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MRS Impact Award

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The 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.

2024 MRS Spring Meeting Award nominations are accepted through August 1.

Award Package

Each prize consists of a $5,000 cash prize, an award trophy, a citation certificate, meeting registration fee to attend the Materials Research Society meeting at which the award is presented, and a one-year MRS membership. Additionally, reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the MRS meeting will be reimbursed. (When a team is recognized, the cash prize will be split equally, but each individual shall receive a trophy and certificate.)

Nomination Information

Nominations for the MRS Impact Award will be accepted June 1 through August 2 at Rules and eligibility, nomination package requirements and more are available here.


In this MRS TV interview from the 2022 MRS Spring Meeting, 2022 MRS Impact Award winner, Kwadwo Osseo-Asare discusses his talk, "When a single tree encounters strong wind, it breaks." Dr. Osseo-Asare, a professor of materials science and engineering, and energy and mineral engineering at Pennsylvania State University, was recognized for his sustained contributions to building a global materials science and engineering community that spans continents from Africa to the Americas.


MRS Impact Award Recipients