In 2005, Benjamin Pierre Boussert, a sixth-year graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Paul Alivisatos in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, perished in a car accident along with graduate student Jason Choy and visiting scholar Giulia Adesso. He was awarded the Ph.D. posthumously. Benjamin's strong character, sharp intellect, and generous spirit are dearly missed by his family and friends. Through their generous gifts, Ben's family, friends, peers, and teachers endowed the Benjamin Boussert Memorial Award in 2008.

The award: The Boussert Memorial Award will be presented at commencement to a graduating doctoral student who best exemplifies Ben's commitment to creating positive social or environmental change. These contributions may have been realized either through the nominee's dissertation research or through other channels such as science policy or educational outreach projects.

This $2500 award will be made directly to the student, for use as he or she embarks upon the next phase of life, whether for travel to a conference, moving expenses, or another purpose.

Eligibility: Award nominees should be Ph.D. students in the College of Chemistry who file their thesis in the 2016-17 academic year (i.e. before September 2017).

How to apply: Applications are submitted by online here. The due date for submission is April 7, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Benjamin's peers. The winner will be notified during the week preceding commencement, and the award will be presented at commencement.