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MRS Honors 2011 Fall Graduate Student Award Winners

December 06, 2011
Press & Public Relations Contact:

Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced the winners of the Graduate Student Awards last Wednesday, November 30, during the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Twenty-five graduate students were recognized for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction. Of the 195 applications processed this year, the 25 finalists were chosen on the merits of exceptional abilities and promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Gold or Silver Awards were decided based on oral or poster presentations given Tuesday afternoon.

The Graduate Student Awards were presented at the awards ceremony Wednesday evening in the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Prizes consisted of $400 and a presentation plaque for the Gold Award winners and $200 and a certificate for the Silver Award winners. For more information, visit www.mrs.org/f11-gsa.

Gold Awards

Jiamian Hu
Tsinghua University

Shu Hu
Stanford University

Matthew Jones
Northwestern University

Sung Kang
Harvard University

Robert Macfarlane
Northwestern University

Luisa Whittaker

Silver Awards

Muge Acik
University of Texas at Dallas

Mehmet Baykara
Yale University

Laura Dickinson
Johns Hopkins University

Akhilesh Gaharwar
Purdue University

Kian Kerman
Harvard University

Illan Kramer
University of Toronto

Xiaoyan Li
Brown University

Rameshwori Loukrakpam

Amy Marconnet
Stanford University

Hassan Masoud
Georgia Institute of Technology

Elad Mentovich
Tel Aviv University

Pratap Rao
Stanford University

Jian Shi
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Charles Sing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jonathan Singer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jin Suntivich
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hailiang Wang
Stanford University

Chong Xie
Stanford University

Sa Zhou
Boston College



About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of over 13,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans 90 countries, with approximately 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

For more information about the Materials Research Society visit mrs.org and follow @Materials_MRS.