2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Meeting Events Schedule

Update on Coronavirus

The health and safety of MRS members, attendees, staff, and community are our top priority.  For this reason, we are canceling the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting scheduled for April 13-17, 2020, in Phoenix. 

With our volunteers, we are exploring options for rescheduling programming to an upcoming event.  We will share more information as soon as it becomes available. 

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Monday

  • Impact of Materials on Society—Modular Development Workshop

    Monday, April 13
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    PCC West, 200 Level, Room 211 A

    Scientists, educators and members of the Impact of Materials on Society Subcommittee will meet to develop a new IMOS instructional module regarding a humanities challenge to provide sufficient water in extremely dry climates. 

  • Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions

    Monday, April 13
    12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 128 A & 127 C


    All Meeting attendees, especially students, are encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions.

  • Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry—Interactive Panel Session

    Monday, April 13
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 B


    Learn from researchers, entrepreneurs and industry specialists about their experiences and strategies to develop and commercialize their research as well as starting a successful company or organization.

  • How to Land a Faculty Position—From Application to Interview

    Monday, April 13
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 A


    Learn about the faculty application process for positions in the United States and Europe, including insights from senior academics involved in the search process.

  • Designing Sustainability into Materials Research Workshop

    Monday, April 13
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 B

    Many sustainability initiatives focus on technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. This workshop expands upon sustainability to include limiting sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development.

  • Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

    Monday, April 13
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 C


    Learn the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing from MRS journal Editors-in-Chief. Not only are they leading researchers in their field, but they also share a dedication to high-quality content, editorial integrity and scientific scholarship.

  • Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

    Monday, April 13
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 A


    The participants of this active-learning workshop will learn the concept of unconscious bias, examine resources on how to identify their own biases, raise awareness of how unconscious biases work, and how they can influence interactions in the workplace.

  • MRS Communications Lecture

    Monday, April 13
    5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A

    Grace X. Gu, University of California, Berkeley, will speak on the use of advanced computational analysis, machine learning and topology optimization to revolutionize the field of smart additive manufacturing.

  • Research Funding Opportunities

    Monday, April 13
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121C


    The Research Funding Opportunities session provides interaction between government agency representatives and MRS Membership. Invited talks will consist of a 20-minute presentation on the agency's programs followed by Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.

  • MRS Awards and Recognition Program—Featuring Lightning Talks and Panel Discussion with Award Recipients

    Monday, April 13
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Encanto AB


    Join us for this special evening of Awards and Celebration! Come honor our distinguished award recipients. Following the Awards and Recognition Program, MRS thought leaders will discuss their award-winning research and address materials science hot topics and current trends.

  • Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

    Monday, April 13
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley


    Alan Rae will discuss 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 manufacturing.

Tuesday

  • Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

    Tuesday, April 14
    8:15 am - 9:30 am
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120D


    John A. Rogers, Northwestern University, presents Functional Materials for Bioelectronic Neural Interfaces.

  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

    Tuesday, April 14
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D


    Reshma Shetty, Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., will present Designing Biology.

  • Materials Voice

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:00 pm 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

    Tell your legislators why support of the physical sciences and science education is necessary – for national security, quality of life and a strong economy. We invite you to utilize Materials Voice, and ensure that your message is heard – with resonance – on Capitol Hill.

  • Exhibit

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • Science in Video Competition—A Viewing Party

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage

    Sit back, relax and watch the exciting winners from previous Science in Video competitions. For those interested in making your own video in 2020, you will be treated to some nuggets of information to make your video stand out.

  • MRS Career Fair—Visit the Recruiters!

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit


    Visit recruitment booths to discuss your qualifications directly with recruiters for a potential interview. Register online and upload your resume from your own laptop at jobs.mrs.org or stop by the Career Fair to access our registration stations. Don't forget to bring extra copies of your resume!

  • MRS Career Fair—Resume Critiques, Mock Interviews, Professional Photos

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit


    Does your resume need a little sprucing up? Have you ever walked away from a job interview wondering what you could or should have done differently? Are you at a crossroads in your academic or professional career and seeking advice on how to figure out what to do next? MRS is here to help!

  • Public Outreach Center

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Find out how you can participate as we partner to bring the science of materials to the general public, explore the topics of sustainable practices and the impact of society on materials science, education and outreach.

  • Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to Win Your EB-1/NIW Case!

    Tuesday, April 14
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit Stage


    Learn about the U.S. immigration process and how to maximize your chances of immigration success during this presentation by the law firm of Getson & Schatz, P.C.

  • Marketing Your Value

    Tuesday, April 14
    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage

    Dive into the strategies for communicating your ideas and brand in such a way that your constituents want to learn more and can visualize how your innovative attitude will benefit them.  In marketing yourself appropriately, you will be able to find new opportunities for career development.

