FACSS Student Award and Tomas A. Hirschfeld Scholar Award

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The FACSS Student and Tomas A. Hirschfeld Scholar student awards are presented to outstanding graduate students who wish to attend SciX and present their work at the SciX conference. These awards require submission of an application at the SciX conference website. The FACSS Student award was formalized as a permanent standing award at the FACSS meeting in the fall of 1987. The award had existed prior to this meeting but until 1987 was funded based on yearly approval from the Governing Board.

The Hirschfeld Scholar Student award was found in 1987 based on a written proposal submitted by Professor Alex Scheerline. The minutes of the March 1987 meeting record that "FACSS shall support an annual award program, as the result of which, up to four graduate students will be designated as Hirschfeld Scholars, with preference for diverse research specialties among the students."

2014 RECIPIENTS

FACSS Student Award - James R. Hands

James R. Hands graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, UK, in July 2012 with a 1st class BSc. (Hons) in Forensic Science. During his time as an undergraduate student, James was a junior research associate in the Bioanalytical Sciences Research Group laboratory headed by Dr Matthew J. Baker. Presently, James is an Analytical Chemistry Ph.D candidate at the University of Central Lancashire in the Bioanalytical Sciences Research group where he is developing rapid spectroscopic methodologies for brain cancer diagnosis in collaboration with clinical partners at Royal Preston NHS Foundation Trust and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust supported by Brain Tumour North West and the Sydney Driscoll Neuroscience Foundation. His research interests focus on spectroscopic diagnostics with real world applications. His research work has established a robust and highly reproducible diagnostic method for the diagnosis of brain cancer with high sensitivities and specificities using patient sera and ATR-FTIR. This work has resulted in 4 publications with 2 front covers of the journals of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and the Journal of Biophotonics. In addition to the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Student Award, he has also been awarded Best Clinical Poster at the British Neuro-oncology Society Annual Meeting 2013 and awarded a prize at the National Health Service (NHS) Research & Innovation Showcase 2013 at Royal Preston Hospital, UK.

Tomas Hirschfeld Awardees: Andrew Schwartz and Mengliang Zhang

Andrew (Andy) Schwartz hails from northern Indiana, where, in 2010, he earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Huntington University (HU).  While attending HU, Andy was actively involved in the chemistry department and served as the department’s head laboratory assistant and chemical storeroom manager from January 2007 to May 2010.  In addition to working in the department, he was also involved in a variety of chemistry research projects. Two of these projects were performed under Professor Ruth Nalliah, and involved studies of the effects of solvent conditions on the UV-Visible and NMR spectra of CdSe quantum dots and nickel porphyrins.  Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. David Bell of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Andy assisted in a research project that focused on determination of the stability of anthocyanin molecules under physiological conditions. Presently, Andy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Professor Gary Hieftje’s lab at Indiana University. His graduate research has focused on development, characterization, and application of a novel, low-power source for atomic emission spectrometry, the solution-cathode glow discharge. Since beginning his work in the Hieftje Lab, Andy has presented seven lectures/posters at various conferences and authored/coauthored five peer-reviewed publications. In recognition of his research accomplishments, he has been awarded the Robert and Marjorie Mann Chair Fellowship and Kraft Fellowship (both from Indiana University), as well as a 2013 Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Mengliang Zhang obtained his B.S. in Pharmacy Engineering and M.S. in Microbiological and Biochemical Pharmacy from Jilin University, China, and started his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Ohio University in 2010.  Mengliang for his first two years was working on method development for a project related to a local DOE site that was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls under the direction of Dr. Glen Jackson (West Virginia University).  He developed a soil extraction method and was using a portable ion trap GC/MS for the analysis.  After he joined Dr. Peter Harrington’s group in 2012, his research focused on the development of high throughput methods for the determination of environmental pollutants [e.g., polychlorinated biphenyls, trichloroethylene (TCE)] with chemometrics.  Recently he used multivariate calibration method to resolve overlapped ion packets of TCE and deuterated TCE and constructed calibration model to determine the ratio of TCE to deuterated TCE.  This approach will be applicable to many problems that require the calibration of analytes measured by mass spectrometer using isotopically labeled standards.  He is also interested in developing the automatic pipeline for the identification of active components in vegetables with LC/MS and chemometric methods. He has co-authored 15 peer reviewed papers since 2010.

