MSA Student Council is continuing to grow its leadership team and pleased to announce the appointments of Communication Chair, Regional Liaison Chair, and eight Regional Liaisons.
Shardai Johnson, Communication Chair, will oversee the Student Council social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and help coordinate outbound communications. She is a graduate student at Tuskegee University in the Material Science and Engineering program and her current research is centered on the morphological effects of low temperature plasma on hydrothermal carbonization of catalyzed waste coffee. She is looking forward to bridging students across different disciplines with the Microscopy Society of America.
Erica Stevens, Regional Liaison Chair, will oversee the Student Council membership campaign and coordinate efforts for the Regional Liaisons. She is a third-year Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh working under Dr. Markus Chmielus. Her primary research focuses on additive manufacturing of functional materials, particularly magnetocaloric materials.
The Regional Liaisons will focus on promoting MSA Student Council, develop relationships with undergraduate and graduate students and Local Affiliated Societies in their region, and encourage involvement in MSA Student Council activities at Microscopy and Microanalysis.
Region II (ND, SD, NE, WI, IA, MN, IL)
Frank Barrows, Applied Physics Ph.D. student, Northwestern University & Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Region III (MI, OH, IN, WV)
Tim Pegg, Botany Ph.D. student, Miami University
Region IV (PA, NJ, DE, MD)
Jason Sardey, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. student, Temple University
Region V (NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
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Region VI (HI, CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM)
Kartik Venkatraman, Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. student, Arizona State University
Region VII (KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA)
Samantha Brady, Biochemistry Ph.D. student, University of Missouri-Columbia
Region VIII (KY, TN, VA, NC, SC)
Jackson Spurling, Materials Science & Engineering undergraduate student, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Region IX (MS, AL, GA, FL)
Kemaro Muir, Mechanical Engineering masters student, Tuskegee University
Region X (Canada/International)
Nhu Trieu, Biological Sciences masters student, University of New Brunswick
The MSA Student Council (StC) is organizing the 2nd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis (PMCx60), to be held on the Saturday preceding M&M 2018 in Baltimore, MD.
The PMCx60 is a one-day conference organized by and for students and early-career professionals, and offers a highly interactive forum for participants to share cutting edge research, network, and engage with peers ahead of the main meeting.
The StC is soliciting financial support from the MSA community, and welcomes corporate sponsorship and donations from individuals/organizations to help build the future of microscopy and microanalysis.
Please consider sponsoring, donating to, and attending the 2018 PMCx60 in Baltimore, MD. To learn about the benefits of being a PMCx60 sponsor, email the StC at
, or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page (
, include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).