FAQs

MRS University Chapters

Why would I want to start or join a university chapter?
How do I start a university chapter?
What are the benefits?
How do I qualify for travel reimbursements to MRS meetings?
How does the chapter rebate program work?
What are the financial requirements?
How can I find out about other MRS members in my area?
How can we get more people interested in our activities?
How can we recruit volunteers and share the workload of the chapter?
How do we turn in our annual reports?


Why would I want to start or join a university chapter?

The reasons for an MRS University Chapter are many and varied ... Because other organizations you’ve encountered may have too narrow a focus (just chemistry, physics or engineering, etc.). Because materials R&D is your profession, or because you see a need for an organization on your campus that emphasizes MRS' commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  

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How do I start a university chapter?

Complete the Petition to Organize an MRS University Chapter and send it to MRS. If you have enough members and meet the other policy requirements, your petition will be validated and sent to the MRS Board for a vote on recognition for your organization. It is usually a formality at that point.

The Materials Research Society now offers FREE electronic-only memberships (e-membership) for students in developing countries—countries defined as Lower-Income or Lower-Middle-Income Economies by the World Bank. Review information and check to see if your country is on the list. This may assist you with fulfilling the requirement for current MRS student members.
  

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What are the benefits?

MRS University Chapters are entitled to many benefits including: travel support for student members to attend MRS Spring and Fall Meetings; chapter rebates; distinguished speaker support; special project grants; and free copies of MRS Bulletin for local promotions and membership drives. Read more about MRS University Chapter Benefits


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How do I qualify for travel reimbursements to MRS meetings?

According to MRS guidelines, the chapter president must submit a letter to MRS requesting student reimbursement. Chapters are eligible for $500 per year, which may be split between the Spring and Fall Meetings, and which may be allocated to just one or to more than one student member of the chapter. Only active chapters will be eligible to receive chapter benefits. A chapter must submit the Financial (due April 1) and Activity (due May 15) reports on time to receive the reimbursement. 
  

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How does the chapter rebate program work?

A chapter roster and rebate form must be submitted along with your annual activity report (due by May 15 of each year). The chapter will receive a $10 rebate for each student who is also a current member of the Materials Research Society. So, the more student members you enroll in MRS—the more money for your chapter!  Download this form to apply for your chapter rebate.
  

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 What are the financial requirements?

MRS University Chapters handle their own finances in accordance with their host academic institution. MRS does not control the finances or operations of chapters, and all contributions from MRS are considered grants to be used by the university chapters. 
  

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How can I find out about other MRS members in my area?

The MRS Online Membership Directory is a professional networking service available exclusively to our members. It provides a quick and easy way for you to search for colleagues by name, institution or geographical location. Or, contact MRS headquarters, and we can generate a list of members in your area. 
  

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How can we get more people interested in our activities?

Ask your fellow chapter representatives! If something worked for them, it will probably work for you as well. They can be a great source of both inspiration and information. The most important thing, however, is to stay focused on projects that are educationally and professionally meaningful for YOU!  If you’re enthusiastic, it will rub off.
  

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How can we recruit volunteers and share the workload of the chapter?
 

Ask!  Most members will say yes when asked to perform a clearly specified task within a definite period of time, if the person doing the asking is someone they respect. You might also want to consult with members of other chapters. Some of our chapters have developed a pretty effective way of handing along the baton of leadership.  And, of course, if we come across new ideas and leadership programs, MRS staff will pass them along to you.
  

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How do we turn in our annual reports?

Via email as a scanned copy is preferred. For your convenience, forms and additional reporting information are included in the MRS University Chapter Handbook. Reports must be submitted by the published deadlines.

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