Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering

Students Matter

We actively encourage postgraduate students and young engineers in industry to develop their careers in advanced materials and their processing, particularly advanced composites.

Why join SAMPE?

  • Networking opportunities. Becoming part of the SAMPE family provides fertile interactions with the industry early on in your career
  • SAMPE supports your continuous development through meetings and Seminars in the UK and globally
  • Reduced membership fee for students and young engineers
  • Technical Papers accessed by website are available at no cost to you
  • SAMPE Journal - respected quarterly publication with cutting edge articles

The membership application form can be found here.

The UK and Ireland Chapter runs two programmes specifically for students/young people, which are described below.

Annual Student Seminar

The annual seminar competition is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate research students to present their work to a panel of independent judges. Typically, 2nd year PhD, 3rd year EngD, or Masters research students participate.

Every year the student Seminar is held in late spring, usually in London. Up to six students are selected to participate in the seminar competition from all of the applications received by the deadline, and are chosen on the fit to the brief, content, novelty, technological innovation, and its application. If chosen to compete the seminar you will get:

  • One year SAMPE young members membership
  • Expenses paid to attend the seminar competition

The winner(s) of the completion will be invited to take their presentation forward to represent SAMPE UK + Ireland in the SAMPE European student seminar, held every autumn, in various EU countries; and could even go on to represent SAMPE Europe in the following SAMPE US Technical Conference in Long Beach, CA (all expenses paid).

To see how this competition can help in your future career, see this case study where a previous winner talks about its impact on their career

Travel Grants

We offer travel grants to young SAMPE members working with advanced composites in the UK or Ireland to broaden their experience and raise their profile by attending/ presenting at international conferences and making industrial visits. We offer grants up to £500 for international events, and £350 for events in the UK or Ireland, paying up to 50% of the travel cost.

We expect the recipient of a SAMPE travel grant to:

  • Recognise the travel grant award in any presentation or poster
  • Submit a short report on the event identifying the benefit derived
  • Include in the report a picture of the recipient at the event

The application form can be found here.

Reports by the recipients of the 2016 travel grants may be found here.

Please note:

This year's student travel grant budget has now been fully allocated, and so the scheme is currently closed to new applications.

Eligibility criteria:

A young person is defined as a postgraduate student studying advanced composites materials or processing at a university in the UK or Eire. Alternatively, a professional engineer working with advanced composites in industry aged 25 or under.

Need to know more?

Contact Andrew Mills, the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter Student Co-ordinator.

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