Call for Nominations: MSA Student Council Executive Officer Positions

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The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Student Council (StC) is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 StC Executive Officer Positions.

The MSA Student Council leadership is seeking nominations for the following officer positions for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Becoming a StC officer provides a rare opportunity to contribute to the direction of an innovative and unique student association. StC leadership service is a chance to gain skills and experience, develop personally and professionally, make new and enduring connections, and collaborate with motivated professionals and students in your field. Being a StC officer allows you to be on the forefront of MSA student program development and activities. Consider getting involved in StC – We need you to help our community grow!

MSA StC provides a platform for students, postdocs, and early career professionals to network, share experiences, discuss research, and simply get involved with the most dynamic group of young professionals that microscopy and microanalysis has to offer. StC leadership represents the student members of the StC, and plans student oriented activities and events, including the PMCx60. StC works closely with the MSA Executive Council to provide insight into the needs and wishes of MSA student members.

StC officers serve in their positions for a total of one year, with the exception of President Elect (one year as President Elect, one as President, one as Past President).

For more information concerning the responsibilities associated with these positions, the link to the position descriptions may be found at:

Please take the duration of these commitments into consideration as you read through the StC leadership role descriptions.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a student (undergraduate/graduate) at an accredited institution
  • Hold an active membership in MSA, MSA/MAS
  • Be willing to accept a leadership role for the full term
  • Have time to dedicate to fulfilling their responsibilities

Help MSA StC by nominating a colleague or yourself for the for the positions of President Elect, Treasurer, or Secretary. The Call for Nominations closes on April 30, 2019 and the elections will occur by electronic ballot to all current MSA student members during the month of June.

The nomination form can be found at:

New officers take office at the conclusion of M&M 2019 (Portland).

Please note: President-Elect candidates must review position descriptions for all three positions: PE, P, PP

MAS 2019, Topical Conference on Quantitative Microanalysis


The MAS topical conference on quantitative microanalysis, QMA 2019 will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, from June 24-27, 2019. This topical conference will focus on EPMA-WDS, SEM-EDS, and advances in microanalysis including cathodoluminescence, micro X-ray fluorescence, and other topics. The meeting will consist of a day of user meetings and interaction with sponsor representatives, and a three-day plenary meeting which includes tutorials and advances in microanalysis, instrumentation demos, group lunches and other networking opportunities, social mixers and a banquet.

We also will receive NSF funds to provide for co-sponsorship of early career scholars from domestic universities to attend the conference. The ECS awards are competitive and based on submission of an abstract for a platform or poster presentation. Details of the ECS program are in the attached letter, please note the deadline for submission of ECS abstracts is March 15. The deadline for contributed abstracts and posters is May 15 and June 1, respectively.

For more information about the conference please visit the MAS web site:

The QMA 2019 topical conference expands on the program from the EPMA 2016 topical conference held in Madison, WI.

We can provide a letter to help with obtaining a visa for travel from countries that require a visa for travel to the USA.

I do hope that you or a colleague can attend the topical conference. We provide a rewarding educational experience in the MAS topical conference program with 16 conferences to date.


Heather Lowers

QMA 2019 Chair



Fall Tour of the Billings Microscope Collection at NMHM


We had a great turnout for the CMMS tour of the Billing’s Microscope Collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine on December 7, 2018. Part of the museum is open to the public and there were many interesting medical specimens and instruments on display.


CMMS was able to arrange a private behind the scenes tour of the more rare microscopes in the NMHM storage facilities. A few of the notable microscopes we observed include one of Roberts Hooke’s original microscopes, replicas of Leeuwenhoek microscopes, and a TEM captured during WWII, among many others. While we were not permitted to take pictures of the microscopes, they were certainly stunning to observe.


Following the 1.5 hr tour, we grouped back up at McGinty’s Pub in Silver Spring for appetizers and drinks, generously provided courtesy of ThermoFisher. A great time was had by all, and we look forward to organizing similar events in the future.

Your CMMS Officers


Recap of M&M 2018 Baltimore

We hope everyone had a great time at M&M 2018 in Baltimore MD. It was a busy week full of excellent presentations, equipment demos, training, dinners and more. Your CMMS officers were spotted getting down to business at the MSA Local Affiliate Society meeting.

There were big crowds at the MSA poster session with rows and rows of posters, too many to count, and a multitude of engaging vendors on the expo floor.

We hope everyone submitted micrographs to the MSA Micrograph Competition, if not be sure to submit one next year. The competition was tough, but CMMS member, Gary Bauchan from USDA ARS, won second place for his SEM image of the “Coffee Drinking Mite”.

The CMMS Meet & Greet at the Pratt Street Ale House was a huge success, it served as a convenient opportunity for local CMMS members to converge and casually talk. CMMS provided dollar-off drink coupons to all the attendees.

These were just a few of the many highlights of M&M 2018, thank you all for attending, we hope everyone had a great time. Stay tuned for more upcoming CMMS events, as we work to grow and expand this society. We are planing to host another social event and membership drive in December.

Your CMMS Officers