MetSoc Student Chapter Chair
Department of Materials Engineering, McGill University
Sidney Omelon is the contact throughout the years 2021-2024 regarding student programming and activities at MetSoc.
5 best tips to make the most of your MetSoc experience
1. Become a CIM student member
The first step to being part of the Metallurgy and Materials Society is to become a CIM member. With this membership you open a gateway to connecting with the right people, learning more about your chosen field and making a difference in the community.
Make the most of the CIM student membership by volunteering, presenting a paper or poster at a conference, organizing a field trip or joining a student chapter.
Student membership costs only $20 CAD per year.
2. Present at a Conference
2.1 The Conference of Metallurgists
The Annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM) is considered the Premier event for metallurgists and material science professionals in Canada consisting of symposia that attract experts from all over the world. It also includes scientific and technical workshops of extremely high caliber, a trade show and industrial visits. This conference is held every year in August.
Students are encouraged to participate through technical oral presentations, poster presentations, or attending section meetings and special events, such as the student-industry mixer.
For more information, visit com.metsoc.org
2.2 The Canadian Materials Science Conference
The Canadian Materials Science Conference (CMSC) is a highly student-based conference held yearly in June at a Canadian university. The conference provides an informal atmosphere for +150 delegates and encourages a wide range of participation from graduate students while bringing distinguished researchers for the more sharply focused workshops and symposia.
For more information, visit cmscconf.org
3. Apply for a Scholarship or Award
3.1 Student Awards and Scholarships
MetSoc and its technical sections encourage Canadian students in the metallurgy and materials science fields by offering many awards and scholarships to honour their accomplishments. We provide over $30,000 in scholarships and student awards each year.
The call for applications opens in December and closes in March.
3.2 Best Poster Award
Take part in the poster session at a conference such as COM and CMSC, and compete in the student poster competition for cash prizes. This provides students and delegates with the opportunity to display their work and make new contacts within their field. Consult this year’s list of events to see which conference offers a poster competition.
4. Apply for Student Funding
4.1 Conference Travel Funding
COM and CMSC have student travel funding available for CIM Student members enrolled in a Canadian University traveling more than 500 km to the conference. Funding opens in January. Applications must be filled out by May.
Any request for travel funding should include a letter of support from their current supervisor. Priority is given to undergraduates. The maximum funding is $500 depending on travel requirements. Students are advised of the final decision about one month prior to the conference. For more information, visit the conference’s website.
Additional funding is available from MetSoc Technical Sections. Learn more about what they have to offer.
4.2 Field Trip funding – Mineral Sciences and Engineering Section Funding
The mineral sciences and engineering technical section will contribute $1,000 CAD towards one class field trip to one university per year. Requests for funding should be made by a professor to the section chair.
5. Join a Student Chapter
The MetSoc Student Chapters are groups of students assembled to organize activities related to the fields of mineral extraction, metallurgy and materials science. Student Chapter benefits include conference and field trip funding, a distinguished lecturer program and a competition with a cash prize. All students are welcome to join their university’s chapter.
If your university doesn’t have a Chapter, why not create a Chapter? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to create your chapter.