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 Chapter Travel Grants

The Material Advantage Student Program offers $500 travel grants to 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. 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. Application deadline: October 17, 2016. For more information, contact ASM Student Relations.

Student Monitors

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 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. Admission to the Career Pavilion is included in your conference registration fee.

Graduate Student Poster Contest

The purpose of the contest, open to graduate students who will have received M.S. or Ph.D. degrees within six months of MS&T, is to recognize superior research performed during graduate study. Recognition will be given to the winners at the Student Awards Ceremony during MS&T. 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, contact Tricia Freshour.

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. All students are eligible to enter the poster contest. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony. Cash prizes to win. To enter the poster contest, submit your name, title of poster and an abstract of no more than 100 words via email to 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 Semi-Finals, Finals

MS&T hosts the national 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 the contest, and each entrant must be the winner of a local speaking contest.  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.

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 attend a tour, organized by ACerS’ President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), during MS&T16. Stay tuned for more details.

AIST Student Plant Tour

AIST will be offering students the opportunity to tour a steel plant while at MS&T16. 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!

Ceramic Disc Golf Contest

This 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.

 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 second ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition! To register as a contestant and for more information, visit the DomesDay site.

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.