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MRS Communications Lecture
MRS Communications Lecture: Nomination Information 


The 2019 MRS Communications Lecture recognizes excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS Communications.  It is intended to honor the authors of an outstanding paper published in the journal during the award year.  

The authors of this paper will each receive a certificate acknowledging the accomplishment, and the senior author will be invited to present a lecture about the related research at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting. The meeting registration and travel expenses, not to exceed $1500, will be provided for the Lecturer.

Rules and Eligibility 

Papers published in MRS Communications in the award year (October 1 – September 30 of the prior year, Volume 7, Issue 4 and Volume 8, Issues 1-3, all of which can be found at back issues) can be nominated for the 2019 MRS Communications Lecture. 

Consideration is not limited by topic or publication format. Recipients must be listed as coauthors of the published paper.  

A nominee need not be a member of the Materials Research Society. Note: Papers published by current members of the MRS Communications Editorial Board or Advisory Board (, members of the MRS Board of Directors (, guest editors of special issues and recipients of the MRS Communications Lecture within the past 10 years are not eligible.

A panel comprised of the MRS Communications Editor-in-Chief and Principal Editors will select the 2019 MRS Communications Lecture recipient.  The decision of the MRS Communications leadership is final.  All authors will receive a certificate, and the senior author will be invited to present a lecture about the research at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting.   

Nomination Package Requirements: 

The following is required for nomination for the MRS Communications Lecture: 

  1. 1. Completed Nomination Form: The nomination should include the name of the nominator(s), MRS Communications issue date, paper title and authors, a couple of sentences identifying the nominator. 
  2. 2. Proposed citation (<40 words). Summarize the advances in materials research upon which the nomination is based, avoiding flowery descriptors.
  3. 3. A statement, 250 words or less, by the nominator specifically addressing how the paper advances and impacts the field of materials.

No self-nominations are permitted.

Download the Nomination Form here

Submission Procedure and Deadline 

All materials comprising a nomination package should be sent as a single file document, preferably in PDF format. Incomplete and late nominations will not be accepted. It is the responsibility of the nominators to ensure legibility of the PDF or Word document. Please send the file by January 19, 2019 via email to  

2018 MRS Communications Lecture 
Clara Santato

Congratulations to Clara Santato, Polytechnique Montréal, on being awarded the 2018 MRS Communications Lecture.

The award is in recognition of excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS CommunicationsNatural melanin pigments and their interfaces with metal ions and oxides: emerging concepts and technologies” with Eduardo Di Mauro, Ri Xu, and Guido Soliveri (Published May 11, 2017 – MRS Communications volume 7, issue 2).

We are delighted to announce this paper is freely available.

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