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AES Blue Fingers Student Award

The AES Student Award recognizes the most outstanding student paper submitted for the AES Annual Conference by a graduate student. The award recipient will receive a complimentary conference registration* and financial support (up to $700) to attend the AES Annual Conference. The financial support can be used to cover transportation, hotel accommodation and meals. In order to their presentation considered for the AES ‘Blue Fingers’ Student Award, students should submit their abstracts to one the sessions organized by AES during the call for abstracts. The abstract can be submitted to an oral AES session or to the AES poster session.

AES Blue Fingers Student Award Recipient 2018

Claire V. Crowther is a graduate student in her final year at Arizona State University where she works with Dr. Mark A. Hayes. Her research has focused on using electrokinetic forces to probe and separate a variety of biological samples in microfluidic devices. Various projects she has worked on include the development and implementation of a high-resolution separations device, rapid identification of three of the pathogenic serovars of Listeria monocytogenes, separation of protists present in the hindgut of termites, and probing the effect of various surface treatments on E. coli. Her work has resulted in a peer reviewed publication (Analyst, 142(9), 1608-1618, 2017), a submitted patent application, and seven oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences. She currently works as a Research Engineer for Charlot Biosciences helping to commercialize microfluidic devices similar to those used in her graduate career. Claire hopes that her work will one day enable rapid and cost-effective tests capable of identifying pathogens of interest, for both quality control and medical diagnoses, and enable the selective concentration of specific analytes from a mixture. Claire is originally from Golden, Colorado and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. During her graduate career her commitment to helping both younger and fellow students resulted in her mentoring six undergraduate students as well as serving as a student representative in the graduate student government at ASU. Furthermore, for the past year she served as the Assembly President for graduate student government to further improve the student experience lives at ASU. Claire has been recognized for her work both in and outside of the lab including but not limited to an award for excellence in teaching from the School of Molecular Sciences at ASU, receiving the first place AES Electrophoresis Society Poster Award at SciX in 2015, and special recognition from the student government on behalf of her work with the graduate student association.

How To Apply

Application Deadline: April 30

Send the following requirements to matt@aes.org by the April 30 deadline.


  1. This completed Application Form
  2. An abstract (350 word max) of the proposed presentation (oral or poster) for the AES conference.
  3. Two letters of nomination, one by the student’s mentor. An explanation of the inventive and creative contributions by the student to the work should be included.
  4. A copy of the candidate’s résumé.
  5. A copy of the candidate's graduate transcript.
  6. Copies of reprints and/or preprints of research accomplished.
  7. The recipients will be included as a speaker in the AES Lifetime Achievement Award Session

*The complimentary registration requires the awardee to volunteer for 4 hours during the conference.


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