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TMS 2012: Student Activities
March 11-15, 2012 • Orlando, FL

TMS 2012 is a forum for encouraging the development of our materials science and engineering students as they progress toward their professional careers and find their place as future Society leaders committed to moving the materials world forward. To inspire our student attendees to achieve success, TMS 2012 features a number of events designed to captivate and educate young minds.


Undergraduate and graduate students will vie for cash prizes at the annual Student Poster Contest sponsored by the five technical divisions of TMS. Participants in this dynamic and interactive event compete for a $500 prize in each division for the best undergraduate and best graduate poster. Plus an additional $500 will be presented for the best posters in the undergraduate and graduate divisions.

  • Poster Contest Judging
    Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Dolphin Hotel, Atlantic
  • Best of Show Judging
    Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Dolphin Hotel, Atlantic

Contest Rules & Qualifications

  • Authors must be full-time students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.
  • Authors must register to attend the TMS 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition and be present to put up and take down the posters.
  • Authors must be present during a scheduled "Exhibit Showing" (similar to a science fair) to answer questions and discuss their work.
  • Each author may use up to a 45" x 45" space. If poster exceeds this space, it will be neither presented nor eligible for contest.
  • 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- to 5-cm high (or approximately 1-2 inches), and all material should be readable from a distance of 2 m (or around 7 feet).


TMS 2012 Materials Bowl

  • Sunday, March 11
  • Time: Noon to 8:30 p.m.
  • Elimination Rounds: Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Final Championship Round – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Dolphin Hotel, Southern IV
Student teams compete for cash prizes and earn the right to take home the traveling trophy after conquering three rounds of intense, materials science-based questions.

Student Mixer

  • Sunday, March 11
  • Time: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Dolphin Hotel, Atlantic
Put on your dancing shoes to meet and mingle with peers in an informal social atmosphere.

Career Forum

  • Tuesday, March 13
  • Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Swan Hotel, Osprey 2
  • Career Panel
    - Julia Greer – Cal Tech
    - Eric Brown – Los Alamos National Laboratory
    - Frank DelRio – NIST
    - Alpesh Shukla – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    - Paul Ohodnicki – National Energy Technology Laboratory
    - Jud Ready – Georgia Tech
    - George T. "Rusty" Gray III (schedule allowing) – Los Alamos National Laboratory
    - Eric Schmidt – V&M Star
    - Frank Balle – University of Kaiserslautern
    - Chris Weinberger – Sandia National Laboratory
Organized by the TMS Young Leader Committee, this session will feature speakers from a variety of materials science backgrounds and career stages who discuss how to navigate a career path to ultimate goals.


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Warrendale, PA 15086 USA
Tel: (724) 776-9000 x243
Fax: (724) 776-3770

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