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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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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STEM Scholarship in Memory of James Fabian, Esq.

Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration

$3,000 May 15, 2021 See Details
 

STEM Scholarship in Memory of James Fabian, Esq.

Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration

award

$3,000

deadline

May 15, 2021
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Southwest Indiana Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

Up to $3,000 May 31, 2021 See Details
 

Southwest Indiana Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

Up to $3,000

deadline

May 31, 2021
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oSTEM Scholarship

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc.

Up to $5,000 June 11, 2021 See Details
 

oSTEM Scholarship

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc.

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

June 11, 2021
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The Black Sons Matter Scholarship

The Black Sons Matter Foundation

$1,500 June 01, 2021 See Details
 

The Black Sons Matter Scholarship

The Black Sons Matter Foundation

award

$1,500

deadline

June 01, 2021
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Novus Biologicals Scholarship

Novus Biologicals

$1,500 June 16, 2021 See Details
 

Novus Biologicals Scholarship

Novus Biologicals

award

$1,500

deadline

June 16, 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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AEL Collegiate Essay Contest

Americanism Educational Leaders

Up to $2,500 June 30, 2021 See Details
 

AEL Collegiate Essay Contest

Americanism Educational Leaders

award

Up to $2,500

deadline

June 30, 2021
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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

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Varies

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ernest F. Hollings

University of California, Davis

Varies Varies See Details
 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ernest F. Hollings

University of California, Davis

award

Varies

deadline

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