MSA Interchange Invitee Award

MSA Interchange Invitee Award

Application deadline: March 22nd before midnight, Pacific Time

The MSA Interchange Ambassador’s fund supports up to two MSA Interchange Invitees (members of diverse communities welcomed to MSA) annually.

The MSA Interchange Invitee awards are presented annually to exceptional scientists from underrepresented groups to participate in the MSA annual meeting. Applicants may not yet be MSA members or may have recently joined but have not attended a previous MSA meeting. Candidates must be engaged in mycology, interested in joining the MSA if not already a member, and willing to present their research at the annual MSA meeting.

The MSA Interchange Ambassador Invitee Award is administered by the Diversity Committee. 

To view all other awards offered by the Mycological Society of America, see the MSA Awards Chart

Evaluation criteria include: 

  1. An abstract of the research to be presented at the MSA annual meeting
  2. Academic, professional, and/or service accomplishments
  3. Professional or academic activities relevant to mycology. 

If you are interested in applying and have questions, please contact: 

  • Fabiola Pulido-Chavez (she/her/hers), Chair, MSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee ( OR
  • Dr. Javier Tabima Restrepo, Vice-Chair (

with questions.

Award Requirements

  • Applicants may represent any academic level at or subsequent to the undergraduate stage.
  • Self-nomination and nomination of deserving colleagues are both encouraged.
  • It is expected that the selected applicants would attend the MSA meeting in the year in which they submit their application.

Documents Required

  1. Application Form
  2. A curriculum vitae that includes at least (maximum 3 pages):
    • Name, contact address, email address, and phone number
    • Education and professional history
    • Previous awards and honors
    • Publications and other significant professional output
    • Service (if available)
  3. A statement of interest in participating in the MSA. Mycological Research Description and MSA abstract: Please provide a detailed description of your mycological research and the completed abstract that has been submitted or is planned for submission to the MSA meeting. MSA Mentor Request: You can request an MSA mentor who will be attending the MSA meeting. The individual can be an MSA Interchange Ambassador, the person who encouraged you to apply, or anyone in the field. Please note that requesting an MSA Mentor is entirely optional and can be submitted if the applicant wishes to do so. Funds requested: Please specify the amount requested. Funds can be requested for housing, travel, sustenance, and registration at the MSA conference.
  4. Letter of recommendation or support: Please provide one letter of recommendation (maximum 1 page) from a previous or current professor, supervisor, senior colleague, or advisor. In lieu of a letter of recommendation, applicants are also welcome to submit a personal statement. The letter should be submitted directly to by the person writing the recommendation, not the applicant. If you are submitting a personal statement, please submit it with your application by the deadline (Feb 1).

To Apply

Complete the application form, ensuring all required items listed above are compiled into a single PDF document. The application file should follow the same order as outlined in the ‘Documents Required’ section and must not exceed 8 MB in size. The file name should include: the applicant’s last name, first initial, the specific award name, and ‘Application’ (e.g., Smith-J-MSA Interchange Invitee Application).

Confidential letters of recommendation should be sent as a PDF separately to: The letter of reference document name should contain the last name of the applicant- first initial- “award name”- Referee Letter (e.g. Smith-J-MSA Interchange Invitee-Referee Letter).

Only complete applications will be considered. The application will be considered complete if all electronic documents, including the letter of recommendation, have been received by the deadline. All documents must be in English to be considered.

Note: Applicants can expect a notification email from the Awards Committee regarding the outcome of their application within approximately 45 days (~ mid-March) of the application deadline, in time to register for the annual MSA meeting.

Award Terms

MSA Interchange Ambassadors are expected to attend and present at the MSA annual meeting during the year of their award. At the meeting, the Invitee will be paired with an MSA mentor to help the Invitee navigate the meeting and network with society members. Awardees will be recognized at the MSA Business Meeting or Awards Ceremony. The following are also conditions of the award for Invitees:

  1. All awardees must provide a short biography (100-200 words) and a photo (if possible) within two weeks of notification from the Awards Coordinator, using the Awardee Document Submission Form. These will be requested at the appropriate time. Photos and biographies will be published in Inoculum.
  2. The award check must be deposited or cashed within 5 months of receipt.
  3. Each award recipient is required to complete a W-9 form prior to receiving their award funds. Awardees will be contacted by the management company regarding this process. (This only applies if you have a U.S. Social Security Number).
  4. Keep copies of your W-9 and all receipts and expenses that are part of this award. These documents are important, and may be necessary for tax purposes. 
  5. Each awardee will contribute a 1-2 page report detailing their activities to the MSA within one year of receiving the award. Part of this report may be published in Inoculum or on other MSA venues (e.g., MSA website). This will be a great opportunity to promote your research to the MSA community. Articles will be requested by the MSA Awards Coordinator. 
  6. Please acknowledge MSA in any products that result from this support (e.g., poster presentations, oral presentations, and scientific articles.) 

Diversity Statement

MSA encourages and welcomes submissions by all individuals regardless of race and ethnicity, country of origin, sex, gender identity, religion, age, education level, socioeconomic status, marital status, parental status, physical ability, neurological differences, political affiliation, and sexual orientation. See the full MSA Diversity Statement