Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Recognition Program Recipients

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the ACS Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Recognition Program. We are proud to recognize the talented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in:

  1. Mentoring
  2. Promotion of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect
  3. Promotion of Research Safety

Visit the ACS Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Recognition Program page to learn more about the program and criteria for nominations. 

Students working together in a lab

Leadership in Mentoring


This recognition category highlights outstanding efforts and impact in research and safety mentoring, broadly defined. Mentoring may involve peers in their own research group as well as outside groups, undergraduate/high school researchers, and participants in short-term research programs (e.g. summer programs, REUs, international exchanges).

Graduate Student Recipients
Andre Castillo
Queen’s University, Kingston

Benjamin Bechand
Columbia University

Hannah Zimmerman-Federle
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Heidi Klem
Colorado State University

Jeffrey McNeil
University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Kelz
University of California, Irvine

Maksim Dolmat
University of Alabama, Birmingham


Manvendra Pal Singh
University of Kansas

Miguel Abrego Tello
University of Arkansas

Nisitha Wijewantha
University of South Dakota

Raymond Berkeley
University of California, San Diego

Suhasini Iyengar
Northeastern University

Tori Cox
Iowa State University 

Postdoctoral Scholar Recipients
Boyuan Zhang
Columbia University

Brian Cook
University of California, San Diego

Lishen Zhang
Queen’s University, Kingston

Naresh Venneti
Wayne State University

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Colorado State University

Rachel Davidson
Texas A&M University

Rajavel Krishnamoorthy
Kansas State University

Leadership in the Promotion of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect


This recognition category highlights outstanding efforts that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in the program. Activities may include participation in recruitment to enhance diversity, engagement in impactful conversations that strengthen the culture of inclusivity, and efforts to identify and eliminate inequities in the department/institution-wide.

Graduate Student Recipients
Ali Younis
University of California, Irvine

Carolina Vega
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Cassandra Chartier
Columbia University

Ernesto Soto
Iowa State University

Jennifer McLeod
Queen’s University, Kingston

Megan Aardema
Texas A&M University


Michael Bergman
Northeastern University

Roxanna Martinez
Colorado State University

Rudy Acosta
University of Arkansas

Sebastian Kenny
Purdue University

Stephanie Mora Garcia
University of California, San Diego 

Postdoctoral Scholar Recipients
Eshani Hettiarachchi
University of California, San Diego

Nicholas Orchanian
Columbia University

Santeri Aikonen
Colorado State University

Shideh Ahmadi
Queen’s University, Kingston

Leadership in the Promotion of Research Safety


This recognition category highlights outstanding efforts to promote safety in research environments, broadly defined. Activities may include exemplary service as a safety officer, participation in efforts to enhance safety culture and awareness, and leadership in promoting safety in areas outside of the wet laboratory, including safety issues associated with computational and theoretical chemistry.

Graduate Student Recipients
Amanda Chung
University of California, Irvine

Christopher Hwu
Columbia University

Conor O’Herin
University of California, San Diego

Heide Murakami
Colorado State University

Lynne LaRochelle Richard
Northeastern University


Malek Hassan
Queen’s University, Kingston

Monica Nyansa
Michigan Technological University

Nicholas Cool
Texas A&M University

Nicole Stephens
Iowa State University 

Postdoctoral Scholar Recipients
Roberto Nolla-Saltiel
Queen’s University, Kingston