Graduate Student Events

The TMS 2019 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.

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Activities

2019 TMS Bladesmithing Competition

The TMS Bladesmithing Competition, held every other year at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, challenges student teams from around the world to produce a blade by hand hammering or trip hammer forging. Each team or individual entrant wishing to compete is required to submit a written acknowledgement from their faculty department chair to the TMS Bladesmithing Committee by November 1, 2018.

Enter the Competition

Learn more about contest rules and prizes at the TMS Bladesmithing Website.

2019 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.

Submit Abstract

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

Deadline to submit a poster abstract is December 15, 2018.

TMS2019 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 2019 competition, the student chapter chair or faculty advisor should submit a Materials Bowl application by December 15, 2018.

Student Mixer

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

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 Career Forum

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"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.

Programming Developed by Graduate Students:
Science Policy Within the Materials Research Community

Five graduate students from the University of Michigan are organizing this special symposium, which seeks to inform students and professionals about the relationship between materials scientists and the science policy community. The symposium will provide real-world examples and first-hand experiences of program managers, administrators, academic researchers, industry professionals, and congressional consultants working in science policy, as these individuals all collaborate to develop guidelines for future research. Specifically, the symposium will focus on the interconnection between the scientific community and science policies, the common obstacles that should be addressed in order to move forward with future research, and how science policy decisions affect the various scientific and engineering communities.

Organizers for this symposium include University of Michigan students Kathleen Chou, Ashley M. Hilmas, Peter Meisenheimer, Max Powers, and Brian Tobelmann.

Young Professional Activities

Preparing a Winning Application Package Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Instructors: Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines; Additional instructors to be announced
Sponsored by: TMS Young Professionals Committee

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.

Topics will include:

  • How to find the position that fits your interests and expertise
  • The effect of networking and how to create your network
  • What needs to be included in your cover letter, research and teaching statements, and diversity statement for a faculty position
  • The key differences between academic, industry, and national lab application packages
  • Hands-on experience on modifying application packages

To make the most of your time in the hands-on session, the instructors recommend that you prepare a sample application package in advance and bring it with you to this session. Limited seating will be available for this event.

Additional Young Professional Events Planned for TMS2019

Details are still being finalized for the following TMS2019 events. Check back soon for more information:

  • Meet a Mentor: Engage in discussions with seasoned TMS members on a variety of professional topics at this annual event designed to help young professionals connect with mentors in their field.
  • TMS101: Fundamentals of TMS: Ideal for those new to TMS, this session provides an introduction on how you can get more involved with the Society and how involvement in TMS can help you further your career.
  • Young Professional Committee Meeting: Join this committee of your peers to learn how TMS is creating opportunities for young professionals and to share your ideas.
  • TMS Technical Committee Meetings: 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. More than 30 TMS technical committees will hold committee meetings during TMS2019, and they are open to all meeting attendees.

Don’t Forget Your Student ID!

Every student who registers for the TMS 2019 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 Antonio, don’t forget to bring your student ID!