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The CGIF is proud to partner with the PCSA to bring a new program focused on professional development and career exploration named IGNITE MSE (International Gathering and Networking for Individuals to Explore Materials Science and Engineering).

IGNITE MSE will debut at MS&T 2023 and will feature: 

  • Invited speakers on topics of professional development 
  • Poster session focused on the broader impacts of science 
  • Career panel luncheon 
  • Reception-style networking event 
  • Swag bag packed with professional development resources! 

Use the form below to sign up for FREE! Each person who signs up will also get an exclusive invitation to CGIF’s reception at our local hot glass studio 🔥

Invited Speakers

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Amanda Engen, Ph.D.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation

"STEM Outreach in Ceramics and Glass: How to Inspire the Next Generation of Professionals"


Babak Ansori, Ph.D.

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

"Navigating Career Choices: Identifying Personality and Professional Traits to Pursue the Right Path"


Brad Boyce, Ph.D.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

"How to Catalyze Your Career with Professional Societies"


Theresa Davey, Ph.D.

Tohoku University

"Professional Skills for Global Environments"



All IGNITE MSE participants will also get an exclusive invitation to CGIF's Networking Reception at MS&T!

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Ready to register for IGNITE MSE?

The symposium is free and open for all to attend during MS&T, but if you want a FREE swag bag packed with professional development resources and an exclusive invitation to our networking event at the local hot glass studio, follow the two steps below.

  1. Register using the form below.
  2. Check in at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Room A121 between 9-9:15 AM on Monday, October 2, 2023.

This opportunity is available to all undergraduate and graduate students registered for the MS&T conference taking place in Columbus, Ohio from Oct. 1-4, 2023.

Note: We have a limited number of swag bags available!

Student Registration Form


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