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Activities & Events

Featured Events

MRS Communications Lecture

Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan, will present Rational Design of Nanomaterials from Assembly and Reconfigurability of Polymer-Tethered Nanoparticles.

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.

Poster Sessions

Information on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening poster sessions.

Science as Art Competition

Images will be on display in the Exhibit Hall for voting. Winners will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Research Funding Opportunities

The Research Funding Opportunities session has been refreshed in order to provide more interaction between the government agency presenters and our membership. 


Awards Ceremony

Come honor our distinguished award recipients at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting Awards Ceremony. Be sure to stay for the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Talk directly following the Awards Ceremony.

Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions

The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.

Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Talk

Joost W.M. Frenken, Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), will present SPM Goes Live—Seeing Dynamic Phenomena with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

MRS Fellows

The MRS Fellow program honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.

MRS Impact Award

The inaugural MRS Impact Award honors 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.

MRS Postdoctoral Awards

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

Outstanding Young Investigator Award Talks

This year's recipients are Jennifer A. Dionne, Stanford University, and James M. Rondinelli, Northwestern University.

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.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050

This panel event will convene top experts to discuss the fundamental materials R&D needed and the geopolitical and international supply-chain implications of possible pathways to realize this vision.

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 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.

Marketing Your Value

In this seminar you will learn about strategies for communicating your ideas, brand, and promise of value as a scientist or engineer.

Negotiation Skills

In this seminar, learn how to develop a negotiation strategy that will enable you to create a win-win situation and negotiate from start to finish in both your professional and your personal life.

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.

Science Writing Workshop

This is an interactive one-day workshop for researchers, scientists, science educators and students who are interested in journalism and science writing. Applications due March 17.

Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program

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. 

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

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