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.
Today the MSA Student Section works closely with the General MSA to provide content at annual meetings, develop outreach activities and modules for teaching, and recently, raising funds for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.