1. Light Microscopy – All Materials.

  2. Electron Microscopy – All Materials.

  3. Student Entries – All Materials. (Undergraduate Students Only1)

  4. Artistic Microscopy (Color) – This class is based on the use of color microscopy.

  5. Artistic Microscopy (Black & White) – This class is based on the use of black & white microscopy.


Additional Notes:

  • Digitally captured images are permitted in all categories, but the images must depict true structures, which have not been significantly altered from their original appearance.

    • Artistic modifications and augmentations are permitted in Class 4 and 5 only.  Examples include color alternations for Class 4, and inclusion of added non-technical images to emphasize a unique characteristic for Classes 4 and 5.

  • Class 1, 2, and 3 entries are expected to use multiple images/techniques and narrative to convey how metallography and/or electron microscopy techniques were used to characterize a material or process, help solve a problem, or describe a unique or unusual technique.

    • Class 1 entries can use macro optical and electron microscopy images, but the majority of images must be light microscopy. Conversely, Class 2 entries can use macro optical and light microscopy, but the majority of images must be electron microscopy.  

  • Entries for Classes 1 and 2 are expected to be experienced metallographers and metallurgists. However, group submissions may include student or novice technician participation.

    • Undergraduate student participation on a Class 1 or 2 entry does not exclude that individual from submitting a separate entry in Class 3.

  • For Class 3, it is expected the undergraduate students will be guided by a department professor or advisor.  Students should acquire a letter of confirmation from their professor or advisor stating the entry was completed by the student(s) with minimal assistance after the entry outline was established.

  • Class 4 and 5 entries are for artistic or aesthetic value, and are not eligible for Best in Show Jacquet-Lucas Award.

1 A student is defined as an individual who is working toward a first degree (e.g., Associates Degree, Bachelor's Degree), or equivalent in another country. All undergraduate students, whether as an individual or as a student team, must enter into Class 3. An undergraduate student may be part of a team with an entry in Classes 1 or 2, provided the team lead is a graduate student, professor, or other professional.