The technical structure of AVS is organized as a matrix. Members can participate in one or more Divisions or Technical Groups, each of which is focused around a major topical area. Members may also participate in Chapters and Student Chapters, which are regional organizations that focus on local area needs.

AVS Great Plains Tornado Alley Chapter

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

The Great Plains (Tornado Alley) Chapter supports interfacial, material, and quantum science research in the region encompassed by Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma and supports efforts to recruit new members to the AVS.
A goal of the Tornado Alley Chapter is to establish an annual symposium featuring oral presentations and research posters from those within the region.  Additionally, plans are underway to acquire resources sponsor Early Investigator Awards, Best Poster Awards, and Scientific Achievement Awards to be awarded at the annual symposium.  In addition to an annual symposium, there are plans to establish quarterly webinars where one or two speakers would be able to share their research progress with the chapter members.  The belief is that the Tornado Alley Chapter will support research efforts in the region, facilitating the establishment of robust interfacial science programs spanning the Tornado Alley region.
If you would like more information on this chapter or wish to get involved please feel free to contact the chairs - Rachael Farber (, Chair or Erin Iski Vice-Chair (