Undergraduate Student Events

The TMS 2019 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

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.

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!

Student Activities at TMS2019

TMS2019 Materials Bowl

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 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.

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Student Mixer

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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 11, 2019

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 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.

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.

Programming Developed by 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.