The Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award is to promote early career advancement.

The Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award, sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and the publisher Springer, is intended to promote career advancement for early career members of the Microanalysis Society, increase interactions of junior and established microanalysts, and to advance the state-of-the-art in microanalysis measurements. Activities eligible for the awards are: (1) travel costs for the Goldstein Scholar to visit a microanalysis facility to make measurements that advance the Goldstein Scholar’s skills and/or the state-of-the-art in microanalysis;  (2) Travel costs / fees associated with attendance at a microanalysis school or training course, e.g., Lehigh Microscopy School, Hooke College of Applied Sciences, ASU, etc. ; (3) expenses related to remote work at a different institution. Up to five awards of up to $1000 each will be granted each year, with applications reviewed twice yearly in conjunction with the Winter and Summer Council Meetings.  All MAS members who are less than 5 years beyond their terminal degree, and who have not received a Goldstein Scholar award within the prior 5 years, are eligible to apply.  A one-time renewal for current awardees who need to make a return visit for additional measurements will be considered, in cases where this will have a clear impact on the results obtained, e.g., equipment failure on the first visit.  The Goldstein Scholar Awards are supported in part through donations to the Goldstein Fund.

The results of the Spring 2022 round of the Joseph Goldstein Scholar awards are as follows:

  • Alexander KlingPurdue University
  • Xinxing PengLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Testimonials from Past Winners

George Burton, Colorado School of Mines

“The Goldstein Scholar award provided me the opportunity to travel abroad to for a month and a half research opportunity. During my time in Germany, I was able to collaborate with world-class researchers with access to cutting-edge electron microscopes not available to me at my home institution. This collaboration provided interactions and mentorship from a leader in electron holography while also enabling the advancement of my thesis project for a direct structure-property correlative study.”

Sean Collins, University of Cambridge, UK

“The unique access to these capabilities and training made possible through the award have given me the opportunity to undertake research on a challenging materials system, and the success around these first experiments now motivates me to launch an expanded research program on organic semiconductors through cutting edge electron microscopy in my future career.”


The Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award application consists of four parts:

1. 1 page proposal that includes the following information

  • Applicant Name:  Micro Analyst (MAS Member)
  • Affiliation / Contact info:  Department X, Esteemed University or Laboratory, Anytown, AnyCountry.  Telephone #, email address.
  • Activity to be funded:  List (1) name and date of training course or (2) type of microanalysis measurement to be made and name of host institution and principal investigator.
  • Activity Details:   Provide a ~ 500 word description of the task to be completed.  For training courses, provide a statement of what skills the course addresses, and the perceived impact of the new skills on the applicant’s on-going or future research.  For travel for microanalysis or remote work, provide a statement of how the measurements will impact the applicant’s on-going or future research, and how the measurements will advance the state-of-the –art in microanalysis.  If possible, also include a statement of how the collaboration benefits the host institution, e.g., the applicant brings unique samples that broaden the research of the host PI.

2. 1 page CV

3. Letter of Support from the Applicant’s Organization:  a brief letter of support from the applicant’s advisor or supervisor

4. Letter of Support from the Hosting Organization:  a brief letter of support from the host institution / PI.

Parts 1, 2 and 3 should be emailed directly from the applicant to  Part 4 should be emailed by the host to

The deadlines for applications are November 1 and May 1 of each year.

Award notification will be made by December 15 and June 15.

Administration of Awards:

Funds will be provided on a reimbursable basis after travel or proposed activity is complete and the travel/expense receipts are submitted.  In addition to the receipts, the awardee will need to provide a brief summary (<500 words) of how the award was used and resultant gain in knowledge / research products. A table or figure with some of the results collected during the activity must be included. The receipts and summary should be sent to

Past Winners

Spring 2022

Alexander Kling

Purdue University

Project: “Constraining the behavior of H species in lunar dust grains under varied

thermal conditions.”

Xinxing Peng

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Project: “Cryo-FIB for moisture and electron-beam sensitive battery materials.”

