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Prospective Undergraduate Students
If you are still in the process of determining your major, one question you might have is, "What does a materials scientist or engineer study?" Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) is an interdisciplinary field of study that involves taking courses in chemistry, physics and engineering to build a fundamental understanding of materials. Advanced materials are instrumental in major industries such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, electronics, energy and telecommunications. MatSE students have the opportunity to specialize in one area – metals, ceramics, electronic materials, polymers, or biomaterials – while learning about the broad spectrum of materials.
MatSE High School Visit Day takes place in October on the University of Illinois campus. High school juniors/seniors and family members are invited to join students and faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for laboratory tours, demonstrations and dinner. The University will host Illini Day the following day (Columbus Day holiday) where visitors can find out about admissions, financial aid, and more.
While you are a student, join one of the MatSE student organizations to meet fellow students, enjoy social gatherings and participate in a student mentoring program. Profile of the Class of 2015 (pdf)
Over half of our students receive merit scholarships, which are renewable based on academic performance. All freshmen who are enrolled in the Materials Science and Engineering curriculum at the University of Illinois are automatically considered for a departmental scholarship. Continuing students are also automatically considered for scholarships and awards which are awarded in the spring at the department's annual awards banquet. Scholarships are applied directly to the recipient's tuition bill for the next academic year, while awards are presented to recipients in the form of a check.
We offer career services that will help you find a job after graduation or a summer job or co-op while you are still in school. One out of three MatSE graduates will enter graduate school (M.S., Ph.D.) or professional school (J.D., M.D., M.B.A.) after receiving their B.S. degree. Some students enroll in the combined degree program and earn their B.S. and M.S. degree in 5 years. Placement Statistics 2012 (pdf) | 2011 (pdf)
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