Mentor Student Travel Awards

Mentor Travel Awards are given to assist students with travel to the Annual Meeting of the Mycological Society of America. The mentor awards are given in the names of some of our famous mycological forbearers: C. J. Alexopoulos, A. Barksdale, H.E. Bigelow, M.B. Bigelow, E. Butler, W. C. Denison, R. Emerson, H. M. Fitzpatrick, M. S. Fuller, R. L. Gilbertson, R. P. Korf, C. L. Kramer, E. S. Luttrell, O. K. Miller, Jr., J. R. Raper, H. D. Thiers, J.M. Trappe, F. A. Uecker, K. Wells and H. Whisler.

Application deadline: February 15, annually

Requirements:

  1. Must be MSA student members or past student members who have been awarded the degree within one year of the annual meeting.
  2. Must be presenting a paper or poster at the meeting. Previous recipients may apply again; if applicant numbers are higher than the number of awards available, preference will be given to those who have won the award less than two times.

Documents required (four copies):

  1. A cover letter requesting consideration for an MSA Mentor Student Travel Award. Provide telephone number and, if available, fax and email addresses, and include information on any past Mentor Travel Award(s). If matching funds are available from the applicant’s institution, provide an address the committee can use to officially verify the receipt of an award.
  2. Abstract of paper or poster (note which).
  3. Curriculum vita.
  4. A one page description of the research project including an explanation of how this award will further the applicant’s research/study.
  5. A letter of support from the applicant’s major professor addressing the student’s abilities and potential and briefly summarizing the student’s current research. All documents must be in English to be considered. To assist the judging committee in making Mentor “assignments” to award winners, inclusion of comments regarding which Mentor(s) would be most appropriate for the student are welcome but not required.

Apply to: Send your application as a single electronic file, preferably in pdf format, containing all documents listed above to the Chair of the MSA Mentor Travel Awards Committee.

