About MRS

Board Committees     

Members of the Board may serve on the Board’s committees, Board task forces, or other ad hoc efforts commissioned by the Board. Each committee, task force or ad hoc effort is responsible for formulating policy and strategy issues in their specific areas for full Board consideration.

The Current Standing Board Committees are:


The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the annual budget, overseeing MRS investment performance, monitoring reserve funds, reviewing monthly financial statements, and reviewing Materials Research Society Foundation proposals.  


The Governance Committee, chaired by the president and consisting of the officers, the chairs of the other standing Board committees, and the executive director, is responsible for the effective functioning of MRS’s Board and for the maintenance and development of the Board/executive director working relationship.


The Nominating Committee prepares a slate of candidates for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, when necessary, and Directors of the Materials Research Society, for submission to the Board of Directors for approval. Additionally, this committee proposes candidates for any vacant positions on the Board, and assists the Vice President in identifying candidates for Meeting Chair and Volume Organizer appointments. 

Oversight and Audit

The Oversight and Audit Committee shall be responsible for overseeing and reporting on Society strategic initiatives and programs, for ensuring the effectiveness of operating committees of the Society, for ensuring that volunteer involvement in the Society’s programs is highly productive, beneficial, and satisfying to the volunteers, and for maintaining a relevant and up-to-date Board Policy Manual.  It will also represent and assist the Board of Directors (Board) in its general oversight of MRS’s independent audit, the review of annual IRS 990 tax returns, the accounting and financial reporting processes, the internal control processes, any internal audit reviews, as well as to provide recommendations to the Board as necessary.

The current Board Task Forces are:

Leadership Development Task Force

The Leadership Development Task Force shall be responsible for positioning the Society to continually produce a cohort of highly skilled volunteers that can serve the Society in diverse leadership capacities ranging from the Presidential Line to technical meetings.

Strategic Planning Meeting 2020 Task Force

The Strategic Planning Meeting Task Force shall be responsible for organizing the 2020 Strategic Planning Meeting.  Working with outside consultants, the Task Force will develop themes and discussion starters for the meeting, and distill resulting ideas for the MRS Board of Directors.