The Materials Research Society Foundation advances the MRS Mission to "promote communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life." To that end, the Foundation benefits a wide range of innovative grassroots, member-driven initiatives—from student chapter proposals, to local or regional education/outreach projects, to those with the potential to impact the materials enterprise worldwide. Through hundreds of individual donors, program sponsors and MRS Corporate Partners, the Foundation financially supports the following core MRS programs.
Student Activities and Opportunities
The MRS University Chapter Program is a passionate and talented network of students from over 125 universities around the world, 20 percent outside the United States. The goal is to provide our next-generation scientists with a global network of people, programs and events that will help prepare them for future professional and leadership roles in the materials community. Supported by the Materials Research Society Foundation, the program offers travel support to help student members attend MRS Spring and Fall Meetings, distinguished speaker support, chapter rebates and Special Project Grants—where funding is dedicated to support projects proposed by our University Chapters. Visit Grant Awards to see the latest University Chapter Special Project Award Recipients.
For students without a Chapter presence, the Foundation is still involved—funding free memberships for students in developing countries and offering virtual engagement opportunities, including educational resources via MRS OnDemand.
Broadening Participation in Materials
The Foundation supports various programs designed to broaden participation of individuals traditionally underrepresented in materials science and STEM. These programs include:
Education & Outreach
MRS is committed to promoting the study of, as well as furthering an understanding of, materials science to students and society at large. One of the current MRS efforts supporting that commitment is Impact of Materials on Society, a college-level course teaching students how engineering forms and is formed by social and cultural variables.
Professional Development Opportunities
MRS offers a strong professional development program at its annual Spring and Fall Meetings to help MRS Members gain the fundamental skills and knowledge for professional development and career enhancement in materials science and engineering.
MRS Career Central continues to grow and expand. The staple career program at the MRS Meetings has increased in both size and depth—bringing job seekers from around the globe together with companies hiring applicants from a wide array of backgrounds. Enhanced capabilities allow for electronic job postings and confidential resume uploads, benefiting on-site and remote MRS Members both during and after MRS Meetings.
MRS Awards Program
The Foundation funds all efforts of the MRS Awards Program, acknowledging outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and recognizing exciting and profound accomplishments. With new awards added in recent years, the MRS Awards Program continues to grow, now honoring over 90 members each year.