This award is given to up to five junior or senior undergraduate students in recognition of outstanding research in the area of spectroscopy. Any full-time undergraduate student may receive the award and the recipient(s) will be awarded with a one-year membership to the Society and a certificate.

2023 Award Recipients


Recognizing work in the utilization of Raman spectroscopy to characterize antibody-ligand association at supported phospholipid bilayers, and for developing approaches for functionalizing silica surfaces, measuring the protein association on lipid monolayers and bilayers, gathering isotherm data, and resolving features in vibrational spectra . Clista Galecki is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Physics at the University of Utah.

2022 Award Recipients

Aaron Mclean

Recognizing work in applying FTIR spectroscopy to diagnose  COVID-19 in saliva and helping develop the chemometric model  for the infrared based saliva screening test for COVID-19. Aaron Mclean completed his Bachelor of Science (Monash  University, 2021) with an extended major in chemistry and  minors in mathematics and astrophysics.



Ewelina Randall

Recognizing work in construction of hyperspectral  microscopy of visible and near-infrared fluorescence and the  development of near-infrared nanosensors that transduce  information via spectral changes in living cells and animals. Ewelina Randall is a rising senior at the City College of New  York, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in  Physics.



Aric Potter

Recognizing work studying reversed-phase chromatographic  stationary-phase materials with covalently-bound n-alkyl chains  and the influence of surface curvature on the structure of alcohol-  hybrid monolayers. Aric Potter is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Computer Science at the University of Utah.


2021 Award Recipients

Laurin Lux

Laurin Lux is a student of Analytical Chemistry and Data Science at Technische Universität Wien. In his bachelor studies of Technical Chemistry he was working in the research group of Dr. Bernhard Lendl. Laurin is being recognized for his work in FT-IR Imaging and analyses.



Robert Spiers

Robert Spiers is in his fourth year of studying Physics at Idaho State University, and two years into pursuing undergraduate research in chemometrics with Dr. John Kalivas. Robert is being recognized for his work in chemometrics with a current focus on calibration sample selection to improve model predictions.



Aldo Hernandez

•  Aldo Hernandez is a recent Texas Tech University alumnus who completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in May 2021 under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Gerardo Gamez. Aldo is being recognized for his work in developing a new application for a currently existing plasma-based atomic emission technique and work on developing glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES) for the elemental mapping of nanoparticles.

2020 Award Recipients

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in May 2020 with a bachelors Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Global Engineering. Nicole is being recognized for her outstanding work in laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of complex mineral samples and application of plasmas to cancer research including as a possible alternative to chemotherapy.



Sofia Pozsonyiova

Sofia Pozsonyiova is an applied mathematics and statistics student who just finished her last year of undergraduate studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Sofia is being recognized for her work in the application of statistics, machine learning, and visualization to a LIBS project began in 2017 when she was a high school student.


Michaela Anne Sullivan

Michaela Sullivan is an undergraduate student at the University of New Haven, majoring in forensic science with a chemistry concentration and a minor in environmental science. Michaela is being recognized for her outstanding research in microplastics and her passion for the environment via a collaboration with the Marine Biology department at University of New Haven, and an internship at Horiba doing microspectroscopic analysis of plastics in Connecticut harbors to identify the materials and ideally determine if these materials can be traced to their sources.