Our programs are designed to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was founded in 2014, and though young, has already established programs in student outreach, international student exchanges, travel grants, and student leadership development.

Student Outreach Events

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, The CGIF was not able to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 24-26, 2020, due to its cancellation.  This festival, which takes place every other year, is the country's only national science festival, developed to increase awareness about the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering. The CGIF presents hands-on ceramic and glass materials demonstrations for the  350,000 students, teachers, and parents who usually attend.


The CGIF was represented at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Regional Conference, which was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 14-16, 2019.

The conference and exhibition  was an excellent venue for the promotion of our Materials Science Classroom Kit to science teachers from around the US.  We came away with a sign-up sheet of more than 90 teachers who expressed interest in receiving a sponsored kit. 

CGIF Offers Grants for Student Outreach Projects

The CGIF actively seeks organizations, both domestic and abroad, who are launching a new materials science outreach program or have exciting ideas to improve an existing program or event.  The Foundation offers grants for projects that engage students with learning experiences and events that inspire interest and understanding of ceramic and glass science and engineering.

Proposed projects must be directly related to introducing students to ceramic and glass science.  Funding for such external grants will be allocated based on availability of funds and determined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  Organizations can apply once per year, and a funding cycle is suggested to be, at maximum, one year in duration.

It is expected that grants will allow proposers to seed or extend existing efforts to grow the base of ceramic and glass education, training, or outreach. Applications are encouraged which leverage other funding sources (i.e., local or internal funding, industry match, tangible in-kind support, etc.) and/or link to national efforts in ceramics, glass, or materials societies.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation prefers to fund project costs that can be easily identified with a specific outreach project or instructional activity.

The Foundation does not provide funding for:

  • overhead/indirect costs
  • endowments, building campaigns, fundraising, special events, or annual funds.
  • buildings, laboratories, equipment, or instruments unless it can be demonstrated that such capital expenditures are essential to the success of a Foundation-supported project.
  • professor or staff salaries; administrative expenses; general office supplies.
  • organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, race, ethnicity, political beliefs, or disabilities.
  • lobbying or political activities.
  • research projects (unless a major component directly involves student outreach).
  • direct grants to individuals.
  • any commercial or business purpose.
  • for-profit institutions, except in rare circumstances.
  • travel not directly related to outreach activities.

Proposals may include requests for the CGIF’s Materials Science Classroom Kits; please indicate the number of kits being requested and DO NOT include the cost of the kits in your monetary request.

For questions regarding The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation and our grant opportunities contact foundation@ceramics.org

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was established to attract, inspire and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.

Materials Science Classroom Kit

The CGIF promotes ceramic and glass science and engineering to middle and high school students through the distribution of its Materials Science Classroom Kit.  The kit is used by teachers to introduce 7th-12th grade students to the basic classes of materials -- ceramics, composites, metals, and polymers -- through fun and interactive lessons. The kit includes nine materials science lessons -- five teacher demonstrations and four student labs.  Six of the lessons focus specifically on ceramic and glass materials.

The kit includes most of the items needed to perform the demonstrations and labs.  Also included is a flash drive that contains an introductory PowerPoint presentation that outlines each lesson, as well as instructional videos for each demonstration.  The printed Teacher's Manual provides the scientific concepts, learning objectives, lesson instructions, discussion questions, and student handouts for each demonstration and lab. The lesson documents may also be downloaded at no charge from our website.

The kit was originally designed by The American Ceramic Society's President's Council of Student Advisors -- college students from the best engineering universities from around the world -- to assist teachers with instructing science in an interactive and engaging way. In addition, the popular book, The Magic of Ceramics, accompanies the kit and introduces the non-technical reader to the many exciting applications of ceramics while teaching key scientific concepts.

Student Travel Grants and Exchanges

The CGIF  also supports Student Travel Grants and Exchanges to enable students to gain a broad perspective and professional insight into their chosen career path. 

The Foundation sponsored the 2020 Winter Workshop, which took place January 24  - 28, 2020, in Daytona Beach, FL.  We were pleased to host 16 international students supported by ECerS, who joined students from across the United States, for a total attendance of 50 students!

Click here to see photos from this year's Winter Workshop.


The Foundation was proud to support 13 students who attended the European Ceramic Society's (ECerS) summer school in Torino, Italy, in June 2019. 

The ECerS Summer School will take place online on August 21 and 22, 2020, prior to the Electroceramics XVII conference, August 24 – 27, 2020, in Darmstadt, Germany. The topic of this year’s Summer School will be “Characterization and Modeling of Electroceramics.” Participants will learn about the requirements to obtain optimal results from various techniques; examples of cutting-edge research will illustrate the respective advantages and new developments.

Registration via the conference booking system is now available! Click here. Participants are limited to 55.
The registration fee is € 50 (approximately $55 USD).  Read more about the summer school.


CGIF and Keramos

In early 2018, the CGIF and Keramos, a national ceramic engineering fraternity, announced that the groups partnered to promote interest in ceramic and glass engineering, technology, and science.  By working together, both organizations plan to increase projects and activities to introduce young people to ceramic and glass science.

As partners, the CGIF provides funding to the 14 university-based Keramos chapters that submit proposals to perform outreach activities on campus and to younger students in the community.  The CGIF also makes its popular Materials Science Classroom Kit available to each Keramos chapter that is granted funding.

The Ceramic and Glass Career Center website at careers.ceramics.org is the best place for job and internship seekers to find a great ceramic and glass career opportunity. The site is promoted to all members of The American Ceramic Society, especially to students and young professionals. It is the ideal place for employers who utilize ceramic and glass materials to find the best and brightest materials students and professionals.

Student Leadership Development

Offering university students opportunities to learn and grow as young leaders is best embodied by the President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA). At present, PCSA members coordinate student-focused ceramic programming at technical meetings, facilitate industry-student relations via plant tours, and volunteer at outreach events to share their passion with younger students.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the Foundation's programs and initiatives contact foundation@ceramics.org