announcement

Kevin McCluskey fgsc at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu
Thu Feb 15 17:53:13 EST 1996


The following announcement was forwarded to me with the request 
that it be posted on our home page or bulletin board.
I will post it here, and place it at the FGSC announcement
area (http://www.kumc.edu/*fgsc)

Awards described include:

	Distinguished Mycologist Award
	Alexopoulos Prize
	MSA Graduate Fellowships
	MSA Graduate Research Prizes


I have no other information about 
the programs described here.
There are contact addresses at 
the end of the message.

Kevin McCluskey,
Curator FGSC

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        The Mycological Society of America (MSA) bestows awards each year
on mycologists at various levels in their careers.  Here is a roster of the
awards with details on how to apply.  Addresses of members of the awards
committee are at the end of this notice.

Mycological Society of America Awards and Fellowships for 1996
Call For Nominations and Applications
Deadline for Receipt:  1 April 1996



Distinguished Mycologist Award


        The Distinguished Mycologist Award is awarded annually to an
individual who has been outstanding in his or her mycological career.
Nominees for the award will be evaluated on the basis of quality,
originality, and quantity of their published research and on the basis of
service to the MSA or to mycologists in general. The requirements for a
candidate's nomination are that:


        1. The nominee must be a current member of the MSA or eligible for
emeritus membership.         The nominee must also have been a member of
MSA for at least five years.


        2. The nominee must have received his or her first terminal degree
at least twenty years prior to the year in which the award is given. 
Honorary degrees shall not be considered in determining the time interval.


        3. An individual may receive the Distinguished Mycologist Award
only once.


        As the Distinguished Mycologist is one of the highest awards
bestowed by the MSA, self nomination is not allowed. Nominators must also
be a member of the MSA. Awards Committee members are not eligible to
nominate or to be nominated for this honor. The Chair of the Awards
Committee will appoint ad hoc committee members in place of committee
members whose major professor may be nominated for the award.


        The nominator should send the required nomination materials to each
member of the Awards Committee. The names and addresses of the committee
members are listed at the end of this announcement. The nomination folder
should include the following:


        1. A nominating letter, including a detailed evaluation of the
nominee's outstanding    contributions to mycology.


        2. A curriculum vitae.


        3. A list of the nominee's publications.


        4. Up to five additional letters of support.

 
        The Awards Committee will use the above criteria for judging the
nominees. The committee may choose to make more than one award in a given
year, if it is appropriate. Presentation of the award, a plaque, will take
place at the awards ceremony of the annual meeting of the MSA. The
recipient will be notified so that he or she may plan to attend the award
presentation. The name of the winner of the award will be published along
with the announcement of the awards.  A nominator may request that their
nominee be reconsidered in subsequent years by contacting the Chair of the
Awards Committee.  



Alexopoulos Prize


        The Alexopoulos Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding 'young'
mycologist based on an evaluation of his or her research. The nominees will
be evaluated primarily on the basis of quality, originality, and quantity
of their published mycological work. The requirements for a candidate's
nomination are that:


        1. The nominee must be a member of the MSA.


        2.  Nominees are to have received their last degree within the ten
year period immediately      preceding January 1st of the year in which the
award is given. This will normally be an         individual who received
his or her degree 7-10 years previously.


        3. An individual may receive the Alexopoulos Prize only once.


        4. Nominees who are not chosen for the prize in the year they are
nominated will be     reconsidered for up to two additional years (within
the 10 year limit).  The chairperson will request updates of the nominee's
materials.


        As the Alexopoulos Prize is one of the highest awards bestowed by
the MSA, self nomination is not allowed. The Chair of the Awards Committee
will appoint an ad hoc committee member in place of an Awards Committee
member who is nominated for the prize. Nominators must also be a member of
the MSA.


        The nominator should request that the nominee send a curriculum
vitae and reprints of 7-10 of the nominee's most significant papers to each
member of the Awards Committee. The names and addresses of the committee
members are listed at the end of this announcement. The nomination folder
is complete when it includes the following:


        1. A curriculum vitae.


        2. A set of the nominee's 7-10 most significant reprints.


        3. A letter from the nominator which states the nominee's merits. 


        4.  At the nominator's discretion, up to five additional supporting
letters may be included.


        The Awards Committee will use the above criteria for judging the
nominees. Although in most years a single award is given, the committee may
choose to award prizes to two outstanding candidates who are both in the
last (10th) year of their eligibility. The committee may also choose not to
make an award if sufficient nominations are not received. Presentation of
the award will take place at the awards ceremony of the annual meeting of
the MSA. The award consists of an appropriate plaque as well as a monetary
award derived from the annual interest on the principal deposited in the
MSA Alexopoulos Fund. The recipient will be notified so that he or she may
plan to attend the award presentation. The name of the winner of the award
will be published as part of the announcements of the awards.



