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2017 Student Poster Session/Scholarship Contest

February 25, 2017

Organized by the American Foundry Society (AFS) and the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), the Student Poster Session is an opportunity to showcase your undergraduate research project at the 121st Metalcasting Congress. All eligible entries will be judged by AFS technical staff and a panel of metalcasting industry experts based on the criteria given below. The winning project will receive a $3,000 FEF scholarship.

Session Details: AFS will display student posters in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, April 26. The poster session will be held that evening during the Exhibitor’s Reception from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Participation Guidelines:

  • By March 3, submit your abstract here:
  • By March 24, submit a proof of the completed poster. A template will be provided to you upon receipt of your abstract.
  • Register and plan to attend the 121st Metalcasting Congress being held April 25-27 in Milwaukee. Student registration is free and can be completed online at
  • Bring a 24 x 36 in. laminated copy of the final poster to the show. A foam board will be provided so your poster can be pinned to the board and stationed on an easel.
  • Arrive outside the exhibit hall between 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, to set up your poster for general viewing during exhibit hours.
  • Participate in poster presentations and a Q&A during the Exhibitor’s Reception from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Bring any additional materials needed for the presentation such as computers and/or other technological devices.

All submissions will be subject to technical review. Judging will take place prior to the 121st Metalcasting Congress and the winning project will be announced onsite. The award will be mailed to the presenter(s) after the show. 




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.





Contest Rules:

  • AFS/FEF Student Technology Scholarship Contest is open to North American citizens currently enrolled in metalcasting-related programs at FEF-certified and affiliated schools. For a list of FEF schools, click here: Students must also register with FEF if not already registered.
  • All presenting students must be available on April 26 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. to participate in the poster session.
  • The project must represent current or recent undergraduate-level work performed by the student(s) in the area of metalcasting technology or molten metal processing.
  • Each student may only participate in one poster. If you worked on multiple projects that will be presented, you will need to choose one main poster that your name will be included on as a presenter.
  • Conference registration is required for all presenters.

Travel Assistance: There might be an opportunity to receive a travel grant through your local AFS Chapter. Contact Laura Kasch 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 Poster Session, please email Laura Kasch, Technical Assistant, American Foundry Society: