AFS/FEF Student Research Scholarship Competition

Scholarships to be awarded! Top entries to be published in IJMC!

Compete in the industry’s original casting-research scholarship competition


The 2022 AFS/FEF Student Research Competition empowers students to showcase their undergraduate research projects at the 2022 CastExpo. All eligible submissions will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel comprised of the AFS Research Board and the officers of the AFS Technical Council.  The winning submission(s) will receive college scholarships funded by AFS. Top submissions will also be published in the prestigious AFS International Journal of Metalcasting, which can be a valuable step in students’ career success.  


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 receive free registration to CastExpo 2022.

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 be invited to present to present a live webinar presentation of the research that will provide high-level visibility within the metalcasting industry.

Participation Guidelines

Key dates for entries and draft presentations will be announced soon.

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


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