Published on Monday March 1, 2004
Drexel University's Joint ASM/TMS Student Chapter has been awarded an $800 grant for their proposal entitled, "Outreach Activities: Discovering Materials Science and Engineering for High School Students." The grant was awarded by the ASM Materials Education Foundation whose mission is "to excite young people worldwide in materials science and engineering careers." The grant will facilitate a one-day "mini materials camp" which will allow prospective students to explore the laboratory facilities and interact with current MSE students from a wide range of backgrounds. The hope is to give prospective students more detailed answers to the question, "What is Materials Science and Engineering?"
Specific objectives of this new outreach program include:
- Exciting students about Materials Science and Engineering by engaging them in a friendly competition
- Showing the importance of teamwork in Materials Science and Engineering by providing "hands-on" experiences
- Highlighting examples of how advanced materials are shaping their future
- Increasing the enrollment of high school students into Materials Science and Engineering programs
The grant was submitted by Gwénaëlle Proust, President of MAGNET (Materials Graduate Student Network), John Chmiola, President of MESPO (Materials Engineering Student Professional Organization) and Dr. Richard Knight, FASM, Faculty Advisor for the Drexel University Joint ASM/TMS Student Chapter. Mention of the awarded grant along with four other grants to fellow universities appeared in the May 2004 issue of Advanced Materials & Processes.