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Promoting Awareness of Standards and ASTM Student Membership
ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, has launched its 2011 academic outreach campaign titled "Jumpstart Your Career." The initiative provides new opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of standards and develop critical technical skills prior to entering the workforce.
ASTM International student membership is an integral part of this year's academic campaign. First launched in 2003, the ASTM student membership category has grown to include over 5,000 college and university students from more than 70 countries around the world. ASTM student membership is offered at no cost to full-time graduate or undergraduate students and includes a wide range of benefits that facilitate student exposure to the field of standards. Further information is available at www.astm.org/campus.
Highlighting the ASTM Jumpstart Your Career initiative will be:
· The ASTM International Student Video Contest, in which students can produce a video illustrating the application of an ASTM standard and compete for cash awards;
· Project grants to help fund graduate or senior student design projects that contain an ASTM International standards component;
· Podcast interviews with students discussing the benefits of their involvement with ASTM standards;
· ASTM International summer internship opportunity through the 2011 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program; and
· Ongoing college and university campus visits and training sessions by ASTM members and staff.
Video Contest Focuses on Student Use of ASTM Standards
The ASTM International Student Video Contest provides a forum for students to showcase their ability to apply ASTM standards in a class project, lab environment and other applications. Students must create a video highlighting their use of ASTM standards and submit it to ASTM International for judging. Cash awards will be given to the first, second and third place winning videos. Visit www1.astm.org/studentmember/video_contest.html for more information.
Graduate or Senior Design Project Grants
Recognizing that students at some universities may need financial assistance in completing their graduate or senior capstone design projects, ASTM International will continue to offer a limited number of $500 project grants in 2011. To be eligible for the grant, student design projects must contain an ASTM International standards component. For additional information, important dates and to download an application form, visit www.astm.org/studentmember/projectGrants.html
Connect with ASTM and Fellow Students on ASTM Campus, Facebook and Twitter
Students are also encouraged to visit the ASTM Campus, a popular academic area of the ASTM website. ASTM Campus contains a wealth of information and educational resources and students can sign up for ASTM student membership online. Additional information and links can also be found at the ASTM student member fan pages on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ASTMStudentMembers and Twitter at twitter.com/ASTMStudentFans.
"For today's college students, the competition for new career positions is as fierce as ever. Through ASTM student membership and the Jumpstart Your Career campaign, students can gain valuable knowledge regarding technical standards, increasing their skills and enhancing their marketability to employers," explains Jim Olshefsky, director of external relations, who spearheads academic outreach initiatives at ASTM International.
For additional information on the Jumpstart Your Career campaign and the various programs available to students, visit www.astm.org/campus or contact Jim Olshefsky, director of external relations, ASTM International, phone: 610-832-9714;
About ASTM International
ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.
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ASTM Staff Contact: Jim Olshefsky, Phone: 610-832-9714;
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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