Information for Students and Post Docs

By creating a MRSEC student chapter, the Center is maximizing the value of the MRSEC for students and post docs by (i) providing a sense of community in the MRSEC, (ii) providing a mechanism for communication between student members of the MRSEC and the MRSEC executive committee, (iii) promoting social and scientific interactions, and (iv) assisting students on their path to their future careers.

Current IRG Representatives of MRSEC Executive Committee

IRG1: Mehrdad Arjmand, graduate student []

Bio: Mehrdad is a 5th year graduate student in the Engineering Mechanics program. He is working with Professor Izabela Szlufarska. His research has been focused on investigation of strain effects in III-V semiconductor heterostructures. Mehrdad has co-founded a startup company, NovoMoto, to provide electricity for rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.

IRG2: Ankit Gujral, graduate student []

Bio: Ankit is a 4th year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry working with Professor Mark Ediger. His research involves studying the structure and dynamics of amorphous solids. Previously, Ankit worked at New York University’s Molecular Design Institute where he studied crystalline solids, and developed “Science in the Kitchen,” a curriculum for middle schoolers.

IRG3: Rishi Trivedi, graduate student []

Bio: Rishi is a 4th year graduate student in the Biophysics Graduate Program and is currently working with Professor Doug Weibel. His research projects involve studying the dynamic behavior of bacteria in anisotropic environments such as lyotropic liquid crystals. In the past, Rishi has co-founded a student organization named 'Future Science Leaders (FSL)' on campus and is currently acting as President of FSL.

Upcoming Activities

  • Looking for a great networking opportunity? Stop by the MRSEC & ChEGS Coffee Networking Hour: Third Thursdays at 3pm. Location: Grad Lounge, Room 3036 Engineering Hall.




    • MRSEC Facilities Open House, February 21, 2017 at Union South. We will be giving an overview and hilights from 3 facilities within the College of Engineering - the Materials Science Center, the Soft Materials Lab and the Wisconsin Center for Applied Microelectronics. The event is free to attend. Check out the Facilities page for more information.


    Student Grant Opportunity

    The National Science Foundation has announced the approval of a grant program to support 40 students from U.S. institutions to attend POWDERMET2017 (International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials) and AMPM2017 (Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy) in Las Vegas, June 13-16, 2017. The awards will cover the full conference registration fee (including opening and closing events and 2 luncheons) and 3-nights hotel accommodations in double occupancy. 

    Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017. Click here for eligibility requirements and more information. (select "Student Grant Opportunity")

    Sophomore Research Fellowships

    Support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Approximately 15 awards are available, funded by grants from the Brittingham Fund and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2017, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison.

    Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017. Click here for more information.

    University Book Store Academic Excellence Award

    Provides $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completeing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis at UW-Madison. Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2016-17 academic year (December 2016 graduates may apply).

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Click here for more information.

    MRSEC Honored Scholar Travel Award

    We invite you to apply for the MRSEC Honored Scholar Travel Award. The award supports travel to materials research and educational conferences.  You can find the submission form by clicking here.

    Delta Program

    The UW MRSEC collaborates with the Delta program as part of its efforts to provide broad professional development to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in and beyond the center. UW is one of the primary institutions in the NSF-funded CIRTL Network implemented as the Delta Program on the UW campus. Delta promotes teaching professional development by offering a series of courses and certificate programs to train graduate students and postdocs to become more effective faculty members. The Delta Program hosts a variety of annual workshops to help participants with their professional development around teaching and learning. Everyone from graduate students to faculty is welcome to attend. Click here to visit the Delta website and see below for upcoming workshops.

    Upcoming Delta Program Workshops

    Check back soon for a list of Spring 2017 Workshops

    “Improv to Improve Science Communication”

    An improvisation course designed to improve both teaching and science communication skills was developed by the MRSEC in collaboration with theDelta program and a local theater company. The course was taught by IEG assistant director Ben Taylor twice in 2015 and was co-taught by Ben and MRSEC Education Director Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel in spring 2016. The course is being offered in the Spring of 2017 and a guide is being written that will enable new instructors to teach the course at other CIRTL institutions. Click here to view the Delta Spring 2017 Courses.

    MRSEC Executive Committee

    The UW MRSEC has postdoc and graduate student members on the executive committee – one representative from each IRG. This provides the representatives with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and ensures that students and postdoctoral associates in the center have a voice in decision-making processes. The student representatives of the MRSEC Executive Committee are selected on an annual basis. If you are interested in becoming a student rep, please contact Jennifer Weber,

    MRSEC Professional Development Series

    MRSEC hosts a Professional Development lunch seminar series for graduate students and postdocs in and beyond the Center throughout the academic year. To view recordings of previous seminars, click here.

    Individual Development Plan (IDP)

    Create a free account to establish your own IDP, designed to help you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

    UWAMIC LinkedIn Group

    Connect with Wisconsin Materials Industry using the popular professional networking website LinkedIn.

    The Postdoc Bulletin

    Click here to view the current Postdoc Bulletin which includes information on career planning, upcoming events, professional development opportunities and funding opportunities. 

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