Materials Chemistry

The interdisciplinary field of materials science, also commonly termed materials science and engineering is the design and discovery of new materials, particularly solids. The intellectual origins of materials science stem from the Enlightenment, when researchers began to use analytical thinking from chemistry, physics, and engineering to understand ancient, phenomenological observations in metallurgy and mineralogy. Materials science still incorporates elements of physics, chemistry, and engineering. As such, the field was long considered by academic institutions as a sub-field of these related fields. Beginning in the 1940s, materials science began to be more widely recognized as a specific and distinct field of science and engineering, and major technical universities around the world created dedicated schools of the study, within either the Science or Engineering schools, hence the naming.

Many of the most pressing scientific problems humans currently face are due to the limits of the materials that are available and how they are used. Thus, breakthroughs in materials science are likely to affect the future of technology significantly.

Materials scientists emphasize understanding how the history of a material (its processing) influences its structure, and thus the material's properties and performance. The understanding of processing-structure-properties relationships is called the § materials paradigm. This paradigm is used to advance understanding in a variety of research areas, including nanotechnology, biomaterials, and metallurgy. Materials science is also an important part of forensic engineering and failure analysis – investigating materials, products, structures or components which fail or do not function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property. Such investigations are key to understanding, for example, the causes of various aviation accidents and incidents.

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Matching Materials Chemistry Colleges

University of Arkansas

Four or more years; Public; $22,630 average out-state tuition; $7,384 average in-state tuition

United States Air Force Academy

Four or more years; Public

Illinois Institute of Technology

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,869 average out-state tuition; $43,869 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Materials Chemistry Majors

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Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund

American Indian Graduate Center

Up to $30,000 June 01, 2022 See Details
 

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund

American Indian Graduate Center

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Up to $30,000

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June 01, 2022
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FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

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$13,500 August 15, 2022 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

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$13,500

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August 15, 2022
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Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

$10,000 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

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$10,000

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July 31, 2022
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TowerCares Scholarship

TowerCares Foundation

$5,000 May 16, 2022 See Details
 

TowerCares Scholarship

TowerCares Foundation

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$5,000

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May 16, 2022
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Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

$5,000 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

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$5,000

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July 31, 2022
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DFBSST Scholarship

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

Up to $3,000 June 15, 2022 See Details
 

DFBSST Scholarship

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

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Up to $3,000

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June 15, 2022
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Olay Face the Stem Gap Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$2,500 May 31, 2022 See Details
 

Olay Face the Stem Gap Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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$2,500

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May 31, 2022
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AISES 3M Scholarship

American Indian Science and Engineering Society, NM

Up to $2,500 May 31, 2022 See Details
 

AISES 3M Scholarship

American Indian Science and Engineering Society, NM

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Up to $2,500

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May 31, 2022
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oSTEM Scholarship

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc.

Up to $5,000 June 10, 2022 See Details
 

oSTEM Scholarship

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc.

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Up to $5,000

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June 10, 2022
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Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

Scarlett Family Foundation

$2,500 December 15, 2022 See Details
 

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

Scarlett Family Foundation

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$2,500

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December 15, 2022
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