Undergraduate Study
Student Organizations

The organizations below are specific to our department. Please visit the McCormick student organizations page for a comprehensive list of McCormick students groups and professional societies.

MatSci Club

MatSci Club serves the interests of materials science and engineering students and students in other majors with an interest in materials by organizing educational and social events, activity fairs, and outreach events. Membership is free.

MatSci Club and Material Advantage Officers, 2023-2024:

Internal President: Ekin Senvardarli

External President: Joshua Park

Treasurer: Serafina Tribe

Publicity Chair: Ravi Nuxoll

MA Advantage Chair: Erin Bryan

Senior Executive Member: Ryan Asali

Junior Executive Members: Pantira Ketkaew, Janice Xie, Emma Sellin, Linda Li, Julia Wiater, Bryan Villalpando, Malachi Cohen, Mutasem Al-Muhtaseb, Bella Fishman, and Juliana Estradioto

Undergraduate DEI Representative: Caroline Harms*

*This role collaborates with the MatSci Club Exec Board but is part of the department DEI Committee. 

Recent Events 

Event recordings are accessible to all Northwestern users.


Faculty Research Presentation: Professor Hersam (Stabilizing and Enhancing Lithium-Ion Batteries with Chemically Inert 2D Materials) - November 11th, 2020

In this presentation, Professor Mark Hersam discusses how the Hersam Research Group is improving the stability and performance of lithium-ion batteries through chemically inert 2D materials. As a key technology in promoting sustainable transportation and energy infrastructure, the developments to lithium-ion batteries made by the Hersam group have applications across the globe!

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Alumni Industry Panel: Shaun Elder, Katie Koube, Michelle Mok, and Timothy Flavin - February 24th, 2021

This panel discussion features 4 Northwestern MSE alumni: Michelle Mok (3M, PhD in 2010), Katie Koube (now pursuing a PhD at GA Tech, previously at SpaceX, BS 2014), Shaun Elder (DYWIDAG-Systems International USA, Inc., BS 2006), and Timothy Flavin (Leidel & Kracht Foam Technologies, GmbH, BS 2014). These panelists discuss their own careers and address student questions, focusing on what career paths one might pursue with their own degree in Materials Science.

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Alumni Career Talk: Dr. Carolyn Duran, Intel - February 2nd 2021

Carolyn Duran is an alumni of Northwestern's Materials Science and Engineering PhD program and a current Vice President and General Manager at Intel. This presentation provides a deep dive into our guest's academic path, key decisions she has made throughout her academic and industry careers, important lessons she has learned from her many years of experience, and much more!

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Alumni Career Talk: Dr. Adam Jakus, Dimension Inx - March 2nd, 2021

Adam Jakus is a Northwestern Materials Science and Engineering alumni and the co-founder and current CTO at Dimension Inx LLC. This presentation covers our guest's path from academia to industry, dives into the entrepreneurial opportunities available to MatSci majors, and discusses the exciting and growing field of biomaterials for medical applications.

Event Recording

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  • The SUBSCRIBE command allows you to add yourself to a list.
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Material Advantage

Material Advantage provides a single low-cost membership ($25) that provides access to the materials science and engineering professional's most preeminent societies:

These professional societies have gathered all available resources to help students find financial assistance. Nearly $600,000 in scholarships and grants is available through societies, chapters, and foundations. Travel grants, paging opportunities, and reduced meeting rates are also available. Each society also has an online career center to help students find job and internship opportunities.

In addition to other benefits, student members are eligible for the publications included with individual membership in each society. Student members can also purchase archival journals and other publications from each society at special student rates.

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