Recipients – Mentor student travel awards
2013
Justin Shaffer Ko-Hsuan Chen
Jorge Diaz Samantha Lee
Nicholas Dowie Dustin Sandberg
Aaron David Lisa Beirn
Alisha Owensby Catalina Salgado
Dimuthu Manamgoda Rachel Koch
2012
Angela Ratekin Hector Urbina
Nhu Ngyugen Richard Hung
Sarah Hicks Laura Quintanilla
Kathryn Picard Tabitha Williams
Farhana Runa Wesley Beaulieu
Laszlo Nagy Alisha Owensby
2011
Romina Gazis Hector Urbina
Kathleen Burchhardt Sebastian Albu
Vince Hustad Hannah Reynolds
Emma Wilson Michelle Jusino
Rodrigo Olarte Cesar Herrera
Matthew Foltz Shawn Brown
2010
Tomas Rush Rodrigo Olarte
Allison Walker Nhu Nguyen
Cedar Hesse Ryan Kepler
Kelsea Jewell Valerie Wong
Daniel Lawrence Mia Maltz
Donald Walker Joey Tanney
Yazmin Rivera Kevin Beiler
2009
Marin Brewer Thomas Jenkinson
Luis Mejia Hana Khidir
Kathryn Picard Faith Bartz
Nicole Hynson SeaRa Lim
Eric Walberg Jennifer Kerekes
Tara Tarnowski Elizabeth Pekarek
2008
Brendan Hodkinson D. Rabern Simmons
Marion Andrew Mary Jane (MJ) Epps
Geromy Moore Douglas Eudy
Michelle Hersh Jana U’Ren
Tami McDonald Christopher Crabtree
Todd Osmundson Megan Saunders
2007
Sara Branco Cecile Gueidan
Andrea Porras-Alfaro Craig Dunek
Hannah Reynolds Huzefa Raja
K. Lindsay Higgins Maria-Alice Neves
Paul Trusty Sandra Woolfolk
Suzanne Joneson
2006
Melissa Long Jo Ann Crouch
Luis Mejia Suzanne Joneson
Nikki Charlton Jon Palmer
Cécile Gueidan Matthew Keirle
2005
Katherine Winsett Luz Beatriz Gilbert
Travis Clark Bernadette O’Reilly
Kate Mohatt Monica Hughes
Kelsea Anne Jewell Andrea Porras-Alfaro
Terri McLenon Irene Barnes
Deana Baucom Cathy Rehmeyer
Lindsay Higgins Rachel Novick
Brett Arenz Julie Stewart
Kei E. Fujimura Soo Chan Lee
Cara Gibson
2004
Jennifer Anderson Rebecca Bennett
Jozsef Geml Adam Gusse
Maria Lee Bernadette O’Reilly
Zheng Wang
2003
Xiaorong Lin Kentaro Hosaka
Gi-Ho Sung David Hewitt
Carla Rydholm Jeri Lynn Parrent
Joshua Burgess Jozsef Geml
Matias Cafaro
2002
Nicholas B. Simpson Amanda Brimer
Sean E. Westmoreland Shelby R. Kenney
Cindy K. Cordery Nicolas Zitomer
2001
Rebecca Bellings Terry Henkel
Travis Clark Sarah Bergemann
Martin Coetzee Daniel L.L. Czederpiltz
Steven Trudell Partick Westfall
Jenny Tan Todd Osmundson
Brett Couch Merlin White
Priscila Chaverri Ning Zhang
Patrik Inderbitzin Daniel Henk
2000
Martin Bidartondo Gail Celio
Paulo Ceresini Holly Chamberlain
Brett Couch  Leah Cowen
Jason Dobranic Jennifer Fischer
Matthew Henn  Julia Kerrigan
Anna Levin Andrew Miller
Valérie Reeb  Emma Steenkamp
Ning Zhang Rebecca Bellings
1999
Tamara R. Allen Timothy D. Allen
M. Catherine Aime John R. Blair
Kelly P. Collins Jason K. Dobranic
Andrea Humpert Timothy D. Allen
Martina Reblova Clement K.M. Tsui
John F. Walker Zhihong Zhong
1998
M. Catherine Aime M. I. Bidartondo
D.E. Binion F.J. Camacho
I. Carbone C. Chen
D. L. Lindner Czederpiltz S. B. Kroken
L. Ma D. L. Moore
B. A. Perry K. R. Peterson
E. M. Pine J. L. Platt
B.D. Shaw J.F. Walker
1997
F. Camacho M. Camara
D. Gernandt L. Grubisha
J. Johnson T. Lebel
R. E. Marra D. L. Moore
S. Ortiz-Garcia J. L. Platt
J. M. Schrass B. Shaw
A. R. Tuininga X. Ye
1996
B.P. Akers J. T. Blodgett
M. L. Boyd J. Herrera
R.L. Kovacs S. LaGreca
R.E. Marra J. M. McKemy
E. Pine J. P. Schmit
T. Yun
1995
Y-M Ahn, T. Bunting
G. R. Davidson K. Enkerli
M. Freitag Paul Gieser
F. A. Harrington J. Herrera
Y. Kohli R. E. Marra
S. C. McCleneghan D. L. Moore
J. P. Schmit J. P. Shields
T. Feibelman
1994
All designated as MSA Travel Awards for IMC-5
James Bier Lisa A. Castlebury
Tina Dreisbach Elizabeth M. Frieders
David M. Geiser David S. Gernandt
Paul T. Gieser Sharon Harney
Kathie Hodge Anthonio Izzo
Kevin A. Kuehn Lisa A. Law
Patrick R. Leacock Haisheng Lu
John M. McKemy Eric Olyejar
Marlee A. Ramesh John P. Shields
Amy Tuininga Wendy Untereiner
Kurt A. Zeller
1993
James Bier (Luttrell) Ignazio Carbone (Bigelow)
Samuel Hammer (Bigelow) Scott LaGreca (Butler)
Sharyn Rusk (Denison)
1992
Partha Banerjee (Stuntz) Monica Czymmek (Alexopoulos)
David Geiser (MSA) Kathie T. Hodge (Rogerson)
Kathryn Jacobson (Merck, Sharpe & Dohme) Susan Kaminskyj (Couch)
Yajuan Liu (Alexopoulos) Karen Snetselaar (Alexopoulos-declined)
Maria M. Vargas (MSA)