About MRS

Board Committees     

All members of the Board serve on one or more of the Board committees: External Relations, Finance, Governance, Nominating, Operational Oversight and Audit, and Planning.

Each committee is responsible for formulating policy and strategy issues in their specific areas for full Board consideration. The chairs of these committees plus the officers comprise the Governance Committee.

External Relations

The External Relations Committee is responsible for developing policy and strategy recommendations for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with the Society’s various external and internal constituencies.


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. 

Operational Oversight and Audit

The Operational 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 Planning Committee shall be responsible for leading the Board of Directors in all strategic planning for the Society.