Students & Faculty

Training and Travel Funds

Steel to Students Training Program

The AIST Foundation's Steel to Students Training Program provides up to US$1,000 (conference tuition and up to US$600 in travel reimbursement) for post-secondary vocational/technical school students, undergraduate and graduate-level students to attend AIST’s Technology Training Conferences and AIST Member Chapter annual meetings that include a technical program. Technology Training Conferences are an integral component in facilitating the exchange of ideas and strengthening AIST's global network. AIST’s Technology Committees offer steel industry professionals the opportunity to participate in the organization through the Technology Training Conferences.
Note:  AISTech, the MS&T conference, and AIST technical committee meetings, are not eligible events for funding through this technology training program.
The Steel to Students Training Program will provide students with increased opportunities to become familiar with Technology Committees and learn firsthand from industry leaders in various steelmaking fields.

►Attend a Training Conference or Chapter Technical Program

Member Chapter Connection

The program sponsors up to 10 students and faculty (per school) from colleges, universities, and post-secondary technical/trade schools to attend their local AIST Member Chapter meetings.

►Attend a Chapter Meeting
Material Advantage Chapter Travel Grants for Conferences

Student Plant Tours

As a key to promoting student interest in the industry, plant tours are encouraged. AIST staff will assist university professors and/or students in scheduling a steel plant tour in their region. The AIST Foundation will reimburse for transportation expenses (gas and/or rental) associated with plant tours up to US$300. Contact Lori Wharrey with any questions.

►Apply for a grant

After the tour, we request the following be submitted to

  • Submit a copy of the transportation receipt for reimbursement.  Provide who the check should be made payable to, and a complete address to send the check.  If individuals drive, we will need their names and addresses, along with the miles they drove and how many students were in their vehicle.

  • Submit a photo of the students, preferably in front of the company sign for our magazine.

  • Submit a few testimonials from the students about their experience, also for our magazine.

“Pizza Grants” for Meetings

Students at universities and post-secondary trade/technical schools that offer coursework relevant to the steel industry are eligible for funding from the AIST Foundation to cover the cost of snacks and refreshments at a meeting. The funding is available for student meetings during which the Steel to Students Program, AIST scholarships and the T.C. Graham Prize will be promoted. Up to US$100 in funding is available each semester (per school).

►Apply for a pizza grant

High School and Middle School Outreach

Many of AIST's student chapters (through Material Advantage) conduct outreach activities with high school and middle school students in their region to promote awareness and interest in science, technology and engineering.

AIST and the AIST Foundation sponsor Materials Camps (presented by the ASM Materials Education Foundation). The Materials Camps are presented to high school and middle school students and feature live demonstrations of various mechanical and physical properties of materials.  AIST's 3D theater, called "Steel Rocks," includes a 3D tour through the steelmaking process that includes shaping and treating of steel and modern applications of the world's most recycled product.

K-12 Outreach

Material Advantage student chapters conduct more than 100 events annually to raise awareness of the important role of STEM (science, technology engineering and math) among students in grades K-12.  The student chapters receive financial support for this outreach through AIST and the other Material Advantage partner societies.

The Steel to Students program provides reimbursement grants of up to US$5,000 annually to AIST Member Chapters that conduct outreach programs for students in grades K-12. Complete details are available for chapter officers in the Officer Resources section on the website.

Networking Opportunities


Join steel industry professionals from around the globe for the largest annual gathering of steel industry personnel in the world!

Steel to Students Recruiting Receptions

The AIST Foundation sponsors recruiting events for students and steel companies at major conferences including AISTech and MS&T. Steel companies are invited to sponsor the event, which includes opportunities for recruiting and networking. Visit each conference’s website for complete details.

►Company Registration

Steel to Students Member Chapter Connection

The program sponsors up to 10 students and faculty (per school) from colleges, universities, and post-secondary technical/trade schools to attend their local AIST Member Chapter meetings.

Attend a Chapter Meeting


The annual Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) conference is co-sponsored by the four Material Advantage partners. Several Material Advantage sponsored activities are held at the conference. Student Chapter travel grants are available through Material Advantage.