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Career Planning in a Crisis:  How to Move Your Career Forward

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Crises can happen at any time to anyone, and can affect many aspects of your career advancement plans. Crises can also derail our goals and projects, cost us precious resources to do our jobs, and can even lead to job loss. To help mitigate how a crisis affects your professional goals, it’s a good idea to build and execute a strong, customized crisis management plan for your career. This plan can help you identify and potentially mitigate points of risk that could negatively impact your career in a crisis. It will create a cushion, so that when there is a crisis, you have a logical strategy already in place that will help you get back to where you need to be. In this webinar, we will address how to develop this “insurance” plan, using fundamentals from the field of crisis management itself. You will emerge with tools, tactics, and the ability to construct, test, fine tune, and implement your own career crisis management plan.

Writing Concrete Abstracts and Titles: A Webinar and Workshop Series

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Anyone writing or editing abstracts knows that there is an art to conveying complex ideas and data in an approachable way. Whether it's for a scientific paper, an oral presentation, or the front page of your lab's website, the process of writing and rewriting an abstract and developing concise title takes experience and practice. Join MRS and a panel of editors from symposium organizers and scientific journals for a webinar on the abstract writing process.   After the webinar, you are encouraged to sign up for a one-on-one session with editors and authors to receive specific feedback on your abstract and title. Here you will learn more ways to make your work approachable to broad audiences and methods for making your research stand out.  Whether you're new to abstract writing, or already mentoring students on their own, this webinar and workshop series will provide examples and tips you can use in your own writing or editing responsibilities.

Virtual Interviewing and the Job Talk

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:30pm
In this webinar, we will discuss leveraging virtual platforms to execute an interviewing plan that will help you land that dream job. We’ll look at what you should be doing before, during, and after the interview, how to adjust different elements of a virtual experience (such as light and sound), and how to look professional on camera. We will also go over how to deliver an oral presentation—such as a job talk or a colloquium—using virtual methods to indicate your knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm, and collaborative nature.

Outstanding Virtual Oral Presentations

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Whether you are giving a talk for a class, at a (virtual) conference, or to get a job, it is essential that you shine in every way. Learn the essentials of giving an excellent speech every time. Discover what a speech says about you, how to prepare for a speech, how to combat anxiety, and how to show confidence and poise. Speaking, articulation, and projection techniques, interaction with the audience, and specific presentation issues for scientists/engineers and for science-based conferences will be addressed. And of course, since 100% of our oral presentations are via virtual means, we will delve into the logistics and considerations we can keep in mind as we speak via webcam and present via zoom.

Banish Impostor Syndrome for Good!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Let’s face it- impostor syndrome sucks. It makes us believe that we unworthy and frauds. It tricks us into minimizing our contributions and value. More critically, impostor syndrome insidiously robs us of future prosperity as it convinces us we do not belong and should not pursue opportunities to advance our career, launch and facilitate exciting new collaborations, and be more innovative, inventive, agile, and novel in our problem-solving. Consequently, impostor syndrome negatively impacts not only our own potential, but that of the greater STEM community. Let’s knock this out of our brains for good! In this webinar, you will learn strategies and tactics to rid this from your brilliant mind and how to navigate it and stamp it out if it creeps into every day scenarios. Banish Impostor Syndrome for good!

Virtual Networking for Nerds: How to Network and Find Collaborators from Afar

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Networking is the most honorable and valuable endeavor in which you can engage, because it is built on a spirit of generosity. At its core, networking is all about crafting win-win alliances where both parties provide value. You may think that “networking” can only take place in person, but this is a myth! In fact, most networking takes place from afar, and in some cases, the individuals may never even meet in person. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies and tactics for finding new collaborators and building mutually-beneficial partnerships with professionals across the globe (and perhaps on some exoplanets too!). We will utilize various methods to find and reach out to people, and start and nurture those critical conversations which can birth amazing collabs! Let’s network!


Available OnDemand

Career Paths in Materials Science and Engineering

Learn from a panel of scientists who share insights about the role of materials science and engineering in their organizations and address existing career paths to explore

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers:
How to win your EB-1/NIW case!

Learn everything you need to know to understand the U.S. immigration system and maximize your chances of winning a green card. 


How to Land a Faculty Position-From Application to Interview Part I:  The Academic Market in Europe

Hear about the faculty application process and what makes for an outstanding package for the academic market in Europe.

How to Land a Faculty Position-From Application to Interview Part II: Research-Intensive Academic Positions in the U.S.

Learn about the faculty application process and what makes for an outstanding package for research-intensive academic positions in the United States.

How to Land a Faculty Position-From Application to Interview Part III:  Thinking About Applying to a PUI?

Understand the faculty application process and what makes for an outstanding package for academic positions at primarily undergraduate institutions.

Landing Your Faculty Dream Job

Learn best practices for preparing and marketing your talents to land your dream job in Academia.

Landing Your Industry or Government Lab Dream Job

Learn best practices for preparing and marketing your talents to land your dream job in Industry or a Government Lab.

Networking for Nerds:
Create Your Dream Career

Discover how networking and appropriate self-promotion can enable you to land or even create your dream job from scratch.

Optimizing Your Time at a Conference

Learn how to set goals for an MRS Meeting, create and execute a plan, network and follow up with new contacts. Available to watch anytime!





Poster Presentation Success:  How to Prepare & Present a Winning Poster

Preparing a poster presentation provides a great opportunity to connect with potential collaborators and employers.






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