Awards

Awards

The MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs acknowledges the exceptional contribution of postdocs to the MSU community by offering a variety of awards to support postdoc travel and recognize postdoc excellence.

Travel Award

TRAVEL AWARDS

  • Three travel awards of $500 each will be awarded twice a year.
    • Spring Award for travel taking place between December 1st and May 31st.
    • Fall Award for travel taking place between June 1st and November 30th.
    • Typically, applications are due in October for the Spring Award and April for the Fall Award so that winners are notified in advance of their travel.
  • Awards are granted to offset the costs associated with travel to meetings/scientific conferences, and cannot be used for invited talks at universities or non-conference events.

ELIGIBILITY

All current postdoctoral research associates and fellows at Michigan State University are eligible to apply except for:

  • Individuals that have already received an MSU-PDA travel award during their time at MSU
  • Individuals attending meetings/scientific conferences held at Michigan State University
  • Individuals who are presenting work from their graduate program or previous position

*Recipients of a Travel Award must agree to serve as reviewers for the next round of Travel Award applications.*

Read about past recipients here.

Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award

POSTDOCTORAL EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AWARD (PERA)

The MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation award annually the Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award (PERA) to two exceptional Postdoctoral Researchers for their contributions to MSU and the greater research community.

The top two applicants will each receive a $1,000 cash award and a certificate provided by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation and the MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to recognize their achievement.

The call for applications is typically announced in January, and recipients accept their award and give a brief (10 min) presentation of their work during a reception in May.

ELIGIBILITY

The applicant:

1) Currently works at MSU as a postdoc (e.g., Research Associate, Postdoctoral Fellow).

2) Has been employed at MSU as a postdoc for at least one year, but not more than 5 years.

3) Has displayed excellence in scientific research, which will be measured by (1) the significance/impact of their research to their field of study, and (2) innovation of their research.

Read about past recipients here.

Postdoctoral Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

POSTDOCTORAL EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND/OR MENTORING AWARD (PETMA)

The MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs annually awards the Postdoctoral Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award (PETMA) to two exceptional Postdoctoral Scholars for their contribution in promoting the success and development of undergraduate and/or graduate students at MSU.

The top two applicants will each receive a $500 cash award and a certificate provided by the MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to recognize their achievement.

The call for applications is typically announced in January, and recipients accept their award during a reception in May.

ELIGIBILITY

The applicant:

1) Currently works at MSU as a postdoc (e.g., Research Associate, Postdoctoral Fellow).

2) Has displayed excellence in, and exceptional commitment to, teaching and/or mentoring in classroom or research setting during their postdoc position at MSU.  The review committee is looking for applicants/nominees who go above and beyond their duties as classroom instructors and/or research supervisors.

Read about past recipients here.

For all awards, applications are evaluated by an ad hoc review panel composed of fellow MSU postdocs and former award recipients from ALL DISCIPLINES. When completing your applications, ensure that the material you submit is comprehensible and accessible to a broad audience. The use of field-specific jargon and abbreviations should be avoided.

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