Programs & Outreach

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MRS UREM Student Science Writing Program

The MRS UREM (Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities) Student Science Writing Program offers students an opportunity to work with MRS Bulletin staff to develop communication skills and write MRS news articles, blogs, social media posts, or other communications. The Program is highly aligned with MRS’s Strategic Aspiration to engage members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Program also provides recipients with student membership in MRS and exposes them to both MRS staff and volunteers who can help them grow professionally as materials scientists, and remain active, engaged members of the materials community. Now accepting applications through October 1, 2021.

The MRS UREM Student Science Writing Program is made possible through a generous donation by long-time dedicated MRS member and volunteer Steven C. Moss. The Materials Research Society Foundation hopes to supplement this donation through a new MRS Diversity and Inclusion Fund, with the ultimate goal of establishing a permanent endowment once donations exceed $25,000. Tax-deductible donations to the MRS Diversity and Inclusion Fund are now being accepted, and will help provide these students with valuable skills and networking opportunities that will help them to navigate the next steps in their scientific education and careers. 

MRS PREM Research Scholars Summit

Each year, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program, MRS hosts the PREM Research Scholars Summit.

This program provides opportunities for student scholars to engage with their fellow materials researchers—from undergraduate and graduate students to PhD-level scientists and engineers— and to meet key stakeholders within the materials community.  Throughout this program, students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of mentoring, leadership, and professional development sessions, and to present their research contributions to the broader scientific community.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering

MRS hosts a number of events for women in materials science and engineering with the intention to promote interaction across various ethnic, cultural and gender boundaries and facilitate dialog among women (and men) working in, or pursuing education towards a profession in materials science or engineering. Such events include interactive workshops, webinars, and breakfasts at live MRS Meetings. Our goal is to increase awareness by promoting a tone of inclusion that enhances professional growth and development and aids in the generation of innovative technical ideas that positively impact the broader STEM community.

Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) Alliance

MRS is proud to collaborate with APS, ACS, AGU, and AAS to form the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) Alliance, which aims to increase the participation of Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities (UREM) in graduate studies, including the field of materials science and engineering.   As part of the National Science Foundation (U.S.) INCLUDES Network, IGEN strives to share best practices for inclusive graduate education to faculty, administrators, and UREM students in an effort to broaden participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 

Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM

MRS is a founding member of the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM, which is a collective of professional and academic societies committed to advancing professional and ethical conduct, climate and culture—and excellence—in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

Developing-Country Discounted Memberships

To better serve students and professionals from all technical and economic sectors of the worldwide materials community, individuals working or studying in developing countries are eligible for discounted electronic membershipLearn more »