Programs & Outreach

Diversity Resources

  Materials Research Society Foundation
The Materials Research Society recognizes that diversity drives innovation, excellence and new discoveries. We charge our membership and leadership to engage all demographic groups worldwide in advancing science and technology to improve the quality of life.


Five Lessons for Women to Help Close the Confidence Gap
Associations Now | August 13, 2015

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Office Really Is Diverse, Inclusive, and Welcoming
The Muse | August 11, 2015

Enrichment program encourages minority males to study STEM
NPR | August 1, 2015

The trouble in science is not "girls" but the lack thereof 
Charlotte Observer | June 20, 2015

Developing world: The minority minority (PDF)
Nature | March 4, 2015

Maung-Gaona Recognized for Diversity in STEM Graduate Education
Stony Brook University Happenings | January 28, 2015

Fixing the US STEM Problem
Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" for CNBC | January 16, 2015

Report Outlines Efforts to Boost Diversity in Materials Science and Engineering Community
NC State News | October 8, 2014 

Increasing Diversity in the STEM Pipeline
Huffington Post Impact | July 16, 2014

Major report on improving diversity in STEM launched
King's College London News | July 5, 2014

Stem pipeline problems to aid STEM diversity
Science Daily | June 18, 2014

Rethink Your Gender Attitudes
Nature Materials | April 22, 2014

Interdisciplinary Mentoring (PDF)
Association for Women in Science | Spring 2014

Title IX and Pregnancy Discrimination: Who Knew? (PDF)
Association for Women in Science | Spring 2014

Chemistry Without Women
Inside Higher Ed | February 24, 2014

Diversity in STEM:  What it is and Why it Matters
Scientific American | September 10, 2014

Workshop makes recommendations to increase diversity in materials science and engineering (PDF)
MRS Bulletin
| February 2013

How to Design Breakthrough Inventions
CBS News | January 6, 2013

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Promote Micromentoring to Advance Diversity
Minority Postdoc | December 18, 2012


What if I Say the Wrong Thing: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People
Verna A. Myers | April 7, 2014 

Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science
Emma Ideal | July 29, 2013

Reports and Statistics

2015 STEM Index
U.S. News & World Report | June 29, 2015

Improving Diversity in STEM (PDF)
A report by the Campaign for Science and Engineering | May 2014

White Paper: Diversity Recruiting in STEM Occupations |  August 2011

National Center for Education Statistics 
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.  

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment. A formal report, now in the form of a digest, is issued every 2 years.  

Other Resources

Resources for Women in Materials Science and Engineering 
Resources compiled by MRS for women working in MS&E

Women in STEM
Guide for women interested in STEM-related graduate degrees. Includes information and tips on obtaining graduate-level STEM scholarships and the most influential organizations involved in STEM for women.

Women Persisting in the STEM Profession
MRS OnDemand presentation from the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting featuring Kathleen Buse