Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ACerS.

One of the best ways to get connected is by volunteering. If you're wondering what opportunities might be available, or have questions as a prospective volunteer, please review the tools below. Please note that, for the most part, volunteering does require that you be a member of ACerS.

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Lunch with a Pro

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) aims to help foster relationships between students and professionals in the field by planning a “Lunch with a Pro” event.

The YPN pairs off industry/national lab professionals with students at ACerS sponsored meetings to give students a chance to ask candid questions about careers in materials science in an informal, intimate setting.

Visit our Lunch with a Professional page to find out more information and to volunteer.

Welcome Ambassadors

The Member Services Committee seeks Welcome Ambassadors for the EMA (Orlando) and ICACC (Daytona Beach) conferences annually in January and at ACerS Annual Meeting  with Materials Science & Technology.

The role of a welcome ambassador is to spend time in the ACerS lounge greeting new members, answering questions, and helping them gain the most value possible out of their meeting and ACerS membership experience.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kevin Thompson, membership director, 614-794-5894.

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Materials Science & Technology Student Experience

The American Ceramic Society, TMS and AIST will host the Materials Science & Technology Student Experience at ACerS Annual Meeting with MS&T20 in Pittsburgh. The one-day event will take place on the exhibit floor during MS&T and will feature two 2-hour sessions which enable the students to rotate among eight demonstration tables while interacting with experts in the materials field.

Middle and high school students and their teachers are invited to participate to learn how important materials are to our everyday lives and hopefully be inspired to pursue careers in materials science or engineering.

Volunteers and sponsors are needed to perform hands-on demos in any area dealing with materials (ceramics, glass, polymers, metals, composites).

If you or your company/organization are interested in participating, contact Belinda Raines at

Competition Judges

Are you planning on attending MS&T this year? We are looking for a number of volunteers to help us judge various student contests!

The Material Advantage Undergraduate Student Speaking contest will take place on Sunday, October 4. There will be both semi-final and final rounds. Judges will be needed for the following time periods:
Semi-Finals: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Finals: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The ACerS PCSA Humanitarian Pitch Competition will take place on Monday, October 5 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to be a judge!

The judging will be taking place for both the Material Advantage Undergraduate and Graduate Poster contests from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6 in Exhibit Hall of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

If you are willing and able to volunteer to be a student contest judge at MS&T this year, please contact Yolanda Natividad. Volunteers will be provided with further details and judging guidelines.

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Interested in organizing a technical meeting?

Contact Greg Geiger, ACerS technical content manager.