Materials Sciences

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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Scholarships for Materials Sciences Majors

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Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

$25,000 March 24, 2022 See Details
 

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

award

$25,000

deadline

March 24, 2022
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FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

$13,500 August 15, 2022 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

award

$13,500

deadline

August 15, 2022
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FOSSI Scholarship

HBCU Week Foundation, Inc.

$10,000 February 15, 2022 See Details
 

FOSSI Scholarship

HBCU Week Foundation, Inc.

award

$10,000

deadline

February 15, 2022
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Bannan Scholarship

Seattle University

$6,000 February 11, 2022 See Details
 

Bannan Scholarship

Seattle University

award

$6,000

deadline

February 11, 2022
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Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship

American Power Systems, Inc.

$5,000 February 28, 2022 See Details
 

Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship

American Power Systems, Inc.

award

$5,000

deadline

February 28, 2022
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Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Asian Pacific Fund

$5,000 February 28, 2022 See Details
 

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Asian Pacific Fund

award

$5,000

deadline

February 28, 2022
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American Chemical Society Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

Up to $5,000 March 01, 2022 See Details
 

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

March 01, 2022
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Sperry Goodman Scholarship

Seattle University

$5,000 March 07, 2022 See Details
 

Sperry Goodman Scholarship

Seattle University

award

$5,000

deadline

March 07, 2022
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Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship

Aerospace Education Foundation

$5,000 April 30, 2022 See Details
 

Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship

Aerospace Education Foundation

award

$5,000

deadline

April 30, 2022
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IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship

Chicago Public Schools

Up to $5,000 March 11, 2022 See Details
 

IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship

Chicago Public Schools

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

March 11, 2022
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