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."

2016 RECIPIENTS
FACSS STUDENT AWARDEE: Mustafa Unal

Mustafa Unal earned his B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Selcuk University in Turkey. His success in B.Sc. was recognized with M.Sc. and PhD fellowships from Turkish Government. In 2012, he received his M.Sc. degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where he has been involved in musculoskeletal research for the first time. He is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Ozan Akkus at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). During his first year at CWRU, he discovered the power of vibrational spectroscopy to assess the changes in the molecular constituents of musculoskeletal tissues due to diseases and aging which led him to focus his doctoral research efforts in the development of novel spectroscopic techniques as tools for assessment of bone and cartilage quality. His current research includes Raman spectroscopic analysis of the changes in composition of bone and cartilage with diseases and aging. More specifically, he has focused on developing novel Raman spectroscopic techniques to assess the involvement of water and collagen in bone and cartilage quality. He has recently developed Raman spectroscopy-based a novel nondestructive modality to assess the hydration status in bone and cartilage. It was the first time in the literature that OH-stretching band region was characterized for bone and cartilage to identify different water compartments as a novel tool to assess bone and cartilage quality. He has further worked on several side projects including the novel use of Raman spectroscopic techniques for point of care testing devices such as diagnosis of microcrystals in urine for early detection of kidney stone and diagnosis of crystals-induced arthropathies. Up to now, he has published 6 peer-reviewed papers and 1 book chapter, and presented 14 poster/oral presentations in scientific conferences.  He has been recognized as a promising young investigator in the field of biomedical vibrational spectroscopy and musculoskeletal research, as evidenced by several national and international prestigious awards, including Coblentz Student Award, SAS Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award, ORS Osteoarthritis Young Investigator Award, Baxter Young Investigator Award, The Victor M. Goldberg Award, and The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation Student Research Award. He has also been selected as one of the ten finalists of 2016 CIMIT Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare.

 

TOMAS HIRSCHFELD SCHOLAR AWARDEES:  Kyle Doty and Mario Saucedo-Espinosa

Kyle C. Doty completed a dual degree program at Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY) in 2009 where he received a B.A. degree in Chemistry and a B.S. degree in Forensic Chemistry, with a minor in Criminal Justice. During his undergraduate studies Kyle performed research under the mentorship of Dr. Zeki Al-Saigh on projects involving the synthesis and analysis of biodegradable polymers. In the summer of 2008 Kyle participated in an American Chemical Society IREU (International Research Experience for Undergraduates) program where he performed organic synthesis research for a project dealing with supramolecular polymers. For this IREU program he worked with Professor Bruno Andrioletti at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in Lyon, France. Before entering graduate school Kyle worked for two years as a formulation scientist at Bausch + Lomb, Inc. (Rochester, NY). He is about to enter into his fifth year of the Chemistry doctoral program at the University at Albany where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. He has recently received a prestigious National Institute of Justice STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fellowship for carrying out novel research, under the mentorship of Dr. Igor K. Lednev, which will help to solve forensically-relevant problems related to bloodstains. Specifically, his graduate research projects utilize Raman spectroscopy and multivariate statistical analyses to analyze bloodstains to: determine the (a) time since deposition and (b) age of the blood donor, as well as differentiate human blood from that of (c) a variety of animal species’ blood and (d) potential false positive substances. Kyle is also a 2016 recipient of the New York Society for Applied Spectroscopy graduate student award and the University at Albany Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research.

 

Mario A. Saucedo-Espinosa received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), Mexico, in 2008. As an undergraduate student, he received the Academic Merit Award for the highest GPA in his [BL1] class. His interest in computational modeling and optimization attracted him to obtain a M.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the same institution in 2012. His work, focused on the development of learning algorithms by means of Bayesian statistics and machine learning, was recognized nationwide with the Award to the Best Master Thesis on Artificial Intelligence, granted by the Mexican Society for Artificial Intelligence. As part of his graduate education, he was a visiting researcher at the Laboratory of Physics of Complex Systems at the University of Florence, Italy. Currently, Mario is a Ph.D. Candidate in Microsystems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he joined the Microscale Bioseparations Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas. His current work, funded by both the National Science Foundation and the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) of Mexico, focuses in the development of electrokinetic devices, with particular focus on insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP), for the analysis of complex biological mixtures. His recent achievements include the design of optimal iDEP devices that reduce up to 84% the electric potential requirements without sacrificing performance, the design of a novel iDEP device that allows larger and more fragile particles/cells to be isolated promptly, and the development of a hybrid device that combines the advantages of iDEP with those of electrode-based dielectrophoresis. During his academic path, Mario has been the recipient of multiple awards, including a Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship, and First Places in the 2015 AES Electrophoresis Society Graduate Student Poster Competition and the 2016 AES/BioMicrofluidics Art in Science Competition.

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Year

Award

Awardees

2015 FACSS Student Awards

Marie Richard-Lacroix, University of Montreal
Lynn X. Zhang, Clemson University

  Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Stephanie DeJong, University of South Carolina
Patrik K. Johansson, University of Washington

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