Materials Science & Technology 2014
October 12-16, 2014
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA, USA



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 about student activities is available on 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. Application deadline: October 1, 2014. For more information, contact ASM Student Relations, or by phone at 1-800-336-5152, ext. 5527.


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 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.


Tentative Events:

Sunday, October 12

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, 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

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, including Canadian University students, are eligible to enter the poster contest. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 14. Cash prizes to win. English posters only.  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.

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.

Tuesday, October 14

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 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.



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