Student Affairs Committee

Call for 2013 Donaldson-Kiefer Scholarship Applications

Applications are available for three $1,000 Donaldson-Kiefer Scholarships to be awarded by the Cleveland Chapter in 2013. Applications are being sought from current college sophomores or juniors. Two scholarships are available to any student attending a Northeast Ohio college or university and either majoring in Materials Science/Engineering or with a materials emphasis in a related science/engineering field. A third scholarship is reserved for a close relative of a Cleveland Chapter member. Applications must be submitted by February 15th, 2013.

See the application form for additional information

At least one recommendation is also required per application


    The purpose of the Student Affairs Committee is two-fold.  First, it has the responsibility for serving the student members of the Chapter and associated ASM Student Chapters by providing opportunities for furthering their interest and learning in the field of metallurgy and their awareness of ASM. Secondly, the Student Affairs Committee is charged with the task of stimulating interest in metallurgy and material science careers among elementary school, junior high / middle school, high school, and college students.


    At least three members chosen by the Committee Chairman.  Ideally the members would contain a representative of the CWRU Student Chapter, a faculty or staff member of CWRU, and a member of CSU or any other local college offering materials elated courses.


    • Obtain file from the outgoing Committee Chairman.
    • Prepare tentative budget and submit to the Treasurer before the first Executive Committee meeting.
    • ASM Student Member activities will include:
      • Assist in the establishment of student ASM Chapters at local engineering colleges and universities.  Help maintain Student Chapter programs and provide local ASM Member speakers.
      • Encourage ASM student member participation in Cleveland Chapter meetings through appropriate Publications on campus and through partial defraying of dinner costs.
      • Involvement in college student awareness projects.
        • February / March - Judge science fair experiments at the Northeastern Ohio Science Fair.  Cleveland ASM Chapter makes monetary awards of up to $1,000 and certificates of merit for student exhibits judged best in the field of metallurgy or material science.  Other duties pertaining to the Science Fair include:
        • Construct a judging committee of at least two and preferably more members to review Science Fair projects and select the Chapter award winners.
        • Produce award packages for presentation to the winners and runners up at the NEOSF awards banquet.  The package will include a certificate suitable for framing, a letter with the award and the amount of the award, and a certificate holder or envelope.
        • Obtain Science Fair plaques and checks for presentation to winners at Awards Night.  The Treasurer will need to be notified of the winners names and amount of each check.
        • Following Science Fair - invite award winner(s), parents and advisor(s) to a Chapter meeting as the committee's guests and present an award at that time.  Be sure to provide meals for the family and advisors involved.
        • Obtain suitable Publications for award winner in his school and in local newspaper and provide ASM Headquarters with photographs and text for ASM News.
      • March - Presentation of Academic Achievement Awards to Northeast Ohio high school Juniors.  The Committee will solicit nominations from each local high school (approximately 150 total).  The schools responding will receive back a certificate and award for the students prior to the school awards convocation.  Prior year awards have been portfolios and pad holders purchased from Crestline.  The awards and certificates must be to the schools by May 15, and some schools may need theirs earlier.
      • Spring - Provide an industrial Plant Tour for Academic Achievement Award winners, Northeast Ohio Scince and Engineering Fair ASM award winners, their parents and teachers.  The tour will be jointly sponsored with the CWRU Student Chapter.  It is the joint responsibility of the CWRU Student Chapter and the Student Affairs Committee to locate commercial establishment that will sponsor a plant tour.  In the interest of building the Chapter image and reputation, local publications such as newspapers will be provided copies of the pictures and the text sent to ASM Headquarters for publication in ASM News.
      • Develop and maintain grade school and junior high school demonstration kits on materials.
      • Conduct student outreach programs and classroom visits.
      • Provide support for the Boy Scout Metallurgy Merit Badge as requested.  Stimulate interest in pursuing metallurgy merit badges by contracting local Boy Scout and Explorer groups and provide sponsors and assistance where appropriate.
      • May - Award up to three Donaldson-Kiefer Scholarships.  Two open scholarships are given to sophomores in engineering, preferably in Metallurgy or Materials Science.  The third scholarship is given to an undergraduate relative of a Cleveland Chapter Member.  If no one meeting that criteria applies, the scholarship becomes an open scholarship.
      • Oversee the Chapter investment account for the scholarships and solicit outside donations.  The Committee is also responsible for providing the Treasurer a written request in August to transfer $750 or the budgeted amount from the Chapter CHIPS account or investment portfolio to the Scholarship CHIPS account or investment portfolio.  The goal is to make the scholarships self sustaining.
    • The Student Affairs Committee will have responsibility for providing speakers for Young Members Night.  One, typically a member, will speak on careers in engineering, and the other will give a technical presentation of interest to high school students.  In addition, the Student Affairs Committee will have responsibility for finding a suitable venue, inviting local high school students, soliciting outside sponsors, coordinating with the Publications, Registration and Program Committees and providing food and drinks.
    • Prepare an annual report summarizing the year's activities for submission to the Executive Committee at the annual business meeting in June.
    • Transfer the complete Committee file to the incoming Committee Chairman.


    • Portion of meal cost of students who attend local Chapter meetings.
    • Committee meeting expenses.
    • Three Scholarship Awards.
    • Plaques and Certificates for Science Fair winners.
    • Academic Achievement Awards for High School Juniors.
    • Meals for Science Fair winners and their parents.
    • Material Science demonstration kits.
    • Student classroom visits and materials for participation with schools.
    • Correspondence and postage.