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Student Paper Contests

TMS Best Paper Contest

This contest is open all student members of TMS and offers an undergraduate and graduate division. Students are encouraged to submit essays on global or national issues as well as technical research papers, relating to any field of metallurgy or materials science. Students should display original thought and creativity in the development of the essays, which should include a comprehensive bibliography on which the paper is based. View Past Winners.

Cash Prize: This contest has an undergraduate and graduate division, offering a cash prize of $1,000 to the first winner and $500 to the second place winner of each division. To enable recipients to receive the award in person at the TMS Annual Meeting, $250 of each prize is to be used to offset travel expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be a student member of Material Advantage.
  2. Papers must be unpublished as of the submission deadline date.
  3. Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable.
  4. Papers should be of a technical/research nature and may deal with any of the following disciplines:
    • Physical and mechanical metallurgy
    • Extractive and process metallurgy
    • Materials science

Submission Guidelines: The submission deadline is May 1 of each year. As there is no application form to complete, please prepare your submission according to the following guidelines:

  • The paper should be prepared by one author. It should be the original work of that author as far as possible. If a faculty member is listed as co-author, include a letter from the faculty member confirming that you are the primary author.
  • Papers must be written in English, utilizing good communication skills and quality photocopying. Poor copies of figures and texts are unacceptable.
  • The paper should be neither less than 2,000 nor more than 4,000 words.
  • A cover letter from a faculty member should be included with each entry, verifying your graduate or undergraduate status and original contribution.
  • The front page of the entry should specify whether you are entering the undergraduate or graduate division as well as the subject discipline. The front page should also include your complete address, telephone, fax, and e-mail information.
  • You must be prepared to submit the paper electronically as winning papers are adapted for presentation on the TMS web site.
  • To submit your paper, or for additional information, please contact the TMS Student Awards program at the address listed below.

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