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Broadening our impact within and outside the materials community

Material Research Society FoundationThe Materials Research Society has developed a far-reaching series of programs that expose students, teachers, and life-long learners to the excitement of discovery and the significance of science in their daily lives.  For interested MRS members, these programs provide an opportunity to participate in outreach activities, support national STEM education initiatives, and play a significant role in developing and nurturing the next generation of materials scientists.

The scientific process is no longer just about generating ideas, but about freely sharing those ideas with broader audiences. Now more than ever, the ability to recruit students, attract collaborators, and secure funding is tied to the ability to successfully bring research out of the laboratory and to the general public. Through its continuum of broader impacts programming and professional development sessions at MRS meetings, an ever-expanding awards portfolio, a University Chapter program that is now international in scope, and so much more, MRS, with the support of the Materials Research Society Foundation, is well positioned to engage, educate and fascinate into the next decade.


Materials Research Society Foundation Programs

MRS Awards Logo

The MRS Awards Program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and to recognize their exciting and profound accomplishments.

Broadening Participation in Materials Logo

The Broadening Participation in Materials Subcommittee's programs promote diversity and inclusion within the broad professional community. 

Focus on Sustainability Logo

As MRS advances its efforts in materials and sustainability, there is a strong and responsible need to shine a bright light on the society's sustainability science activities, including publications, special events, social media and symposia.

Impact of Materials on Society Logo

Impact of Materials on Society is an introductory level course about how engineering shapes and is shaped by social and cultural variables, and that a career in engineering is not only about math and science, but also about social problem-solving.

Professional Development Logo

During MRS Meetings, the Public Outreach Committee provides workshops and seminars to engage the membership and encourage involvement in professional development outreach activities.

Strange Matter Logo

Strange Matter is an interactive traveling exhibit with over a dozen hands-on experiences developed by MRS, the National Science Foundation and the Ontario Science Centre.

University Chapters Link

The University Chapter program is a passionate and talented network of students from universities around the world, which fosters an environment for collaboration and open exchange of ideas across all scientific disciplines.


In this MRS TV interview from the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting, Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel, Chair of the MRS Broadening Participation in Materials Subcommittee, and Fernando Torres, 2017 recipient of Materials Today’s Embracing Challenge award, discuss their work in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Science As Art

In this photo, you are seeing the SEM image of a transition metal carbide (MXene) fiber showing similar features (at the micro-scale) to that of a coral reef. Who Lives in Your Nanotubes is an image acquired by field-emission scanning electron microscopy of high purity carbon nanotubes.  The presence of "alien" silhouettes are visible to the viewer. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of a two-dimensional (2D) V2CTx MXene particle showing similarities to the head of an imaginary giant turtle under the sea. The diversity of ZTO nanostructures achieved in a simple low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis. This is a creatively colored SEM image of a Monarch Butterfly's wing segment. Thanks to Ms. Marion Jacob for providing the wing sample. Soft microrobots captured and sterilized by the attack of immune cells, looking like various Monster characters.

Science as Art Winners from the
2018 MRS Fall Meeting

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