The MRS Awards Program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and to recognize their exciting and profound accomplishments. We seek to honor those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, those who have defined the frontiers of the field, those who are outstanding exponents of their science and those young researchers whose work already leads to great expectations for future leadership.

Not only do we honor the award recipients, we also believe that by highlighting these leaders in our field and their creative work, we will enrich the awareness of the progress and diversity of materials research, both within the materials community and the wider community at large.


In this MRS TV interview from the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting, Awards Committee Chair Albert Polman discusses the importance of MRS awards, the importance of diversity in awards, and the nomination and review processes.

Award Application Deadlines


April 1

August 1

 November 4, 2016 

The Materials Research Society strives to uphold and embody equality in all areas including gender, institutional, educational, racial, ethnic and geographic diversity of its members. MRS is committed to being inclusive and believes that MRS Award nominees and recipients should be broadly reflective of our overall membership. Therefore, when making nominations for MRS Awards, we encourage you to consider scientists from ALL demographic backgrounds and geographic regions.

Awards Brochure (PDF) »

Details about MRS award programs, including deadlines and nomination requirements (PDF)

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Guidelines For Proposing the Creation of a New MRS Award »

A brief set of guidelines for the creation of MRS awards. These guidelines are intended to provide guidance to those considering proposals for new awards, rather than a set of rigid rules or prescriptions. All award proposals must be brought before the MRS Awards Committee for approval and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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David Turnbull Lectureship »

The David Turnbull Lectureship is awarded to recognize the career contribution of a scientist to fundamental understanding of the science of materials through experimental and/or theoretical research. In the spirit of the life work of David Turnbull, writing and lecturing also can be factors in the selection process. The recipient will give a technical lecture of broad appeal at a designated session of the MRS Fall Meeting. The nomination deadline for each year's award is April 1.

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Graduate Student Awards »

MRS Graduate Student Awards honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research.

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Innovation in Materials Characterization Award »

The Innovation in Materials Characterization Award was created to honor an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases the knowledge of the structure; composition; in situ behavior under outside stimulus; electronic, mechanical or chemical behavior; or other characterization feature of materials. It is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of material observed. Impact of the advance on materials research is the primary consideration in making the award. Nominations for this award may be made for scientists and engineers in all areas of materials research. The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science »

This honor recognizes significant novel contributions to materials science by a young researcher in early stages of his/her career.

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Materials Theory Award »

The Materials Theory Award recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials. This award is intended to honor both those who have pioneered the development of a new theoretical approach and those who have used existing approaches to provide significant new insight into materials behavior. The deadline to nominate a candidate for the Materials Theory Award is April 1 of each year. Recipients are presented with their awards at the MRS Fall meeting of that year.

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Mid-Career Researcher Award »

The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals.  It is intended to honor an individual who is between the ages of 40 and 52 at the time of nomination. Exceptions may be made for an interruption in career progression due to family or military service. The award recipient must also demonstrate notable leadership in the materials area.  The award is presented annually at the MRS Spring Meeting, and the nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1.

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MRS Fellows »

MRS seeks to recognize as MRS Fellow outstanding members whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized. It is intended that by representing excellence in science and engineering and dedication to the advancement of materials research, the MRS Fellows will exemplify the highest ideals of accomplishment and service embodied in the MRS mission.  The annual nomination period for the MRS Fellow runs from June 1 through August 1.

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MRS Impact Award »

The MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement, which reflect the Society’s pursuit to advance materials science and technology to improve the quality of life.

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MRS Medal »

The MRS Medal recognizes an exceptional achievement in materials research in the past ten years. A medal will be awarded for a major advance or cluster of closely related advances in any materials-related field of research. The impact of this research on the progress of the relevant materials field will be a primary consideration in making the award. Nomination for the MRS Medal is open to scientists and engineers who have, within the past ten years, been responsible for a major advance, or series of closely related advances, in any materials-related field of research. Nominations must be received by April 1 of each year. The award is presented at each MRS Fall Meeting.

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MRS Postdoctoral Awards »

The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognizes postdoctoral scholars who are showing exceptional promise.

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MRS Woody White Service Award »

The MRS Woody White Service Award is an award which recognizes a volunteer who has made extraordinary contributions of time and effort to the success of the society.

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Outstanding Young Investigator Award »

The Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must also show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. A nominee must be a young scientist or engineer who has contributed in an outstanding and innovative way to the progress of materials research; the work should have a significant interdisciplinary aspect. The nominee shall not have reached his/her 36th birthday prior to January 1 of the year in which the award recipient is announced and the award is presented. The award is normally presented at the MRS Spring Meeting.  The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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Von Hippel Award »

The Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society's highest honor, recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers — brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines. The award is presented annually at the MRS Fall Meeting where the recipient is invited to speak at the Awards Ceremony. The nomination deadline for each year's award is April 1.

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External (Non-MRS) Awards »

List of awards that are presented by organizations outside of the Materials Research Society.

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