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NIGHTSEA™ and Electron Microscopy Sciences (EMS) are proud to announce their third annual award of equipment and supplies to an individual entering their first faculty position at a U.S. (including U.S. territories) non-profit college or university any time in calendar year 2017.

About this award

Fluorescence is increasingly central to many fields of research, most notably in the life sciences, but also in other disciplines. New faculty start-up budgets are limited and fluorescence microscopy equipment can be very expensive. Immediately after the introduction of the economical NIGHTSEA™ Stereo Microscope Fluorescence Adapter (SFA) system, we realized that it was popular among researchers entering their first faculty position because it provides an economical way to implement a fluorescence capability at a reasonable cost.

NIGHTSEA™ founder Dr. Charles Mazel's R&D career owes much to the inspiration and support of many people. The KEY Award is a way of giving back to the community and honors several of those individuals.

According to Dr. Mazel:

'K' is for Dr. Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at Boston University. I met Les when he was Director of Research at the New England Aquarium and I was just a SCUBA diver walking in off the street with a 35mm slide deck of photographs of fluorescing corals. His excitement and encouragement led me back to school to pursue research into the meaning of the phenomenon and ultimately to a rewarding research career.
'E' represents two people – Dr. Harold E. 'Doc' Edgerton of MIT and Dr. Thomas Eisner of Cornell University. I was privileged to know both of these great men. Doc was a pioneer in both high speed imaging and underwater search, and an inspiration to all who met him. Tom was a great entomologist, the 'father of chemical ecology', and absolutely brilliant at using photographic imagery to communicate his observations of nature and the novel scientific investigations that they inspired.
'Y' also represents two people – the remarkable husband and wife team of Drs. Charlie and Clarice Yentsch. I met this inspirational pair of scientists when I entered my PhD program, and Charlie was on my thesis committee. I was privileged to spend a summer conducting research at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, which they founded, and working side by side with them on numerous field projects.

The KEY Award was introduced in 2015 and received many excellent applications.

The inaugural award went to Dr. Robert Mitchell at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he is using the system to aid his neuroscience research using beetles.

The 2016 award recipient was Dr. Sarah Petersen at Kenyon College. She is using the system for her research with the zebrafish model, undergraduate education, and community outreach.

Award Prize

Application Requirements

All entry material must be in digital format. Specific guidelines and judging criteria are on given on the online application form.

Submit the requested documents:

  • Main application document, maximum 2 pages.
  • Example of your published work.
  • Recommendation from your current research supervisor, maximum 1 page. This should specifically address why the applicant would be a great candidate for the KEY Award.

Applications are due by June 3, 2017.


Entries will be judged by a panel of academic researchers. Equipment will be sent to the awardee at their new institution.

Additional Information

If you have any questions please contact us.

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