Young Professional Events

TMS2019 offers a number of activities and events designed to meet the specific needs of young professionals, aged 40 and under, working in the minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering fields.

2019 Technical Division Young Professional Poster Competition

The five technical divisions of TMS are pleased to sponsor a young professional poster contest at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Young professional members are encouraged to participate in this dynamic and interactive event.

Submit Poster
Abstracts are due December 17, 2018

In addition to developing poster presentations of technical interest to individuals in the various technical divisions, participants must satisfy the following qualifications:

  • Authors must be professional members of TMS and age 40 or younger. Student members ARE NOT eligible to participate.
  • Authors must register to attend the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition and be present to put up and take down the posters.
  • Each author may use up to a 114 cm x 114 cm (45” x 45”) space. If poster exceeds this space, it will be neither presented nor eligible for contest. (Authors are assigned display numbers prior to the conference to designate where presentations should be posted.)
  • Visual aids that could clarify the results of your own work are encouraged. Do not, however, post your paper text. Graphics should be simple, colorful, well labeled, and clear. The title should be written in letters 2 cm (3/4") to 5 cm (2") high, and all material should be readable from a distance of 2 m (6').

You may submit to only one of the five TMS technical divisions: Extraction & Processing Division; Functional Materials Division; Light Metals Division; Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division; or Structural Materials Division.

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.