 

Year

Award

Awardees

2013

FACSS Student Award

Larry Gibson, University of Notre Dame

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Gloria Sheynkman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bai Nie, Michigan State University

2012

FACSS Student Award

Ali Khumaeni, University of Fukui, Japan

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Nathaniel Gomer, University of South Carolina
Rohith Reddy, University of Illinois

2011

FACSS Student Award

Yun Zhang, Ohio University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Olivier R. Bolduc, University of Montreal

2010

FACSS Student Award

Jacob Shelley, Indiana University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Ishan Barman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anil Kumaar Kodali, University of Illinois

2009

FACSS Student Award

Yuze Sun, University of Missouri

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Matthew Lockett, University of Wisconsin

2008

FACSS Student Award

David Strasfeld, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Christopher R. Field, University of Illinois
Matthew Keller, Vanderbilt University

2007

FACSS Student Award

Sen Li, Purdue University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Matthew Schulmerich, University of Michigan
Junrong Zheng, Stanford University

2006

FACSS Student Award

Daniel B. Bassil, University of Missouri, Columbia

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Andrea Tao, University of California, Berkeley
Tim M. Brewer, Clemson University

2005

FACSS Student Award

Allen E. Haddrell, Simon Fraser University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Jean-Francois Masson, Arizona State University

2004

FACSS Student Award

Lawrence W. Dick, Jr., Duke University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Ryan J. Priore, University of South Carolina

2003

FACSS Student Award

Yongfen Chen, University of New Orleans

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Brandon T. Ruotolo, Texas A&M University

2002

FACSS Student Award

James H. Barnes IV, Indiana University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Christian Pellerin, University Laval

2001

FACSS Student Award

Heather Peters, Wake Forest University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Michael Doescher, University of South Carolina

2000

FACSS Student Award

Christopher D. Zangmeister, University of Arizona

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Dimitri Pappas, University of Florida

1999

FACSS Student Award

Renee JiJi, Arizona State University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Sara L. McIntosh, Duke University

1998

FACSS Student Award

John A. McLean, George Washington University 

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Susan L. R. Barker, University of Michigan 

1997

FACSS Student Award

Bryan C. Castle, University of Florida

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Darren Dunphy, University of Arizona
Radislav Potyrailo, Indiana University

1996

FACSS Student Award

Christine M. Ingersoll, State University of New York at Buffalo

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Paul Edmiston, University of Arizona
Steven R. Emory, Indiana University
Dana M. Spence, Michigan State University

1995

FACSS Student Award

David E. Cliffel, University of Texas at Austin

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Curtis D. Cleven, Purdue University
Robert J. Willicut, Louisiana State University
Jeremy M. Shaver, Duke University

1994

FACSS Student Award

Diana S. West, Wright State University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Jeanette K. Rice, State University of New York at Buffalo
W. Russell Everett, University of Arkansas

1993

FACSS Student Award

Michael Ruberto, Seton Hall University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Ray Bakhtiar, North Dakota State University
Sheryl Ann Tucker, University of North Texas

1992

FACSS Student Award

Evelyn Guizhen Su, University of Connecticut

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Vasilis Gregoriou, Duke University
Patrick A. Limbach, Ohio State University
Jeff Mazzeo, Northeastern University

1991

FACSS Student Award

Rebecca M. Dittmar, Duke University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Scott E. Van Bramer, University of Colorado
Marilyn O’Grady, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Chris G. Gill, University of British Columbia

1990

FACSS Student Award

Richard L. Irwin, University of Connecticut

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Paul Shiundu, University of British Columbia

1989

FACSS Student Award

Patrick J. Treado, University of Michigan

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Renato Zenobi, Stanford University
Mingda Wang, Ohio State University

1988

FACSS Student Award

George Yefchak, Michigan State University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

James T. Cronin, University of Delaware
Sue E. Zhu, Villanova University

1987

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Jonathan V. Sweedler, University of Arizona
Brad Tenge, University of Washington
Peter Wentzell, Michigan State University