Sara Kadkhodaei, a fifth year doctoral student in the mechanics of solids group at the Brown University School of Engineering, has won the Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award for a presentation on Mathematical and Computational Aspects of Materials Science at the MRS 2014 Fall Meeting in Boston. The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high order of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for future substantial achievement in materials research. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the student and his/her research ability.At Brown, Kadkhodaei is advised by associate professor Axel van de Walle of the materials group. Her research involves devising and developing computational tools toward automated calculation of thermodynamic properties of alloys.