Meet the New Faculty Candidates—A Hybrid Event

Wednesday, December 1
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET
Hynes, Level 2, Hall D

Join us for our Live Poster Session, where you can interact with new faculty candidates as they present their research and qualifications. Don't miss out on your opportunity to connect with your peers and enjoy a refreshing selection of snacks and beverages at our Live Networking Reception.

Monday, December 6 - Wednesday, December 8

Prerecorded Virtual Presentations and Virtual Reception

The virtual program will consist of prerecorded, two-minute talks from up-and-coming faculty candidates, and opportunities to virtually connect with both candidates and recruiters throughout The Virtual Meeting week. On Tuesday, December 7, join our Faculty Candidates in Gather.Town as they present their posters live during a Virtual Poster Session.  Registration for the Gather.Town Virtual Poster Session is required and attendance is limited. RSVP Here.

Note: Prerecorded presentations will be accessible throughout the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, from November 29, 2021 - January 15, 2022.


This event offers an excellent opportunity for faculty candidates to meet one another and get feedback before their interviews, and for recruiters and search committees to find new faculty candidates.

Faculty candidates who plan to register for the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit are invited to submit an abstract for this hybrid event.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Is the title/abstract engaging?
  • Does the abstract/CV speak to the candidate's research?
  • Does the abstract/CV speak to the candidate's teaching?
  • Does the abstract/CV speak to the candidate's service?


  • Provide resources to help early career professionals apply to academic positions
  • Offer a networking opportunity for new faculty candidates and recruiters/search committees
  • Provide a platform for early career professionals to develop their statement of research and teaching/pedagogy and to practice for their interviews

Meeting attendees view posters in an exhibit hall.Abstracts will be reviewed by the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. The number of accepted presentations is limited; early submissions will receive priority for acceptance.

Abstract acceptance emails will be sent out by November 1, 2021.  If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to prerecord a 3-minute elevator-type pitch describing your 1) research vision and 2) pedagogy.  Accepted candidates will receive more information about uploading presentations to the Meeting platform.

A tip sheet for prerecording your presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint can be found here »

Abstracts and CVs were due October 24, 2021.

For Recruiters and Search Committees

Are you a member of a search committee or in a department that is hiring?

The MRS Early Career Professional Subcommittee will reach out to you with information prior to the event.

The virtual session will be available throughout the MRS Fall Meeting, and search committees can post questions and schedule private meetings with faculty candidates within the event portal. Recruiters and search committees are also invited to attend the live poster session. Recruiters and search committees must be registered for the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit in order to view candidate information or attend the live poster session. 

As an added benefit, recruiters who register for and attend the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting and accompanying Meet the New Faculty Candidate session will receive a coupon code for 25% off of any one Job Flash™ Package product purchased on the MRS Career Central Job Board through October 31, 2022.  All Job Flash™ Packages include a 30-Day job posting and ensures that your posting is emailed out to over 4,000 MS&E candidates.  This coupon code will be sent to you after your attendance is confirmed.

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