Activities & Events



Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session
Attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from current and former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Frontiers of Materials Research—National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Town Hall Meeting
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, sought community input for a study on the future of materials research.

Materials Voice
We need your help in support of sustained federal research funding for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Department of Defense Basic Research, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Research Funding Opportunities
The Research Funding Opportunities session has been refreshed in order to provide more interaction between the government agency presenters and our membership.



Awards Ceremony & Von Hippel Presentation
A special evening of awards and celebration! Following the ceremony, C.N.R. Rao, the 2017 Von Hippel Award recipient, presented Glimpses of Six Decades of Research in Materials Chemistry

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David Turnbull Lectureship Award Talk
Sigurd Wagner, Princeton University, presented Materials—From Exploration to Application.

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Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions
The MRS Graduate Student Awards honored and encouraged graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research displayed a high level of excellence and distinction.

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Materials Theory Award Talk
Glenn H. Fredrickson, University of California, Santa Barbara, presented Field-Theoretic Simulations—From Advanced Materials to Quantum Liquids.  

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Mid-Career Reseacher Award Talk
Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zürich, presented her award talk during the EM2 symposium. She was unable to attend the 2017 Spring Meeting and Exhibit and graciously agreed to present Dynamical Multiferroicity at the 2017 Fall Meeting and Exhibit. 

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MRS Medal Award Talks
MRS Medal Talks were presented by Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University, and Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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MRS Postdoctoral Awards 
Congratulations to the recipients of the MRS Postdoctoral Awards: Michael Saliba, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Jieun Yang, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

MRS Woody White Service Award
The MRS Woody White Service Award honored outstanding individuals who embodied MRS’ Mission, Vision and Values, and the 2017 award recipient was Monica Jung de Andrade, The University of Texas at Dallas.  

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The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science
Xiaobo Yin, University of Colorado Boulder, presented Put Microstructured Optical Metamaterials to Work in Large Scale Energy Applications.


Education & Outreach

Hands-On Coffee Breaks
Education Directors from materials research science and engineering centers (MRSEC) presented interactive outreach activities and demos in materials science.

International Summit of the MRS Chapters on Sustainability and Nanotechnology

The Summit included two days of invited talks, panel discussions and a poster session, which focused heavily on biomedicine, catalysis, sensors and energy harvesting, which emphasized the concept of sustainability and materials criticality.  

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Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050: The Role of the Circular Economy
This panel event convened top experts who discussed the role of the circular economy in bringing about this vision, including related materials science challenges and socioeconomic and policy factors.  

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Public Outreach Center
MRS played a major role in bringing the education, research and industrial communities together through exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars.

Science in Video Competition
Science in Video (SciVid) seeks scientists to develop high-impact two-minute videos to generate a broader interest in materials science while competing for recognition and prizes. 

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Speed Coaching with the Division of Materials Research (DMR)
The DMR hosted a “Meet DMR Program Directors” event Tuesday and Wednesday between 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Program directors were available for a one-on-one conversation. Preregistration was from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

Student/Postdoc Industry Mixer
This mixer provided the opportunity to connect with fellow students, postdocs and researchers from industry.


iMatSci—Innovation Showcase

iMatSci Innovation Showcase
The iMatSci Innovation Showcase provided materials-based innovators with a platform to demonstrate the practical applications of their new technologies while connecting them with potential partners and sources of funding. 

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Millie Dresselhaus Tribute Events

Special Workshop on Nanomaterials and Their Applications
In honor of Millie Dresselhaus for her lifelong contribution and impact to materials research. 

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Professional Development

ABET, Engineering Accreditation and MRS
ABET headquarters representative and program evaluators explained why accreditation and materials issues within engineering departments and programs are becoming more and more important.

ABET Information and Evaluator Retraining Session

An informational session and retraining for ABET evaluators and others who were interested in the accreditation process.

Bringing Modeling and Simulation Into My Classroom
This workshop presented methodological guidelines for deploying modeling and simulation in the materials science and engineering classroom.

Career Fair
As an extension of MRS’s online Job Board, the Career Fair provided an opportunity for Meeting participants and top employers to discuss career opportunities.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published
MRS journal editors-in-chief discussed the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing.

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to Win Your EB-1/NIW Case!
This presentation covered and compared the criteria for EB-1A and EB-1B classification for foreign nationals.

Incorporating Sustainability Principles into Your Research
Alan Rae discussed how to incorporate sustainability principles into your research in a more comprehensive way while considering the real-world application of these principles to product design and manufacture.

Informational Interviewing
The basics of informational interviewing, including who to speak with, how to set one up, potential questions to ask, and tips on how to make the most of informational interviews.

Negotiating a Job Offer
Examined were the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of job offers. 

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Preparing for Your Next Job Interview
Learned and exercised were the creative ways to be a successful self-advocate during an interview.

Professional Development Workshop—Research Mentor Training

Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel guided us through Research Mentor Training, a workshop designed to share best practices in mentoring with the goal to maximize the effectiveness of mentoring relationships.

Resume Critiques, Mock Interviews, Professional Photos

Recruiters and mentors on hand at the Career Fair provided improvements to your resume, mock interviews and professional photos.

Science Communication Panel—How to Use Social Media for Connecting with Colleagues and the Press
This panel discussed how materials researchers can leverage social media as a networking tool as well as promoted their work through the press. 

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Using Improv for Communications
This highly-interactive workshop taught how to use improvisational techniques to improve your communication skills.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast
Linda Sapochak, National Science Foundation, presented at the annual breakfast. 

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Late Breaking News—U.S. Metamaterials Manufacturing: Key R&D Priorities and Action Items
A panel provided discussion surrounding a new report addressing the challenges and opportunities of metamaterial manufacturing in the United States.

Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science
James A. Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology, presented The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence.

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions were held Monday through Thursday.

Quantum Materials Special Session
Panel discussion on quantum information in conjunction with Symposium EM08—Emerging Materials for Quantum Information. 

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Science as Art Winners

Three first and three second place prizes were awarded.

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Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research
Symposium X featured lectures aimed at a broad audience to provide meeting attendees with an overview of leading-edge topics. Read a recap in the Meeting Scene below.

Tutorial Sessions
On Sunday, November 26, 11 tutorials were offered that covered a variety of topics to complement the symposium sessions.

Publishing Alliance

MRS publishes with Springer Nature


Corporate Partners