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acers spotlight Education Integration Committee ACerS Divisions and Sections offer many opportunities for students Fox Brennecka By Kevin M. Fox, EIC member at large, and Geoff Brennecka, EIC chair ACerS, and its Divisions and Sections sponsor many student- and education-oriented activities. For those unfamiliar with the Society’s structure, Divisions generally focus on specific classes of materials and associated applications; Sections are geographically distributed. Members are encouraged to join as many Divisions and Sections as their interests warrant. The first Division membership is included in ACerS membership. Annual memberships in additional Divisions cost only $10 each, and the money goes directly to assist with Division programming and other activities. Each Section also has its own membership arrangement and activities. Following are some of the ACerS Division and Section programs aimed at giving students a chance to participate in Society activities. Divisions • The new Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division encourages students to participate in organizing and attending its annual workshops and symposia. This fall’s AACS workshop will feature a student instructor, who will discuss his undergraduate experiences at Stanford University’s Cantor Center for the Visual Arts and at a synchrotron. AACS offers financial support for student attendance, and the Division also is organizing a symposium at MS&T’14. Students will participate on the organizing committee and will be sponsored to attend the symposium. • The Basic Science Division administers the annual Graduate Excellence in Materials Science awards to recognize outstanding achievements of graduate students in materials science and engineering. The awards are open to those who make oral presentations at MS&T. • The Cements Division sponsors several activities that focus on students. At its annual meeting, the Division sponsors a tutorial that is put together with students in mind. The Division also organizes an annual student poster contest with cash prizes, and, at this year’s meeting, it organized a student networking reception where students had the chance to meet other students as well as professionals and faculty. • The Electronics Division offers awards for student presenters at its annual Electronic Materials and Applications meeting and sponsors the Lewis C. Hoffman Scholarship for undergraduates in ceramics and materials science. • The Engineering Ceramics Division is introducing a new Global Young Investigator Award at the 2014 International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach. The award will recognize an outstanding young ceramic engineer and scientist whose achievements have been significant to the profession and to the general welfare of the community. • The Glass and Optical Materials Division offers free student registrations, career panel discussions, student luncheons, and student mixer events at Division meetings. GOMD also administers the Norbert J. Kreidl Award for Young Scholars and the Cooper Scholars Award, holds an annual student poster competition with monetary awards for top undergraduate and graduate student posters, and provides sponsorship for some ACerS Young Professional Network activities. • The Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division offers a number of student travel stipends to attend the ACerS Annual Meeting at MS&T (see page 8). • The Refractory Ceramics Division, along with The Refractories Institute, offers an academic scholarship program to support students interested in refractory manufacturing and considering a career in the industry. Section activities ACerS Sections around the US offer many opportunities for students to take advantage of scholarships, travel stipends to ACerS events, poster contests, and more. For more information, visit www.ceramics.org/member-services/ sections. For more information about the EIC, contact Geoff Brennecka (glbrenn@ sandia.gov), Kevin M. Fox (kevin. fox@srnl.doe.gov), or Marcia Stout (mstout@ceramics.org). n Education Integration Committee Subcommittees Representatives CEC reps NICE reps SAC reps EIC Chair Staff Liaison Keramos (Pres.) PCSA (Chair) YPN At-Large (Optional) 10 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6


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