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Student Chapters

Student chapters feature prominently in the lives of materials science and engineering students, bringing an on-campus presence to your university and offering many benefits to students. Recognizing the value of this resource, TMS supports the Material Advantage Student Chapter program which is dedicated to providing a means of networking and exploring the field beyond the classroom and laboratory.

You'll find chapters at more than 75 top schools of materials science and engineering throughout the world where you can learn and sharpen the skills you need to become a successful engineering professional and a future leader of your society.

Student Chapter Benefits

  • Networking
    Get involved in a student chapter to meet other engineering students and professionals. It's a great way to make new friends and start forming a network of contacts that can help you throughout your career.
  • Financial Support
    Every newly created chapter receives a one-time start-up payment of $150. Then every year, active chapters receive a check in the form of a $5 rebate for each active chapter member. This rebate enables chapters to get involved in more activities and develop stronger technical programs. TMS Travel Grants are also available to assist chapter members with traveling to and from the TMS Annual Meeting.
  • Leadership Development
    As you work through the various levels of chapter management, you gain valuable leadership skills that will help you throughout your career, as a team member, as a professional manager and as a leader of your societies.
  • ACerS-AIST-ASM-TMS Updates
    Being involved in a Material Advantage chapter means staying up to date on society activities, including scholarships, conferences, workshops, publications and contests at all the affiliate societies.
  • Awards and Recognition
    Chapters can achieve special recognition through two annual programs: Chapters of Excellence Awards and the Membership Challenge.
  • Perks for Faculty Advisors
    Faculty Advisors receive a free year of membership in ACerS, AIST, ASM International and TMS (if the chapter submits its annual report before the deadline).

Starting a New Student Chapter

To form a new Material Advantage student chapter, follow these steps:

  1. Seek the support of a faculty member who is an ACerS, ASM or TMS member and who will agree to act as the chapter's faculty advisor.
  2. Meet to discuss the reasons to form a student chapter.
  3. Elect an Executive Committee consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Then the new chapter needs to complete and submit the following documents to the address listed on each form:

Student Chapter Awards

TMS Student Chapter Travel Awards
An annual travel allowance of up to $500 is granted to each Material Advantage chapter wishing to attend the TMS annual meeting. The funding is available as a reimbursement grant and is only available for the TMS annual meeting. To apply for a travel reimbursement grant:

  • A chapter officer or faculty advisor must submit the Chapter Travel Reimbursement Form (PDF) along with receipts for hotel and travel expenses.
  • Verification of student attendance must also be provided to TMS by the student chapter.
  • Requests for reimbursement must be submitted within two weeks following the meeting.

Chapters of Excellence Contest
The Material Advantage program recognizes five student chapters annually in the Chapters of Excellence Contest. Each winning chapter receives a $500 cash award. Chapters are selected on the basis of general activities, membership development activities, chapter relations, and annual reports submitted to ASM International. The deadline to apply is June 1st or each year. 

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