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MRS Communications Lecture

Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan, presented Rational Design of Nanomaterials from Assembly and Reconfigurability of Polymer-Tethered Nanoparticles.
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Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

Joseph M. DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented Future Fabricated with Light—Continuous Liquid Interface Production to Drive Additive Manufacturing.
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Poster Award Winners

See photos of the winners with their posters.

Science as Art Winners

Three first and three second place prizes were awarded.

Symposium X

Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research features lectures aimed at a broad audience to provide meeting attendees with an overview of leading-edge topics.
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Tutorial Sessions

The 2017 MRS Spring Meeting featured 10 tutorials covering a variety of topics to complement the symposium sessions.


Advocacy Focus Group

The MRS Government Affairs Committee held a focus group to solicit feedback on the current advocacy profile of the Society, both foreign and domestic

Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session

In this session, attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from current and former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Frontiers of Materials Research—National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Town Hall Meeting

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sought community input for a study on the future of materials research (MR).

Materials Voice

We need your help in support of sustained federal research funding for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Department of Defense Basic Research, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in their FY2017 and beyond budgets.

Research Funding Opportunities

The Research Funding Opportunities session was refreshed in order to provide more interaction between the government agency presenters and our membership. 


Awards Ceremony

Our distinguished award recipients were honored at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting Awards Ceremony.

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 Talk

Joost W.M. Frenken, Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), presented SPM Goes Live—Seeing Dynamic Phenomena with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope.
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MRS Fellows

The MRS Fellow 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

The inaugural MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement, which reflect the Society’s pursuit to advance materials science and technology to improve the quality of life.

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 Talks

This year's recipients were Jennifer A. Dionne, Stanford University, and James M. Rondinelli, Northwestern University. 
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Education and Outreach

Hands-On Coffee Breaks

The Arizona Science Center presented stimulating educational outreach through hands-on activities in materials science.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050

This panel event convened top experts to discuss the fundamental materials R&D needed and the geopolitical and international supply-chain implications of possible pathways to realize this vision.

Public Outreach Center

The Public Outreach Center offered hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers.

Student Mixer

Students enjoyed various interactive science activities and networking with students from around the globe.

In addition to the technical Meeting, a large-scale Exhibition featuring over 100 international exhibitors from all sectors of the global materials science and engineering communities was held Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Exhibit Hall Events

Schedule of events, including refreshment breaks and caricature sketches, in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibitor Workshop: Materials and Device Characterization

This workshop showed examples of transport measurements in nano-electronics, impedance analysis and optical and magnetic materials characterization.

Exhibitor Workshop: Milling Techniques and Technology for Achieving Nanoparticles

This workshop discussed the process for creating nanoparticles, considerations during the process and new high energy milling principles.

Exhibitor Workshop: Setting New Standards in 3D Micro Printing

This workshop explained how object properties can be changed by adding nanoparticles using coating or casting techniques to have access to metal, ceramics and semiconductors.

Professional Development

ABET Information and Evaluator Retraining Session

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

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.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

MRS journal editors discussed the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing.

How to Qualify for a Green Card

This presentation covered and compared the criteria for EB-1A classification for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, EB-1B classification for foreign nationals who are outstanding researchers and professors, and the National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) Category.

Impact of Materials on Society Implementation Workshop

This workshop included an overview of the IMOS course with specific information about each module, including modeling of the curriculum and classroom management strategies for hands-on and small group projects, a demonstration of the content and assessment materials.

Incorporating Sustainability Principles into Your Research

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.

Marketing Your Value

In this seminar attendees learned about strategies for communicating your ideas, brand, and promise of value as a scientist or engineer.

Negotiation Skills

In this seminar, attendees learned how to develop a negotiation strategy that will enable you to create a win-win situation and negotiate from start to finish in both your professional and your personal life.

Networking for Nerds

Attendees discovered how to "work a room," start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory.

Poster Presentation Success

This workshop covered the elements of a successful poster and how to deliver a meaningful, effective poster presentation.

Public Speaking and Communications

In this session, attendees learned the elements of how to deliver a speech, presentation or any kind of public talk with confidence and poise.

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.

Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program

The MRS Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program pairs undergraduate, underrepresented students (including women) with graduate student or postdoc mentors who help them navigate the next steps in their education and career. 

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

Christianne M. Corbett, Stanford University, presented Solving the Equation—The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering.
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