Each year, AIST Foundation sponsors three major contests for high school, undergraduate and/or graduate students.
Students are encouraged to show their creative side by creating an original video promoting the steel industry, give a 15-minute session based on their undergraduate technical research, or present a graduate-level poster relating to the iron and steel industry. Each contest offers monetary prizes ranging from US$500–US$3,000 and is synonymous with the AIST Foundation’s mission to ensure the iron and steel industry of tomorrow will have a sufficient number of qualified professionals.
Established in April 2014 with a US$100,000 donation to AIST by Mr. Thomas C. Graham Sr., the purpose of the T. C. Graham Fund for Innovation In Steel Application is to encourage and recognize innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize.