For over 20 years the Mycological Society of America has been recognizing excellence in research, teaching and service among its membership by awarding the Alexopoulos Prize, the Distinguished Mycologist Award, and the William H. Weston Award. The awardees for these honors are selected from nominations made to the Distinctions Committee. Members of this committee are not eligible to nominate or be nominated for these awards, but all other members of the Society may make nominations and are strongly encouraged to do so. This is your chance to do something for that mycologist who sparked your interest in mycology as a teacher or whose research you have so much admired. You may, or may not, be able to achieve the excellence that your favorite heroes have demonstrated, but it is not difficult to praise them by nominating them for an appropriate award. If you don’t nominate them, they will surely not receive an award!
The following table summarizes all MSA Awards, who is eligible, the award received, and the administering MSA committee to which applications or nominations must be sent. Click on the award title to learn how to apply, and for lists of past awardees.
Award applications and nominations are typically invited near the end of each calendar year, with a submission deadline of February 15. Please see individual award pages for deadline information.
MSA awards are publicly announced at the annual MSA meeting, usually in July or August.
|Award||Eligibility Requirement||Award Received||Administering
|Distinguished Mycologist||Mycologist||Plaque||MSA Distinctions|
|C. J. Alexopoulos Prize||Early-career Mycologist||Plaque &
|W. H. Weston Award
|Teacher of Mycology||Plaque||MSA Distinctions|
|MSA Fellow||Mid-career Mycologist||Plaque||Honorary Awards|
|MSA Honorary Member||Mycologist||Lifetime membership||Honorary Awards|
|MSA Graduate Fellowships||Graduate Student||2 @ $2000 each||Student Awards|
|NAMA Memorial Fellowship||Graduate Student||$2000||Student Awards|
|Backus Award||Graduate Student||$1000||Student Awards|
|Best Oral Presentation||Graduate student||2 @ $100 each||Student Awards|
|Best Poster Presentation||Graduate student||2 @ $100 each||Student Awards|
|Mentor Travel Awards||Graduate/Undergraduate Student||Varies||Mentor Travel Awards|
|Martin-Baker Award||Early Career Mycologist||approx. $2000||Research Awards|
|Forest Fungal Ecology Award||Graduate Student||approx. $1000||Research Awards|
|Rippon Research Award||Graduate Student (MS or PhD)||Varies||Research Awards|
|C. T. Rogerson Research Award||Graduate/Undergraduate Student||approx. $1000||Research Awards|
|Salomon Bartnicki-Garcia Award||Graduate/Undergraduate Student||approx. $500||Research Awards|
|A. H. & H. V. Smith Award||MSA Member||approx. $1200||Research Awards|
This page has the following sub pages.
- John W Rippon Research Award
- Clark T. Rogerson Student Research Award
- MSA Awards Committees
- Alexopoulos Prize
- Distinguished Mycologist Award
- Forest Fungal Ecology Research Award
- Honorary Members
- Martin-Baker Award
- Mentor Student Travel Awards
- MSA Graduate Fellowships
- MSA Fellows Award
- MSA Graduate Research Prizes
- Alexander H. and Helen V. Smith Research Fund
- William H. Weston Award
- Salomon Bartnicki-Garcia Award