Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of Chemistry to a student in a Chemistry program. Preference shall be given to a full-time student in physical spectroscopy. Donated by the Asano family of Kobe, Japan, in memory of their son, Motoshi Asano, who received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Carleton in 1983, and who tragically lost his life in a mountain climbing accident two months later. Endowed 1984.