Joint Meeting

Opportunities to Volunteer at MRS Meetings

The following opportunities offer students and post-docs unique experiences at the 2020 MRS Spring and Fall Meeting, plus:

  • Reimbursement of the student preregistration fee
  • FREE one-year MRS student membership commencing January 1, 2021
  • A stipend

Symposium Assistant Positions

A man gives a presentation at an MRS meeting

Graduate students who are interested in assisting in the symposium sessions during the 2020 MRS Spring and Fall Meeting & Exhibit are encouraged to apply for a Symposium Assistant position.

Symposium Assistants deliver essential meeting materials to the technical session rooms, monitor audio-visual equipment and room lighting, track and record attendance and perform other tasks requested by the session chairs.

By assisting in a minimum of two full days (equivalent to four half-day sessions), students will receive a complimentary student registration, a one-year MRS student membership commencing January 1, 2021, and limited financial assistance to help defray expenses. Positions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Symposium Assistant application for the 2020 MRS Spring and Fall Meeting & Exhibit will be available online beginning September 8. The deadline to submit your application will be September 28. Please contact us with questions.


Career Central Volunteers

Career Central registration desk at an MRS MeetingVolunteers are needed to help out at the Career Center during MRS Spring and Fall Meetings. Students and young professionals are encouraged to sign up for one or multiple time-slots to help out onsite during Career Fair hours. Opportunities include:

Professional Development Assistants
Volunteers will assist Career Fair staff by keeping photographer, mock interview and resume critique candidates on schedule, escorting them to the photographer/interviewer at the scheduled time, and tracking scheduled participant attendance.

More information will be posted closer to the Meeting.


Materials Voice Booth—Call for Student Volunteers

Two women stand behind the Materials Voice counterSeveral student volunteers are needed to staff the Materials Voice booth.

Energetic student volunteers will encourage passers-by to send an email from the booth to their US Congressional representatives regarding matters of importance to the scientific community.

Specific details will be posted closer to the Meeting. Please contact us if interested »


MRS Meeting Scene—Call for Reporters and Bloggers

Three student bloggers pose for a selfie.

Graduate students and post-docs who are interested in contributing to the Meeting Scene newsletter and the Meeting Blog for the full week of MRS Spring and Fall Meetings are encouraged to apply. 

Reporters will be required to attend talks in a variety of symposia and write brief summaries (100-250 words) of four talks each day; bloggers will be required to post at least five items per day and also tweet about their experiences at the meeting. The stipend is $50 for the week.

To apply, please send an email to stating your qualifications and your reasons for wanting to report or blog for us. We need only four reporters and four bloggers, so we will not be able to accept everyone who applies. Apply now! We look forward to hearing from you!