Careers & Advancement

Graduate Student Awards

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MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Information regarding upcoming Graduate Student Awards is available below.

Applications will be accepted through August 1.
Submit an Application

Award Package

Gold and Silver Awards are presented at the Award Session during the week of the MRS meeting and announced in the MRS Bulletin. The prizes consist of $400 and a presentation plaque for the Gold Awards, and $200 and a certificate for the Silver Awards.

Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award

A newly endowed award, the Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award, which honors the late Dr. Arthur Nowick and his lifelong commitment to teaching and mentoring students in materials science, will be presented to a GSA finalist who shows particular promise as a future teacher and mentor. This prize consists of $500 and a presentation plaque.  This award will be presented at each Spring and Fall Meeting.

MRS acknowledges the generous contribution for the Nowick Award to the MRS Foundation from Joan Nowick in memory of her husband Dr. Arthur Nowick.

Application Information

Graduate Student Award finalists will present at the GSA Special Talk Sessions, and the Gold and Silver graduate student awardees will be honored at a special recognition event.

Rules & Eligibility

The applicant must be:

  • an author or co-author of an abstract submitted for oral or poster presentation during the upcoming MRS meeting specified on the current application
  • in good standing in a recognized academic graduate degree program*

*Applicants must be current students. Exceptions are made for individuals who have completed their graduate studies and successfully defended their doctoral dissertation, or who have received their final graduate degree, during the four months prior to the MRS meeting provided they are presenting research that was performed as part of their graduate studies. Individuals who have received their final graduate degree (according to actual the date on the diploma) more than four months in advance of the upcoming MRS meeting are not eligible to apply.
Previous MRS Gold Award recipients are ineligible. 

GSA Submission Information

Download General Guidelines and Submission Information (PDF) for the Graduate Student Awards.

Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Award Administrator.