Graduate Scholarships Awarded, Project Grants and More

ASTM International Awards Graduate Scholarships to Students at Alabama, McGill, Vanderbilt, IUP

ASTM International has awarded $10,000 scholarships to four graduate students for their studies in fields where technical standards play a crucial role. This year’s winners were chosen from a competitive pool of 25 applications.

“These students will use standards to expand scientific knowledge in a wide range of fields: additive manufacturing, occupational safety, aerospace, and nuclear technology,” says Katharine Morgan, ASTM International president. “I look forward to seeing their contributions both to their fields and to the global standards community as a whole.”

The following Ph.D. candidates hvae been awarded the 2018 ASTM International graduate scholarships.

Mechanical engineering student Kathryn Anderson of the University of Alabama contributes to ASTM International’s fatigue and fracture committee (E08). She plans to expand her involvement in E08 as well as the committee on additive manufacturing technologies (F42).

Tuhin Das of McGill University is an active ASTM International student member studying materials engineering. He is engaging with topics related to two committees: aerospace and aircraft (F07) and fasteners (F16).

Anthony Marletta of Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an aspiring occupational health and safety expert. He plans to help develop standards through the committee on pedestrian/walkway safety and footwear (F13).

Materials science student Andrew Tonigan of Vanderbilt University is an active member of the nuclear technology and applications committee (E10). He is involved in an interlaboratory study for a new test method for that group.

ASTM International has 5,000 student members at all levels of education who pay nothing for membership. The organization offers several scholarship and grant opportunities each year. Undergraduate and graduate student members receive a front-row seat to the standards development process, allowing them to network with technical experts and participate in standards discussions.

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Project Grants Available

Recognizing that students sometimes need financial assistance in completing their graduate or senior capstone design projects, ASTM International annually offers a limited number of $500 grants to university students to help with projects that feature an ASTM component. The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 31.

ASTM Staff Contribute to New University of Pennsylvania Codes and Standards Website

ASTM International staff members Travis Murdock and Nathan Osburn contributed to the development of new University of Penn Law School website on codes and standards.

The website was developed as part of Penn’s NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program grant, under the direction of Cary Coglianese, PPR’s Director and the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Murdock, an ASTM staff manager, and Osburn, director of ASTM’s corporate communications department, took part in a series of interviews on standards development and its importance to law students. The videos are now available on the Penn program’s website.


H. Alex Hsain (second from left), ASTM International’s 2018 WISE intern (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering), presented her report in Washington, D.C., in August. From left: Travis Murdock, ASTM staff manager; Hsain; Katharine Morgan, ASTM International president; and Kevin Shanahan, operations consultant.

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