Undergraduate Student Events

The TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition presents students with invaluable opportunities to learn more about the minerals, metals, and materials professions; to network with professionals and peers; and to compete in contests that offer cash prizes and valuable recognition.

Student Competitions

The following competitions are open to undergraduate and graduate students at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

2018 TMS Technical Division Student Poster Contest

Students are invited to submit posters of their research related to each of the five TMS technical divisions: Extraction & Processing, Functional Materials, Light Metals, Materials Processing & Manufacturing, and Structural Materials. One winning undergraduate poster and one winning graduate poster will be selected in each technical division.

Learn more about the contest rules and submit your abstract through ProgramMaster.

Deadline to submit a poster abstract is December 15, 2017.

TMS2018 Materials Bowl

Material Advantage chapters are invited to participate in the Materials Bowl, held each year at the TMS Annual Meeting. Chapters select a team of two to four chapter members to represent their school in a materials-themed knowledge and trivia competition. The team may consist of a mix of undergraduates with up to two graduate students. Teams compete in elimination rounds, a semi-final match, and championship game for cash prizes.

Each member of the winning team receives $250, and the winning chapter receives $500. The second-place team receives $500 for their chapter.

Submit a Materials Bowl Application

To participate in the 2018 competition, the student chapter chair or faculty advisor should submit a Materials Bowl application by December 15, 2017.

Serve as a Student Monitor

Looking to earn some spending money during TMS2018? Consider applying to be a student monitor, where you will assist session chairs with room lighting, notify staff of audio/visual equipment problems, and take attendance.

Please Note: TMS will not be assigning sessions in advance of the meeting for TMS2018. 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.

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  • Review the TMS2018 Session List to be ready to select your session assignments onsite at TMS2018. ()

Don’t Forget Your Student ID!

Every student who registers for the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition at the student rate will be asked to show a valid student ID when they pick up their badges at the registration desk. This is the only way to make sure you receive the deeply discounted student attendee rate on the conference. So please—when you pack your bags for Phoenix, don’t forget to bring your student ID!

Student Activities

TMS2018 Materials Bowl
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Elimination Rounds: Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Championship Round: 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Even if you aren’t competing in the materials-themed quiz-show competition, you’re welcome to attend the elimination rounds or the final championship round. Play along to test your materials science and engineering knowledge or cheer on your favorite school.
Student Mixer
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Take a break and have some fun at this informal social event. Students will have the opportunity to interact with each other and with professionals in a relaxed setting. Refreshments will be provided.
Student Poster Contest
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Stop by and browse the student poster displays at your leisure or attend the official judging session to ask questions of the participants. If you are participating in the student poster contest, you must be present at the judging session to answer questions about your work.
Student Career Forum
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"When should I start my job search?" "Should I continue to graduate school or begin my career?" "How important is networking to my career?" If you find yourself asking questions like these about your future, then you should attend the Student Career Forum. Organized by the TMS Young Professional Committee, this session will feature speakers from various stages of their careers and diverse materials science backgrounds to discuss how to navigate a successful career path in the fields of minerals, metals, and materials.
Student-Run Symposium: Looking through the Kaleidoscope: Discovering Your Path to Leadership

Four graduate students from Virginia Tech are organizing this special symposium, which will highlight effective leadership methods in order to enable students, as well as early-career and well-established professionals, to better pursue opportunities in leadership. Specifically, it aims to address the barriers to leadership perceived by students and early-career professionals and to equip current and future leaders with relevant tools to improve their own leadership abilities. The symposium will focus on empowering the audience with comprehensive insight into the multiple facets of leadership, allowing attendees to build their own leadership repertoires and incite change in leadership roles and techniques.

Organizers for this symposium include Emily Bautista, Mackenzie Jones, Thomas Maulbeck, and Rose Roberts of Virginia Tech.