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TMS Outstanding Student Paper Contest

The Outstanding Student Paper Contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate student entries. A first prize of $1,000 ($750 cash + $250 travel expenses to personally receive the award) and a second prize of $500 ($250 cash + $250 travel expenses to personally receive the award) are bestowed in each division.

Undergraduate Contest

This contest is open to essays on global or national issues as well as technical research papers. Papers relating to any field of metallurgy or materials science will be considered. Students are encouraged to display original thought and creativity in the development of the essays, which should include a comprehensive bibliography on which the paper is based.

Graduate Contest

Papers should be of a technical/research nature and may deal with any of the following disciplines: physical and mechanical metallurgy, extractive and process metallurgy, or materials science. A paper submitted in this division may be written from material contained in a student's masters or PhD thesis.


  • Both North American and international students are eligible for this contest; however, all applicants must be TMS student members. Students not currently holding memberships may enclose with their paper entry a completed membership application, with dues payment, to become eligible.
  • Papers must not have been published prior to the deadline date of May 1st.
  • Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable.

Guidelines and Procedures

  • Entries must be received at TMS Headquarters no later than May 1. Send them to TMS Student Awards Program, 184 Thorn Hill Road, Warrendale, Pennsylvania 15086 USA; telephone: (724) 776-9000, ext. 220; fax: (724) 776-3770.
  • Papers must be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, and must be submitted in triplicate.
  • Papers must be written in English, utilizing good communication skills and quality photocopying. Poor copies of figures and texts are unacceptable.
  • The paper should be neither less than 2,000 nor more than 4,000 words, and should be prepared by one author; it should be the original work of that author, as far as possible. If a faculty member is listed as co-author, simply include a letter from the faculty member confirming that you are the primary author.
  • A cover letter from a faculty member should be included with each entry, verifying the student's graduate or undergraduate status and original contribution.
  • The front page of the entry should specify whether you are entering the undergraduate or graduate division and under which above-named discipline. Include complete address, telephone, fax, and e-mail information.
  • There is no application form.

Past Contest Winners

Student Paper Contest Winners are posted on TMS OnLine. Many of the papers are available for on-line review in hypertext-enhanced format.




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