Awards & Scholarships

M&M Awards and Travel Support


M&M Meeting Awards

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, which are 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.

2023 — M&M Student Scholars

2023 — M&M Postdoctoral Scholars

2023 — M&M PTSA Awards

General Considerations
Award applicants will automatically be considered for memorial scholarships, conferred by MSA based on the generous support of society sponsors.

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

All students in good standing 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. If an applicant is not a full-time student, their submitted work *MUST* have been done at their academic institution in their role as student. Student applicants are required to provide their advisor's name and email address during the application process.

Postdoctoral Researchers
All postdoctoral researchers are eligible. Applicants are not required to be members of the sponsoring society. If an applicant is not a full-time researcher, their submitted work *MUST* have been done at their institution in their role as post-doc researcher. Postdoctoral researchers are required to provide their advisor's name and email address during the application process.

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

Amount of Award
M&M Meeting Awards and memorial awards consist of full meeting registration and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. 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.

Notification of Award
All award applicants will be notified by email of their award status approximately eight weeks after 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.

Requirements of Award
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.

How to Apply For an M&M Meeting Award

  1. As part of the on-line paper submission process, an applicant must flag his or her paper for award consideration. Only one paper may be designated and considered per applicant.
  2. The applicant must appear as first author and presenter of the paper submitted for award.
  3. The applicant must provide the name, title, institution, and e-mail address of his or her supervisor, who will be contacted to provide a supporting letter and confirmation of applicability for the indicated award category (e.g. student, post-doc, or technical staff).


RMS-MSA Microscopy & Microanalysis Meeting Award

This award is on hold for 2023. Check back in 2024!

MSA, in collaboration with the RMS, is pleased to offer a travel award to encourage MSA members (students and post-doctoral research associates) to participate in the RMS Microscience Microscopy Congress 2023.

The purpose of this MSA-sponsored Award is to defray the costs of participating in one of RMS’ annual Congresses. The award consists of $1,500 USD reimbursement to cover travel expenses, and a complimentary registration to said Congress (courtesy of RMS). The award must be utilized within one year of the date of award.

Award applicants to the M&M annual meeting should choose whether or not they would like to be considered for this award (a checkbox during submission). Applicants who have previously received this award will not be considered for the award again. Applicants will be informed of their award at the same time all M&M meeting award applicants receive their results, usually in early April of each year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The applicant must be a student or post-doctoral researcher.
  2. The applicant must be a current member of MSA.
  3. The applicant must submit an abstract to the M&M Annual Meeting in order to be considered.
  4. The deadline to apply is the same as the abstract submission deadline of the M&M Annual Meeting.


Onsite Awards

The M&M meeting's co-sponsoring societies confer competitively judged awards at the meeting.

Onsite Awards

MSA Student Poster Awards
We believe poster presentations are an excellent format for all participants to engage in intensive discussion with other researchers in the field. To especially encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity and submit papers for poster presentation, MSA provides cash awards* to the most outstanding student posters (first author) each day (up to one in each of three categories). *Cash awards are presented as AMEX/Visa/MasterCard gift cards.

Ultramicrotomy Awards (sponsored by Diatome)
All posters illustrating the use of diamond-knife ultramicrotomy are eligible. Prizes include cash and Swiss watches.

MAS Best Paper Awards
MAS annually confers awards for papers presented at the M&M meeting deemed to be best in four categories. Each comes with a cash award generously provided by MAS Sustaining Members.

Previous Year Winners

Visit this page to view the winners of previous years’ M&M awards.