Undergraduate Student Events

The TMS 2020 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

The following competitions are open to undergraduate and graduate students at the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

2020 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 an Abstract

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

Deadline to submit a poster abstract is December 3, 2019.

TMS2020 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 2020 competition, the student chapter chair or faculty advisor should submit a Materials Bowl application by December 15, 2019.

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!

Student Activities Planned at TMS2020

TMS2020 Materials Bowl
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
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.

Student Mixer
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
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, February 24, 2020
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, February 25, 2020
"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 Students

Expanding the Boundaries of Materials Science: Unconventional Collaborations

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.