Fall Membership Challenge

The Fall Membership Challenge is a recruitment contest between student chapters occurring September 12, 2022 through October 16, 2022. This contest is intended to challenge students to recruit new Material Advantage Student Members. Contest winners receive monetary prizes for the most creative strategies and the highest percentage increase in chapter membership.


How To Participate

There are two categories in which your chapter can participate:

I. Most Creative Recruitment Strategies ~ $500

Chapters must submit a record of the month’s recruitment activities and programs. A double-spaced essay that is a minimum of one page (not including photographs) that describes the recruitment strategies used as well as photographs that show the chapter spirit, recruitment activities, and/or new members should be included. Chapters will be asked to upload these in the Membership Challenge Application. The chapter that implements the most creative program to recruit new members while achieving a minimum 10% increase in membership will win this contest. The winning chapter will receive $500 and a digital certificate.

II. Most Students Recruited ~ $1,000

Chapters will be prompted to either submit paper membership applications or list the members who joined online. In order for members who joined online to be credited to the chapter, their full name should be supplied in the Membership Challenge Application.  The chapter with the highest percentage of membership increase during the Membership Challenge will receive $1,000 and a digital certificate.

Submission Deadline

The Material Advantage Membership Challenge ends on October 16, 2022. Participating chapters must fill out and submit the Membership Challenge Application no later than 11:59 PM US Eastern on October 19, 2022.

Fill out the Material Advantage Membership Challenge Application!

Rules & Procedures

Only new members will count towards chapter growth; renewal of existing memberships may be submitted but will not be counted in this contest. Your chapter must have a minimum of five active members; if you have fewer than five members, any increase beyond five will be considered.

Starting chapter membership size will be determined based on existing Material Advantage Membership as of September 11, 2022. Only members with a Material Advantage join date between September 12, 2022 and October 16, 2022 will be counted.

You may enter both categories; however, the same chapter cannot win both categories.

Winners with photographs submitted may be published in Material Advantage Partner publications (at the discretion of each Society). For more information about the Membership Challenge, contact ASM.


Fall 2021 Membership Challenge Winners!

Most Students Recruited ($1000 prize) – University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (90% growth)

Most Creative Recruitment Strategies ($500 prize) – Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

IIT, Kanpur – Fall 2021 Most Creative Recruitment Strategies

Also, be sure to check out the past Fall Membership Challenge award winning ideas that Material Advantage chapters have used to recruit new members.

UFMG – Fall 2020 Most Creative Recruitment Strategies
Virginia Tech – Fall 2018 Most Creative Recruitment Strategies