  • Meet Your New Industry and Government Candidates—Poster Session

    Tuesday, April 14
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit

    This event offers a great opportunity for recruiters and talent scouts from industry and government laboratories to meet new candidates.

  • Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session

    Tuesday, April 14
    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    PCC West, 200 Level, Room 212 A

    MRS offers exciting opportunities for scientists to learn about the field of science policy by spending one year as a Special Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. Come learn about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships.

  • MRS/Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales Student Poster Award Exchange Program

    Tuesday, April 14
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

    Best Poster awardees from the XXVIII International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2019 present their posters at the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting as part of the MRS/SMM student exchange program.

  • Poster Winners Announcement

    Tuesday, April 14
    5:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage

    Join us as the Poster winners are announced.

  • How to Prepare for Your ABET Accreditation

    Tuesday, April 14
    7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Arcadia

    If an ABET evaluation is in your future, this session will help you understand the accreditation process and any updates to the criteria so your materials department is prepared.

  • Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

    Tuesday, April 14
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley

    Alan Rae will discuss 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 manufacturing.

Wednesday

  • Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

    Wednesday, April 15
    7:00 am - 9:00 am
    Sheraton, Second Level, Encanto AB


    The MRS Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast event is intended to promote interaction across various ethnic, cultural and gender boundaries and facilitate dialogue among women (and men) working in or pursuing education toward a profession in materials science or engineering.

  • Materials Voice

    Wednesday, April 15
    11:00 am 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

    Tell your legislators why support of the physical sciences and science education is necessary – for national security, quality of life and a strong economy. We invite you to utilize Materials Voice, and ensure that your message is heard – with resonance – on Capitol Hill.

  • Exhibit

    Wednesday, April 15
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

  • Public Outreach Center

    Wednesday, April 15
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

    Find out how you can participate as we partner to bring the science of materials to the general public, explore the topics of sustainable practices and the impact of society on materials science, education and outreach.

  • MRS Career Fair—Resume Critiques, Mock Interviews, Professional Photos

    Wednesday, April 15
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit


    Does your resume need a little sprucing up? Have you ever walked away from a job interview wondering what you could or should have done differently? Are you at a crossroads in your academic or professional career and seeking advice on how to figure out what to do next? MRS is here to help!

  • MRS Career Fair—Visit the Recruiters!

    Wednesday, April 15
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit


    Visit recruitment booths to discuss your qualifications directly with recruiters for a potential interview. Register online and upload your resume from your own laptop at jobs.mrs.org or stop by the Career Fair to access our registration stations. Don't forget to bring extra copies of your resume!

  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

    Wednesday, April 15
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D


    Christine Ortiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present Socially-Directed Science and Technology Education, Research and Innovation—Opportunities and Challenges for the Field of Materials Science and Engineering.

  • Science in Video Competition—A Viewing Party

    Wednesday, April 15
    2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage

    Sit back, relax and watch the exciting winners from previous Science in Video competitions. For those interested in making your own video in 2020, you will be treated to some nuggets of information to make your video stand out.

  • Evaluating a Job Offer and Negotiation for Nerds

    Wednesday, April 15
    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage

    Learn how to create a win-win situation and negotiate right from the start to finish in the job decision process.  Discover how to develop metrics to evaluate a job offer and ensure it meets your needs (and hopefully wants, too!)

  • Poster Winners Announcement

    Wednesday, April 15
    5:30 pm
    PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage

    Join us as the Poster winners are announced.

Thursday

  • Materials for Next-Generation Nanoelectronics Workshop

    Thursday, April 16
    8:30 pm - 12:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 A

    This forum covers topics of materials for nanoelectronics across the entire value/innovation chain, from fundamental research to industrial applications, providing selected best examples of technology transfer/first industrial deployment, illustrating the role of research/technology organizations.

  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

    Thursday, April 16
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Vijay Narayanan, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, will present The Golden Age of Materials Innovations—From High-κ/Metal Gate to AI Hardware.

  • MRS University Chapter Representatives Meeting

    Thursday, April 16
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    PCC West, 200 Level, Room 212 AB

    This brief meeting will discuss the MRS University Chapters Program. Current Chapter officers, faculty advisors and students who wish to form a University Chapter should attend.

  • PowerPointTM Karaoke

    What kind of slide is that? PowerPoint Karaoke asked the presenter to explain a slide without prior knowledge of its content or author.

  • MRS Frontiers Reception–Building Communities

    Thursday, April 16
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

    Join us for an evening of beverages and hors d'oeuvres and help forge new communities on topics at the frontier of materials research: artificial intelligence, emerging biomaterials, quantum materials, responsive and adaptive materials, sustainability and emerging areas of your interest.