Student Outreach

Student Outreach


Students are the future of our field, and so outreach has been at the heart of the mission of our chapter. In keeping with the strong tradition of supporting young scientists and engineers, the Brandywine Valley Chapter has recognized excellence in Materials Science research at a wide range of levels. Participation from our BVC members and sponsors makes the presentation of these awards possible, and we wish to thank you all for your continued support!


2018 Delaware Science Olympiad

The Delaware Science Olympiad is currently looking for volunteers and sponsors for its 2018 events!  Anyone interested helping out is encouraged to visit their website.


2017 New Castle County Science Fair

Despite some inclement weather, several BVC members turned out to help with the judging of the 22nd annual New Castle County Science Fair. Since 2008, Chapter members have assisted in judging science fair projects in general categories such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics, as well as a for a special ASM-BVC Materials Science award for “showing interest and expertise required for pursuit of a career in Materials Science and Engineering”. This event is a terrific way for aspiring young scientists to meet industry leaders and gain recognition for their hard work. Overall winners in their respective categories are invited to attend the regional Delaware Valley Science Fair in Philadelphia; those winners receiving an invitation to attend the International Fair.  There was an impressive number of students who participated in this event, and we look forward to continuing or involvement with this event in the future!


2017 C. Ernest Birchenall Best Student Paper Award

BVC continued its tradition of recognizing excellence in graduate student research by giving the C. Ernest Birchenall award for the best materials science oriented paper published by a University of Delaware graduate student. Students were invited to submit a paper that had been published in an academic, peer-reviewed journal, on which they were the first author. These papers were then scored by a judging panel comprised of professors from the University of Delaware and Brandywine Valley Chapter based on their clarity, technical approach, and interpretation of data, along with other categories.
This year’s winner was Hang Lau from the Kiick research group, with a paper entitled “Aqueous Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation of Resilin-Like Polypeptide/Polyethylene Glycol Solutions for the Formation of Microstructures Hydrogels,” published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. She was recognized for her excellent work at the annual University of Delaware Awards luncheon, and received a certificate and cash prize for her accomplishment.
This award is given in honor of C. Ernest Birchenall, Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy who died in 1992. Prof. Birchenall joined the University of Delaware Chemical Engineering faculty in 1960 and served as the dean if the University’s the-College of Graduate Studies from 1964-1967. Dr. Birchenall was a fellow of ASM International and was active with ASM at both the national and local Brandywine Valley Chapter levels.