Students

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 (MA) Chapter Travel Grants

MA chapters that plan to attend MS&T21 in person can apply for a US$500 Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grant! Chapter must be active and at least one Chapter Officer must be present at the Chapter Officer Workshop and Student Mixer to be considered for funding. Travel grants are made payable to the university’s MA Faculty Advisor at the conclusion of the conference. Travel grants are restricted to one grant per chapter per year. 

The deadline to apply for a Material Advantage Travel Grant is September 17, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Shaffer.

Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grant Application

Student Poster Contests

2021 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.

To be eligible to enter the contest you must submit your abstract to the symposium titled, 2021 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 20, 2021.

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

2021 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.

Graduate Student Poster contestants must be reported to Yolanda Natividad by September 20, 2021. Please note that you must have an accepted abstract for MS&T21 to be eligible. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Yolanda.

2021 Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest

MS&T is the host to 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 27, 2021. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Yolanda.

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. More details to come!

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 will win!

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.

Additional Student Events

ACerS Student Tour

Students will have the opportunity to attend a tour during the MS&T21 conference. The ACerS Student Tour is open to all MS&T21 student registrants and is free of charge. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

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!