Each year, the ECS San Francisco Section recognizes a deserving undergraduate student from a college or university in Northern California through the San Francisco Section Daniel Cubicciotti Student Award. The award was established in 1994 to assist a deserving student to pursue a career in the physical sciences or engineering. The award was created to honor distinguished researcher Daniel Cubicciotti. Recipients receive an etched metal plaque and $2,000 prize. In addition, the San Francisco section recognizes up to two additional students with an honorable mention: a framed certificate and a $500 prize.
Alaina Strickler is a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the department of chemical engineering at Stanford University working with Professor Thomas Jaramillo. She earned her BS degree in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2013 where she engaged in undergraduate research on copper electrodeposition chemistry for semiconductor applications with Professor Uziel Landau. Her current research focuses on the development of advanced electrocatalytic materials for renewable energy conversion technologies with major applications in fuel cell and electrolyzer devices.