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Activities & Events

Information about awards, professional development and other broader impact programming will be posted here as it becomes available.

Featured Events

Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

Joseph M. DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present Future Fabricated with Light—Continuous Liquid Interface Production to Drive Additive Manufacturing.

Science as Art Competition

The competition is opened to all registered attendees. Entries are due by March 3.

Symposium X

Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research features lectures aimed at a broad audience to provide meeting attendees with an overview of leading-edge topics.

Tutorial Sessions

The 2017 MRS Spring Meeting will feature 10 tutorials covering a variety of topics to complement the symposium sessions.


Advocacy Focus Group

The MRS Government Affairs Committee will hold a focus group to solicit feedback on the current advocacy profile of the Society, both foreign and domestic

Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session

In this session, attendees will learn about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and hear from current and former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Frontiers of Materials Research—National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Town Hall Meeting

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are seeking community input for a study on the future of materials research (MR).

Materials Voice

We need your help in support of sustained federal research funding for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Department of Defense Basic Research, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in their FY2017 and beyond budgets.

Education and Outreach

Hands-On Coffee Breaks

Join us throughout the week during the coffee breaks as the Arizona Science Center presents stimulating educational outreach through hands-on activities in materials science.

Public Outreach Center

The Public Outreach Center will offer hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers.

Strange Matter Green Earth Presentation

Come hear about MRS’ Strange Matter Green Earth project (SMGE)—the design and development of a new museum exhibition on materials for a sustainable world.

Student Mixer

Students will enjoy various interactive science activities and networking with students from around the globe.

Exhibitor Workshops

Materials and Device Characterization

This workshop will show examples of transport measurements in nano-electronics, impedance analysis and optical and magnetic materials characterization.

This workshop will discuss the process for creating nanoparticles, considerations during the process and new high energy milling principles.

Setting New Standards in 3D Micro Printing

This workshop will explain how object properties can be changed by adding nanoparticles using coating or casting techniques to have access to metal, ceramics and semiconductors.

Professional Development

ABET Information and Evaluator Retraining Session

This is an informational session and retraining for ABET evaluators and others interested in the accreditation process.

The Career Fair will provide an opportunity for Meeting participants and top employers to discuss career opportunities and will feature recruiters and on-site interviews, career development sessions, and resume critiques and mock interviews.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

MRS journal editors-in-chief discuss the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing.

How to Qualify for a Green Card

This presentation will cover and compare the criteria for EB-1A classification for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, EB-1B classification for foreign nationals who are outstanding researchers and professors, and the National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) Category.

Impact of Materials on Society Implementation Workshop

This workshop includes an overview of the IMOS course with specific information about each module, including modeling of the curriculum and classroom management strategies for hands-on and small group projects, a demonstration of the content and assessment materials.

Incorporating Sustainability Principles into Your Research

Join Alan Rae to learn how to incorporate sustainability principles into your research in a more comprehensive way while considering the real-world application of these principles to product design and manufacture.

Networking for Nerds

Discover how to "work a room," start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory.

Poster Presentation Success

This workshop will cover the elements of a successful poster and how to deliver a meaningful, effective poster presentation.

Public Speaking and Communications

In this session, you will learn the elements of how to deliver a speech, presentation or any kind of public talk with confidence and poise.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

Christianne M. Corbett, Stanford University, will present Solving the Equation—The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering.