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.

Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grants

The Material Advantage Student Program offers $500 travel grants to Material Advantage chapters in support of attending MS&T. Travel grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so act early! Application deadline: October 1, 2017. View the travel grant application today to see the grant restrictions and request funds! 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.

We will not be assigning sessions in advance of the meeting for MS&T17. Instead, student monitors are asked to review the list of sessions provided so that they are prepared to make their selections onsite.

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 Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom Foyer.

Step #3
Review the MS&T17 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 $250, $150, and $100 respectively. 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 September 18, 2017. 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 2017 undergraduate poster contest will be displayed in the convention center exhibit hall on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11, 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. The poster abstract submission for MS&T is closed.  No additional poster abstracts can be submitted for this year’s MS&T technical 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 8

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 1 for the Chapter Leadership Workshop. Contact ASM Student Relations for more information.

Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest

MS&T hosts 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. Cash prizes to be awarded to contest winners are as follows:  $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. 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 September 18, 2017. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Tricia.

How Not To Be Awkward: Maximizing Your Conference, Networking, and Interview Potential

Attending conferences and networking is fundamental for many successful and rewarding careers. However, many students dread mundane “networking mixers” and “meet-and-greet” events. This informative session will feature experienced professionals giving practical advice on how to make the most of the various networking situations you may encounter throughout your career as well as interviewing tips to score that first job. Register today to attend this workshop!

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 9

Emerging Professionals Symposium

Be sure to attend the symposium Perspectives for Emerging Materials Professionals in room 414 at the convention center, starting at 8:00 AM! Several sessions have been developed to help students and young professionals navigate their career in the materials science profession. See the morning session and the afternoon session for a detailed look at the various speakers and their presentations.

Ceramic Careers Mentoring Roundtable

If you are interested in the ACerS Student Tour, you may also be interested in attending The Ceramic Careers Mentoring Roundtable, presented by The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation. Enjoy a complimentary brunch before the tour while learning about careers in ceramics! Professionals from the ceramic and glass industry will present brief overviews of jobs in their fields and will circulate from table to table to answer questions and provide career advice. RSVP to by September 29.

ACerS Student Tour

Students have the opportunity to visit HarbisonWalker International (HWI) Advanced Technology and Research Center in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, on Monday, October 9, 2017, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., during MS&T17. The ACerS Student Tour is open to all MS&T17 student registrants and is free of charge. Register no later than Monday, September 25, 2017. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you have question, contact Tricia Freshour. The tour is organized by ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA).


AIST Student Plant Tour

AIST will be offering students the opportunity to tour a steel plant while at MS&T 2017 in Pittsburgh. The Techs, a division of Steel Dynamics, will be hosting a tour of their plant. Students registered for the conference by 11 September 2017 will be contacted by email with details to sign up. The tour is free and includes lunch at the plant. Advance registration is required.

Tuesday, October 10

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 2, 2017.

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 2, 2017.

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.