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2018 AFS/FEF Student Technology Contest

January 12, 2018

Organized by the American Foundry Society (AFS) and the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), the AFS/FEF Student Technology Contest is an opportunity for students to showcase their undergraduate research projects at the 122nd Metalcasting Congress (April 3­–5, 2018) in Fort Worth, Texas. All eligible submissions will be judged by AFS technical staff and a panel of metalcasting-industry experts. The winning submission will receive a $3,000 FEF scholarship. Top submissions will also be published in the AFS International Journal of Metalcasting.


The AFS/FEF Student Technology Scholarship Contest is open to North American citizens that are undergraduate students currently enrolled in metalcasting-related programs at FEF-certified and affiliated schools. Students must be registered with FEF and enrolled in the current academic year.

For a list of FEF schools, click here: The project must represent current or recent undergraduate-level work performed by the student(s) in metalcasting technology or molten metal processing. Each student may enter only one submission.

All presenting students must register and attend the 122nd Metalcasting Congress, April 3‒5, 2018 in Fort Worth, TX. Congress registration is complimentary with a valid student ID. Students must be available for digital poster presentations and Q & A on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presentation Details

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:00–2:00 p.m., The Hub, Booth 517 at the 2018 AFS Metalcasting Congress. Each student will have approximately 10 minutes to present their submission (in AFS digital poster format) and field Q & A from the judges.

Participation Guidelines

Online applications including name(s) of presenting authors, research project title, and abstract are due Friday, February 16, 2018. Applications can be completed at:

Students must use the provided digital poster template at:

A digital poster proof is due no later than March 1, 2018.



Technical Content— Completeness of work, interpretation of results, analysis, discussion, references/bibliography. Sufficiency of data to validate conclusions.


Relevance— Relevance and applicability of the research to the metalcasting industry.


Innovation—Originality of ideas, concepts or approach.


Presentation—Overall style is effective. Information is concise and logically organized.




Travel Assistance:
There might be an opportunity to receive a travel grant through your local AFS Chapter. Contact Kim Perna at A request for a student travel grant must be submitted by each student individually to be considered.  Applying for the poster session does not automatically mean a student applies for a student travel grant or vice versa. 

If you have questions regarding the Student Digital Poster Session, please email Kim Perna, Technical Assistant, American Foundry Society: