Previous Executive Board Members

Student Section Bylaws

Current Executive Board

History of the MSA Student Section:


Students at the 2011 MSA meeting in Fairbanks, AK

The Student Section was initiated in Fairbanks 2011 and launched in 2012 at the annual MSA meeting in New Haven CT. The very first Student Section event in 2012 was a professional development workshop led by Harvard University mycology professor Anne Pringle: “Using fungi to get a job”. Furthermore, we organized a mentorship pairing where all interested MSA students were assigned a senior mycologist serving as their mentor for the duration of the New Haven meeting.

During MSA/APS 2013 in Austin TX we organized a well-attended Student Social Mixer and our first official Board Meeting. Most importantly, the MSA Council has unanimously voted to formally recognize the Mycological Society of America Student Section. Member-wide vote occurred in Fall 2013.


msa2016board2016-2017 Executive Board, MSA Meeting 2016 Berkeley, California

(top left to right) Jessie Uehling, Danny Haelewaters, Chris Smyth, Terry Torres-Cruz, Tanya Cheeke, (bottom left to right) Brendan O’Brien, Mia Maltz, Virginia Poole, Kristi Gdanetz MacCready, Andrea Andi Bruce


Executive Board, MSA Meeting 2017 Athens, Georgia

(top left to right) Rebecca Shay, Jessie Uehling, Chris Smyth, (middle left to right) Andrea Andi Bruce, Aaron Kumlien, (bottom left to right) Terry Torres-Cruz, Nora Dunkirk.

Chair: Terry J. Torres-Cruz, Penn State

Vice-Chair: Kristi Gdanetz MacCready, Michigan State University

Secretary: Andrea Andi Bruce, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Treasurer: Brendan O’Brien, University of Vermont

Communication Chair: Rebecca Shay,  Michigan State University

Merchandise Chair: Nora Dunkirk, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Webmaster: Aaron Kumlien, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Postdoctoral Representative: Nicola Day, Wilfrid Laurier University

Past-Chair:Chris Smyth, Penn State

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