Scholarships, Awards & Recognition

Take advantage of several opportunities to receive recognition for your work as a student in the microscopy and microanalysis field. Find a brief description of all student scholarships, awards and recognition below, and follow the links for more information!

MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarships

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) provides scholarships to undergraduates who conduct research using microscopy and microanalysis techniques during their junior and senior years. Matching resources in the form of access to specimen preparation equipment and instrument time are expected to be provided by the undergraduate's advisor, department or institution. For more information, click here:

Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) Meeting

M&M Student Scholar Awards

Deadline: M&M paper submission (mid- to late-February)
These awards are a joint effort with MSA's sister society, the Microanalysis Society (MAS), and are judged on the quality of the two-page proceeding papers submitted to the M&M meeting. Between the two societies, approximately 30 of 200 annual student submissions are given the award. The award package provides complimentary registration to the M&M meeting, travel and lodging reimbursement up to $1,000, and an invitation to the Presidents' reception. Awardees are recognized during the awards portion of the opening plenary session on Monday. For more details, click here:

MSA Student Poster Awards

Deadline: M&M paper submission (mid- to late-February)
Students presenting posters at the M&M meeting are eligible for the Society's Student Poster Awards, presented daily at the close of the poster session (M-W: 5 pm; Th: noon). Cash awards are presented for first- ($250) and second-place ($150) posters presented that day in each of the three symposium categories: biological sciences applications (B); physical sciences applications (P); and instrumentation and technique (A) – six awards daily, twenty-four in all. Awards are given on the basis of the technical quality of the poster, and the judges' interaction with the student presenter. Be sure to be at your poster when the judges pass through your poster area!

Diatome Poster Award (open to all M&M registrants)

Deadline: M&M paper submission (mid- to late-February)*
Does your work involve diamond knife sectioning (AKA ultramicrotomy)? MSA Sustaining Member Diatome offers a grand prize and two runner-up prizes for posters illustrating the best use of this technology. First prize is a trip-for-two to Switzerland; runners up receive Swiss watches!
*Post-deadline posters (deadline: mid- to late-June) are eligible for Diatome Awards

MSA General Student Travel Award

This award has been established to defray travel expenses up to $500 for MSA student members to attend international microscopy-related conferences. Up to ten (10) awards may be provided per year. An individual may receive this travel award only once.


  1. Applicant must be a current student member of MSA.
  2. Applicant must be approved to present at the conference that they will use the travel funds to attend. A copy of the abstract/poster/paper acceptance letter is required as part of the application package.
  3. Winners of M&M Meeting Awards are eligible for this award.
  4. In this context, international is defined as a conference located outside of the applicant’s home country or current country of residence. Same-country conferences will not be considered for this award.
  5. An applicant who has already received this award is not eligible to receive it a second time.
  6. Applications are processed and awarded on a first come, first serve basis.


To apply, please return a completed application form & a copy of your acceptance letter (as outlined in the Eligibility section above) to

Incomplete applications will not be processed until complete. Complete applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

Download the application here