Careers & Advancement

Nomination Information

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The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognizes postdoctoral scholars who are showing exceptional promise that may include, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching, during their postdoc assignment.


MRS acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.

Rules and Eligibility

Eligibility for an MRS Postdoctoral Award is open to postdoctoral scholars who have been nominated for the award and who have met all required criteria.  Consideration is not limited by class of materials or area of materials research. Preference will be given to Postdocs who will still be in this position at the meeting where they receive the award. 

A nominee or nominator need not be a member of the Materials Research Society.  Current members of the Awards Committee, its Subcommittees, and MRS Board members are not eligible to be nominated for this award. The selection of the MRS Postdoctoral Awards must be approved by the MRS Board based upon recommendation from the Awards Committee; the decision of the Board is final. The awardee must be in attendance at the respective meeting.

Defining postdoctoral scholar:  A postdoc is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing. Individuals who hold tenure-track or permanent staff positions are not eligible.

Self-nominations are not permitted. No late submissions will be accepted, per MRS policy. Nominations submitted are active for one meeting only.


The awards are managed by the Postdoctoral Awards Subcommittee of the MRS Awards Committee. The Subcommittee is responsible for soliciting and evaluating postdoctoral scholar nominations semi-annually, selecting the recipients of the MRS Postdoctoral Award from the pool of qualified nominees.

Nomination Submission Information

The nomination will be submitted through the MRS Awards Nomination Submission website portal. The nominator will use their MRS customer ID and login information to access the system. The nomination information required will include:

  1. Nominee and Nominator Information   
    Required information: full name, organization, mailing address, email address, telephone number  
  2. Proposed citation (Must be less than 30 words and entered into the online form)
    Summarize the achievements upon which the nomination is based, avoiding flowery descriptors. 

  3.  Nominator Statement (PDF file, two pages maximum)
    Summarize the achievements upon which the nomination is based, avoiding flowery descriptors.
  • The specific, clearly defined, recent achievements that are proposed for recognition
  • The indications that the candidate is a recognized leader in the materials area (include examples of research, leadership, advocacy, outreach or teaching during their postdoc assignment)
  • Additional Requested Information (important if the nomination is based mainly on the nominee’s research accomplishments). Please include this information on the last page of the nominator statement, below the signature of the nominator.
  • Nominee’s number of papers that have been published
  • Number of publications that have arisen because of their postdoctoral work (rather than the nominee’s thesis work)
  • The Nominee’s h-index, and their total number of citations as of the submission date
  1. Curriculum Vitae of the Nominee (PDF file, two pages maximum)
  2. Two letters of support from two additional individuals (not the nominator) familiar with the nominee's qualifications. (PDF file, two pages maximum for each)
  • nominator will need to receive PDF files from supporters and nominator will upload to system
  •  supporter should make specific references to the criteria (first two bullets) listed in item 3 above
  • letters should be on letterhead and include the signature of the supporter.
  • Letters must be formatted as a PDF file; two pages maximum for each

Submission Procedure

The portal for submitting an MRS Award nomination will open and close on the published date1 of each award. The nominator will use their MRS website credentials to access the system. Nominations are active for one meeting only.

Please contact Lorri Smiley should you have technical difficulties or other submission concerns. 

NOTE:1 If an Award nomination deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the submission deadline will then default to the following business day at 11:59 p.m.