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Advising & Student Support

Learning is a personal journey best taken in a collaborative environment. The UK MSE Program is committed to providing the resources and support our students need to learn, to prepare, and to build the skills that will help them succeed for life!


Academic Resources in the MSE Program

Mr. Bruce Cole, Academic Advisor – Mr. Cole is the academic advisor for undergraduate and graduate students in Materials Engineering. Mr. Cole is available full-time to advise students on academic issues.

Dr. Matthew J. Beck, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies – Dr. Beck is the primary faculty contact for academic and professional advising for both undergraduate and graduate students in Materials Engineering.


Peer Mentoring and Engagement

  • Material Advantage (MA) is the umbrella professional student organization for Materials Engineering students. MA provides workshops, mentoring/tutoring, and professional and social activities year-round.
  • Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering honor society, also provides peer tutoring across all engineering programs. Peer tutors offer all engineering students assistance with homework in engineering and major-related courses. The TBP tutoring schedule for the current semester is available here.


Co-op, Internship, and Career Placement

All Materials Engineering faculty are open to working with students to find co-ops, jobs, and internships. Visit with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or Director of Graduate Studies, or just stop by to talk with any MSE faculty member.

In addition, the College of Engineering’s Office of Career Development provides robust and comprehensive support for finding and applying for all manner of co-ops, internships, full- and part-time jobs.


Other College and University Resources

The College of Engineering and the University of Kentucky provide a wealth of resources to support students. An excellent list of resources for academic, financial, health and wellness, and student engagement support is maintained by the College.

For International students, UK’s International Center is an excellent resource for student services.