Student /Teacher Resources


Student / Teacher Resources

Table of Contents:

Scholarship Opportunities
Science Fair Opportunities
Science Fair Ideas
Helpful Science Fair Links
Material Camp Opportunities
Student Design Competition
Teacher Resources

Chapter Scholarship Opportunities

Our chapter has maintained a strong presence in educational support with annual scholarships directed toward local students who are embarking on a career in Metallurgy, Materials Science or other engineering/science disciplines.  


Canton-Massillon Chapter of ASM International - Freshman Scholarship Application

2020-2021 Scholarship Deadline: Post mark no later than April 23, 2021


Scholarship Requirements:

1. The applicant attends a high school encompassed by a 446XX or 447XX zip code. School listing can be found here.

2. The applicant is being admitted for direct enrollment in an ABET accredited College of Engineering for the Fall 2021 semester. 

3. The scholarship can not be used at a College of Technology (e.g., Stark State College of Technology). 

4. Up to 2 scholarship awards of $2,000 will be awarded

5. A minimum ACT composite score of 28 is required for all applications.

6. The scholarship is NOT renewable.

7. The application must be completed in full and returned with letters of recommendation by the date listed above.

8. This financial award will be paid after the student has registered in an Engineering College for the Fall semester.   A copy of the schedule of classes must be supplied to receive the check. 

9. Questions about submitting the application should be directed to Patrick Anderson (

Apply Now!

Attention Students: Science Fair Opportunities

Are you starting to plan projects for an upcoming science fair? The ASM Canton-Massillon Chapter gives up to two monetary awards for material science related projects chosen at the Mount Union Science Fair. Science fair projects can invent new materials, improve existing materials, test the properties of materials, or compare the suitability of different materials for a specific purpose. More science fair information can be found here.

Can't think of a materials project? Try to think about ways that you can study about different material properties or ways that materials are used around us. Below is a list of potential areas of interest.

Looking for a mentor in the engineering field to discuss your project idea?  Email with your science fair project idea and ask if you could be matched with a mentor.

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Sample Materials-Related Science Fair Topics Can Include:


  • Evaluate strength, toughness, or fatigue of various metals

  • Compressive versus tensile strength of materials

  • Work hardening to make metals stronger

  • Study corrosion of metals

    • What affects corrosion?  This could be done by comparing salt water, distilled water and tap water, or comparing these at different temperatures

    • Which metal is most resistant to corrosion?

    • Why are some metals better suited for electronics than others (i.e. conductivity)?


  • Study thermal shock or conductivity

  • Sintering effects on strength


  • Recycling, degredation by remelting, etc.  How does the polymer type affect biodegradability of the plastic?

Material Selection

  • Study variation of packaging on products (ex cans vs plastic or glass for carbonated drinks, how does colored glass affect taste, etc)

  • How does packaging affect how long fruit stays fresh or ripens?

  • Compare and evaluate different building materials that could be used for an application

  • Study variability in materials relating to which is better for optics, electronics, etc.


  • Phase changes

  • Temperature changes (sublimation, evaporization, condensation, etc)

  • Evaluate toughness of various materials (compare wood, composites, metal)

  • Compare different adhesives for strength

  • Does varying the composition for concrete vary its impactability? toughness?

  • Coatings

  • Material density

  • Hardness variations

  • What type of water filter removes the most impurities?

  • How does the shape of a material affect its strength? For example, which is stronger... a wooden dowel, I-beam, U-beam, etc. of a certain length and weight?

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Materials Camp Opportunities

Interested in attending a Materials Camp for High School Students?  Various camps are available for high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of school. Materials camps utilize hands-on learning principles of applied math and science; a truly unique, team-based problem solving experience that explores materials science and engineering principles. More info here.

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Student Design Competition

Coming soon-the first annual High School Student Dome Design competition! Details to follow soon.

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Teacher Outreach


Learning Opportunities

ASM conducts multiple instructional courses on Metallurgical/Materials topics, primarily for non engineering professionals looking to learn more about material properties and processes. Courses include "Metallurgy for the NonMetallurgust" or free Teacher Camps. Click here to see chapter class offerings or here for upcoming teacher offerings.

Classroom Resources

We supply awards and prizes to students at local Science Fairs. Click here to see more information on this year's guidelines.

Are you a science teacher looking for projects for the classroom?  Check out some of the Teachers Resources available through ASM. 


Financial Resources

Are you interested in attending a teacher camp, but can't afford the trip? Our chapter offers teacher reimbursements for travel to/from teacher camps. Forms for reimbursement can be found here

Chapter Officers:

Chairman: Carla Giacobone

Vice Chairman: open

Secretary: Stephanie Helline

Treasurer: Jim Laverick

Executive Committee members: Dennis Huffman; Bob Palmer

Student Outreach:
Patrick Anderson


Please direct comments or questions for our monthly newsletter to Carla Giacobone

Please direct comments or questions regarding the website to Stephanie Helline