Membership link is restored!

April 15th, 2016

AMS Membership

AMS Photomicrography Contest at Benthic Ecology Meeting this Year!

March 15th, 2016

The American Microscopical Society is sponsoring the first ever Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) Photomicrography Contest in Portland, Maine March 16-19, 2016. The winning photograph will be displayed on the AMS website and $100 will be awarded to the photographer.

Photos (a maximum of two entries) will be accepted until noon on the first day of the BEM (March 17th) and will be on display until noon on March 19th. Every meeting participant is eligible to enter and there is no entrance fee. Just bring an unlabeled, unsigned and unmounted print (8 x 10 inches; color or black and white) taken with any microscope (light, confocal, SEM, TEM) to the AMS booth; a single line of information identifying the subject (e.g., “Larval Echinoderm”) and stating the microscopical technique (e.g., “SEM”) should be below the photograph.

The best photomicrograph will be determined by popular vote (one vote per person) and will be awarded the grand prize of $100. First place winner and honorable mention will be announced at the Benthic Ecology Meeting banquet and on the AMS website. For full contest rules see AMS Photomicrograph Contest.

AMS Survey!

December 24th, 2015

The American Microscopical Society (AMS) invites you to take a few minutes to complete this online survey about membership, benefits and meetings. Just 11 questions!

What is most important to you about your membership in AMS?  What can AMS do to serve its members better?  Help us to find out by participating in the following survey.  To participate click on the following link: AMS Survey!

Or go to:

Please complete the survey by the yearly AMS/SICB meeting!

The point of the survey is to gather information from both current and potential members of AMS to determine the best way to increase membership and participation in the Society as well as improve the benefits offered to our members.

This survey is anonymous, and we kindly invite you to participate regardless of your membership status.

The Executive Committee of AMS is grateful for your help in this effort.

AMS Student Travel Awards

October 24th, 2015

AMS Travel Awards to annual American Microscopical Society meetings (joint with Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology)

The American Microscopical Society is offering awards to three student members who will be presenting at the annual AMS/SICB 2016 meeting in Portland, Oregon, January 3-7.  Each award will be $250USD

November 1 Deadline

See application instructions

AMS Summer Student Research Fellowships

April 1st, 2015

The online application form for AMS Student Research Fellowships is open.

Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2015.

Beautiful video of diatom images

December 22nd, 2014

The Diatomist:  Amazing hidden worlds become visible through the Victorian art of arranging microscopic algae in kaleidoscopic patterns.

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The Diatomist follows Klaus Kemp, one of the last remaining practitioners of the Victorian art form of diatom arrangement, as he hunts down specimens in the UK’s ditches, troughs and gutters to create new displays that are marvels of dexterity and imagination. An admitted obsessive, Kemp has spent years perfecting the practice. His wondrous creations offer a lovely portal into the world of Victorian art and its intersection with science, of aesthetics entwined with investigation.

Living Large: microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places

December 22nd, 2014

The latest Scientific American [v. 312, no. 1, Jan. 2015] has an article about microscopy: Living Large: microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places by Kate Wong

Stunning Images from the 2014 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition


The pesky white crusts that collect on boat hulls conceal remarkably intricate creatures, as this photograph of a barnacle’s legs reveals. Neurobiologist Igor Siwanowicz of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute produced the image by removing the animal’s soft tissues and staining the remaining exoskeleton with dyes that bind to a polymer known as chitin. “I was always fascinated with the diversity and versatility of crustaceans’ appendages—the filter-feeding legs of barnacles are just one example of what can evolve from the common ancestral limb design,” he observes.

AMS Newsletter Fall 2014

December 22nd, 2014

AMS Newsletter Fall 2014

AMS Student Research Support Awards

March 2nd, 2014

The American Microscopical Society supports student research in several ways

  • Travel Awards to AMS / SICB joint annual meeting ($250)
    3–7 January 2015, West Palm Beach, FL (
  • Summer Research Fellowships ($1000)
  • Microscopy Training Fellowships ($1000)
  • Travel Awards to International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology ($1000)
    3–7 August 2014, Berlin (

For further information: contact AMS President Pat Reynolds

AMS Best Contributed Paper Award 2014

January 22nd, 2014

A certificate and monetary prize was awarded for the 2014 Best Contributed Paper presented orally by a student at the Annual Meeting (SICB/AMS) in San Francisco, California. Current students or graduates who have received a degree not more than 12 months prior to the meeting are eligible to compete for the awards. The work presented must be original and must be carried out principally by the student presenting the paper. Membership in AMS is not a requirement.

Winner 2014

Bruno Vellutini , Sars Centre, Norway: Beyond boundaries: expression of “segment polarity” genes during larval lobe development in brachiopods.

Link to SICB abstract

Honorable Mention 2014

Megan Martik, Duke University: Mechanisms of primordial germ cell migration in the sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus.

Link to SICB abstract