Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part I: The Application Process

Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part I: The Application Process

Jul 27, 2021

Finding a permanent academic position is notoriously difficult and the process of getting one is generally shrouded in mystery. Providing reliable and independent resources for early career materials scientists is one of the goals of the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. Last year, our Subcommittee hosted webinars examining the application process from the perspective of search committees. However, search committees are often only familiar with their own institutional application processes.

In this new series, we will hear the perspective of recently appointed (last two years) early career faculty members, who will provide a different perspective on the process. The first webinar in this series will briefly outline the application process and will offer a discussion with young faculty about their experiences preparing and submitting applications. After our initial discussion, the floor will open for audience Q&A.

New 3D Nanoscale Research Breakthroughs via Atom Probe Tomography

New 3D Nanoscale Research Breakthroughs via Atom Probe Tomography

Jul 28, 2021

A follow-up to a previous MRS webinar, this webinar will cover updates in atom probe tomography technology and techniques, and review emerging applications and breakthroughs.

Presented by CAMECA 

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Sustainable Materials for Electric Vehicles

Sustainable Materials for Electric Vehicles

Aug 4, 2021

This webinar is co-presented by MRS and ASM.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are dominating the technology news today as we look to a future with less dependence on fossil fuels and a more sustainable technology. Materials are playing a critical role in the development of electric vehicles, primarily for batteries and fuel cells, but also for other components. The widely used lithium ion batteries in EVs are the subject of much research and development for greater efficiencies and energy densities. Fuel cells using hydrogen continue to be developed for larger electric vehicles such as trucks. In this development of existing and new materials, sustainability is an important consideration over the whole materials development, processing and recycling cycle. The talks in this webinar cover various aspects of sustainable materials development and use for electric vehicles with a focus on batteries and fuel cells.

 Self-Care and Resilience: Be Kind to Your Strong Self

Self-Care and Resilience: Be Kind to Your Strong Self

Aug 11, 2021


One of the silver linings of the pandemic is the fact that it has highlighted the need for more self-care, emotional and mental health support, and a greater appreciation for the human experience. After all, we are not AI-driven robots… we think and feel and experience pain, sadness, anxiety and depression, especially in the face of great challenge such as the pandemic. In this session, we will discuss strategies for effective self-care. We will delve into ways to navigate any challenging circumstance to protect our physical, mental and emotional health, and you will emerge with a template for a set of guidelines you can develop to ensure that you are always kind to yourself.

Sponsored by the PPG Foundation

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 Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series Part I: Opportunities for Undergraduates and Graduates at National Laboratories

Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series Part I: Opportunities for Undergraduates and Graduates at National Laboratories

Aug 17, 2021

The Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series will highlight opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and early career levels at national laboratories. This three-part webinar series dives into all you need to know about opportunities for undergraduates/graduates at national laboratories, information on how to access state-of-the-art resources at user facilities, tips on how to establish your career at a national laboratory, and much more.

The first day of this webinar series - Opportunities for Undergraduates and Graduates at National Laboratories - will highlight:

  • Short- and long-term opportunities at US-based national laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students (e.g., Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program, etc.)
  • Information about research at US-based national laboratories
  • Work-life balance and diversity at national laboratories
Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series Part II: Establishing Your Career at a National Laboratory

Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series Part II: Establishing Your Career at a National Laboratory

Aug 18, 2021

The Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series will highlight opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and early career levels at national laboratories. This three-part webinar series dives into all you need to know about opportunities for undergraduates/graduates at national laboratories, information on how to access state-of-the-art resources at user facilities, tips on how to establish your career at a national laboratory, and much more.

The second day of this webinar series - Establishing Your Career at a National Laboratory - will highlight:

  • Opportunities for postdocs and early career professionals at US-based national laboratories (e.g. Named Fellowships at DOE National Laboratories, etc.
  • Tips on how early career scientists can establish their research at a national lab
  • The types of problems early career professionals face when establishing their work at a national lab
  • Insights on how fundraising works at national labs
Materials Networking Trivia Challenge

Materials Networking Trivia Challenge

Aug 18, 2021

Are you ready for some trivia and fun? Join us for an inclusive and immersive networking session, where you can showcase your materials trivia knowledge and connect with your peers. We will be playing trivia games and demonstrating networking techniques that get people talking. 


In this relaxed, judgment-free environment, we will provide opportunities to have facilitated conversations designed to give you access to others, boost your confidence in networking, and help you find and solidify connections which will be game-changers in your career!

Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series Part III: Panel Discussion: User Facilities at National and International Laboratories

Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series Part III: Panel Discussion: User Facilities at National and International Laboratories

Aug 19, 2021


The Opportunities and Careers at National Laboratories - Webinar Series will highlight opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and early career levels at national laboratories. This three-part webinar series dives into all you need to know about opportunities for undergraduates/graduates at national laboratories, information on how to access state-of-the-art resources at user facilities, tips on how to establish your career at a national laboratory, and much more.

The third day of this webinar series - Panel Discussion: User Facilities at National and International Laboratories - will highlight:

  • Opportunities for early career professionals at user facilities within national/international laboratories in the USA, Europe, East Asia, and Australia
  • Information about user facilities
  • Work-life balance at user facilities
  • Experiences from staff scientists at user facilities
Frontier Non-Equilibrium Materials Science Enabled by Ultrafast Electron Methods

Frontier Non-Equilibrium Materials Science Enabled by Ultrafast Electron Methods

Aug 25, 2021

Ultrafast electron-based methods have become a major new frontier in materials science due to the capability of following dynamics on time scales as short as femtoseconds with the high spatial resolution and sensitivity afforded by electrons. In particular, these allow for explorations of material properties far from equilibrium. Imaging on ultrafast time scales carries critical information on phase transitions, fundamental processes involved in light-harvesting, magnetic, and plasmonic dynamics, the coupling of electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom in materials and has revealed previously hidden, nonequilibrium metastable states of matter that have no equilibrium analog.

