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Educational Student Engagement Strategies through Professional Society Resources

Prof Stanley Howard | South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and 2016 President of TMS, USA

Educational Student Engagement Strategies through Professional Society Resources

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Compelling and meaningful engagement in professional society activities offers career-defining experiences to students, not only putting them in contact with established professionals, but also providing motivation and support to excel. This talk outlines valuable student opportunities offered by The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). These include Material Advantage, a student organization that gives emerging professionals access to the knowledge, resources, and scholarship programs of four leading materials professional societies; the very popular TMS Bladesmithing Competition that provides students first-hand experience with historical reduction and forging; the successful student-run symposium initiative supported by the TMS Education Committee; and the TMS Materials Bowl, a highly competitive student competition that celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The presentation will also touch on the support TMS offers early career professionals as they transition from student to the world of work through its Young Professionals programs and continuing education courses focused on "soft skills" development and mentorship. TMS also is the lead society for ABET accreditation in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.