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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FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

$13,500 August 15, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

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$13,500

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August 15, 2021
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FOSSI Scholarship

HBCU Week Foundation, Inc.

$10,000 February 15, 2021 See Details
 

FOSSI Scholarship

HBCU Week Foundation, Inc.

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$10,000

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February 15, 2021
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ACS Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

Up to $5,000 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

ACS Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

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Up to $5,000

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March 01, 2021
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship

American Association of University Women - Naperville Area

$5,000 March 31, 2021 See Details
 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship

American Association of University Women - Naperville Area

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$5,000

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March 31, 2021
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Jerome Evenson Scholarship

Arlington Community Foundation

$3,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

Jerome Evenson Scholarship

Arlington Community Foundation

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$3,000

deadline

February 01, 2021
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David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry

East Texas Communities Foundation

$3,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry

East Texas Communities Foundation

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$3,000

deadline

February 01, 2021
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STEM Scholarship

Avomeen Analytical Services

$2,500 April 01, 2021 See Details
 

STEM Scholarship

Avomeen Analytical Services

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$2,500

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April 01, 2021
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Sally G. Maez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$1,095 February 15, 2021 See Details
 

Sally G. Maez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

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$1,095

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February 15, 2021
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Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

Alliant Energy Foundation

$1,000 February 17, 2021 See Details
 

Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

Alliant Energy Foundation

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$1,000

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February 17, 2021
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Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

$1,000 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

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$1,000

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March 01, 2021
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