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Materials Research Society Announces New Foundation

November 14, 2012
Press & Public Relations Contact:

Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society
WARRENDALE, PA – The Materials Research Society (MRS) proudly announces theMaterials Research Society Foundation.

Unique in many ways, the Materials Research Society Foundation does not have an independent mission. Instead, the goal is to advance the MRS mission to “promote communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.” The focus is on member engagement and funding to enrich, expand and ensure MRS core programs in education, outreach and peer recognition.

Also unlike many foundations, there will be no capital campaign or endowment-building to fund a single, long term society-determined project or program. Instead, the Foundation will benefit a wide range of innovative grassroots, member-driven initiatives—from student chapter proposals, to local or regional education/outreach projects, to those with the potential to impact the materials enterprise worldwide. The Materials Research Society Foundation will leverage corporate partner, institutional and individual support to invest in projects of importance to the materials community, as defined by the materials community.

According to Bruce Clemens, 2012 MRS president, “the materials landscape is dotted with exciting and innovative grassroots projects, large and small, that were envisioned by our community and championed by our society. As we launch the Materials Research Society Foundation, it is clear that we are now well-positioned to enrich that landscape with projects and partnerships that both serve the materials community and advance the global quality of life.”

For more information, or to learn how you can help make a difference, visit the Materials Research Society Foundation website at www.mrs.org/foundation.

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.