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 26, 2021 See Details
 

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

award

$25,000

deadline

March 26, 2021
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FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

$13,500 August 15, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

award

$13,500

deadline

August 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

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

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

award

$5,000

deadline

March 31, 2021
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STEM Scholarship

Avomeen Analytical Services

$2,500 April 01, 2021 See Details
 

STEM Scholarship

Avomeen Analytical Services

award

$2,500

deadline

April 01, 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

award

$1,000

deadline

March 01, 2021
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STEM Scholarship

B&G Refrigeration

$1,000 June 30, 2021 See Details
 

STEM Scholarship

B&G Refrigeration

award

$1,000

deadline

June 30, 2021
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American Association of University Women Scholarship - Battle Creek

Battle Creek Community Foundation

Varies March 01, 2021 See Details
 

American Association of University Women Scholarship - Battle Creek

Battle Creek Community Foundation

award

Varies

deadline

March 01, 2021
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