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International Titanium Association Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

The International Titanium Association (ITA) and its International Titanium Foundation (ITF), in a partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), has received a $21,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Initially, funds from NSF will be used to support up to 15 college students involved in metallurgy, engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies, enabling the students to attend the TITANIUM USA 2019 conference and exhibition, which will be held Sept. 21-25 in Mobile, Alabama USA.

Students attending the conference will be invited to meet with leaders of ITA’s executive board to establish prospective internships and job opportunities within their organizations.  Students are encouraged to submit academic posters on a given research topic, which will be displayed at the conference and to prepare a slide presentation in the general session which will be published in the official conference proceedings.

MSU submitted the grant proposal to the NSF on behalf of the ITA.  The NSF grant is part of the ITA’s outreach efforts to attract and retain students involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), with the goal of enlisting them for the next generation of leaders in the worldwide titanium industry.

ITA representatives and Dr. James F. Klausner, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University, produced the idea to apply for the NSF award. Klausner envisioned the ITA as having an important role in bridging the gap between industry and academia.  ITA, a 501(c) trade organization, tasked with promoting work in the titanium industry as a valuable STEM field for graduate and undergraduate students—formed the International Titanium Foundation, a 501(c) (3), to create a new support group in the titanium industry.

The ITA and ITF propose to use NSF funding to support a total of fifteen (15) targeted non-traditional graduate and undergraduate students in attending the Titanium USA conference.  This travel support would allow these supported students to:

  • Attend the supported conference and participate in numerous educational workshops and seminars on current research in the titanium industry.

  • Present their own on-going research through poster presentations to their peers, professional researchers in the titanium field, and titanium industry leaders. Receive feedback from the assigned research mentors (researcher volunteers) after their poster presentation.

  • Participate in meetings with titanium industry leaders to explore post-graduation career options in research within the titanium industry, national laboratories, or academia. Participate in a career workshop arranged just for these students.

The selection criteria for student travel support are as follows:

Students from groups that have been historically under-represented in advanced manufacturing

No other student will be selected for a travel award from the same university,

No student will be selected for a travel award if they received NSF support for a different conference during the year

Students who have not previously received a travel award to attend a Titanium USA conference,

Students who have an NSF-sponsored paper or NSF-sponsored poster accepted for presentation at the conference

Students who have a paper or poster accepted for presentation at the conference

TITANIUM USA 2019 - Mobile, Alabama
DEADLINE: September 2, 2019

Benefits of submitting an abstract for general session and/or applying for the academic poster session:

  • Presentation slides and optional white paper published in the conference proceedings with ISBN #.
  • Student gains experience presenting to conference delegates.
  • Posters are open to any topics (not restricted to any specific theme)
  • Ability to present your ideas to key representatives in the titanium industry
  • Conference registration will be sponsored
  • Travel and 3 nights hotel (Arrival Saturday, Departure Tuesday) sponsored if participant is located outside of conference city
  • Networking advantages including exclusive invitation to meet with industry leaders at Moe's BBQ for dinner on Saturday, September 21st.

  • Mention in “Titanium Today” and various Press Releases
  • Your Professor is welcome to accompany you to the TITANIUM Conference at the discounted Academic rate.

Click Here to Submit Your Abstract for Consideration

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Guidelines for Posters:

  • While the TITANIUM Conference welcomes delegates from many countries, the official language of the conference is English and all Posters should be presented in English.
  • The student must be present at the event and must be available to stand next to their poster display for a period of at least 45 minutes to answer any questions.
  • Proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal. The abstract should follow the structure of:
    • Purpose Design/Methodology/Approach Findings
    • Practical Implications/Value
    • Relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical content
    • Clarity of expression
    • Status of research: Are the results in hand? When appropriate, please include the timeline for completion of research.

Poster Preparation
  • The size of posters should be not more than 4’ high x 8’ wide (approximately 1.2 meters high x 2.4 meters wide). Size requirements must be strictly adhered to so posters fit within the space as assigned. If your poster exceeds these specifications, it may be subject to removal.
  • Posters may be attached to the boards using Velcro or pushpins. All poster presenters are encouraged to bring their own supplies.
  • The presentation must cover the material as cited in the abstract.
  • Place the title of your paper and your paper number prominently at the top of the poster board to allow viewers to identify your paper. Indicate 1) the abstract’s presentation number, 2) title, and 3) authors’ names.
  • Highlight the authors’ names, e-mails, and address information in case the viewer is interested in contacting you for more information.
  • Business cards or small leaflet literature for distribution may be inserted in an envelope and affixed to the board.
  • Prepare all diagrams or charts neatly and legibly beforehand in a size sufficient to be read at a distance of 2 meters. Paragraph and figure caption text should be AT LEAST 24-point font (0.9 cm height) and headers AT LEAST 36 point font (1.2 cm height). Use creativity by using different font sizes and styles, perhaps even color.
  • Use different colors and textures/symbols for each line or bar contained in your graph or chart. A serif font (e.g., Times) is often easier for reading main text, and a non-serif font (e.g., Arial or Helvetica) for headers and figure labels.
  • Organize the paper on the poster board so it is clear, orderly, and self-explanatory. You have complete freedom in displaying your information in figures, tables, text, photographs, etc.
  • Use squares, rectangles, circles, etc., to group similar ideas. Avoid cluttering your poster with too much text. Label different elements as I, II, III; or 1, 2, 3; or A, B, C, making it easier for a viewer to follow your display.
  • Include the background of your research followed by results and conclusions. A successful poster presentation depends on how well you convey information to an interested audience.
  • Please do not laminate your poster to ensure that it can be recycled.
  • ITA abides by antitrust guidelines and also abides by a separate resolution which specifies that issues on price, capacity or market forecasts past, present or future will not be discussed in any ITA gathering. Any questions regarding suitable items for display or discussion should be reviewed with either ITA Legal Counsel or an ITA staff person prior to open discussion.

Exhibit for Research & Development on Titanium Poster Session Application:

Part of this sponsorship requires poster session participants to volunteer 2 hours to man table tops at the Kids in Titanium (KiT) event which will take place during the ITA conference outside of exhibition hours.

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