Student & Early Career Hub

A gateway to content and resources related to student & early career professionals

IOM3 offers and facilitates a number of activities and resources to support student and early career members in CPD.

Find out more about awards, competitions and funding opportunities, upcoming events and recordings, relevant news SEC Committee opinion pieces and blogs, and all resources relevant to student and early career professionals.

Members, please log in to access your online member benefits

IOM3 provides a range of membership options, from professional membership for those who are qualified and have experience in the technologies and sectors covered by IOM3, and affiliate membership for anyone working in these fields who may not have formal qualifications, to students starting out on a qualification in a materials, minerals or mining-related subjects.

Follow the links below to learn more about IOM3 membership benefits, if you are looking to upgrade your membership or interested in professional registration.

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Membership benefits

Make the most of your IOM3 membership.


Types of membership

Whatever your level of qualification or experience, if you are working in any of the materials cycle related disciplines, we have a grade that is right for you.

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Chartered status

Recognition as a competent practitioner in your technical field of specialisation

Awards & Competitions

IOM3 runs annual competitions for student and early career members and non-members, lecture competitions to develop presentation skills, packaging design competitions to reward talent in creativity and annual awards to celebrate achievement and excellence in IOM3 members that have recently completed a qualification or apprenticeship in a materials, minerals or mining related field. 

IOM3 Awards & Prizes | Deadline: 29 February 2024 at 23.59 BST

Personal Achievement Awards


Silver Medal

For outstanding contribution in materials, minerals or mining (early career).


Frank Fitzgerald Medal & Travel Grant

To a student or early career member working in the iron and steel field who has demonstrated excellence in professional development.

Student & Apprentice Awards

Photo Competition

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Category A: Materials

For the best photo on Materials in a Sustainable Future.

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Category B: Minerals

For the best photo on Minerals in a Sustainable Future.

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Category C: Mining

For the best photo on Mining in a Sustainable Future.

Lecture Competitions | Call for abstracts

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Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC)

The YPLC invites students and professionals to deliver a short lecture on materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering related subjects.

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Young Persons' World Lecture Competition (YPWLC)

The Young Persons' World Lecture Competition has been held annually in different locations around the globe since 2005.

Starpack Competition | Deadline: Friday 12 April 2024 at 23.59 BST

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2024 Starpack Students Competition

An opportunity for students to showcase their great ideas and solutions directly to an industry that is looking for rising stars.

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2024 Starpack Schools Competition

A project based competition aimed at generating a greater understanding of packaging, design and materials to inspire the next generation of packaging professionals

IOM3 Funding

IOM3 offers streams of funding which involve activities that develop interest, recognise excellence and support professional development in the materials cycle. They are supported by the IOM3 Education & Outreach Trust to support initiatives that raise awareness of and support members in the early stages of a career in the materials cycle.

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Grants to Support Knowledge Exchange

Grants to support members in enriching their learning, developing their skills or broadening their experiences.

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Bursaries to Support Learning

An undergraduate bursary programme to support our student members through their studies.

Blog | Opinion pieces

SEC Committee opinion pieces

Aimee's Road to Chartership


Materials World

SEC Committee members contribute to Materials World

Features from Materials World for students & early career professionals


IOM3 Investigates....

In each episode of our podcast series, we're joined by industry experts to take a deeper look into issues of relevance to professionals working in materials, minerals and mining sectors.

Investigate the podcast episodes

SEC Events

  • Free

7th Postgraduate Research Symposium on Ferrous Metallurgy

One-day conference for researchers working on the latest developments in ferrous metallurgy

  • Free

Women into Fellowship

To celebrate International Women's Day we are offering a mentoring workshop to support female IOM3 members with the requisite experience to achieve Fellowship of the Institute (FIMMM)

  • Free

CPD Workshop

Mentoring workshop to support IOM3 members with Continuous Professional Development.


SEC Group events available to watch now

Art Lecture

Professional Development

Road to Chartership

SEC Group News

Member Networks

IOM3 has a long-standing group supporting members at the start of their career - formerly the Younger Members' Committee and now known as the Student and Early Career Committee. We also have member networks bringing together people who may be in an under-represented group in our profession. Our member networking groups are listed below.

Members of IOM3 (logged in) can join these member networks to keep up to date with their activities.


Representing the views and interests of younger members and those at an early career stage.

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Raising awareness and providing support for IOM3 members with disabilities.


Promoting equality of ethnic minorities within the materials, minerals and mining industries.


Raising awareness and supporting equality of opportunity for LGBT+ identifying IOM3 members.


Championing women in our profession and supporting women in their careers.