The articles in the August issue of MRS Bulletin provide an exciting cross section of the novel research directions that have been enabled at this frontier. The talks in this webinar will cover some of these topics. An interactive Q&A session and discussions will follow the presentations.

Materials Evolution in 3D/4D:  Understanding Time-Evolved Processes Using Lab and Synchrotron X-ray Tomography

Materials Evolution in 3D/4D: Understanding Time-Evolved Processes Using Lab and Synchrotron X-ray Tomography

Sep 14, 2021

3D X-ray tomography/microscopy has become a critical technique for visualizing and quantifying morphology in a variety of materials systems. As a nondestructive approach, it uniquely opens the door to repetitive imaging of the same sample as it undergoes some change, so-called “4D” or “time-lapse” imaging. This webinar will present a review of the state-of-the-science of 4D X-ray imaging, assessing the recent progress and opportunities in lab-based as well as synchrotron-based instruments, and spanning from the micron scale to the nanometer regime. Examples will touch on research in engineering materials, electrochemical systems, and biomaterials.

Presented by Carl Zeiss Microscopy

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Dynamic SIMS for Semiconductors – From compositional analysis of optoelectronics and 2D devices to implant depth-profiling of advanced Si-based structures

Dynamic SIMS for Semiconductors – From compositional analysis of optoelectronics and 2D devices to implant depth-profiling of advanced Si-based structures

Sep 15, 2021

Providing a unique combination of extremely high sensitivity with detection limits down to parts per billion levels, Dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry has long been a leading technique for R&D and process control of novel semiconductors.

The webinar will review instrumental solutions towards a broad array of IC applications, from deep to ultra-shallow implant depth profiling in Si-based semiconductors to compositional analysis of thin multilayers in patterned wafer pads, optoelectronics, 2D and non-planar 3D structures...

Presented by CAMECA

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Materials Development for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Materials Development for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 22, 2021

The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic situation since early 2020 has led to numerous challenges in efforts to respond to the pandemic, including availability of PPE (Personal protective equipment), ventilators, and space in hospitals, reliability of diagnostic testing, and effective treatments for varied symptoms. Clinicians, scientists, and engineers have pursued heroic research efforts to curb the pandemic. The September 2021 theme issue of MRS Bulletin examines several research areas involving the development of materials for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19. This includes materials science and engineering approaches to develop methods for disinfecting PPE to address shortages, rapid and reliable diagnostic tests, biomaterial-based vaccines, and nanomaterial-based treatments. 

The talks in this webinar will cover some of these aspects. An interactive Q&A session and discussions will follow the presentations.

 Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part II: Interview Process

Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part II: Interview Process

Sep 28, 2021

Finding a permanent academic position is notoriously difficult and the process of getting one is generally shrouded in mystery. Providing reliable and independent resources for early career materials scientists is one of the goals of the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. Last year, our Subcommittee hosted webinars examining the application process from the perspective of search committees. However, search committees are often only familiar with their own institutional application processes.

In this new series, we will hear the perspective of recently appointed (last two years) early career faculty members, who will provide a different perspective on the process. In our second webinar of this series, we will briefly outline the interview process, including the talks you are expected to give, and then discuss the experience of our panel whilst interviewing. After our initial discussion, the floor will open for audience Q&A.

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to win your EB-1/NIW case

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to win your EB-1/NIW case

Sep 29, 2021

Learn everything you need to know about the U.S. immigration system and how to maximize your chances of winning a green card in the EB-1/NIW categories.

Presented by Getson & Schatz

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Materials Opportunities for Low-Energy Computing

Materials Opportunities for Low-Energy Computing

Oct 20, 2021

Details for this event will be announced shortly. This webinar is presented in conjunction with the October, 2021 issue of MRS Bulletin.

 Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part III: The Offer and Next Steps

Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part III: The Offer and Next Steps

Oct 26, 2021

Finding a permanent academic position is notoriously difficult and the process of getting one is generally shrouded in mystery. Providing reliable and independent resources for early career materials scientists is one of the goals of the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. Last year, our Subcommittee hosted webinars examining the application process from the perspective of search committees. However, search committees are often only familiar with their own institutional application processes.

In this new series, we will hear the perspective of recently appointed (last two years) early career faculty members, who will provide a different perspective on the process. In this final webinar of the series, we will briefly outline the post offer process, how to navigate negotiating an offer, and what is involved in starting your new position. We will then talk to our panel about their experiences negotiating and starting in their new labs. After our initial discussion, the floor will open for audience Q&A.

Oxide electronics

Oxide electronics

Nov 17, 2021

Details for this event will be announced shortly. This webinar is presented in conjunction with the November, 2021 issue of MRS Bulletin.

Translation of 3D-Printed Materials for Medical Applications

Translation of 3D-Printed Materials for Medical Applications

Jan 19, 2022

Heusler and Half-Heusler Compounds

Heusler and Half-Heusler Compounds

Jun 22, 2022

Details for this event will be announced shortly. This webinar is presented in conjunction with the June, 2022 issue of MRS Bulletin.