Student Organizations

Numerous professional societies and student organizations exists to serve the technical, professional, and service needs of students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  Students are strongly encouraged to become active in these organizations early in their academic career at Penn State.  Participation in these groups dramatically enhances professional development and offers a myriad of opportunities to build friendships and technical contacts.

Material Advantage

The student-run chapters of professional societies are organized under the Material Advantage program run by the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, The Metallurgical Society (TMS), and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).  Members of Material Advantage receive membership in each of these professional societies, copies of their monthly publications, notification of upcoming meetings nationwide, eligibility for academic and professional development scholarships, discounts on books and publications, and much more!

To encourage participation, the department partially subsidizes the annual membership fee for undergraduates who are active in the Material Advantage chapter.  More information about Material Advantage can be found on their website.


Keramos, the National Professional Ceramic Engineering Fraternity, is a student group that works to promote and emphasize scholarship and character in students studying ceramics, to stimulate mental development and to promote interest in the professional aspects of ceramic engineering, science and technology.

MatSE Lion Scouts

The MatSE Lion Scout program was created as an outreach initiative, focusing mainly on current Materials Science and Engineering students returning to their high school science or engineering classes to share basic information about the undergraduate program at Penn State.  Limited travel expense reimbursement is available for qualifying applicants.  Any student may apply for this program, as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Full time student
  • Currently majoring in or working towards a major in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above
  • Have a semester standing of 2 or higher

Please contact Cindy Lake to apply.