Do you know that about 48% of the Materials Research Society (MRS) members are international, but that does not reflect in the nominations of awards? Similarly, women nominations do not reflect the MRS members numbers.
In the evolving society wherein diversity is a key driver towards successful innovation, it is intriguing that the MRS nominations are mostly Caucasian males from US. There are efforts from various committees at MRS to help increase the diversity of nomination to awards. At the moment, the MRS offers 12 different opportunities of awards:
- Graduate Student Award
- Innovation in Materials Characterization
- The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science
- Materials Theory Award
- Mid-Career Researcher
- MRS Fellow
- MRS Impact Award
- MRS Medal
- Outstanding Young Investigator
- Postdoctoral Awards
- Turnbull Lectureship
- Von Hippel Award
Please, leave your comments in this post with suggestions how could we increase the diversity within the nominations to MRS awards. Join us in this effort, spread the nomination forms worldwide so to increase diverse nominations!
MRS towards diversity nominations.