MSA Awards Chart

MSA Awards Chart

For the 2024 Award Year, the deadline to submit applications and nominations is February 1, 2024. Please note the earlier date when considering your application and/or nomination. 

Award submissions and nominations are accepted between November and February of each calendar year. Announcements are sent our frequently. The requirements for each award, including submission instructions, are included on the individual award description pages. 

Click on the button below that best fits the current position in your studentship and/or career to determine which awards you may be eligible for.


Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students


Postdoctorals


Early Career Mycologists


Mid to Late Career Mycologists

Award Who is Eligible Award Type Administering Committee Past Awardees
Distinguished Mycologist Award Mycologists Plaque MSA Distinctions Committee

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Community Mycologist Award Non-traditional Mycologists Plaque, lifetime membership, free registration at annual MSA Meeting, Mycologia access MSA Distinctions Committee See List
C.J. Alexopoulos Prize Early-career Mycologists Plaque & Monetary Award MSA Distinctions Committee See List
W.H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching Teachers of Mycology Plaque MSA Distinctions Committee See List
MSA Fellow Award Mid-career Mycologists Plaque Honorary Awards Committee See List
MSA Honorary Member Mycologists Lifetime Membership Honorary Awards Committee See List
Undergraduate Research Award Undergraduate Students $500 Student Awards Committee See List
MSA Graduate Fellowship Graduate Students $2,000 Student Awards Committee See List
NAMA Memorial Fellowship Graduate Students $2,000 Student Awards Committee See List
Backus Award Graduate Students $1,000 Student Awards Committee See List
MSA Climate Change Research Award Graduate and Undergraduate Students, Postdoc Scientists $10,000 Research Awards Committee See List
Emory Simmons Research Award Current members of MSA $10,000 Research Awards Committee See List
Martin-Baker Research Award Faculty in a small department $3,000 Research Awards Committee See List
Alexander H. & Helen V. Smith Research Award MSA Members $1,200 Research Awards Committee See List
Robert W. Lichtwardt Student Research Award M.S. or undergraduate degree seeking students (PhD candidates considered) $1,000 Research Awards Committee See List
Clark T. Rogerson Research Award Graduate/Undergraduate Students $1,000 Research Awards Committee See List
S. Bartnicki-Garcia Award Graduate/Undergraduate Students $500 Research Awards Committee See List
John Rippon Research Award Graduate Students (MS or PhD) $500 Research Awards Committee See List
Mentor Student Travel Award Graduate/Undergraduate Students $750, free registration at annual MSA meeting Mentor Travel Awards Committee

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Charles Mims Travel Award Graduate/Undergraduate Students and Postdocs $1000 To Be Determined

No Past Awardees to List

International MSA Travel Award Postdocs $1000 International Awards Committee

No Past Awardees to List

International IMC Travel Award Postdocs and Graduate Students $1500 International Awards Committee

No Past Awardees to List

Meredith Blackwell Best Student Oral Presentation Award Graduate Students $200 Student Awards Committee See List
John Taylor Best Student Oral Presentation Award Graduate Students $200 Student Awards Committee See List
Best Poster Presentation Award Graduate Students $200 Student Awards Committee See List
Best Presentation Award (up to two awarded per year) Undergraduate Students $100 Student Awards Committee See List
Forest Fungal Ecology Award Graduate/Undergraduate Students $1,250-$2,500 Research Awards Committee See List
Forest Fungal Ecology Post-Doctoral Award Post-Doctoral Researchers $1,250-$2,500 Research Awards Committee See List
MSA Interchange Ambassador Award Current Members of MSA up to $2,000 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee See List
MSA Interchange Invitee Award All interested mycologists at or subsequent to the undergraduate level up to $2,000 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee No Past Awardees to List
Translational Mycology Award (not currently available) MSA Students $1,250-$2,500 Research Awards Committee See List
Translational Mycology Postdoctoral Award (not currently available) Post-Doctoral Researchers $1,250-$2,500 Research Awards Committee See List
Donald Barr Travel Award (not currently available) Long-term International MSA Members $1,200 International Awards Committee No Past Awardees to List
Special Topics Award (not currently available) MSA Members $2,000-$10,000 Research Awards Committee See List