2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Meeting Events Schedule

Events will be added as details are confirmed. Check back!

Monday

Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions

Monday, April 13
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 128 A & 127 C


All Meeting attendees, especially students, are encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions.

Designing Sustainability into Materials Research Workshop

Monday, April 13
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 B


Many sustainability initiatives focus on technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. This workshop expands upon sustainability to include limiting sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

Monday, April 13
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 C

Learn the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing from MRS journal Editors-in-Chief. Not only are they leading researchers in their field, but they also share a dedication to high-quality content, editorial integrity and scientific scholarship.

Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Monday, April 13
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121A

The participants of this active-learning workshop will learn the concept of unconscious bias, examine resources on how to identify their own biases, raise awareness of how unconscious biases work, and how they can influence interactions in the workplace.

MRS Communications Lecture

Monday, April 13
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A

Grace X. Gu, University of California, Berkeley, will speak on the use of advanced computational analysis, machine learning and topology optimization to revolutionize the field of smart additive manufacturing.

Research Funding Opportunities

Monday, April 13
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121C

The Research Funding Opportunities session provides interaction between government agency representatives and MRS Membership. Invited talks will consist of a 20-minute presentation on the agency's programs followed by Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.

Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

Monday, April 13
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley

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 manufacturing.

Tuesday

Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

Tuesday, April 14
8:15 am 9:30 am
PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

John A. Rodgers, Northwestern University, will present Functional Materials for Bioelectronic Neural Interfaces.

Materials Voice

Tuesday, April 14
2:00 pm 7:00 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

Tell your legislators why support of the physical sciences and science education is necessary – for national security, quality of life and a strong economy. We invite you to utilize Materials Voice, and ensure that your message is heard – with resonance – on Capitol Hill.

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

Tuesday, April 14
2:30 pm 3:30 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

Learn about the U.S. immigration process and how to maximize your chances of immigration success during this presentation by the law firm of Getson & Schatz.

Marketing Your Value

Tuesday, April 14
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit Stage

Dive into the strategies for communicating your ideas and brand in such a way that your constituents want to learn more and can visualize how your innovative attitude will benefit them. In marketing yourself appropriately you will be able to find new opportunities for career development.

Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session

Tuesday, April 14
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Room TBD

MRS offers exciting opportunities for scientists to learn about the field of science policy by spending one year as a Special Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. Come learn about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships.

MRS/Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales Student Poster Award Exchange Program

Tuesday, April 14
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

Best Poster awardees from the XXVIII International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2019 present their posters at the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting as part of the MRS/SMM student exchange program.

Best Poster Award Winners Announcement

Tuesday, April 14
5:30 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage


Join us as the Poster winners are announced.

How to Prepare for Your ABET Accreditation

Tuesday, April 14
7:15 - 9:30 pm
Sheraton, Second Level, Arcadia


If an ABET evaluation is in your future, this session will help you understand the accreditation process and any updates to the criteria so your materials department is prepared.

Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

Tuesday, April 14
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley

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 manufacturing.

Wednesday

Materials Voice

Wednesday, April 15
11:00 am 7:00 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit

Tell your legislators why support of the physical sciences and science education is necessary – for national security, quality of life and a strong economy. We invite you to utilize Materials Voice, and ensure that your message is heard – with resonance – on Capitol Hill.

Evaluating a Job Offer and Negotiation for Nerds

Wednesday, April 15
3:45 pm 4:45 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C-E-Exhibit Stage

Learn how to create a win-win situation and negotiate right from start to finish in the job decision process.  Discover how to develop metrics to evaluate a job offer and ensure it meets your needs (and hopefully wants, too!).

Best Poster Award Winners Announcement

Wednesday, April 15
5:30 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit Stage


Join us as the Best Poster winners are announced.

Thursday

MRS University Chapter Representatives Meeting

Thursday, April 16
4:00 pm 5:00 pm
PCC West, 200 Level, Room 212 AB

This brief meeting will discuss the MRS University Chapters Program. Current Chapter officers, faculty advisors and students who wish to form a University Chapter should attend.