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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Johnson and Johnson Scholars Award Program

Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company

$150,000 September 30, 2022 See Details
 

Johnson and Johnson Scholars Award Program

Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company

award

$150,000

deadline

September 30, 2022
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Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $65,000 November 02, 2022 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $65,000

deadline

November 02, 2022
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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Up to $30,000

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SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2022 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2022
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UCF Astronaut Scholarship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

Up to $15,000 March 02, 2023 See Details
 

UCF Astronaut Scholarship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

award

Up to $15,000

deadline

March 02, 2023
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SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

award

$10,000

deadline

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African American Leadership Society STEM Scholarship

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Up to $10,000 November 30, 2022 See Details
 

African American Leadership Society STEM Scholarship

United Way of South Hampton Roads

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

November 30, 2022
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HDR One Water Institute Scholarship

American Water Works Association

$10,000 December 20, 2022 See Details
 

HDR One Water Institute Scholarship

American Water Works Association

award

$10,000

deadline

December 20, 2022
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Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Scholarship

American Chemistry Council (ACC)

$10,000 January 31, 2023 See Details
 

Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Scholarship

American Chemistry Council (ACC)

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$10,000

deadline

January 31, 2023
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Willamette University STEM Fellows Scholarship

Willamette University

Up to $10,000 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Willamette University STEM Fellows Scholarship

Willamette University

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

February 01, 2023
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