FACSS Student Award and Tomas B. Hirschfeld Award

2018 FACSS Student Awardee: Edward Hoegg

Edward D. Hoegg is a graduate student at Clemson University where he works for Dr. R. Kenneth Marcus. Ed is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania and earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Washington College, in Chestertown, MD. Following the completion of his undergraduate education, he was awarded a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where he worked on the SunShot Initiative, a national initiative to reduce the cost of solar energy. During his three year tenure working on the SunShot Initiative, his research focused on thermal energy storage for concentrating solar power. While at Clemson, he has been given the opportunity to conduct research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he remains a PhD Intern in the DOE International Nuclear Safeguard’s Human Capital Development Program. With the goal of developing a field deployable mass spectrometer capable of meeting the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) International Target Values (ITVs) for Measurement Uncertainties in Safeguarding Nuclear Materials, Ed’s research has been focused on  interfacing the liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) with Orbitrap mass spectrometers for high accuracy, high precision isotope ratio measurements. Although this work has relied on using two large unknowns in the field of isotope ratio mass spectrometry, it has offered a number of surprising results. To date, for each of the depleted, natural and enriched uranium samples measured, the corresponding ITV for that sample type has been exceeded. As part of his research, and to continue his education in nuclear safeguards, Ed has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a visiting scientist and was selected as a participant in the 2017 Japan Nuclear Facilities Experience. In addition to using the LS-APGD for isotope ratio measurements, Ed has used the ion source for detecting metals in cell media samples, in a preliminary study that was completed in a partnership with Merck & Co. For his work Ed has received a number of awards that recognize his work both in and out of the lab, including Washington College’s James R. Miller Award for Excellence in Chemistry, a Certificate of Merit presented by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Chemistry Outreach Award and Graduate Faculty Award presented by the Chemistry Department at Clemson University.   


2018 Tomas B. Hirschfeld Awardee: Katie Spalding

Katie Spalding is currently a final year PhD student, working within the Spectral Analytics Laboratory led by Dr M J Baker in the Technology and Innovation Centre, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde.  Her research on “Developing Spectroscopic Biofluid Diagnosis, Monitoring and Therapeutic Profiling of Melanoma Patients” aims to combat problems with the late diagnoses of melanoma through the development of a blood based spectral profile for the disease. Katie is originally from Glasgow and in 2015, she was awarded a 1st Class MChem (Hons) in Forensic & Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, where she received the SCI Scotland Prize in Analytical Chemistry for the best undergraduate in Analytical Chemistry. Within her first year of postgraduate study she was invited to give younger member presentation in Minneapolis at a special session on biofluid spectroscopy held at SciX. Katie has published in a clinical journal (Brain & Behav., 6, 1-8, 2016), has contributed to two submitted patent applications (WO 2017221027 & PE958329WO) and presented 5 oral/poster presentations at national and international conferences. Katie obtained funding from the ScotCHEM Early Career Researcher scheme to carry out research abroad at François Rabelais University. Katie was also selected to take part in the Frontrunner leadership programme, leadership development for 3rd level students who have a track record of leading change. In addition, she is committed to helping younger students and widening participation in further education. As such she is a STEM ambassador, student mentor, demonstrator and has been chosen to take part in the Accelerate programme as a mentor for the last 2 years running. Accelerate is a one-week programme for widening access to higher education for  pupils thinking of going to university. Katie has dedicated her final year of postgraduate study to carrying out a large-scale patient study. Through the analysis of melanoma patient serum samples, she hopes to use ATR-FTIR spectroscopy to monitor patient disease progression and response to therapy. Katie’s keen interest in the translation of spectroscopy to the clinic is apparent from her time spent at Royal Preston Hospital in addition to full-time study at the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. Katie’s presence during the melanoma clinics provided Katie with the opportunity to interact with patients and has given her a strong drive to make a difference, working with clinicians to improve patient mortality and morbidity. 




FACSS Student AwardeeNicholas Riley 
Tomas B. Hirschfeld Scholar AwardeesEbrahim Aboualizadeh and Santosh Paidi



These awards recognize the most outstanding papers submitted to the conference by a graduate student. Recipients, who must be a graduate student at the time of application, will receive economy travel to the meeting, complimentary registration, and up to 6 nights complimentary hotel accommodations.  In order to have their presentation considered for a Tomas Hirschfeld Award or FACSS Student Award, students should submit their abstract using the SciX web site and indicate on the abstract submission form their interest in the award, complete this form, and submit form and following information electronically to facss@facss.org

a) This form. 

b) 350 word abstract of the proposed presentation for the SciX conference which is presented by FACSS. 

c) Two letters of nomination, one by the student’s mentor. An explanation of the inventive contributions by the student to the work should be given. Creativity was a primary characteristic of Tomas's work, and thus should be a characteristic of the awardee.

d) A copy of the candidates resumé. 

e) A copy of the candidate's graduate transcript. 

f) Copies of reprints and/or preprints of research accomplished. 

The recipients will be included in a session highlighting young scientists and their work.

Deadline is April 30.

Name of Candidate:___________________________________________________________







Expected date of Ph.D.:_____________

Downloadable Files:

FACSS Student Awards Application PDF