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MSA SPS Mycoblitz 2024!

Join us April 26-29 during iNaturalist’s City Nature Challenge to find and document wild fungi! This is a fun(gal) and accessible way for you to connect with nature and mycologists across the country. Ultimately, all the data you collect will be pooled and usable for mycological research!

How to participate:

  1. Downoad the iNaturalist app
  2. Join the “MSA SPS Mycoblitz 2024” project
  3. Plan an outing during April 26-29
  4. Add your observations
To join a project, click on the “Projects” tab, then click the search button, type the name of the project, then click “Join” on the project’s page.

That’s all! Your observations will be automatically added to the project and you will be eligible to win one of these prizes of MSA swag:

  • Most observations
  • Greatest number of species

Want more MSA merchandise? Check out our Bonfire store!

2024-2025 SPS Executive Board Nominations

It’s time to elect the new MSA SPS Executive Board for the 2024-2025 academic year! Interested in helping us build a vibrant community of student and postdoc mycologists? Then, nominate yourself – or someone else! Nominations are due by May 1, 2024, 11:59 PM PST.

SPS 2024 Fungal Photo Contest

The Mycological Society of America Student and Postdoc Section (MSA–SPS) is excited to announce our Photo Contest open to ALL members of the MSA–SPS community (students, post-docs, professors, and fungal enthusiasts).  

Goal: The winning photos will be featured on MSA-SPS Newsletter’s front page and social media posts. The goal is to share our passion for the Fungal Kingdom and increase science communication among the MSA–SPS community and the general public. 

Theme: Expanding networks

Submissions: Open from  March 1st to March 31st, 2024. Submit your photos using this Google Form.

Winners will be announced at the end of April 2024

Award: $50 or the equivalent value on MSA merchandise of your choice! The winning photos will additionally be shared with the MSA–SPS community.


Rules and expectations for the competition:

  1. Requirements
  • Open to fungal enthusiasts. It is not required to be a member of MSA
  • The photo must be an original work from the person who submits it and be inspired in mycology. 
  • Photos should not be modified by Photoshop. 
  • Please upload your photo in high-resolution and JPEG format.
  • The recommended dimensions for the photo are 1:1, 4:5 or 16:9.
  • A maximum of 2 photos can be submitted per person.
  1. Method of entry
  • Photos should be submitted here
  • Name the file  using the follow format:  YourName_PhotoTitle_#of photo (1 or 2)
  • Tell us about your photo. Please include a small description during submission, where and when was it taken? Can you identify the fungus or fungi in the picture?
  1. Selection of winners 
  • Two winning photographs will be defined by the MSA-SPS board.
  • The winners will be announced at the end of April 2024

All entries and rights to the photography remain the property of the participant unless a separate written transfer and payment for the original have been negotiated. Still, we have the right to use the image for social media posts and inclusion on the front page of the MSA-SPS newsletter, as stated above. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our communications chair: Diana Vargas at diana.vargas@ndsu.edu

2024 SPS Postdoc Survey

Are you a postdoc in MSA? Let’s connect! Tell us about yourself! Click below to complete the 2024 Postdoc survey:

2024 Scholarship for Undergrad/Postdoc Recruitment

Are you an undergraduate student who is interested in mycology? Are you a postdoc interested in MSA membership? You could be eligible to have your 2024 MSA membership fees waived! The MSA Student and Postdoc Section is leading a holiday campaign to recruit new students and postdocs to MSA. If you are an undergraduate student new to MSA or a new or returning postdoc, you can apply to have your fees paid by SPS.

Limited funds are available. Applications will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis.

Application deadline: Dec 31, 2023

MSA SPS 2024 DIGITAL ART CONTEST

The Mycological Society of America (MSA) – Student and Postdoc Section is excited to announce our annual Fungal Digital Art Contest open to ALL members of the MSA community (students, post-docs, professors, and fungal enthusiasts). Moreover, to raise awareness of the importance of Expanding networks in mycology, MSA SPS has partnered with MSA-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and have created two separate entries for the 2023 Art contest (see below).  

Goal: The winning design(s) will be featured on this year’s MSA-SPS merchandise which will be sold at the MSA 2023 annual conference and on our online swag store (bonfire). All proceeds from this sale will be used for student recruitment and to fund the MSA-SPS student membership scholarship. 

