MSA Awards Committees

MSA Award Committees​

Submissions of applications and nominations for all MSA Awards are to be made by following the detailed instructions provided via the links for each award on the main MSA Awards page.

To contact any of the below listed Chairs or members, please login to your MSA membership and access the MSA Officers and Roster webpage.

MSA Awards Committee Memberships for 2023–2024:

MSA Award Coordinator: Allison Walker (2021 – 2024)

Treasurer:  Heather Hallen-Adams

Mycological Society Distinctions Committee
Awards administered:
 Distinguished Mycologist Award, Alexopoulos Prize, Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Gordon and Tina Wasson Award

Chair: Tim James


  • Greg Bonito
  • Sara Branco
  • Marin Brewer
  • Laszlo Nagy
  • Lori Carris, ex officio, Past Chair

Mycological Society Honorary Awards Committee

Awards administered: MSA Fellows, Honorary Members

Chair: Anne Pringle


  • Sharon Cantrell
  • A. Elizabeth Arnold
  • Rytas Vilgalys, ex officio, Past Chair

Mycological Society Student Awards Committee

Awards Administered: MSA Graduate Fellowships, NAMA Memorial Fellowship, Backus Award, Undergraduate Research Award, Best Oral and Poster Presentations by Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Chair: Astrid Ferrer


  •  Suzanne Joneson
  •  Donald M. Walker
  • Conrad Schoch
  • Brandon Hassett, ex officio, Past Chair

Mycological Society Mentor Travel Awards Committee

Awards Administered: Mentor Student Travel Awards

Chair: Ryoko Oono


  • Louis (Jamie) Lamit
  • Chris Cornelison
  • Jessie Uehling
  • Jane Stewart, ex officio, Past Chair

Mycological Society Research Awards Committee:

Awards Administered: Martin-Baker Award, Clark T. Rogerson Student Research Award, Forest Fungal Ecology Research Award, Forest Fungal Ecology Postdoctoral Research Award, Alexander H. and Helen V. Smith Research Award, John W. Rippon Research Award, Salomon Bartnicki-Garcia Award, Emory Simmons Research Award, Translational Mycology Awards (regular and postdoctoral), Robert W. Lichtwardt Student Research Award

Chair: Jose Vargas-Muniz


  • László Nagy
  • Thomas Jenkinson
  • Amy Honan
  • Jason Stajich
  • Camille Truong, ex officio, Past Chair

Mycological Society International Travel Awards

Awards Administered: International Travel Awards

Chair: József Geml

Members: To be announced