Executive Board 2012-2013 in Austin TX – Jessie Uehling, Danny Haelewaters, Samantha Lee, and Chair Mia Maltz
Students at the 2011 MSA meeting in Fairbanks AK
The Student Section was initiated in Fairbanks 2011 and launched in 2012 at the annual MSA meeting in New Haven CT. The very first Student Section event in 2012 was a professional development workshop led by Harvard University mycology professor Anne Pringle: “Using fungi to get a job”. Furthermore, we organized a mentorship pairing where all interested MSA students were assigned a senior mycologist serving as their mentor for the duration of the New Haven meeting.
During MSA/APS 2013 in Austin TX we organized a well-attended Student Social Mixer and our first official Board Meeting. Most importantly, the MSA Council has unanimously voted to formally recognize the Mycological Society of America Student Section. Member-wide vote will occur in Fall 2013.
We are in the process of organizing events for MSA’s annual meeting in 2014, which will be held in East Lansing MI. Events in the pipeline are a Student Social Mixer, the second Board Meeting (with breakfast?), students hosting a Wikipedia station, a fund-raising grant-writing workshop, and a symposium. We will keep you posted about the progress of our Student Section via this website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Stay connected!