Milestones

While the Materials Research Society Foundation is still very young, it has already begun to make a significant impact on both our members and the materials community.

2016

August

Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo-Ching Wang endow the MRS Medal.

2016 MRS Spring Meeting

Steven Naleway, University of California, San Diego, receives first MRS Spring Meeting Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award.

Launched the Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program, matching 11 graduate student and postdoc mentors with underrepresented students seeking advice and guidance on future education and career path.

January

MRS Membership is for Everyone! campaign expands to include discounted electronic membership fees for professionals working in developing countries.

Invited Speaker, Developing Country Support program launched to provide funding for invited speakers from developing countries—those defined as Lower-Income or Lower-Middle-Income Economies by the World Bank—to attend MRS Spring/Fall Meetings.

Postdoc  Hardship Registration Grant program launched to provide partial reimbursement of registration fees for postdocs with accepted abstracts for MRS Spring/Fall Meetings.

2015

2015 MRS Fall Meeting

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM) commits to first Ruby-Level Sponsorship of Strange Matter Green Earth, a pioneering and international traveling materials science exhibition that will enable millions to explore ways in which advances in materials can lead to a more sustainable future.

July

Dow Chemical Company provides grant funding to support multifaceted Career Development Workshop at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting.

June

MRS Board of Directors approves the new MRS Impact Award, honoring 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.

March

The Family of the late Arthur Nowick endows a second Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award, recognizing a Graduate Student Award finalist who shows particular promise as a future teacher and mentor. This award will be presented at MRS Spring Meetings.

2014

2014 MRS Fall Meeting

Jonathan Rivnay, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, CMP-EMSE, and Chao Wang, Stanford University, receive inaugural MRS Postdoctoral Awards.

September

Aramco announced as first Titanium Corporate Partner.

May

Materials Research Society included as eligible organization on the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) national list. Donations will be directed to the Materials Research Society Foundation by using CFC identification number 51015.  

2014 MRS Spring Meeting

Announced the MRS Postdoctoral Awards, recognizing postdoctoral scholars who show exceptional promise during their postdoc assignment

January

Launched MRS Membership is for Everyone! campaign, providing free electronic memberships for students enrolled in universities in developing countries—countries defined as Lower-Income or Lower-Middle-Income Economies by the World Bank.

2013

December

GE Global Research announced as first Bronze Corporate Partner.

September

Jiang Family Foundation establishes 10-year donation plan to support post-doctoral awards and programming.

August

Lake University of Cologne named first university chapter recognized jointly between MRS and E-MRS (European Materials Research Society).

2013 MRS Spring Meeting

From 30+ grassroots, member proposals received, three were funded for an approximate total of $30,000; all three were outreach projects geared to bring the excitement of scientific literacy and awareness to underrepresented minority students and teachers.

March

Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc. announced as first Silver Corporate Partner.

February

Aldrich Materials Science announced as first Platinum Corporate Partner.

January

Six MRS University Chapters awarded special project funding.

2012

2012 MRS Fall Meeting

Materials Research Society Foundation “officially” launched.
Inaugural Call for Proposals announced for grassroots, member-proposed project funding.
 
Kristy Jost, Drexel University, receives inaugural Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award.
 
MRS Mentoring Program, a joint initiative of the MRS Diversity Subcommittee and the Women in Materials Science & Engineering Subcommittee launched to support and advance women and underrepresented minorities in the materials field.

October

The Materials Research Society Foundation is registered and the first donation is received from an MRS member.

Family of the late Arthur Nowick endows the Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award to recognize a Graduate Student Award finalist who shows particular promise as a future teacher and mentor. This award will be presented at MRS Fall Meetings.

Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Cinvestav-IPN) named first university chapter recognized jointly between MRS and SMM (Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales).

January

The MRS Board of Directors votes to establish the Materials Research Society Foundation to advance the MRS mission and to enrich, expand and ensure MRS core programs in education, outreach and peer recognition. All MRS education, outreach and awards programs are moved into the Foundation and a new Grassroots, Member Projects Program is commissioned.

The Materials Research Society Foundation operates as a program of the Materials Research Society. The official registration and financial information of the Materials Research Society Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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