Coblentz Honors & Awards
Award & Nomination Information And Due Dates
The Coblentz Society sponsors several awards, with the aim of recognizing advancements in vibrational spectroscopy.
The Society also has three travel grants and scholarships designed to assist students and early-career professionals. Learn more.
2024 Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2023
The Coblentz Society is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 Craver Award. This award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist whose efforts are in the area of applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The candidate must be under the age of 45 on January 1st of the year of the award.
The work may include any aspect of (near-, mid-, or far-infrared) IR, THz, or Raman spectroscopy in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. Nominees are welcome from academic, government, or industrial research.
The Craver award is accompanied by an honorarium, an engraved award, and a travel allowance. In addition, a separate half-day award symposium honoring the award recipient and highlighting awardee interests will be held at the same SciX conference.
Candidates will be considered from the time of initial nomination until the age of eligibility is exceeded. Annual updates of candidate files are encouraged and will be solicited from the nomination source by the Award’s committee chair.
Nominations for 2024 must include a detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments, curriculum vitae or resume, and a minimum of three supporting letters. Nominations must be received by October 31st of the year preceding the award.
The Craver award is presented annually at the SciX conference presented by FACSS, at which the awardee is encouraged to present a plenary lecture. Please send nomination packages to the Society’s Nominations Committee (email: email@example.com).
2025 Nomination Deadline: July 15, 2024
The Coblentz Award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 40. The candidate must be under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year of the award. Files of candidates will be kept active until the date of age eligibility is exceeded. Annual updates of files of nominated candidates are encouraged.
Nominations for the 2025 Coblentz award must be received by July 15, 2024. Nominations should include a detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments, a curriculum vitae and as many supporting letters as possible. Please submit nominations to the Society’s Nominations Committee (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The award comprises an honorarium, a plaque with a prism from the periscope of a World War II Navy submarine, and a travel allowance. It is presented annually at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS).
2025 Nomination Deadline: May 1, 2024
This award is presented annually at the Pittsburgh Conference to an industrial spectroscopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in industry. The work may include infrared and/or Raman spectroscopy, instrumental development as well as theory, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy. Government labs are not considered industry in this definition.
No restrictions are placed on the selection of the Awardee because of age, sex, or nationality, but the Awardee must still be working at the time the award is presented.
The nominating document should clearly state the significance of the contribution made by the nominee, e.g., the introduction of novel methods, techniques or theories; innovative work in the field of vibrational spectroscopy; significant improvement on existing methods, theory or techniques; or important impact on the field of vibrational spectroscopy arising from the volume of contributions in a specific area.
The nomination should include a resume of the nominee’s career, and should highlight the accomplishments and any publications and talks. Seconding letters to the nomination are useful, but not necessary. Files on nominees will be kept active for three years, after which the candidate must either be renominated with an updated file, or the file will be closed.
Nominations will close May 1st of the year preceding the award. Please submit nominations to the Society’s Nominations Committee (email: email@example.com).
2024 Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2023
The purpose of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award is to honor Dr. Lippincott’s memory by the recognition of significant contributions and notable achievements in the field of vibrational spectroscopy.
The medal is sponsored jointly by the Coblentz Society, the Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. It is awarded annually at an appropriate scientific meeting. The award consists of the medal and travel allowances to the meeting. The Awardee will present an address related to the contributions for which he or she is being honored. In addition, there may be a symposium of talks by invited speakers.
Recipients of the medal must have made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists. Because innovation was a hallmark of the work of Ellis R. Lippincott, this quality in the contributions of candidates will be carefully appraised. The contributions may be theoretical or experimental or both, and may have been made in the course of applied as well as basic research. No restriction is placed on the citizenship or national origin of candidates. A candidate need not be a member of any of the sponsoring societies. The award will not be made posthumously unless an Awardee should die after the selection procedure has been completed.
Nominations should contain the name and affiliation of the nominee and sufficient background information to justify the nomination. A nominator is expected to believe sufficiently strongly in the quality of the work of his or her candidate to provide evidence of that belief. No restriction is placed on who may nominate, and all nominations received by the committee prior to October 1 in any year will be considered for the award to be presented in the fall of the following year. Files of nominees will be kept active for three years, after which the nominee must be renominated with an updated file or the file will be closed.
Nominations should be submitted to:
OSA Awards Office
The Optical Society (OSA)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
2024 Nomination Deadline: February 28, 2024
The Coblentz Student Awards and William G. Fateley Award are presented annually to young scientists who pursue graduate studies in vibrational spectroscopy.
Nominations for the 2024 Coblentz student awards must be received by February 28, 2024. Nominations should include a complete CV, a biographical statement, a letter of nomination from the advisor, one additional letter of recommendation, and an abstract for a presentation at SciX 2024.
The nominator must be a member of the Coblentz Society (to become a member contact the Society Office or complete the online membership application).
Please submit nominations to the Society’s Nominations Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The awardees receive a copy of the Society’s Desk Book, a certificate, and a year’s membership in the Society.
The three leading graduate students selected by the Coblentz Award committee will automatically become candidates for the William G. Fateley student award that includes a plaque and a cash prize. No separate nomination for the Fateley award is required.