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.

Travel Grants

Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grants

The Material Advantage Student Program offers $500 travel grants to Material Advantage chapters in support of attending MS&T20. 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 Courtney Shaffer. Application deadline: September 20, 2020.

New for MS&T20! Individual Travel Grants

The Material Advantage Student Program now offers $200 travel grants to Material Advantage student members who do not have an active Material Advantage Chapter at their university. All Individual Travel Grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. View the travel grant application to see all of the grant restrictions and to request funds! Contact Courtney Shaffer for more information. Application deadline: September 20, 2020.

Student Poster Contests

2020 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 undergraduate students are eligible to enter the poster contest. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony at MS&T.

During MS&T, the submissions to the 2020 undergraduate poster contest will be displayed in the convention center exhibit hall on Tuesday, October 6, and Wednesday, October 7, during regular exhibit hall hours.

To be eligible to enter the contest you must submit your abstract to the symposium titled, 2020 Undergraduate Student Poster Contest. You will be asked to register and log in to submit your abstract(s). The deadline for abstract submissions to the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest is September 7, 2020.

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.

Sunday, October 4, 2020 Events

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 19, 2020. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Yolanda.

Material Advantage 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. Register here by September 20, 2020. Contact ASM Student Relations for any questions.

Monday, October 5, 2020 Events

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.

AIST Student Plant Tour

Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
AIST will offer students the opportunity to tour a local steel plant and see how steel is made firsthand!  Students registered for MS&T20 before August 24, 2020 will be contacted by email to sign up. Advance registration is required.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Events

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 6.

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 6.

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

Student Awards Ceremony

Attend the Student Awards Ceremony and 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.