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! View the travel grant application today to see the grant restrictions and request funds! For more information, contact ASM Student Relations. Application deadline: September 15, 2019

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.

Step #1
Review the student monitor responsibilities for MS&T19.

Step #2
Advance registration for student monitors is now closed. You can apply onsite to participate as a student monitor at the Programming Support Desk located at Pre-Function C in the Oregon Convention Center.

Step #3
Review the MS&T19 session sheets.

2019 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.

Entries are no longer being accepted for this conference

During MS&T, the submissions to the 2019 undergraduate poster contest will be displayed in the convention center exhibit hall on Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2, during regular expo hall hours.

See below for the poster contest scoresheet, judging guide, and some tips on creating a technical poster.

Poster Scoresheet

Poster Judging Guide

Guide for Creating a Technical Poster

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.

If you are pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree and your poster abstract has been accepted into the MS&T technical program, you are eligible to enter. First, second and third place prizes will be given in the amounts of $250, $150 and $100, respectively.

Entries are no longer being accepted for this contest


Chapter Officer 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 for MS&T. This workshop is for Material Advantage Chapter Officers only. Register here by September 15, 2019. 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 Yolanda Natividad by September 14, 2019. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Yolanda.

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.


Emerging Professionals Symposium

Be sure to attend the 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. Be sure to check back for more details and a listing of all the great talks.

AIST Student Plant Tour
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
AIST will offer students the opportunity to tour EVRAZ Oregon Steel. Students registered for MS&T19 before August 19, 2019 will be contacted by e-mail to sign up. Advance registration is required.

EVRAZ Oregon Steel manufactures plate, coil, and large diameter pipe for energy and industrial end markets. They have the only plate mill in the Western U.S. and adjacent Canadian provinces allowing them to hold a leading position in the West Coast plate market.

PCSA Humanitarian Pitch Competition

Put together a winning team to participate in the Humanitarian Pitch Competition! ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) is hosting a competition for students to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges about how to address a challenge that a community is experiencing. By utilizing their material engineering background, students should aim to show how improved materials/processes will benefit the community that is in need. 

Prizes in the amounts of $500, $250, $150, and $100 will be given to the top four teams. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony at MS&T.

Visit for more information and be sure to submit an abstract of up to 200 words before the September 16, 2019 deadline.


Ceramic Mug Drop Contest

The Ceramic Mug Drop contest allows students to demonstrate their prowess in designing and manufacturing a ceramic mug possessing high strength, mechanical reliability, and/or aesthetics. Mugs fabricated by students from ceramic raw materials are judged (separately) on aesthetics and then by dropping them from ever-increasing heights. The mug with the highest successful drop height wins!

Please note that students who chose to make fiber-reinforced mugs may use individual commercial fibers in the construction of their mug, but the use of commercially-woven mats is not allowed. Review the contest rules for further details.

The Ceramic Mug Drop Contest is sponsored by Keramos and will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, October 1.

To enter a mug, contact Dr. Geoff Brennecka by Monday, September 23, 2019.

Ceramic Disc Golf Contest

This contest always draws 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.

The Ceramic Disc Golf Contest is sponsored by Keramos and will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, October 1.

To enter a disc, contact Dr. Geoff Brennecka by Monday, September 23, 2019.

View highlights of last year's mug drop and disc golf contests

ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition “DomesDay”

Grab your friends and start designing, the sixth ASM DomesDay Competition is now open for registration. Visit for more information and be sure to register before the September 16, 2019 deadline.

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.

Wednesday, October 2

ACerS Student Tour to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Students have the opportunity to attend a tour at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, USA on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 during MS&T19. The ACerS Student Tour to PNNL will be an all-day event and is open to all MS&T19 student registrants. 

PNNL is a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory with over 4,400 staff members that is advancing the frontiers of knowledge and taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. Distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics are at the heart of the lab’s science mission, laying a foundation for innovations that improve the nation’s energy resiliency and enhance national security. PNNL’s state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, and instruments allow researchers to address critical issues, helping to create a world that is safer, cleaner, more prosperous, and more secure.

This tour is being organized by the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA)

Registration is now closed for this year’s tour.