When: June 18-22, 2018 


Who: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Where: UAB campus in Birmingham


You’ve heard of mechanical engineering,

and civil engineering,

and electrical engineering,

and chemical engineering…

but did you know there are also materials engineers?

camp1Making things better, stronger, lighter, faster, safer, smartermaterials engineers shape the future!

Materials scientists and engineers study metals, ceramics, glass, plastics, composites, nanomaterials, and semiconductors for everything from disposable contact lenses to computer chips to crankshafts. By understanding how and why different materials bend, break, stretch, melt, corrode, or conduct electricity under different conditions, materials engineers can design materials that make engines more efficient, airplanes lighter, cell phones smaller, and cancer-fighting drugs more effective.

If you’d like to learn more about how this exciting field, then apply for Materials Camp at UAB. At camp you will work with professors and students from the Materials Science and Engineering Department to learn, play, design, build, test, create and explore. You will also meet people working as materials engineers for local companies and learn about what kinds of jobs they do. Join us and see how you and materials together can make a world of difference.


PastedGraphic-1The Materials Camp will consist of interactive lectures with hands-on laboratory sessions, as well as a field trip to a local foundry and a multi-day engineering design project.  The camp will run from about 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, and finish early on Friday after a celebratory barbecue lunch for students, faculty, sponsors and parents.


The Materials Camp is open to high school students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the fall. Students should be motivated learners who are interested in applied science and engineering design.


Most of the camp will take place in or around the Business and Engineering Complex building on the campus of UAB. The street address is 1150 10th Ave. South in Birmingham.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this location each day.  Materials Camp is a non-residential program and housing is not available.

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The cost of this week-long program is $50, which must be submitted with the application. This is a competitive program; students who are not selected will have the fee returned. The payment is otherwise nonrefundable. Need-based scholarships are available; to apply for one, students should submit an explanation of the need along with the application form.

Materials Camp is a collaboration between the UAB Department of Science and Engineering and the UAB Center for OutReach Development (CORD). Financial support also comes from the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR-1554856) and the ASM Materials Education Foundation, which founds Materials Camp for high school teachers and students across the country and internationally.



Teacher Recommendation


Student Application

(Recommendations and Applications will be accepted beginning in February 2018.)


To be considered for Materials Camp, students must print and complete the application, and mail, fax or email it to the address below, along with a typed personal statement (100-250 words) explaining why they wish to participate in the camp.  Each student must also have a recommendation from a science teacher, which should be emailed directly to the CORD office. Checks should be made out to “UAB CORD.”

Application deadline is June 1, 2017.


For more information contact:

Center for Community OutReach Development
The University of Alabama Birmingham
933 19th Street South (CHSB 503)
Birmingham, AL 35294-2041
Phone - (205) 934-5171
Fax - (205) 934-5158
Email - CCORD@uab.edu

Dr. Amber Genau
Program Organizer
Materials Science and Engineering Department