Spring 2021

Dara Laczniak

Purdue University

In situ He+ irradiation and heating experiments on a carbonaceous chondrite meteorite and corresponding analysis with transmission electron microscopy.

Laczniak Summary of Work

Fall 2019

Zachary Hasenbush

University of Alabama

Kenta Ohtaki

University of Hawaii

Olusegun Olisa

University of Nigeria

Spring 2019

Abbie Ganas

Abbie Ganas

Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle

Utilize the NION UltraSTEM200 scanning transmission electron microscope under the supervision and collaboration of Dr. Rhonda Stroud at the Naval Research Laboratory to characterize color centers with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in nanostructured diamond fabricated under high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) conditions.

Jairo Gonzales

University of California, Irvine

Attend Winter School at ASU

Dylan Jennings

Colorado School of Mines

In-situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) experiments studying nanoparticle exsolution in ceramic metal nanocomposite materials for energy applications.

Hasti Vahidi

University of California, Irvine

Attend Winter School at ASU

Joshua Vincent

Arizona State University, Tempe

Time-Resolved, Atomic-Resolution Operando TEM of Heterogeneous Catalysts in Action at NIST

Sanja Vranjes-Wessely

Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Leoben, Austria

Helium Ion Microscopy (HIM) investigations on Silurian gas shales at The Bielefeld University .

Spring 2018

Sean Collins

University of Cambridge, UK

Monochromated EELS of organic crystals at SuperSTEM, UK with Demie Kepaptsoglou

Summary of Work Performed

Fall 2017

Patrick Boehnke

University of Chicago

TEM analyses of radiation damaged zircons, through carbon implantation, to ascertain the structural response to annealing. These analyses will be performed at the Naval Research Laboratory in collaboration with Dr. Rhonda Stroud.

George Burton

Colorado School of Mines

Three-dimensional space charge quantification across grain and phase boundaries in a hydrogen separation ceramic membrane via electron holography at Forschungszentrum Jülich with Rafal Dunin-Borkowski at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.

Summary of Work Performed

Miriam Hiebert

University of Maryland

Travel to the University of Toledo Ohio for spectroscopic ellipsometry studies and surface strain measurements of modified glass samples.

Summary of Work Performed

Anna Weiss

Carnegie Mellon University

Attend Winter School at Arizona State University

Spring 2017

William Nachlas

Syracuse University

SIMS analysis time at the Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF) to develop microanalytical reference materials for trace element analysis of quartz.

Summary of Work Performed

Fall 2016

Matthew Crane

University of Washington

Employ the Nion UltraSTEM200 aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in collaboration with Dr. Rhonda Stroud (host) at the Naval Research Laboratory to identify and to characterize new color centers in nanostructured diamond.

Summary of Work Performed

Brendan Haas

Washington University, St Louis

Stardust foil cross sectional analysis with the Nion UltraSTEM scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) equipped with a Noran System Six energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

Summary of Work Performed

John Magnum

Colorado School of Mines

Determination of Ti3+/Ti4+ valence state ratios by atomic-scale electron energy-loss spectroscopy at North Carolina State University with James LeBeau and Beth Dickey.

Summary of Work Performed

Austin Wade

University of Manchester, UK

Attend Lehigh Microscopy School Course: Quantitative X-ray Microanalysis: Problem Solving using EDS and WDS

Spring 2016

Madeline Kelly

Carnegie Mellon University

University collaboration for techniques in Xe-Plasma focused ion beam microscopy and optimization of milling rates and milling currents for ceramic materials at The University of Manchester, Professor Mary Grace Burke.

Summary of Work Performed

David Mich

Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Leoben, Austria

(cryo) BIB-SEM investigations at RWTH Aachen University within the frame of a research project on „Organic matter nanostructures within organic matter-rich shales and coals“.

Summary of Work Performed

Michelle Thompson

University of Arizona

Simulating space weathering using rapid heating in a TEM.

Summary of Work Performed