Apply for the Milton Sommerfield Award to advance algae research by May 15

The Milton Sommerfield Fund for Algae Research and the Arizona State University Foundation invites graduate and undergraduate students of any degree program to apply for the 2022 Milton Sommerfield Award to advance algae research.

Applicants must have a proposed or ongoing algae-related project in mind. Projects can be related to all aspects of algae application and implications including environmental, engineering, socio-economic, business, sustainability or other focus areas.

The application deadline is Sunday, May 15, 2022, and should include the following information in a word or PDF document:

  • Name of the student.
  • ASU degree program in which the student is enrolled and year.
  • Name of the mentor with whom the student will be working.
  • One-page description of the proposed or ongoing algae-related project and a brief vision describing how this project will help the student in the development of a professional career.

The application should be submitted via email to Kiril Hristovski, associate professor and program chair for the environment and resource management program, at [email protected].

The amount of the award is $2,000 and two awards are anticipated to be granted in 2022.

About Milton Sommerfield

The Milton Sommerfeld Fund for Algae Research was created in loving memory of Professor Milton Sommerfeld, a brilliant scientist with a keen sense of humor and a big infectious grin that radiated his passion to all those that interacted with him. In recognition of his love for algae, teaching, research and the advancement of students, Carolyn Sommerfeld and the Sommerfeld family, along with countless students and friends who connected and were mentored by Sommerfeld, created this fund to continue his legacy of assisting students in their work to advance the field of algae research.

Sommerfeld was a professor in the environmental and resource management and applied biological sciences programs at ASU, and served as co-director of the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (formerly named the Laboratory of Algae Research and Biotechnology). He also served as chair of the Department of Botany and Microbiology (1980-1988) and was the associate dean for research and facilities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1989-2004). He mentored more than 60 graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral associates and numerous undergraduates. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phycological Society of America, British Phycological Society, International Phycological Society, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, The Society of Sigma Xi and the Southwestern Association of Naturalists.