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.

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!

Serve as a Student Monitor

Looking to earn some spending money during TMS2019? 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 TMS2019. Instead, student monitors are asked to review the list of sessions provided so that they are prepared to make their selections onsite.

The deadline to submit applications in advance of the meeting has passed. However, you can still complete the application onsite to participate as a student monitor.

Instructions for Student Monitors
  • Step 1. Please review the student monitor responsibilities for TMS2019.
  • Step 2. Report to the Programming Support Desk located at Hall 4A Pre-Function in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to complete the application form at 7:00 a.m. on the first day you are available to monitor sessions.
  • Step 3. Review the TMS2019 session sheets to be ready to select your session assignments onsite at TMS2019.

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Activities

Student Networking Mixer

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Lonestar Ballroom BC

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
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Lonestar Ballroom B

"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:

Veronica Livescu, Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Robert Maass, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tori Miller, North Carolina State University
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Raul Rebak, General Electric Global Research Center
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Douglas Stauffer, Bruker Nano, Inc
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Jonathan Zimmerman, Sandia National Laboratories
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TMS Bladesmithing Competition: Awards Presentation

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Henry B. González Convention Center, Lila Cockrell Theatre

Prizes will be announced for the 2019 TMS Bladesmithing Competition during this special awards ceremony. Participating bladesmithing teams and all TMS2019 attendees are invited to come and learn which entries will take home the top honors. All entries will be on display Monday through Wednesday in the TMS 2019 Exhibit Hall during exhibit hours.

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

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019​
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Henry B. González Convention Center, Room 008B

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

Meet-a-Mentor Event

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Lonestar Ballroom B

Seasoned professionals representing a combination of academic, government, and industry backgrounds will lead small discussion groups of young professionals and students who are beginning their professional materials science and engineering careers. Deadline to register is March 4, 2019. 

Preparing a Winning Application Package Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Mission A
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. Registration for this event is now closed.

TMS Young Professional Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Bowie ABC

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 meet during TMS2019, and these meetings are open to all TMS2019 attendees. View a listing of planned technical committee meetings at TMS2019 and plan to attend one in your interest area.