Graduate Student Events

The TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition is an ideal place for graduate students to create the professional networks essential to building a successful career. We encourage you to participate in all of the meeting’s student activities—which are designed for both graduate and undergraduate students—but we also encourage you to look to the next phase of your career by attending some of our young professional and TMS orientation activities.

Student Events (for Graduates and Undergraduates)

TMS2020 Materials Bowl

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 6A 

Material Advantage chapters are invited to participate in the Materials Bowl, held each year at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Chapters select a team of two to four members to represent their school in a materials-themed knowledge and trivia competition. The team may consist of up to two graduate students. Teams compete in elimination rounds, a semi-final match, and championship game for cash prizes. Applications for the Materials Bowl are now closed, but come and cheer on your favorite team! 

2020 TMS Technical Division Student Poster Contest

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

Students will display 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 graduate poster and one winning undergraduate poster will be selected in each technical division. Poster submissions are now closed, but come and view the work of your peers during the poster session at TMS2020.

Student Career Forum

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 19

"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.

Speakers will include:

Melanie Lang, FormAlloy
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Adam Hope, Thermo-Calc Software
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Nolan Hoffman, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
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Remi Dingreville, Sandia National Laboratories
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Brian Jordon, The University of Alabama
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Kester Clarke
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Expanding the Boundaries of Materials Science: Unconventional Collaborations

Programming Developed by Students

As the demands on modern materials continue to intensify, the field of materials science must advance beyond its traditional capabilities and limitations. One way researchers are working toward this is by re-visiting classical problems in materials science from a new perspective through the lens of interdisciplinary collaboration. Talks will feature examples of how significant materials advancement has resulted from collaboration with physicists, statisticians, computer scientists, chemists, and other disciplines. Speakers will include academic researchers who have successfully contributed to interdisciplinary research, which has led to new routes for materials characterization and data processing, thereby expanding the boundaries of how we do research today. It will showcase successful advancements made through effective integration between modeling, computing and experimental groups, allowing development of high-throughput methods to accelerate materials discovery and development. A panel presentation featuring collaborative researchers will elucidate best practices on effective communication and strategies for making the most out of interdisciplinary research collaborations.

This special-topic symposium at TMS2020 is being organized by four graduate students from North Carolina State University: Alex Hsain, Sourabh Kadambi, Brady G. Dowdell, and Benjamin Anthony.

Young Professional Activities

Young Professionals Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 25
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Catalina Room

The mission of the Young Professionals Committee is to create opportunities and provide avenues for young professionals to increase their involvement in The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. This committee meeting is open to all TMS members, age 40 or younger, who have graduated or are currently pursuing advanced degrees.

Preparing a Winning Application Package Workshop

Date: Tuesday, February 25
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 6A
Instructors: Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Colorado School of Mines; additional instructors to be announced

In this workshop, instructors from a national laboratory, university, and industry will share their experiences in obtaining and/or recruiting entry-level positions (postdocs, tenure-track faculty positions, etc.) and help guide the young professional on their journey from recent graduate to career professional. There is no additional cost to attend for TMS2020 registrants, but pre-registration is required. Note: this event is now full

TMS Orientation Activities

Attend a TMS Technical Committee Meeting

If you are interested in networking with professionals who work in your particular area of study, attending a TMS technical committee meeting is an excellent way to meet others with similar technical interests, while helping you to better understand TMS, how it works, and how it can benefit your career. More than 30 TMS technical committees from all five TMS technical divisions will hold committee meetings during TMS2020. These meetings are open to all meeting attendees. You do not have to RSVP to participate.

Don’t Forget Your Student ID!

Every student who registers for the TMS 2020 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 San Diego, don’t forget to bring your student ID!