AFS/FEF Student Research Competition

Scholarships are available! 

Submit Your Undergraduate Research Project Now

Organized by the American Foundry Society (AFS) and the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), the AFS/FEF Student Research Competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their undergraduate research projects at the annual Metalcasting Congress. All eligible submissions will be judged by AFS technical staff and a panel of metalcasting-industry experts. The winning submission will receive an FEF scholarship. Top submissions will also be published in the AFS International Journal of Metalcasting. 

The AFS/FEF Student Research Scholarship Competition is open to North American citizens who are undergraduate students currently enrolled in metalcasting-related programs at FEF-certified and affiliated schools. Students must be registered with FEF, have a current student membership with AFS, and be enrolled in the current academic year. 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 annual Metalcasting Congress. Registration for Congress is complimentary with a valid student ID. 

Presentation Details

Students must submit a PowerPoint presentation (approximately 7 slides) containing a Title, Abstract, Introduction, Testing Methodology, Results, Conclusion and References. A PowerPoint template is provided below.

Each presentation will be approximately 10 minutes long. It must include a recorded voiceover explaining the research as it corresponds to the slides listed above. Voice recordings can be made in PowerPoint.

The winner of the competition will do a live webinar presentation of the research that will be determined at a later date.

Participation Guidelines

Online applications including name(s) of presenting authors, project title, and abstract are due by March 5, 2021. A proof of the presentation is due no later than March 19, 2021. Applications must be completed at

Students must use the provided Powerpoint template available at

Judging Criteria        Points
Technical Content—completeness of work, interpretation of work,  and results, analysis, discussion, references/bibliography. Sufficiency of data to validate conclusions. 40
Relevance—relevance and applicability of the research to the metalcasting industry. 25
Innovation—originality of ideas, concepts or approach.       25
Presentation—overall style is effective. Information is concise and logically organized. 10
Total                                         100


QUESTIONS? Contact: Bo Wallace, Senior Technical Associate,  American Foundry Society at