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MRS Honors 2012 Spring Meeting Graduate Student Award Winners

April 18, 2012
Press & Public Relations Contact:

Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society

WARRENDALE, PA  – [April 19, 2012] – The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced the winners of the Graduate Student Awards on Wednesday, April 11, during the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Twenty-three graduate students were recognized for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction. Of the 105 applications processed this year, the 23 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 presentations given on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 10.

The Graduate Student Awards were presented at the awards ceremony Wednesday evening in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. 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/s12-gsa.


Gold Awards

Kara Evanoff
Georgia Institute of Technology

Sanghan Lee
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Gaurav Giri
Stanford University

Nichole Miller
Stanford University

Tevis Jacobs
University of Pennsylvania

Alia Schoen
Stanford University

Jason Kawasaki
University of California, Santa Barbara

Emily Warren
California Institute of Technology

Silver Awards

Zheng Chen
University of California, Los Angeles

Junsuk Rho
University of California, Berkeley

Zi Chen
Princeton University

Afsoon Soudi
Washington State University

Diego Gomez-Gualdron
Texas A&M University

Magdalena Swierczewska
Stony Brook University

Zhenda Lu
University of California, Riverside

Neil Treat
University of California, Santa Barbara

Rutvik J. Mehta
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

David Tsivion
Weizmann Institute of Science

Nour Nijem
University of Texas, Dallas

Nan Yi
Tufts University

Seung Soo Oh
University of California, Santa Barbara

Qiao Zhang
University of California, Riverside

Andreina Parisi-Amon
Stanford University


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.