University Chapter FAQ's
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 MRS-like organization on your campus. MRS emphasizes the interdisciplinary perspective.
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 bylaw requirements, your petition will be validated and sent to MRS Board for a vote. It is usually a formality at that point.
What are the benefits?
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; free copies of MRS Bulletin for local promotions and membership drives; marketing and other in-kind support. We invite you to view more detailed benefit information.
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. Detailed information on travel reimbursement can be found here.
How does the Chapter rebate program work?
A Chapter roster must be submitted along with your annual activity report (due by June 15 of each year). The Chapter will receive a $10 rebate for each student who is also a current member of the national MRS. So, the more student members you enroll in MRS— the more money for your Chapter! Download this form to apply for your Chapter rebate.
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.
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.
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.
How do we turn in our annual financial report? Activity report?
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Via e-mail, fax, or regular mail—choose the method that’s best for you.