The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) recognized Wendy Mao (Dept. of Applied Physics, Stanford University), recipient of the 2013 MSA Award, with a special session at the 2013 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver, Colorado, in October 2013. The award recognizes “outstanding published contributions to the science of mineralogy by relatively young individuals or individuals near the beginning of their professional careers." The poster session in her honor was titled "Frontiers in High-Pressure Research".
Mao is a member of the DCO International Science Advisory Committee and Extreme Physics and Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee. Several other members of the DCO International Science Advisory Committee are past recipients of the MSA Award, including Donald J. DePaolo, Robert M. Hazen, Russell J. Hemley, and Yingwei Fei.