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.

Student Monitors

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.

You can apply onsite at MS&T16 for student monitor opportunities.

Step #1
Please review the student monitor responsibilities.

Step #2
This site is now closed for advance registration for student monitor participation. You can apply onsite to participate as a student monitor at the Programming Support Desk located in the North Foyer.

Step #3
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 by October 17 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.  

Speaking Contest Rules (PDF)
Speaking Contest Grading Sheets (PDF)
Speaking Contest Winner Reporting Form (PDF)

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 with any questions.

Ceramic Careers Mentoring Luncheon

If you’re planning for the ACerS Student Tour at MS&T 2016*, you are also invited to take advantage of the Ceramic Careers Mentoring Luncheon, presented by The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation. Enjoy a complimentary lunch before the tour while learning about careers in ceramics! Professionals from the ceramics and glass industry will present a brief overview of jobs in their fields and will be available for one-on-one career questions and advice. The Ceramic Careers Mentoring Luncheon will take place on Monday, October 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon (in time for you to board the bus).  To RSVP for the free luncheon, contact Belinda Raines. Reservations for the luncheon are due no later than October 14.

*You don’t have to be going on the bus tour to attend the Ceramic Careers Mentoring Luncheon.

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. Advance registration required, the tour is now full.

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 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 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

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.