ASMS 2021 Research Awards, PUI Award, and Postdoctoral Career Development Awards


At ASMS 2021 in Philadelphia, three academic scientists were honored with the Research Awards, one received the Research at PUI Award, and five received Postdoctoral Career Development Awards.

Research Awards

The ASMS Research awards promote the research of academic scientists within the first four years of joining the tenure track or research faculty of a North American University at the time the award is conferred. These awards, in the amount of $35,000 each, are sponsored by Bruker, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Waters Corporation, who each sponsor one awardee. For 2021, the three winners are Hansheng Liu of Yale University (sponsored by Bruker), Luca Fornelli of the University of Oklahoma (sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific), and Xin Yan of Texas A&M University (sponsored by Waters Corporation).

The Research at PUIs Award

The Research at PUIs Award promotes academic research in mass spectrometry by faculty members and their students at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). The award, in the amount of $20,000, is presented annually and is fully supported by Agilent Technologies. The winner for 2021 is Christopher Mulligan of Illinois State University.

The Postdoctoral Career Development Awards

The Postdoctoral Career Development Awards promote the professional career development of postdoctoral fellows in the field of mass spectrometry. Activities envisioned for this award, in the amount of $5000, include, but are not limited to, conference and workshop attendance, travel to other mass spectrometry laboratories, and purchase of personal professional items such as books, software, or laptops. The winners for 2021 are Hilary Brown of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Iqbal Mahmud of the University of Florida, Slywia Stopka of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Fernano Tobias of The Ohio State University, and Matthew Waas of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Information about how to nominate candidates for future awards can be found at

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