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MS&T21 Award Winner Announcements

The Materials Science & Technology 2021 Technical Meeting & Exhibition (MS&T21) has been held from 17-20 October 2021. Registrants have watched plenary and award sessions, visited the exhibit hall, participated in multiple student events and contests, and had access to hundreds of technical presentations and posters.

Students from all around the world worked diligently to present their academic research both in-person and virtually to fellow MS&T21 attendees, and we are happy to announce this year’s winners!


Crowd of individuals at the 2021 Undergraduate Student Poster Contest
2021 Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

Material Advantage Graduate Student Poster Competition

1st Place – $250
Celia Chari
California Institute of Technology
Effect of Boria on the Oxidation Behavior of Aluminum Nitride

2nd Place – $150
Rupesh Rajendran
Georgia Institute of Technology
Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Corrosion Behavior of Additively Manufactured 7050 Aluminum Alloy

3rd Place – $100
Gaurav Singh (VIRTUAL)
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
The Effect of Rotary Swaging on Zirconium Alloys and its Microstructure Property Correlation

Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

1st Place – $250
Amelia Martinez
University of Missouri Science and Technology
Effect of Carbon Stoichiometry on the Heat of Formation of Hafnium Carbides

2nd Place – $150
Mirra Rasmussen
Case Western Reserve University
Perovskite Film Formation for Solar Cell Absorbers: Effects of Substrate Modification

3rd Place – $100
Hugh Smith
Case Western Reserve University
Machine Learning Approaches to Predict Properties from Microstructure Images in Ceramic-Metal Composites

Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest

1st Place – $500
Alison Nunes
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Determining the effects of mesenchymal stromal cell remodeling on hematopoietic stem cell maintenance

2nd Place – $250
Mingwei Xu
Case Western Reserve University
Post-Additive Manufacturing Densification, Dimensional Stability, and Defects of a Commercial Stereolithography Ceramic Resin

3rd Place – $150
Yulia Kirina
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Retrieving Multi-Dimensional Information from a Microscopy Investigation

4th Place – $100
Yuxi Zhang (VIRTUAL)
Wuhan University of Technology
Confining 2D Oxygen Vacancies Along Grain Boundaries of MnO2 Nanowires

Material Advantage Ceramic Mug Drop Contest
Organized by Keramos

Winner – $100 and trophy
Sophie Grier
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Most Aesthetic Mug – $50
Elliot Sutalski
Missouri University of Science and Technology

VIRTUAL: Most Aesthetic Mug – $50
Claire Pallett
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Material Advantage Ceramic Disc Golf Contest
Organized by Keramos

Winner – $100 and trophy
Camden Holloway
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

VIRTUAL: Most Aesthetic Disc – $100
Jacob Stacy
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Material Advantage Student Social Media Contest

Neelam Meena
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


Thank you to this year’s contest participants for your efforts. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at MS&T22 in Pittsburgh!

MS&T21 Student Contest Awardees (PDF)