April 24, 2015
Don’t miss the Material Advantage Student contests at MS&T this year in Columbus, OH, USA. The contests are:
- Undergraduate Student Poster Contest: The purpose of this contest is to encourage undergraduate students to present their undergraduate research experiences and to improve their communication skills. The poster entered must be the work of an undergraduate and completed during the undergraduate education of the student. The work presented in the poster does not have to be performed at the student’s home institution, but could be, for example, from a project performed as part of a co-op experience, a summer internship, or a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project. All students are eligible to enter the poster contest. The winners will be announced at the student awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 6. Cash prizes to win. To enter the poster contest, submit your name, title of poster and an abstract of no more than 100 words via email to Tricia Freshour. Deadline for poster abstracts is September 25, 2015.
- Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest: MS&T hosts the national semifinal and final rounds of the Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage undergraduate students to present technical papers and to improve their presentation skills. The presentation subject must be technical but can relate to any aspect of materials science and engineering. One contestant from a university is able to compete in the contest, and each entrant must be the winner of a local speaking contest. Participants receive a travel grant awarded at the end of the semifinal/final rounds. Winners of the finals receive cash prizes. For contest rules, contact Tricia Freshour. MS&T speaking contestants must be reported to Tricia by September 25, 2015. This is a hard deadline, and it will not be extended past this date.
- Ceramic Mug Drop Contest: Mugs fabricated by students from ceramic raw materials are judged on aesthetics and breaking thresholds. Mugs are dropped from varying levels until the breaking threshold is reached. The mug with the highest successful drop distance wins! For questions about the mug drop contest, contact Dr. Brian Gilmore.
- Ceramic Disc Golf Contest: This student-initiated contest is sure to draw a crowd! Students create discs from ceramic or glass materials to meet certain specifications and the discs are then thrown into a regulation disc golf basket. Each disc will be judged in the categories of furthest distance made and artistic merit (aesthetics). The disc that is successfully thrown into the disc golf basket from the farthest distance in the fewest number of shots will be named winner of the Ceramic Disc Golf Contest, and the most aesthetically pleasing/creative disc will be recorded as the “Best Looking” disc. For questions about the disc golf contest, contact Dr. Brian Gilmore.