MSA Awards


MSA 2015 Student award winners

MSA 2015 Student award winners

The Mycological Society of America has been recognizing excellence in research, teaching and service among its membership by celebrating students, teachers, and researchers. This is your chance to do something for that promising student or distinguished mycologist.

The following table summarizes all MSA Awards, who is eligible, the award received, and the administering MSA committee. Click on the award title to learn how to apply.

Award applications and nominations are typically invited near the end of each calendar year, with a submission deadline of February 15th at midnight Pacific Time. Please see individual award pages for detailed information. The list of past awardees can be found at
HERE.  MSA awards are publicly announced at the annual MSA meeting, usually in July or August.

Award Eligibility Requirement Award Received Administering Committee
Distinguished Mycologist Award

Mycologist Plaque MSA Distinctions
The Gordon and Tina Wasson Award Non-traditional Mycologist Plaque, lifetime membership, Mycologia access MSA Distinctions
C. J. Alexopoulos Prize

Early-career Mycologist Plaque & Monetary Award MSA Distinctions
W. H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching

Teacher of Mycology Plaque MSA Distinctions
MSA Fellow

Mid-career Mycologist Plaque Honorary Awards
MSA Honorary Member

Mycologist Lifetime membership Honorary Awards
Undergraduate Research Award

Undergraduate Student $500 Student Awards
MSA Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Student 2 @ $2,000 each Student Awards
NAMA Memorial Fellowship

Graduate Student $2,000 Student Awards
Backus Award

Graduate Student $1,000 Student Awards
Emory Simmons Research Award

Current member of MSA $10,000 Research Awards
Martin-Baker Award

Faculty in a small department $2,500 Research Awards
A. H. & H. V. Smith Award

MSA Member $1,200 Research Awards
Robert W. Lichtwardt Student Research Award M.S. or undergraduate degree seeking students. Ph.D. candidates will be considered. $1,000 Research Awards
C. T. Rogerson Research Award

Graduate/Undergraduate Student $1,000 Research Awards
Salomon Bartnicki-Garcia Award

Graduate/Undergraduate Student $500 Research Awards
Forest Fungal Ecology Award

Graduate/Undergraduate Student $1250-2,500 Research Awards
Forest Fungal Ecology Post-Doctoral Award

Post-Doctoral Researchers $1250-2,500 Research Awards
Translational Mycology Award

MSA Student $1250-2,500 Research Awards
Translational Mycology Postdoctoral Award

Post-Doctoral Researchers $1,250-2,500 Research Awards
Rippon Research Award

Graduate Student (MS or PhD) $500 Research Awards
Mentor Student Travel Awards

Graduate/Undergraduate Student Varies Mentor Travel Awards
International Travel Awards MSA students and Post-Doctoral Researchers  (only available for IMC meetings) $500 International Committee
Best Oral and Poster Presentations

Undergraduate student 1 @ $100 each Student Awards
Meredith Blackwell Best Student Oral Presentation

Graduate student 2 @ $200 each Student Awards
Best Poster Presentation

Graduate student 2 @ $200 each Student Awards

$2500