Careers & Advancement

Mid-Career Researcher Award

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The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. It is intended to honor an individual aged 40 to 52 at the time of nomination. Exceptions may be made for an interruption in career progression due to family or military service. The award recipient must also demonstrate notable leadership in the materials area.

Nominations are accepted July 1–August 1.

The Award

The annual award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, a presentation trophy and a certificate. Meeting registration fee, transportation and hotel expenses to attend the MRS Spring Meeting at which the award is presented will be reimbursed.

Nomination Information

Nominations for the Mid-Career Researcher Award will be accepted through August 1. Rules and eligibility, nomination package requirements and more are available here.

The Mid-Career Researcher Award is made possible through an endowment established by MilliporeSigma (Sigma-Aldrich Materials Science)

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Mid-Career Researcher Award Recipients

  • Xiangfeng Duan, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
  • Hongyou Fan, Sandia National Laboratories and The University of New Mexico (2019)
  • David Mooney, Harvard University (2018)
  • Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zürich (2017)
  • Hongjie Dai, Stanford University (2016)
  • Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology (2015)
  • Lei Jiang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014)
  • John A. Rogers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
  • Kristi S. Anseth, University of Colorado Boulder (2012)