The MSA Student Council is organizing the second annual X60 Pre-meeting Congress (PMCx60) for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis, to be held in conjunction with M&M 2018 in Baltimore. In addition to the premier technical program, the PMCx60 features informal get-togethers on Friday and Saturday nights so participants can meet in a relaxed setting. The PMCx60 is scheduled to allow attendees to participate in Sunday Short Courses or Focused Interest Group (FIG) sponsored PMCs, or to enjoy a free day in Baltimore with new friends.

The PMCx60 is organized by, and tailored to, students and early-career professionals, however all M&M registrants are welcome to attend. The PMCx60 offers a highly interactive forum for participants to discuss their cutting-edge research, and to network and engage with peers ahead of the main meeting. Speakers will be invited from awardees to be honored at M&M 2018, giving attendees an opportunity to sample the best research of their peers in biological science, physical science, analytical science, and instrumentation. Contributed talks and posters will give attendees an opportunity to share their work with peers in an intimate and casual setting. Further professional development opportunities will include a luncheon featuring a panel of recent graduates currently working in industry, academia, policy, and government labs.


The PMCx60 and M&M 2018 are wonderful opportunities for students (undergraduate and graduate), postdocs, and early-career professionals to network with peers, members of academia and industry, and vendors from a variety of top companies.

Pre-Meeting program highlights include


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2017 PMCx60 (St. Louis) Final Program:


Pre-Meeting Congress Agenda

Friday, August 3, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception
Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD

Saturday, August 4, 2018


7:30 – 8:30 am


8:20 – 8:30 am

Welcoming remarks
        William J. Bowman, Program Chair

Plenary Session

8:30 – 10:00 am

MSA Early-career Major Award Winners

10:00 – 10:05 am

Remarks by MSA Outreach Coordinator

Poster Session, Networking, Refreshments

10:05 – 11:30 am

Poster Sessions I and II

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Extended Networking


12:10 pm

Lunch served

12:20 – 1:20 pm

Early-career Panel Discussion

1:20 – 1:30 pm

Introduction to the MSA Student Council
        Janet L. Gbur, MSA Student Council President

Parallel Technical Sessions

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Award Winners
        Session Chair: Bukola Obayomi, Biological Sciences Co-Chair
        Session Chair: Matt Caputo, Physical Sciences Co-Chair

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Coffee and refreshments

Joint Technical Session

3:30 – 4:45 pm

Biological/Physical Sciences Joint Session
        Session Chair: William J. Bowman


5:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Poster Prizes, Group Picture
        William J. Bowman, Program Chair
        Bob Price, MSA President

6:00 pm

Saturday Banquet
        Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise



Platinum Level

Thermofisher Scientific


Microscopy Society of America


Carnegie Mellon Engineering


TSS Microscopy
IXRF Systems


Lehigh Microscopy School


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PMCx60 Organizers
Program Chair: William J. Bowman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biological Sciences Co-Chair: Bukola Obayomi, Arizona State University
Physical Sciences Co-Chair: Matt Caputo, Youngstown State University
Activities & Social Chair: Ethan L. Lawrence, Arizona State University


William Bowman

Program Chair
William Bowman

Postdoctoral Associate
Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bukola Obayomi

Biological Sciences Co-chair
Bukola Obayomi

Graduate Student
Arizona State University


Matt Caputo

Physical Sciences Co-chair
Matt Caputo

Graduate Student
Youngstown State University

Ethan Lawrence

Social & Activities Chair
Ethan Lawrence

Graduate Research Assistant Materials Science & Engineering
Arizona State University