Microscopy Society of America (MSA) scholarships for undergraduate research are intended to foster the educational and research potential of full-time undergraduate students interested in pursuing microscopy as a career or major research tool. Applications for research involving any area of microscopy are suitable for the program. The MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program has been providing funding for undergraduate research for over 25 years. Over 100 projects covering a wide range of topics in the physical and biological sciences have received support through this program. Nearly all the scholarship recipients have maintained a strong interest in imaging an analytical sciences and have gone on to graduate school, professional school, teaching, or industry positions.
The program which is funded by MSA and by matching funds from MSA Sustaining Members is able to support over 50% of applicants. These awards help to provide student stipends, supply costs, and limited travel expenses associated with research. Additional support in the form of instrument use time, equipment purchases, etc. is generally provided by the student's supervisor and/or through the sponsoring institution. Abstracts reporting the research results, are prepared by scholarship awardees, and published in Microscopy and Microanalysis.
We are extremely grateful for the matching support provided by MSA Sustaining members and individuals. Their support over the years has enabled the program to increase both the number of awards and the maximum amount of each award.
The MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program is currently soliciting applications from students interested in conducting a research project which involves the use of any microscopy technique. Students are required to be sponsored by a member of MSA. The maximal award is $3000. The application deadline is Dec 31, of each year (20xx), for use within the next year (20xx +1).
Applicants must conduct research in microscopy at their school and complete their research before graduation. Applicants must also be full-time undergraduate students and achieve junior or senior standing by the time the research work is started.