Theme: Expanding networks

Submissions: Open from January 15th to March 31st, 2024

Winners will be announced at the end of April 2024

Submit your designs to this Google Form

Award: Winners will be given a $50 dollar gift card or one item of their choice with their design. Furthermore, the winner’s artwork will be this year’s MSA-SPS design and will be showcased in our booth at the 2024 MSA conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 


Rules and expectations for the competition:

*Open to all artists (students, professors, postdoc) and fungal enthusiasts*

THE ARTWORK HAS TO BE AN ORIGINAL PIECE

  1. Art categories 
    1. MSA-SPS 
      • Open design (Feel free to be creative and depict any of your favorite things about mycology)
      • Two submission options
        • Color limited (<4 colors)
        • Color unlimited (express yourself)
    2. MSA-SPS & DEI: Importance of diversity for mycology and the mycological society
      • Design must include artwork depicting the importance of diversity to mycology. 
      • Two submission options
        • Color limited (<4 colors)
        • Color unlimited (express yourself)
  2. Method of entry: Art submission can be made here
    1. File nameCategoryName_YourName_ArtPieceTitle.pdf
    2. Please include a small description of your art piece during submission
      • Please upload a high-resolution image of your artwork
      • Ensure images are in full color (see specifications below), not blurry, and artwork should be signed. 
  3. Requirements: 
    1. The design should be your original artwork.
    2. Submissions should be made as a single pdf file.
      • Please note that there are 2 categories per section, one category is color-limited (< 4 colors). This design will be used for multiple items including t-shirts, sweaters, totes, etc. 
      • The second category is color unlimited and can include as many colors as the artist desires. If selected, this design will be used for smaller items, such as cups, stickers, notebooks, magnets, etc.  
      • If your design is selected as the winning design, the design should then be submitted as a final “.svg” file (more information will be provided to the winner)
  4. Winners will be announced at the end of April 2024
    1. If selected as the winner, submit a picture and small bio to include in Inoculum and to have on our booth at MSA 2024 conference. 
    2. The winners will produce finished art according to the specifications in the entry call.
      • Artwork will not be altered in any way without the artist’s express permission.

All entries and rights to the artwork remain the property of the artist unless a separate written transfer and payment for the original has been negotiated, but we have the right to use the image for merchandise, as stated above. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our merchandise chair, Lluvia Vargas at vargasgl@oregonstate.edu 

Panel Oct 25: Latinxs en Micologia

Únete a SPS para el Panel en Español por el Mes de la Herencia Hispana. En este panel conoceremos a tres investigadores y hablaremos un poco de sus carrera profesional. 

Carolina Piña Paez: Postdoc en UC Riverside.

Erick Muñoz: Gerente General de FUNGI INNOVA

Carlos Salvador: Profesor Adjunto de la Fundacion Miguel Lillo

Wednesday, October 25, 11 am PST via Zoom

SPS 2023-24 Leadership Team Elections Open

Elections are open to choose the next Student and Postdoc Section Leadership Team!

MSA SPS members should check for an email titled “Cast Your Vote for the next Student and Postdoctoral Leadership Team!” to learn more about the nominees and vote.

The deadline to vote is July 2nd!

About the Nominees

Communicating Mycology: A Workshop

Join Korena Mafune, PH.D. and Samira Fatemi for a workshop to help you communicate your science with the media and audiences of all backgrounds

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

6 pm EDT, 5 pm CDT, 4 pm MDT, 3 pm PDT

via Zoom

SPS Colloquium: Mucoromycota

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 9am – 10 am EDT via Zoom

JOIN US TO HEAR ABOUT FELLOW MYCOLOGISTS’ WORK!

Alicia Kock

I am a doctoral candidate at the North-West University in South Africa. I am a part of the research group that focuses on Environmental Microbiology and Agricultural Biotechnology. My research interest is on Environmental Mycology. At the moment, I am working on diversity of early divergent fungi (Mucoromycota) and drivers influencing their distribution and abundance.

Nicole Reynolds

As a postdoc in Dr. Teresa Palowska’s lab at Cornell University, I have been studying communities of Mucoromycota fungi and their bacterial endosymbionts. Our sampling locations include four sites in California within the Desert and Mediterranean biomes. Previously, I obtained my PhD from the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Matt Smith, studying Zoopagomycota fungi which are close relatives of Mucoromycota.

Recording available on our YouTube channel.

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