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Broadening our impact within and outside the materials community

Material Research Society FoundationThe Materials Research Society has developed a far-reaching series of programs that expose students, teachers, and life-long learners to the excitement of discovery and the significance of science in their daily lives.  For interested MRS members, these programs provide an opportunity to participate in outreach activities, support national STEM education initiatives, and play a significant role in developing and nurturing the next generation of materials scientists.

The scientific process is no longer just about generating ideas, but about freely sharing those ideas with broader audiences. Now more than ever, the ability to recruit students, attract collaborators, and secure funding is tied to the ability to successfully bring research out of the laboratory and to the general public. Through its continuum of broader impacts programming and professional development sessions at MRS meetings, an ever-expanding awards portfolio, a University Chapter program that is now international in scope, and so much more, MRS, with the support of the Materials Research Society Foundation, is well positioned to engage, educate and fascinate into the next decade.


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The MRS Awards Program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and to recognize their exciting and profound accomplishments.

The Broadening Participation in Materials Coordination Group's programs promote diversity and inclusion within the broad professional materials science community.


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As MRS advances its efforts in materials and sustainability, there is a strong and responsible need to shine a bright light on the society's sustainability science activities, including publications, special events, social media and symposia.

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The University Chapter program is a passionate and talented network of students from universities around the world, which fosters an environment for collaboration and open exchange of ideas across all scientific disciplines.



Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050 is an ongoing event that continued at the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit. In this MRS TV interview, panelist Rachel A. Meidl reviews the panel—Enabling a Circular Polymer Economy, discusses the role of materials science in transitioning to a true circular economy, and the life cycle assessment of plastics and polymers.


Science As Art

Anupma Thakur, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Yue Deng, Cornell University Alexander Sredenschek, The Pennsylvania State University Gerardo Pagano, Politecnico di Milano/Istituto Italiano di Tecnologiaes Kate Reidy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hyunseok Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Science as Art Winners from the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting. As a special feature of MRS meetings, we offer the popular Science as Art competitions with entry open to all registered meeting attendees. See Science as Art Galleries »