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Broadening our impact within and outside the materials community

Material Research Society FoundationThe Materials Research Society has developed a far-reaching series of programs that expose students, teachers, and life-long learners to the excitement of discovery and the significance of science in their daily lives.  For interested MRS members, these programs provide an opportunity to participate in outreach activities, support national STEM education initiatives, and play a significant role in developing and nurturing the next generation of materials scientists.

The scientific process is no longer just about generating ideas, but about freely sharing those ideas with broader audiences. Now more than ever, the ability to recruit students, attract collaborators, and secure funding is tied to the ability to successfully bring research out of the laboratory and to the general public. Through its continuum of broader impacts programming and professional development sessions at MRS meetings, an ever-expanding awards portfolio, a University Chapter program that is now international in scope, and so much more, MRS, with the support of the Materials Research Society Foundation, is well positioned to engage, educate and fascinate into the next decade.

 

Materials Research Society Foundation Programs

MRS Awards Logo

The MRS Awards Program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and to recognize their exciting and profound accomplishments.

Broadening Participation in Materials Logo

The Broadening Participation in Materials Subcommittee's programs promote diversity and inclusion within the broad professional community. 


Focus on Sustainability Logo

As MRS advances its efforts in materials and sustainability, there is a strong and responsible need to shine a bright light on the society's sustainability science activities, including publications, special events, social media and symposia.

Impact of Materials on Society Logo

Impact of Materials on Society is an introductory level course about how engineering shapes and is shaped by social and cultural variables, and that a career in engineering is not only about math and science, but also about social problem-solving.

Professional Development Logo

During MRS Meetings, the Public Outreach Committee provides workshops and seminars to engage the membership and encourage involvement in professional development outreach activities.

Strange Matter Logo

Strange Matter is an interactive traveling exhibit with over a dozen hands-on experiences developed by MRS, the National Science Foundation and the Ontario Science Centre.


Strange Matter Green Earth Logo

Strange Matter Green Earth is an international traveling materials science exhibition that will enable millions of people across the globe to explore ways in which advances in materials can lead to a more sustainable future. 

University Chapters Link

The University Chapter program is a passionate and talented network of students from universities around the world, which fosters an environment for collaboration and open exchange of ideas across all scientific disciplines.

Media


In this MRS TV interview from the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting, Shelby Parker and Walter Voit of the University of Texas at Dallas discuss Polycraft: Educational Innovation through Gaming.

Science As Art

This picture shows an optical micrograph of binary polymer brushes. The pattern is composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers - the former are swollen at increased humidity. The image shows silicone oil droplets that are bouncing indefinitely above a vibrating pool of silicone oil at 15 Hz. The surface waves generated by the droplets are analogous to quantum mechanical waves that guide the dynamics of quantum particles. In the morning, the green clovers wake up in the bright sunshine. This is from a high resolution SEM image of zinc oxide "nano-clovers" synthesized by chemical vapor deposition technique. Zinc oxide nanowalls electrodeposited on polished stainless steel electrode, imaged with SEM, color added in Adobe Photoshop. The beauties of nature has been reproduced by the orchestra of nucleation and growth. Iron oxide flowers of two micron in diameter have been grown in a hydrothermal reactor, followed by acetylene treatment enlivening the leaves. A STEM secondary electron image of Fe3O4 grown on a Tb-doped lanthanum phosphate microrod is depicted here as an octopus enveloping a submarine vessel.

Science as Art Winners from the
2016 MRS Spring Meeting

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