Graduate Organizations

As a graduate student and member of the MatSE family, there are various opportunities to be involved within the department, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), and Penn State.

Graduate student organizations present students with a broad spectrum of opportunities, academic and personal support, and a voice. MatSE graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Materials Research Society (MRS), the EMS Graduate Student Council, and/or the Penn State Graduate and Professional Student Association.

Materials Research Society Penn State Chapter

The Materials Research Society (MRS) brings together students, faculty, and professionals who focus on materials-related work to further the exchange of knowledge and promote professional development. MRS host events to further members’ technical development within the materials fields and additionally foster a sense of community among members through social events and monthly meetings. MRS is heavily involved in outreach events to disseminate knowledge of materials science with the greater community.


The Graduate Student Council consists of representatives from the five departments within of the EMS.  The Graduate Student Council's purpose is to advocate in the best interests of the graduate student body as a whole and to facilitate the implementation of policies deemed beneficial to the graduate student population. Further, the council will foster collaboration of ideas and policies between the various departments within EMS.  The Council is dedicated to making improvements as voiced by the graduate students of EMS.


The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) is a University-level organization that aims to represent and support the interests of the University’s current and future graduate and professional student community.  GPSA provides a unified and informed voice representing graduate and professional students to the University’s administration, Board of Trustees, academic units, and other external organizations that make decisions on behalf of students. The organization creates a forum to address the ideas and concerns of graduate and professional students. Also, GPSA supports scholarly activities and provides leadership, service, and social opportunities.