The Sunshine-Wong Travel Award

In honor of Dr. Irving Sunshine and Dr. Stephen Wong, MATT presents the Sunshine-Wong Travel Award each year to a deserving scientist!

What it Supports

The Sunshine-Wong Annual Meeting Travel award was established to provide an opportunity for students and bench level technicians to attend the annual conference. The $1,000 travel award is provided to offset the winner’s travel and housing expenses for the meeting, the meeting registration, and one year of membership. The award winner must present a poster or a platform presentation at the meeting. 

Emani Smith

2023 Sunshine-Wong Award Winner

Who Can Apply?

Applicants for this award must be technologists/technicians working in a laboratory in the disciplines of Toxicology and/or Therapeutic Drug Monitoring or students working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in Toxicology, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, or a related field.

To APPLY: Head over to the Meetings Section of the Website to the current meeting: 2024
The winner will be announced by the MATT Executive Board by mid-March

Past Award Recipients

  • Lewis Center, OH 2023 – Emani R. Smith, Virginia Commonwealth University, “They’re “Puttin’ It in Their Pipe” and We Wish They Weren’t “Smokin’ It”: THC Isomers and Derivatives in E-Liquids”
  • Kalamazoo 2022Katherine Davis, West Virginia University, “Validation and Survey of 55 Opioids in Postmortem Oral Cavity Fluid via QuEChERS Extraction and Analysis by LC-MS/MS”
  • Remote 2021 Kelsey McManus, Boston University, “Achieving the Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Urine Testing in Drug Facilitated Crime Investigations via Laminar Flow Tandem Mass Spectrometry”
  • 2020 Deon Turner, Western Michigan University, “Another Piece to the Puzzle of Sample Handling: Evaluation of Preanalytical Homogenization on Postmortem Blood Specimens”
  • Cleveland 2019 – Sarah Boyle, Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine, “Comparison of Liquid-Liquid Extraction and Solid Phase Extraction for the Analysis and Quantitation of THC, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Their Metabolites for LC-MS/MS Detection in Human Whole Blood”
  • Indianapolis 2018 – Cassandra Clyde, “Fentalog Epidemic in Northeast Ohio; LC-MS/MS Method Development and 2016-2017 Statistics from Postmortem and Impaired Driving Cases”
  • Rosemont 2017 – Kraig E. Strayer, Wright State University, “Development of a LC-MS/MS-Based Method for the Multiplex Detection of Fentanyl Analogs in Biological Matrices at Sub ng/mL Concentrations”
  • St. Louis 2016 – Xin Xu, Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, “Analysis of Amphetamines in Whole Blood Using SLE and LC/MS/MS”
  • Lexington 2015 – Jeremy Day, Marshfield Clinic, “Novel Method for Extraction of Methylphenidate and Ritalinic acid in Urine by SPE and GC/MS”
  • Detroit 2014 – Szabolcs Sofalvi, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office “Applied Measurement Uncertainty in Forensic Toxicology”
  • Cleveland 2013 – Rachel Hamilton, Hamilton County Coroner’s Office
    “AED Drugs by Solid Phase Extraction in Post Mortem Cases”
  • Oakbrook 2012 – Theresa Swift, William Beaumont Hospital
    “The Development of an Economical, Scalable Purification Scheme for Monoclonal Mouse IgM Antibody”
  • Toledo 2011 – Bradley Holden, Western Slope Labs
    “A Simple HPLC-UV method for the Analysis of Creatinine and a Comparison to the Jaffe Method”
  • Milwaukee 2010 – Mark Vandervest, Michigan State Police
    “Determination and Confirmation of Identity of an Unidentified Peak in a Blood Alcohol Chromatogram”
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