Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The UC San Diego MRSEC aims to increase diversity and inclusion in materials science on our campus. We also support kindred efforts by our research and education partners, and within the greater materials science community. Through our practices, programs, and infrastructure, which span learning, teaching, research, community engagement, and workforce development, we support and promote the academic and professional success of all participants. We work with the intention to develop and sustain a welcoming Center climate and culture in which members of groups previously excluded from science and engineering thrive.

UC San Diego MRSEC 2023 Inclusive Excellence Awards

The UC San Diego MRSEC is now accepting nominations for the UC San Diego MRSEC Inclusive Excellence Awards! The awards recognize trainees (undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers) and faculty (for the Interdisciplinary Collaboration category only) who have made intentional, sustained and impactful contributions in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as related to the research and educational missions of our Center. Each year we will honor individuals for recent (past 1-2 years) efforts in the following three categories:

  1. Inclusive Excellence in Mentorship
    This award category recognizes trainees who have demonstrated significant commitment to and excelled at inclusive and effective mentorship and support of other MRSEC scholars and students, particularly from groups underrepresented in materials science and engineering.

  1. Inclusive Excellence in Public Engagement
    This award category recognizes trainees who through any number of venues and activities have engaged a diverse and broader community (of K-12 students and/or teachers, and/or general public) on science and technology related issues, including their research.

  1. Inclusive Excellence in Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Creative Activity
    This award category acknowledges a team of trainees and faculty who have worked collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries on a creative project or initiative that has advanced materials science and engineering research or education, while also embodying principles of EDI in the process and even the product of their work.

Each award consists of a $300 gift card and a certificate. All members of the UC San Diego MRSEC community are encouraged to nominate or endorse colleagues.

Eligible nominees are current, funded or affiliated* UC San Diego MRSEC graduate/undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and faculty (for the Interdisciplinary Collaboration category only).
*Trainees who are funded from other sources but are actively engaged in MRSEC-related projects.

Nominations may be submitted by MRSEC faculty, trainees, staff, advisory committee members, and affiliates. Self-nominations and external nominations are accepted.

Complete the Nomination Form

  • Please be sure to provide specific and detailed information about the nominee's EDI efforts (as related to the specific award category). The description (limited to 500 words) should include frequency and duration of the efforts(s), the intended audience, and any demonstrated impact (quantitative or qualitative) or potential for impact of the effort(s).
  • Optional: website links, videos, online content and supporting documents (e.g., flyers, promotional materials, documented feedback).
  • A nominator must provide the name and e-mail address of one additional person who can corroborate the EDI efforts of the nominated person or group.

Nominations for the 2023 UC San Diego MRSEC Inclusive Excellence Award can be submitted through Monday, September 18 (by 11:59 PM). Awards will be announced at the Annual Review Meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

For additional information and inquiries, please contact Janka Bond (j2bond@ucsd.edu)