Material Advantage: Program Overview

College and university students will find that the Material Advantage student membership offers strong benefits. Dues for membership are only US$30 per year, and students receive the benefit of belonging to all four organizations. Annual membership dues for students in regions of the world with certain economic trends, as defined by The World Bank, will be US$15 per year. Student members are billed annually for their dues, which covers a calendar year, and a rebate of $5 per student is sent annually directly to the active student chapter. To create a Material Advantage Student Chapter, follow the simple instructions at “Start a New Chapter.”

Dues Structure

Starting with the 2019 membership year, the Material Advantage™ student program announced that the member dues structure will be adjusted to be aligned with the individual student’s country of residence. The dues structure is based upon the World Bank List of Economies.

Moving forward, annual membership dues for students in regions of the world with certain economic trends, as defined by The World Bank, will be reduced to US$15 per year.

Under the Material Advantage Membership provisions, the student member is eligible for the publications included with individual membership in each society. These include American Ceramic Society Bulletin (ACerS), Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), Advanced Materials and Processes (ASM), and JOM (TMS). In addition, student members may purchase archival journals and other publications from each society at special student rates.

To become a student member, complete the Online Student Member Application or print out the Member Application (pdf) and fax/mail it in.

Membership opportunities upon graduation

Material Advantage membership also provides you with access to continue on with each individual member society by joining for free upon graduation. Once the Material Advantage student member graduates, he/she may elect to join ACerS, AIST, ASM and/or TMS as an individual member. After graduation, student members have the following options:


Upon completion of their education, all students, who are dues paying members of Material Advantage, will receive a free twelve-month Regular Membership in ACerS, a $120 value. Additionally, Associate members will have the opportunity to renew for a 2nd year at a discounted rate of USD$40. Click here to sign up for complimentary ACerS Associate Membership.


AIST offers recent graduates one free year of Young Professional Membership! Click here for a Membership Application.

ASM International

Students can join ASM International as a professional member by filling out the Material Advantage Alumni Application. This entitles the student member to one free year of professional membership with ASM International. Click here for the ASM Material Advantage Alumni Application.


Students can take advantage of TMS membership as a “Recent Graduate”. Recent Graduate Membership is complimentary for the first year following graduation. For the second and third years following graduation, the cost is $60 per year. To join TMS, fill out the online application available at Recent Graduate Membership.

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