John Hottenstein, a University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) Training Core Fellow, has received a Pistor-Stanley Scholarship. This scholarship is administered through the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and will provide Hottenstein with a small stipend over the 2015-2016 school year. In his successful application, Hottenstein described the wealth of research experiences that led him to the environmental microbiology laboratory of UA SRP Director Dr. Raina Maier. Following undergraduate work in Biosystems Engineering and internships with USDA and 3M, his interest in “how microbes play such a large role in everyday things” led him to work with a startup company exploring how to better harness microbes to extract metals from ore in mining. With Dr. Maier, he continues to study microbes and mining, focusing on the role of microbes in the processes of mine tailings revegetation. “I am interested in how microbial processes are initially affected and evolve due to remediation efforts,” says Hottenstein. Following graduate school, he plans to work on environmental remediation as a consultant, and to create real solutions for improving environmental remediation.