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2020 Midwest Graduate Student Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) Symposium

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Dear Colleagues,
Iowa State University will be hosting the 2020 Midwest Graduate Student Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) Symposium, on the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2020.

Please forward the attached flier to your graduate students, and encourage them to submit an abstract to this symposium. Details of the symposium can be found at the following link:


If you intend to send graduate students, or want more information, please email me.

This regional graduate student symposium, a tradition originally established in the early 1970s, is a forum for graduate students to present their research, in a relaxed and friendly environment. It is not intended to be a competition! Presentations are typically given by graduate students, although many undergraduates have participated in the past.

When:  March 7 and 8, 2020. Starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday and finishing at 12:00 PM on Sunday.


Where:  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.


Participants:  Graduate students and faculty in the field of experimental mechanics.


Abstract:  An abstract (one-page limit) submission is required via the following link: Students with accepted abstracts will give a 15-minute oral presentation. Abstract submission will close on December 31, 2019.


Registration:  There is no registration fee for both student presenters and attendees. All meals will be provided. There will also be bowling on Saturday night. A link to register for the symposium will be made available in November 2019, at the following webpage:


Dress:  Business causal.



SEM ( is composed of international members from academia, government, and industry who are committed to interdisciplinary application, research and development, education, and active promotion of experimental methods to: (a) increase the knowledge of physical phenomena; (b) further the understanding of the behavior of materials, structures and systems; and (c) provide the necessary physical basis and verification for analytical and computational approaches to the development of engineering solutions.




For questions, email Dr. Sarah A. Bentil ( and put “2020 Midwest Student SEM Symposium”, in the email’s subject line.

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