MS&T Contests

Visit the Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) website for complete up-to-date details on meeting-related contests.

Other Contests and Competitions

ACerS Basic Science Division Ceramographic Competition
The Ceramographic Contest is an annual exhibit staged to promote the use of micrographs and microanalysis as tools in the scientific investigation of ceramic materials. The competition occurs at MS&T and entries are prominently displayed in the Convention Center. Winning entries may appear in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society throughout the year.

Prizes are awarded for first, second and third in each category. View the submission categories and rules for entry.

AIST Student Project Presentation Contest – First Place ($1,500), Second Place ($1,000), Third Place ($500)
The Association for Iron & Steel Technology invites undergraduate engineering students to participate in this annual contest at AISTech. All undergraduate students who have completed a project or paper may register to participate in this contest. The topic of the project is unlimited but should be technical in nature. Extra points will be given to steel related topics. Students will be assigned 15 minute sessions each to present their project. Each participant will receive $300 toward travel expenses.

AIST Graduate Student Poster Contest – First Place ($1,500), Second Place ($1,000), Third Place ($500)
Graduate students attending AISTech are encouraged to enter a poster in the annual competition. Don’t miss your chance to display your research and compete for top cash prizes!  For more information, visit AIST’s Web site, under Student Programs. Interested students are invited to return the registration form by March 15.

“The Real Steel” Marketing Video Challenge
Do you enjoy video production? Have a creative idea that might really hit its mark? AIST is pleased to announce “The Real Steel” Marketing Video Challenge. This exciting new contest is sponsored by the AIST Foundation and gives students from a variety of disciplines the chance to earn BIG CASH PRIZES for producing the winning video promoting careers in the steel industry. Complete contest rules and information on entering the contest are available online.

The deadline to enter is 31 October. All video submissions must be received by 31 December. Get a few friends together and get to work . . . you may be the next Steven Spielberg or George Lucas!

ASM International Graduate Student Paper Contest
The award recognizes the best graduate student technical paper in the field of materials science or engineering submitted during the year.

ASM International Student Paper Contest
The award recognizes the best student technical paper in the field of materials science or engineering submitted during the year.

HTS/Bodycote Best Paper in Heat Treating Contest
The ASM Heat Treating Society established the Best Paper in Heat Treating Award in 1997 to recognize a paper that represents advancement in heat treating technology, or promotes heat treating in some substantial way or represents a clear advancement in managing the business of heat treating.

For information on all ASM Paper Contests, visit: ASM Student Paper Contests.

TMS Best Paper Contest
Sponsored by the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), the Best Paper Contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate student entries. Students are encouraged to submit essays on global or national issues as well as technical research papers, relating to any field of metallurgy or materials science. Students should display original thought and creativity in the development of the essays, which should include a comprehensive bibliography on which the paper is based.

To enable recipients to receive the award in person, $250 of each prize is to be used to offset travel expenses.

Submission Deadline: May 1st of each year

For eligibility requirements, guidelines and procedures, please visit: TMS Best Paper Contest.

TMS Technical Division Student Poster Contest

Featuring both Undergraduate & Graduate Awards
The five technical divisions of TMS are very excited to sponsor the student poster contest at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in this dynamic and interactive event.

TMS Technical Divisions

  • Functional Materials Division
  • Extraction & Processing Division
  • Light Metals Division
  • Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division
  • Structural Materials Division

Contest Participant Qualifications

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 full-time students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.
  • Authors must register to attend the TMS 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 35″ x 35″ 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- to 5-cm high, and all material should be readable from a distance of 2 m.

To participate, complete and submit your application at Log in (or register as a new user), click on the meeting icon and select “Technical Division Student Poster Contest” from the list. Applicants must choose to submit their poster to ​one ​​of the five TMS technical divisions.

You must apply no later than December 1 of the year prior to the TMS Annual Meeting at which you plan to participate.