Broadening Participation in Materials
Undergraduate Student Program

The Broadening Participation in Materials Undergraduate Student Program aims to bring more students from traditionally underrepresented groups to MRS meetings to introduce them to the many disciplines in MSE, build their professional network, and provide career-focused professional development skills and opportunities.

This program is open to underrepresented and female undergraduate students. Preference will be given to rising junior and senior level students. Accepted students will be expected to design and bring a scientific research poster to present.

MRS will provide a full meeting registration to accepted undergraduate students, which includes a one-year MRS student membership.

Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2017.

Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee!

The MRS Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program pairs undergraduate, underrepresented students (including women) with graduate student or postdoc mentors who help them navigate the next steps in their education and career. 

Mentee and mentor pairs attend a breakfast workshop together at the MRS Spring and Fall Meetings to network and explore some aspect of mentoring. Topics may include poster design, science communication, resume and interview preparation, career paths, entrepreneurship and more.  These skills will be applied during mock interviews, resume critiques and poster presentations, where students are evaluated by a committee of judges and provided suggestions for improving their posters and presentations.

Throughout the Meeting, mentors support their mentee by attending programs, mixers and events along with their mentee, coaching the mentee on poster design and presentation, and introducing the mentee to their own contacts to assist with professional network-building.

Graduate students and postdocs who would like to serve as a mentor and organizations who would like to learn more about how to get their undergraduate, underrepresented students enrolled as mentees in this program should send a completed copy of the Mentor or Mentee Application (available soon) by email to

To learn more or to get involved, please contact Natalie Larocco, Volunteer Affairs Assistant, 724-779-2744 or email