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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Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 02, 2020 See Details

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 02, 2020
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SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2020 See Details

SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2020
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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 December 02, 2020 See Details

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

award

$10,000

deadline

December 02, 2020
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PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

$2,000 December 05, 2020 See Details

PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

award

$2,000

deadline

December 05, 2020
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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

award

$1,095

deadline

February 15, 2021
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NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

$1,000 October 15, 2020 See Details

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

award

$1,000

deadline

October 15, 2020
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The Boeing Company Scholarship

Antelope Valley College

Varies Varies See Details

The Boeing Company Scholarship

Antelope Valley College

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Varies

deadline

Varies
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San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Alamo Community College District

Varies September 06, 2020 See Details

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Alamo Community College District

award

Varies

deadline

September 06, 2020
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