Activities & Events



Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session
Attendees will learn about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and hear from current and former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Frontiers of Materials Research—National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Town Hall Meeting
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are seeking community input for a study on the future of materials research.

Materials Voice
We need your help in support of sustained federal research funding for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Department of Defense Basic Research, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Research Funding Opportunities
The Research Funding Opportunities session has been refreshed in order to provide more interaction between the government agency presenters and our membership.



Awards Ceremony & Von Hippel Presentation
Join us for this special evening of awards and celebration! Following the ceremony, C.N.R. Rao, the 2017 Von Hippel Award recipient, will present Glimpses of Six Decades of Research in Materials Chemistry.

David Turnbull Lectureship Award Talk
Sigurd Wagner, Princeton University, will present Materials—From Exploration to Application.

Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions
The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. 

Materials Theory Award Talk
Glenn H. Fredrickson, University of California, Santa Barbara, will present Field-Theoretic Simulations—From Advanced Materials to Quantum Liquids.

Mid-Career Reseacher Award Talk

Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zürich, will present her award talk during the EM2 symposium. She was unable to attend the 2017 Spring Meeting and Exhibit and has graciously agreed to present Dynamical Multiferroicity at the 2017 Fall Meeting and Exhibit.

MRS Medal Award Talks
MRS Medal Talks will be presented by Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University, and Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology.

MRS Postdoctoral Awards
Congratulations to the recipients of the MRS Postdoctoral Awards: Michael Saliba, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Jieun Yang, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

MRS Woody White Service Award
The MRS Woody White Service Award honors outstanding individuals who have embodied MRS’ Mission, Vision and Values, and the 2017 award recipient is Monica Jung de Andrade, The University of Texas at Dallas.

The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science
Xiaobo Yin, University of Colorado Boulder, will present Put Microstructured Optical Metamaterials to Work in Large Scale Energy Applications.


Education & Outreach

Hands-On Coffee Breaks
Education Directors from materials research science and engineering centers (MRSEC) will present interactive outreach activities and demos in materials science.

International Summit of the MRS Chapters on Sustainability and Nanotechnology
The Summit will include two days of invited talks, panel discussions and a poster session, which will focus heavily on biomedicine, catalysis, sensors and energy harvesting, emphasizing the concept of sustainability and materials criticality.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050: The Role of the Circular Economy
This panel event will convene top experts to discuss the role of the circular economy in bringing about this vision, including related materials science challenges and socioeconomic and policy factors.

Public Outreach Center
MRS is playing a major role in bringing the education, research and industrial communities together through exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars.

Science in Video Competition
Stop by the Public Outreach Center to learn more about the Science in Video (SciVid) Competition and how you can help choose the People’s Choice award.

Speed Coaching with the Division of Materials Research (DMR)
The DMR will host a “Meet DMR Program Directors” event Tuesday and Wednesday between 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Program directors will be available for a one-on-one conversation. Preregister from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

Student/Postdoc Industry Mixer
This mixer provides the opportunity to connect with fellow students, postdocs and researchers from industry.


iMatSci—Innovation Showcase

iMatSci Innovation Showcase
The iMatSci Innovation Showcase provides materials-based innovators with a platform to demonstrate the practical applications of their new technologies while connecting them with potential partners and sources of funding.


Millie Dresselhaus Tribute Events

Special Workshop on Nanomaterials and Their Applications
In honor of Millie Dresselhaus for her lifelong contribution and impact to materials research.


Professional Development

ABET, Engineering Accreditation and MRS
Join ABET headquarters representative and program evaluators to learn why accreditation and materials issues within engineering departments and programs are becoming more and more important.

ABET Information and Evaluator Retraining Session
An informational session and retraining for ABET evaluators and others interested in the accreditation process.

Bringing Modeling and Simulation Into My Classroom
This workshop will present methodological guidelines for deploying modeling and simulation in the materials science and engineering classroom.

Career Fair
As an extension of MRS’s online Job Board, the Career Fair provides an opportunity for Meeting participants and top employers to discuss career opportunities.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published
MRS journal editors-in-chief discuss the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing.

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to Win Your EB-1/NIW Case!

This presentation will cover and compare the criteria for EB-1A and EB-1B classification for foreign nationals.

Incorporating Sustainability Principles into Your Research
Alan Rae will discuss how to incorporate sustainability principles into your research in a more comprehensive way while considering the real-world application of these principles to product design and manufacture.

Informational Interviewing

Learn the basics of informational interviewing, including who to speak with, how to set one up, potential questions to ask, and tips on how to make the most of informational interviews.

Negotiating a Job Offer
Join us to examine the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of job offers.

Preparing for Your Next Job Interview
Learn and exercise creative ways to be a successful self-advocate during an interview.

Professional Development Workshop—Research Mentor Training
Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel will guide us through Research Mentor Training, a workshop designed to share best practices in mentoring with the goal to maximize the effectiveness of mentoring relationships.

Resume Critiques, Mock Interviews, Professional Photos
Recruiters and mentors on hand at the Career Fair to provide improvements to your resume, mock interviews and have your professional photo taken. Space is limited. Must sign up in advance.

Science Communication Panel—How to Use Social Media for Connecting with Colleagues and the Press
This panel will discuss how materials researchers can leverage social media as a networking tool as well as a way to promote their work through the press.

Using Improv for Communications
This highly-interactive workshop teaches how to use improvisational techniques to improve your communication skills.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast
Linda Sapochak, National Science Foundation, will present at the annual breakfast.


Late Breaking News—U.S. Metamaterials Manufacturing: Key R&D Priorities and Action Items
A panel will provide discussion surrounding a new report addressing the challenges and opportunities of metamaterial manufacturing in the United States.

Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science
James A. Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology, will present The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence.

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions will be held Monday through Thursday.

Quantum Materials Special Session
Panel discussion on quantum information in conjunction with Symposium EM08—Emerging Materials for Quantum Information.

Science as Art Winners
Three first and three second place prizes were awarded.

Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research
Symposium X features lectures aimed at a broad audience to provide meeting attendees with an overview of leading-edge topics.

Tutorial Sessions
On Sunday, November 26, 11 tutorials will be offered that will cover a variety of topics to complement the symposium sessions.