Students

MS&T20 Virtual has been scheduled for November 2-6, 2020. Please refer to the MS&T20 Virtual website often for updates.

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 Contests

NEW! Student Social Media Contest

Students who post a photo on Facebook using the hashtag #MST20students will be entered for a chance to win one of the daily cash prizes of US$250! Photos must show that you are participating in one of MS&T20’s virtual sessions or student activities to be considered. Creativity is always welcome! Winners will be announced at the conclusion of MS&T20. Contact Courtney Shaffer for more information. 

2020 Virtual 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.

This contest is now closed to submissions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Student presenters will NOT be eligible to participate in either the poster session and/or contest if they have not registered for the conference by October 9.

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

2020 Virtual 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.

This contest is now closed to submissions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Student presenters will NOT be eligible to participate in either the poster session and/or contest if they have not registered for the conference by October 9.

2020 Virtual Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest

MS&T is the host to the Material Advantage Virtual 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 October 2, 2020. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Yolanda.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Student presenters will NOT be eligible to participate in the contest if they have not registered for the conference by October 9.

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.

To participate, submit your abstract for the Humanitarian Pitch Competition by October 12, 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Student presenters will NOT be eligible to participate in the contest if they have not registered for the conference by October 9.

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. More details to come on the submission process and deadline.

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. More details to come on the submission process and deadline.

View highlights of the 2019 mug drop and disc golf contests.

 Additional Student Events

 ACerS Student Tour

Students will have the opportunity to attend a virtual tour during the MS&T20 Virtual conference. The ACerS Student Tour is open to all MS&T20 Virtual student registrants. If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad. The tour is organized by ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA). More details to come!

Humanitarian Engineering Symposium

Both students and professionals interested in applying the basic science of materials research to problems with many constraints will want to attend this symposium organized by the ACerS Basic Science Division and the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors. This field of research has made large impacts on the communities they serve; however, humanitarian engineering is not widely studied in the materials community. The symposium will seek to motivate undergraduate and graduate students to take action by traveling to countries to combat problems like access to clean water, affordable housing, renewable energy, and health care, some of which we take for granted living in the U.S. 

Young Professional Session

Gain insight from industry pros! This year, MS&T20 will be hosting a Young Professional virtual session, where panelists across the materials sciences will come together to discuss a variety of industry-related topics and offer encouragement during these unprecedented times. Stay tuned for more information. Have a question for the panelists? All student registrants are encouraged to send their questions to students@aist.org for consideration!