By Cameron Chai
The Graduate Student Award winners were announced by the Materials Research Society (MRS), an international organization, during the 2012 Spring Meeting held in San Francisco on April 11.
The awards have been presented to 23 graduate students, recognizing their achievements in materials research. Out of the 105 applications, only 23 finalists were selected for outstanding work in materials research. The gold and silver awards were presented to the students, who delivered remarkable oral or poster presentations.
The gold award winners received $400 prize money and a presentation plate and the silver award winners received $200 and a certificate. The students chosen for gold awards include Emily Warren from California Institute of Technology; Alia Schoen from Stanford University; Tevis Jacobs from University of Pennsylvania; and Kara Evanoff from Georgia Institute of Technology. The silver award winners include Qiao Zhang from University of California, Riverside; Magdalena Swierczewska from Stony Brook University; Zhenda Lu from University of California, Riverside; and Seung Soo Oh from University of California, Santa Barbara.
MRS is an association of approximately 16,000 materials researchers from government, industry and academia. The organization promotes the expansion of interdisciplinary materials research to enhance the quality of life. Currently, MRS’ membership includes more than 80 countries, with over 40% of members from outside the U.S.