Materials Science & Technology 2015
October 4-8, 2015
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH, 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.


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, 2015. For more information, contact ASM Student Relations, or by phone at 1-800-336-5152, ext. 5527.


Student Monitors

We will not be assigning sessions in advance of the meeting for MS&T15. Instead, student monitors are asked to review the list of sessions provided so that they are prepared to make their selections onsite. No assignments will be made in advance of the meeting.

Step 1: Please review the student monitor responsibilities.

Step 2: Please complete the student monitor application form. The form needs to be submitted to Patricia Warren by October 1.

Step 3: Review the MS&T15 Session List to be ready to select your session assignments onsite.


Professional Recruitment & Career Pavilion

Stop by the Professional Recruitment & Career Pavilion in the expo hall on Tuesday 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.


Graduate Student Poster Contest

The purpose of the contest, open to graduate students who will have received M.S. or Ph.D. degrees within six months of MS&T, is to recognize superior research performed during graduate study. Recognition will be given to the winners at the Student Awards Ceremony during MS&T. The call for poster abstracts is closed for this contest.  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. First, second and third place prizes are given in the amounts of $250, $150 and $100, respectively. For more information, 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 are eligible to enter the poster contest. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 6. Cash prizes to win. 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. Deadline for poster abstracts is September 25, 2015. Posters will be displayed during MS&T on Tuesday, October 6, and Wednesday, October 7 during regular exhibit hall hours.


Sunday, October 4

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. 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 the contest, and each entrant must be the winner of a local speaking contest.  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. MS&T speaking contestants must be reported to Tricia by September 25, 2015.


NEW MS&T15 Workshop: Polishing Your Presentation!

Do you suffer from presentation nerves? Would you like to have an experienced professional review your technical talk or poster? The ASM College & University Committee, under the direction of Dr. Deidre Hirschfeld, and Material Advantage is proud to introduce a new student workshop that includes two sessions: Skills You Need to be a Polished Presenter and One-on-One with an Expert Professional (by appointment only). The event will take place on Sunday, October 4th immediately after the Student Speaking Contest Finals (5 PM) until 6:00 PM.


Click here to register by September 21st.  Act fast, as only a limited number of spots are open! Questions? Contact


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.



Monday, October 5

Welcome Reception

Join the festivities from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in the expo hall to help kick off MS&T! Look for more details coming soon.


Emerging Professionals Symposium

From 8 am until 4 pm in room C212 in the Convention Center, join the ASM Emerging Professionals Committee at its 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.


ACerS Student Tour

Students have the opportunity to attend a tour, organized by ACerS’ President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), during MS&T’15. The tour is subject to change.  Stay tuned for more details in the near future.  Contact Tricia Freshour at with any questions.


AIST Student Plant Tour

AIST will be offering students the opportunity to tour a steel plant while at MS&T15, ArcelorMittal – Columbus will be hosting the tour. Watch for details!

Tuesday, October 6

Ceramic 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 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.


 ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition “DomesDay”

Can these domes take the weight? Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the display, judging, and selection of winners at the second ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition! To register as a contestant and for more information, visit the DomesDay site.


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.



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