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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 an early-career scientist or engineer. The award recipient must show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area.

Submit an Application

 Submission deadline is August 1, 2024

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.




"As a graduate student I actually got the MRS Gold Award. So this is ... really humbling. I'd like to serve as an inspiration for people who look like me."

∼ Luisa Whittaker-Brooks

MRS TV speaks with Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, recipient of the 2023 MRS Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award, for cutting-edge work on the control of structural phase transitions, spins, and thermal-dependent electronic interactions in organic-inorganic quantum well heterostructures.



Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award Recipients