NextGen: ASTM Project Grants, WISE Internships, and More

Student Project Grants Available from ASTM International

ASTM International is now offering a limited number of $500 grants to university students to help with student design projects that contain an ASTM International standards component. ASTM International will post the results as a student standards application paper on the ASTM website. Papers that resulted from previous years’ project grants, including 2019, can be found at

Recognizing that the students at some universities may need financial assistance in completing their graduate or senior capstone design projects and that the overall demonstration of the existence and understanding of industry standards and applicability to engineering is required, students that meet the following requirements may apply:

Student(s) beginning a design or development project will submit an abstract summary describing the project, which includes:

  • Summarizing the project goal
  • Listing the ASTM standards that are being considered to achieve the project goal
  • Including a declaration of intention to submit an application paper for publication by ASTM International upon completion of the project
  • A statement of endorsement from a faculty mentor

Deadline for project grant applications is Oct. 31. READ more information.

ASTM Manager Conducts Medical Device Regulation Presentation 

On May 11, Travis Murdock, manager, ASTM International technical committee operations, made a virtual presentation on understanding medical device regulation to a biomedical student group at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, in Monterrey, Mexico, in May. Murdock described the ASTM International standards development process with a particular emphasis on standards developed by ASTM’s medical and surgical materials and devices committee (F04).

ASTM Sponsoring Washington State University Student as Policy Intern

ASTM International is sponsoring Washington State University senior Patrick Robichaud as a policy intern this summer. Robichaud had originally been selected to be the ASTM-sponsored intern in the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program, which was cancelled to the coronavirus.

Robichaud is spending his internship developing a policy paper on the mitigation of wildlife risk to water utilities. The paper will discuss how water utilities are ill prepared to face the growing risk of wildfires that can cause contaminates to get into drinking water and will offer recommendations for potentially solving these problems.  As part of his research, Robichaud is interviewing members of ASTM’s committee on environmental site assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50), as well as staff member in ASTM’s global cooperation department.

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