The NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards are made possible by support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University (MSU). The program has supported more than 377 students from approximately 140 institutions worldwide since 1998 to present their research and interact with leading scientists and other attendees at meetings of US-IALE and IALE.

This is the 19th consecutive year of the program. The 17 awardees have opportunities to meet at a special dinner gathering, learn the latest developments in landscape ecology, present their research, build professional networks with other conference attendees, and collaborate on telecoupling.

The 2016 awards were presented at the the US-IALE 2016 Annual Meeting in April in Asheville, NC.

The awardees are:

Megumi Aisu, University of Alaska Anchorage
Joanna Blaszcak, Duke University
Andrea Boesing, University of Sao Paulo / University of FL
Megan Cattau, Columbia University
Veronica Frans, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute
Nathan Gill, Clark University
Anna Herzberger, Michigan State University
Paige Howell, University of Georgia
Basil Iannone, Purdue University
Kristen Lear, University of Georgia
Snehal Mhatre, Clemson University
Andrea Raya Rey, CADIC-CONICET
Shijie Shu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fang Wang, Michigan State University
Erin Welsh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ruscena Wiederholt, University of Arizona
Emily Zimmerman, Iowa State University