Careers & Advancement

Awards

Material Research Society FoundationThe 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.

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.

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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.


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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is April 1.

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.

The nomination deadline for the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting was August 1, 2016. The nomination deadline for the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting is November 4, 2016.

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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is April 1. 

Mid-Career Researcher Award

The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. 

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1.

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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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 nomination deadline for each year's award is April 1. 

MRS Postdoctoral Awards

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

The nomination deadline for the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting was August 1, 2016. The nomination deadline for the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting is November 4, 2016.

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.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

Outstanding Young Investigator Award

The Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer.

The nomination deadline for each year's award is August 1. 

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 nomination deadline for each year's award is April 1.