, this workshop will inform you of the preferred communication practices across different mediums. Your future interview and workplace will involve a diverse group of individuals that span various generations– effectively communicating is an essential skill that will prepare you for success. Register today!
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.
Monday, October 24
Emerging Professionals Symposium
Be sure to join the ASM Emerging Professionals Committee at its symposium Perspectives for Emerging Materials Professionals. Several sessions have been developed to help students and young professionals navigate their career in the materials science profession.
ACerS Student Tour
Students have the opportunity to visit Amedica Corporation in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, on Monday, October 24, 2016, from 12 to 5 p.m., during MS&T16. Amedica Corporation is a biomedical company with scientific and manufacturing expertise to produce medical grade silicon nitride. Silicon nitride is bioactive and compatible across all imaging modalities, offering surgeons and patients a preferable alternative to commonly used materials. The tour is open to all MS&T16 student registrants and is free of charge. Deadline to register is October 3. Click here for more information or to register. Contact Tricia Freshour at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
AIST Student Plant Tour
AIST will be offering students the opportunity to tour a steel plant while at MS&T16, Nucor Steel – Utah will be hosting the tour. Watch for details!
Tuesday, October 25
Ceramic 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! To enter a mug, contact Dr. Brian Gilmore at Brian.Gilmore@pxd.com by Monday, October 17, 2016.
Ceramic Disc Golf Contest
This contest is sure to draw a crowd! Students create discs from ceramic or glass materials to meet certain specifications, and the discs are thrown into a regulation disc golf basket. Each disc will be judged in the categories of farthest distance achieved 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 “Best Looking” disc. To enter a disc, contact Dr. Brian Gilmore at Brian.Gilmore@pxd.com by Monday, October 17, 2016.
ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition “DomesDay”
Can these domes take the weight? Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the display, judging, and selection of winners at the third ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition! To register as a contestant and for more information, visit www.asminternational.org/domesday.
Student Awards Ceremony
Congratulate the winners of this year’s contests: Material Advantage Chapters of Excellence, Student Speaking Contest, Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Contests, Ceramic Mug Drop Contest, Ceramic Disc Golf Contest, TMS Superalloys Awards, AIST/AISI Scholarships, and Keramos National Awards.