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PSA Award of Excellence nominations due

The Phycological Society of America is soliciting nominations for one or more Awards of Excellence. Recipients of the 2020 Award of Excellence will be chosen on the basis of their sustained scholarly contributions in, and impact on, the field of phycology, through a distinguished record of scholarly activity. Nominations will be welcomed for all fields of research on algae and also should highlight the candidate's service to the PSA and/or other phycological societies. The Award is a career achievement award for a living phycologist. Membership in the PSA is not a requirement for nomination. See previous awardees at

Nomination packages should include a single nominating letter from a PSA member highlighting the reasons for the nomination. The candidate should acknowledge his/her nomination and also provide a complete C.V. (including information relating to teaching and service). The committee requests 4 additional names (and e-mail contact information) submitted to provide letters of support. The nominator is required to confirm that these individuals have agreed to write letters within two weeks of being contacted by the Committee. Nominations received for the previous year (2019) for nominees who were not selected in 2019 will automatically be reconsidered in 2020. Updates to nomination packages submitted in 2019 are not required but an updated C.V. can be substituted for the prior version if submitted by the nomination deadline. Nominations made prior to 2019 will not automatically be reconsidered but completely new nomination packages for such candidates will receive full consideration.

Nominations will be welcomed for all fields of research/teaching on algae and should highlight the candidate's service to PSA and/or other phycological societies. Inquires and/or electronic nomination materials should be directed to Rick Zechman, Humboldt State University. All nomination materials should be electronic files submitted by e-mail to

In order to receive full consideration for the award that will be made at the 2020 annual meeting of the PSA, the complete nomination package must be received by January 31, 2020.

Checklist for nomination

1. Nomination letter from PSA member

2. Letter from nominee acknowledging the nomination

3. A current C.V. provided by the nominee

4. Names and contact information for 4 potential referees.

The committee will solicit letters directly, but the referees must have confirmed their willingness to provide a letter within two weeks of being contacted. If they fail to provide a letter, the Committee is under no obligation to search out new referees.

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