November  2015
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The membership renewal deadline is December 31st ...  don't wait
renew yours now! 

Major Society Awards Ballots are now Open!

Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is now accepting nominations for the major Society Awards. The deadline has been extended
December 15, 2015. For more information on these awards and the nomination process, click here. 
The Major Society Awards Consist of:
  • Distinguished Scientist - one each in Biological and Physical Sciences, to honor a preeminent senior scientist for an extensive career in microscopy and microanalysis
  • Burton Medal - early-career researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the science of microscopy and microanalysis
  • Outstanding Technologist - Hildegard H. Crowley Biological Science award and Chuck Fiore Physical Science award both recognize technologists who have made significant contributions in the development of new microscopy/microanalysis techniques
  • Morton D. Maser Distinguished Service Award - for outstanding volunteer service to MSA over a sustained period of time
  • Albert Crewe Award - postdoctoral fellow who has made distinguished contributions in microscopy and microanalysis in the physical sciences
  • George Palade Award - postdoctoral fellow who has made distinguished contributions in microscopy and microanalysis in the life sciences
Please forward your nomination materials to MSA Headquarters via e-mail to MSA Headquarters   fax (703-435-4390) or mail (MSA Managing Director, 12100 Sunset Hills Road #130, Reston, VA 20190). Please feel free to contact Ashley Carey at 800-538-3672 or 703-234-4089 for additional information - 

MSA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Reminder: MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarship applications are due December 31st . 
The Program is in its 27th year of providing funding for undergraduate research and is currently soliciting applications from students interested in conducting research projects which involve the use of any microscopy technique.

Sponsorship by a member of MSA is required. To date over 130 projects covering a wide range of topics in the physical and biological sciences have received support through this program. Over the years nearly all the scholarship recipients have maintained a strong interest in imaging sciences and have gone on to graduate school, professional school, teaching, or industry positions. The program has been able to support approximately 50% of applicants. 
This year the MSA Council approved an increase in support for the program which will enable funding of several additional projects per year. The maximum award for the Scholarships is $3000 and helps to provide student stipends, supply costs, and limited travel expenses associated with the research. Support in the form of instrument use time, equipment purchases, substantial travel costs, etc. is generally provided by the student's supervisor and/or through the sponsoring institution. 
Two page abstracts reporting the research results, are prepared by scholarship awardees and published in Microscopy and Microanalysis. The reports can be referenced and are searchable. Information regarding the scholarship program and instructions for applying are available here   or call toll free at (800) 538-3672. 

M&M 2016

Mark your calendars for M&M 2016 Paper Submission! The paper submission site will open on  December 1, 2015. Click here  to view instructions and information, and remember to check back on the  M&M 2016 website   often for updates and new information!
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LAS. Local Affiliated Societies
LAS Director's Message
by: Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

There are more than 25 MSA Local Affiliated Societies providing outreach and networking to the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found at

Support your local affiliated society! An upcoming LAS meeting is:

December 9:  Mountain States Society of Electron Microscopists (MSSEM)

Check the meeting link for additional details.

Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings and get them involved!

The  Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM) is holding an organizational meeting on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 PM at Villanova University. If you are located in southeastern PA, central/southern NJ, or DE and are interested in joining a dedicated group of PSM members planning for future local society meetings, please contact me ( ) or Robert Carlton ( ) for more information.

LAS leaders: It is now time to start thinking about LAS meetings in early 2016. It's not too early to contact me about funding opportunities, either for Tour Speaker support or for Grants-in-Aid. Details about these programs can be found at or by contacting me directly.
In addition, if you have held elections recently or have a new slate of officers starting in January, please contact me as soon as possible with the names and contact information for new LAS officers so that I can update the LAS web page.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

FIG. Focused Interest Groups
Attention all FIG Participants: 

Two Pre-meeting congresses will be sponsored by the Focused Interest Group's at the upcoming meeting in Columbus Ohio.

Exploiting the Diffractive Properties of Electrons for Solving Materials Problems
Organized by Electron Crystallography and Automated Mapping Methods FIG

Essentials of Atom Probe Tomography
Organized by the Atom Probe FIG

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