Careers & Advancement

MRS Postdoctoral Awards

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MRS acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.     

Submit a Nomination

The nomination site is open through April 1.

About the Award

The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognizes postdoctoral scholars who are showing exceptional promise that may include, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching, during their postdoc assignment.

Award Package

Each award consists of a $2,000 honorarium, citation certificate, meeting registration fee to attend the Materials Research Society Spring or Fall Meeting at which the award is presented, and a one-year MRS membership. Initially, up to four awards may be given per year.


For rules and eligibility, award administration and nomination package requirements, please see MRS Postdoctoral Awards Nomination Information.


In this MRS TV interview, MRS Postdoctoral Award Committee member Christopher Blanford discusses the importance of this new award, criteria for receipients, and how to make a nomination.


MRS Postdoctoral Award Recipients

  • Tian Li, University of Maryland (2020 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Xianwen Mao, Cornell University  (2020 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Rachel E. Carter, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (2019 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Yasutaka Nagaoka, Brown University (2019 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Kaifu Bian, Sandia National Laboratories (2019 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Nicholas E. Jackson, Argonne National Laboratory (2019 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • James Bullock, University of California, Berkeley (2018 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Minah Lee, Stanford University (2018 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Arnab Banerjee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2018 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Jie Xu, Stanford University (2018 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Michael Saliba, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (2017 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Jieun Yang, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2017 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Bert Conings, Hasselt University (2017 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Yunlong Zi, Georgia Institute of Technology (2017 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Babak Anasori, Drexel University (2016 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Shinbuhm Lee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2016 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Qi Li, The Pennsylvania State University, and Yongming Sun, Stanford University (2016 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Jiamian Hu, The Pennsylvania State University (2015 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Beata Layla Mehdi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2015 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Dustin Janes, The University of Texas at Austin (2015 MRS Spring Meeting)
  • Chao Wang, Stanford University (2014 MRS Fall Meeting)
  • Jonathan Rivnay, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (2014 MRS Fall Meeting)