Coblentz Student Awards

Call for the 2016 Coblentz Student Awards and Fateley Award

    The Coblentz Society has for many years encouraged young scientists to pursue studies in spectroscopy by seeking nominations of outstanding students for the Coblentz Student Awards. The awardees receive a copy of the Society's Desk Book, a certificate, and a year's membership in the Society. Their names and the names of their faculty advisors will appear in the Society's Newsletter (published in Applied Spectroscopy and available from the Coblentz Society and SAS websites). All awardees who attend the SciX conference will receive their award in person at a presentation during the poster session on Sunday evening by then Coblentz Society's president. Those students who do not attend the SciX conference will receive their award and the Society's Desk Book by mail. 

    The three leading graduate students selected by the Coblentz Award committee will also qualify for consideration for the William G. Fateley student award that includes a presentation by the winner at the SciX conference (20 minute oral presentation), a plaque, and a prize of $1000. No separate nomination for the Fateley award is required.

    The nominations window for Coblentz Student Awards is open March 1, 2016 – April 22, 2016.  Winners will be announced in May 2016. 

    Nominations by e-mail are preferred and may be sent to the Chair of the Coblentz Student Affairs Committee, Prof. Christian Pellerin, at  Graduate or undergraduate students who have shown excellence in vibrational spectroscopy research and/or coursework including vibrational spectroscopy may be nominated. The nominator must be a member of the Coblentz Society (to become a member contact Mark Druy at or complete the online membership application).  

Requirements for a complete nomination:

  1. Curriculum Vita for the nominee. These should include contact information (e-mail, telephone and mailing address) for the student that will be valid through July 2016
  2. A biographical statement suitable for including in an announcement of the award, using a format similar to that used for the FACSS Student Award 
  3. 1 letter of nomination from an advisor or research director of the student 
  4. 1 additional letter of recommendation 
  5. Abstract for a poster or oral presentation that might be presented at SciX 2016 presented by FACSS. 
    In previous years, all awardees were featured by having a photograph and a short bio in the SciX Final program. All awardees who attend SciX 2016 presented by FACSS should be acknowledged in person at a presentation during the poster session on Sunday evening by the Coblentz Society president – Mark Druy.

Past Awardees (awardee bios)

2015 Coblentz Student Awardees

2014 Coblentz Student Awardees

2013 Coblentz Student Awardees

2012 Coblentz Student Awardees

2011 Coblentz Student Awardees

2010 Coblentz Student Awardees

2009 Coblentz Student Awardees