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 01, 2021 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
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Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

$39,000 October 29, 2021 See Details
 

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

award

$39,000

deadline

October 29, 2021
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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 December 03, 2021 See Details
 

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

award

$10,000

deadline

December 03, 2021
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PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

$2,000 December 05, 2021 See Details
 

PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

award

$2,000

deadline

December 05, 2021
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Sally G. Maez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$1,095 February 15, 2022 See Details
 

Sally G. Maez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

award

$1,095

deadline

February 15, 2022
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NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

$1,000 October 15, 2021 See Details
 

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

award

$1,000

deadline

October 15, 2021
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Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

$500 April 01, 2022 See Details
 

Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

award

$500

deadline

April 01, 2022
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Clarence L. Remynse Scholarship

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Up to $7,500 December 01, 2021 See Details
 

Clarence L. Remynse Scholarship

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

award

Up to $7,500

deadline

December 01, 2021
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The Student Research Scholarship

Eastern Connecticut State University

Varies Varies See Details
 

The Student Research Scholarship

Eastern Connecticut State University

award

Varies

deadline

Varies
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SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation) Scholarship

University of California, Davis

Varies Varies See Details
 

SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation) Scholarship

University of California, Davis

award

Varies

deadline

Varies
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