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Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award

 Materials Research Society Foundation LogoThe Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area.


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

Award Package

The annual award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, a presentation trophy and a certificate. Meeting registration fee and reasonable travel expenses to attend the Materials Research Society meeting at which the award is presented will be reimbursed.

Nomination Information

Nominations for the Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award will be accepted June 1 through August 1.  Rules and eligibility, nomination package requirements and more are available here.


In this MRS TV interview from the 2022 MRS Spring Meeting, the MRS Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award winner, Prineha Narang discusses her presentation, "Illuminating Quantum Matter." Narang, an assistant professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, was recognized for critical advances in the understanding of materials physics, optical sciences, and topology for the prediction and design of quantum materials


Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award Recipients