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."

2015 RECIPIENTS

FACSS Student Awards - Marie Richard-Lacroix and Lynn X. Zhang

Marie Richard-Lacroix received her B.Sc. in chemistry in 2011 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Christian Pellerin at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Montreal. Her research focusses on the characterization of molecular orientation and structural aspects of electrospun nanofibers by confocal Raman spectroscopy. She was the first to demonstrate that quantitative information can be obtained on individual nanofibers and to establish a quantitative correlation between the diameter dependence of molecular orientation, chain disentanglement and mechanical properties in these materials. She also developed a new, experimentally simplified method to quantify orientation by Raman spectroscopy with improved accuracy. She further works on several side projects involving the characterization of ultrathin films by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy. Up to now, she has published 9 peer-reviewed papers, including 8 as first author and a review article, and coauthored more than 35 presentations in scientific conferences. She received several national scholarships from NSERC-Canada and FRQNT-Québec. She was the recipient of multiple awards, including the SAS Barbara Stull Award in 2013 and two poster awards at SciX in 2014.

Lynn X. Zhang earned her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the Shenyang University of Chemical Technology in China. The seemingly magical role of the analytical instruments in the industry amazed and attracted her to the field of spectroscopy. After graduating from college, Lynn decided to continue her educational experience in chemistry. In 2011, she obtained a Master’s degree in chemistry focusing on plasma temperature study at Murray State University in KY. Starting the same fall, Lynn joined the graduate program to pursue an analytical chemistry PhD in the Chemistry department at Clemson University in SC. She is currently a PhD candidate under Dr. R. Kenneth Marcus, focusing on the development and evaluation of the liquid sampling-atmospheric glow discharge (LS-APGD) and its application in analytical chemistry to solve current challenging analytical problems. Lynn’s engineering background has provided a different point of view for her years of research in spectroscopy. Since 2011, she authored/co-authored 7 peer-reviewed articles and presented 7 poster/oral presentations at various conferences including SciX and Pittcon. Lynn has been awarded the Technical Division on Reference Materials (TDRM) student award in 2015 from the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) International for her research accomplishments. In addition to study and research, Lynn is a huge fan of homebrewing, she has brewed various styles of beers, and applied her researcher’s spirit into homebrewing: creativity and reproducibility. Lynn also loves to play badminton and is currently a member of the Clemson badminton club and won the 2014 Clemson University Badminton Intramural competition for mix-doubles.  Lynn is currently serving as the president of the Clemson University Student Chapter of Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and a member of the SAS website committee to show her support of the field of spectroscopy.

Tomas Hirschfeld Awardees: Stephanie DeJong and Patrik K. Johansson

Stephanie A. DeJong earned her B.A. degree in Chemistry from Trinity Christian College in Illinois in 2011. While an undergraduate, she spent summers participating in undergraduate research programs focused on atmospheric chemistry at Washington State University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Currently, Stephanie is a Ph. D. candidate in analytical chemistry at the University of South Carolina, working with Dr. Michael L. Myrick. Her research has focused on the application of chemometric techniques to vibrational spectroscopy. Particularly, she has investigated the application of gap derivative transformations to spectral data in the context of multivariate calibration, demonstrating how the selection of gap sizes can dramatically influence calibration results and provide unique information about the spectra. These calibrations have been used to estimate detection limits for blood on fabric using diffuse reflection infrared spectroscopy as part of a larger project to develop a field-ready instrument to detect blood in forensic investigations. Stephanie has also recently facilitated the establishment of a student chapter of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy at the University of South Carolina, and is the founding vice-president. She has also received a 1st place FACSS student Poster award at SciX 2014, the International travel Grant Award to attend the 2013 International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy Conference, and the Presidential Fellowship from the University of South Carolina.

Patrik Johansson performed his undergraduate studies at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden, where he also earned his M.S. degree in Engineering Biology in 2013. He did his diploma work as a visiting student intern in the NESAC/BIO group at the University of Washington (UW), where he used SFG, ToF-SIMS, XPS and AFM to characterize protein surface interactions. During the fall 2013, Patrik worked at LiU as a research assistant in the lab for biomolecular and organic electronics (Biorgel) under Professor Olle Inganäs. His research was to introduce the conductive polymer PEDOT-S within lipid membranes, and the work was recently reported in a publication. During the spring 2014, Patrik received a scholarship for returning to the UW as a visiting scientist, where he applied vibrational sum-frequency scattering (SFS) for analysis of collagen fibers in aqueous environments. This was a first demonstration of this technique on protein fibers and it opens up new possibilities to better understand their structure and physico-chemical properties. Since the fall 2014, he is a graduate student in the department of bioengineering at the UW, supervised by Professor Patrick Koelsch. His research focus is to develop and demonstrate nonlinear optical techniques - such as SFS, SFG, and SHG - for detailed characterization of biomaterials. 

Year

Award

Awardees

2014 FACSS Student Award James R. Hands, University of Central Lancashire
 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Menglian Zhang, Ohio University
Andrew Schwartz, Indiana University

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