MSA Micrograph Competition

Sponsored by Microscopy Society of America

Held at the M&M Meeting each year, this micrograph competition promotes the innovative blending of art and science. Open to all forms of microscopic imaging, winners of this competition are selected on the basis of artistic merit and general audience appeal. A maximum of three (3) awards will be presented; First Prize: $200; Two Second Prizes: $50 each.


  • Entries must be scientifically significant
  • Entries must contain novel information useful in resolving a scientific issue, and/or
  • Present established information in a way that dramatically enhances its comprehension or interpretation.


  1. Any individual may submit a maximum of two (2) entries (one award per entrant).
  2. Entries must have overall dimensions of 11" x 14" (horizontal or vertical), and be affixed to a stiff lightweight support (e.g. ¼" foam board). Micrographs may be mounted so that they have borders.
  3. Each entry must have a separate text sheet with the title and a 200-word (max) description of the image, including the technique and its scientific significance. Text is recommended to be printed in 14-pt Times New Roman font on a separate 8½" x 11" sheet. Entrant's name, address and image title shall be posted on the back of the mounted entry(ies).
  4. Entries must be brought to the meeting in Indianapolis and mounted on the display boards by 12:00 noon on Monday, August 5, 2013.
  5. Non-winning entries must be removed Thursday afternoon by 3:00 PM. Micrographs remaining after that time will be discarded.
  6. Winners will be announced at the meeting. Submitted micrographs remain the property of the entrants subject to the conditions above.
Diatome Awards

Sponsored by Diatome


  • Presented for the posters illustrating the best use of diamond knife ultramicrotomy in either biological or physical sciences.
  • First Prize: One week, all-expense-paid trip to Switzerland
  • Second Prize & Third Prize: Swiss watches

Meeting Awards

The M&M paper submission site and awards applications process are now CLOSED for 2013.

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) and the Microanalysis Society (MAS) annually sponsor awards for outstanding papers contributed to the Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) meeting, competitively judged based upon the quality of the submitted paper. These awards are provided to students, postdoctoral researchers, and professional technical staff members to help defray travel, lodging and other costs of attending the meeting. All awardees must fit the award criteria, as described below, at the time of the M&M meeting.


All full-time students enrolled at accredited academic institutions are eligible. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required to be members of the sponsoring society.


All full-time postdoctoral researchers are eligible. Applicants are not required to be members of the sponsoring society.


Full-time technologists are eligible. In addition, the applicant must be a member of the sponsoring society, current in his or her dues for the year of the meeting.

Award applicants will automatically be considered for the following additional memorial scholarships conferred by MSA (please see Society website for full details):

Eric Samuel Scholarship:

Both student and postdoctoral researchers eligible; preference will be given to papers that demonstrate advances in nanoanalysis.

Raleigh and Clara Miller Scholarship:

Both student and postdoctoral researchers eligible; preference will be given to papers emphasizing biological sciences.

Robert P. Apkarian Scholarships:

Postdoctoral researchers eligible; two scholarships are awarded annually, one designated for biological sciences and one designated for materials sciences, education, or instrumentation. Applicant must be an MSA member, current in his or her dues for the year of the meeting, to be eligible.

Applicants who have already been conferred an M&M Meeting Award will not be considered for a second award in the same category.

  • M&M Meeting Awards and memorial awards consist of full meeting registration and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses, with the exception of the Eric Samuel Scholarship where the award is up to $1,500 for travel. Original receipts must be provided to receive travel reimbursement.
  • All award winners also receive an invitation to the Presidents' Reception, held on the Tuesday evening of the meeting.
  • All award applicants will be notified of their award status approximately eight weeks following the Call for Papers deadline.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be permitted to withdraw their papers, should their ability to attend the meeting be contingent on the award, within one week following notification.
  • All award winners must present their paper in person at the M&M meeting in order to receive their award.
  • Awardees are expected to attend and participate in the entire meeting, which runs from Sunday evening's opening reception through late Thursday afternoon.
  • Awardees are required to attend the Monday morning plenary session, at which their award will be conferred.