MSA Graduate Fellowships


        Three MSA Graduate Fellowships of $l,000 each, and one $500 award
(the Backus Award) are awarded annually to promising graduate students in
mycology.  Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their scholastic
merit, research ability, and promise shown as a mycologist.   The MSA
Fellowship stipends are intended as supplementary grants and may be used by
the recipients in any way to further their graduate studies.  They are
awarded in addition to any fellowship or assistantship support from other
sources.  The requirements for applicants are as follows:


        1. Applicants must be student members of the MSA.


        2. Applicants must be a candidate for a Ph.D. degree and a resident
during the tenure of the    fellowship in a university in the United States
or Canada.


        3. Previous MSA fellows are not eligible.


        The completed application should be sent to each member of the
Awards Committee. The names and addresses for the Awards Committee are
listed at the end of this announcement. The application is complete when it
consists of the following:


        1. A curriculum vitae that includes a paragraph concerning the
student's training in preparation for the proposed work.


        2.  A detailed plan of study.   The text of the proposal should be
no longer than five (5)      pages, single spaced.  See below for
suggestions.


        3. Two letters of recommendation, one of which is from the
student's advisor.


        4. Graduate school transcripts showing courses taken and grades
received. Xerox copies are acceptable if signed by the advisor.


Suggestions for the plan of study:


        o Use a one paragraph abstract at the beginning.


        o An introduction should explain what you want to do and why it is
interesting/important.


        o A methods section should convince the reader that the project is
feasible.


        o A discussion section should explain results and significance.


        o Be concise. Use double spacing between paragraphs to make reading
easier. Use section         heading to make the organization easier to
follow.


        The Awards Committee will use the above criteria and the plan of
study for judging the candidates. The chairperson will appoint an ad hoc
member to replace any committee member who has a student applying for a
fellowship or who otherwise feels a conflict of interest. The winning
applicants will be notified upon selection (usually within four weeks of
the closing date for nominations) so that they may plan to attend the
awards presentation at the annual meeting.  Those applicants not notified
within this time were not selected as awardees.  Winning a fellowship is a
good basis for asking your advisor, department chairman or dean for funds
to travel to the meeting. The stipends are awarded after confirmation of
university registration. The names of MSA Fellows are published as part of
the awards announcements.



MSA Graduate Research Prizes


        Two MSA Graduate Fellowships of  $100 each are awarded annually to
the two best research papers in mycology presented orally by graduate
students at the annual MSA meeting.  Two MSA Graduate Research Prizes of 
$100 each are awarded annually to the best research posters in mycology 
presented by graduate students at the annual meeting. An evaluation of the
papers and posters will be based on significance of the work, creativity,
appropriateness of the methods, clarity of presentation, and validity of
conclusions. The requirements for consideration are as follows:


        1. The applicant must be a member of the MSA.


        2. Persons eligible for a Graduate Research Prize are Master's or
Ph.D. candidates or those     who have been awarded the degree within one
year of the annual meeting.


        3. Previous recipients of either category of Graduate Research
Prize are not eligible for a     second award.


        4. An individual should apply for consideration for a Graduate
Research Prize by so     indicating on the Call for Papers for the MSA
meeting. Application may be made for either but not both categories of
Graduate Research Prizes. A student can apply for and receive both the
Graduate Fellowship and a Graduate Research Prize.


        The Awards Committee will evaluate applicants on the basis of the
above criteria. An effort will be made to send at least two members of the
committee to each oral presentation and for all the members to view the
poster competition. Ad hoc members of the Awards Committee will be
appointed by the Chair of the Awards Committee to avoid a conflict of
interest or to facilitate judging. The Graduate Student Research Prizes are
presented at the awards ceremony. The names of the recipients will be
published along with the announcement of the awards.



MSA Awards Committee Members for 1995-1996



Dr. Dennis Desjardin (Chairperson)
Dept. of Biology
San Francisco State University  
1600 Holloway Ave. 
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone:  415-338-1548
FAX:  415-338-2295
e-mail: DED at .SFSU.EDU


Dr. Joanne Ellzey
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Texas           
El Paso, TX 79968-5844
Phone: 915-747-5844
FAX:  915-747-5808
e-mail: JELLZEY at MAIL.UTEP.EDU


Dr. Daniel Wubah
Dept. of Biology     
Towson State University
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-830-3123 
FAX:  410-830-2604
e-mail: E7B2WUB at TOE.TOWSON.EDU

Dr. David S. Hibbett
Harvard University Herbaria
20 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-496-3374
FAX: 617-495-9484
e-mail: D HIBBETT at HARVARD.EDU
            
Dr.Jeff Stone (ex officio)              
Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-2902
Phone:  503-737-5260
FAX:  503-737-3573
e-mail:  STONEJ at BCC.ORST.EDU



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