2018 MRS Sprring Meeting and Exhibit | Phoenix, Arizona

Activities & Events


Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session

Attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Materials Voice

At the Materials Voice Booth, attendees sent convenient, personalized letters to their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Research Funding Opportunities

The Research Funding Opportunities session provided interaction between government agency presenters and MRS Membership. Invited talks were followed by round-table Q&A sessions with the individual program managers. Read a recap of Bindu Nair's presentation in the Meeting Scene.


2018 MRS Communications Lecture

The 2018 MRS Communications Lecture recognizes excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS Communications. It honors the authors of an outstanding paper published in the journal during the award year. Read a recap in the Meeting Scene.

Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions

The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.

Innovation in Materials Characterization Award—Symposium X Presentation

David G. Cahill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented From Isotopically-Enriched Crystals to Fullerene Derivatives and (Almost) Everything in Between—Measurement of Thermal Conductivity by Time-Domain Thermoreflectance. Read a recap in the Meeting Scene.

Mid-Career Researcher Award—Symposium X Presentation

The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. David Mooney presented his research achievements on Thursday during Symposium X. Read a recap in the Meeting Scene.

MRS Awards and Recognition Program Featuring the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Talk

We honored our distinguished award recipients during the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting Awards Ceremony. Following the ceremony was the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award talk by David G. Cahill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

MRS Fellows

The MRS Fellows Program honors MRS Members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.

MRS Impact Award

MRS honored Michael Falk, Johns Hopkins University, as the 2018 MRS Impact Award recipient during the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday.

MRS Postdoctoral Awards

The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognize postdoctoral scholars who show exceptional promise that may include, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching, during their postdoc assignment.

Outstanding Young Investigator Award—Symposium X Presentation

This award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must also show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area.  Read recaps of each talk in the Meeting SceneVanessa Woods and William Chueh.

Education and Outreach

Hands-On Coffee Breaks

Students from The Haverford School presented stimulating educational outreach through hands-on activities in materials science and robotics.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050

This panel event convened top experts to discuss fossil fuel replacement from laboratory concepts to demonstrated technology and the challenges to achieving 100% replacement of fossil fuels by sustainable alternatives. Read a recap in the Meeting Scene.

MRS University Chapter Representatives Meeting

This meeting included discussions about the MRS University Chapters Program.

Public Outreach Center

Attendees learned about bringing the science of materials to the general public, exploring the topics of sustainable practices and the impact of society on material science, education and outreach.

Student Mixer

The Student Mixer provided the opportunity to connect with fellow students from around the world.

Professional Development

ABET Information and Evaluator Retraining Session

This was an informational session for anyone interested in the accreditation process and a retraining session for current ABET evaluators.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Work Smart is designed to help you negotiate for a new job, raise or promotion. In this interactive workshop, participants gained confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-playing.

Become a Challenge Agent: How to Engage and Cultivate Diversity for Innovation and Disruption

Participants learned the strategies to become a Challenge Agent, a leader who looks for chances to challenge the status quo, implements and affects change and challenge in safe ways, and in the process, empowers themselves, their organization and their team.

Career Fair

The Career Fair provided an opportunity for Meeting participants and top employers to discuss career opportunities and will feature recruiters and on-site interviews, career development sessions, and resume critiques and mock interviews.

Create Your Dream Job: Exploring Your Passions and Recognizing Your Potential

Attendees learned to identify the unique skill set that you have mastered by pursuing a STEM education and how to articulate your value and problem-solving abilities to diverse decision-makers.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

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

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

Brian Getson of Getson & Schatz explained how to start the process and key elements to include in your CV to apply for a green card.

Interactive Workshop—Designing Sustainability into Materials Research

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

Networking for Nerds—Become a Networking Rock Star

Learn how to become a master networker including how to cultivate strategic, mutually beneficial relationships, add people to your networks, “work a room,” converse with people you have never met before, and advance your career.

Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

Alan Rae discussed 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 manufacture.

Science Writing Workshop

This was an interactive, one-day workshop for researchers, scientists, science educators and students who are interested in journalism and science writing.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

Dawn Bonnell, University of Pennsylvania, presented Lessons Learned from a Non-Linear Career TrajectoryRead a recap in the Meeting Scene.


MRS/Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales Student Poster Award Exchange Program

Best Poster awardees from the XXVI International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2017 presented their posters at the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting as part of the MRS/SMM student exchange program.

Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, University of California, Berkeley, presented Electric Field Control of MagnetismRead a recap in the Meeting Scene.

Student Summit—Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry—Wearable Technology

This two-day event was designed to bring students and industry leaders together through invited talks, a panel discussion, a reception, and poster session, all of which focused on the current state and future of wearable technologies.

Tutorial Sessions

The 2018 MRS Spring Meeting featured 14 tutorials covering a variety of topics to complement the symposium sessions.

Wearables in Smart Fabrics Fashion Show

The Wearables in Smart Fabrics Fashion Show explored the intersection of materials technology and smart garment/wearable design, and provided a window on the future of materials science in this field.

Publishing Alliance

MRS publishes with Springer Nature