Carolin Bimüller (cand. rer.nat.) has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award for her extraordinary scientific achievements and research in partitioning and major stabilization processes for nitrogen in soil organic matter fractions. The focus of her research was the elucidation of major nitrogen stabilization processes in soil organic matter as part of the nitrogen competition between stabilization and bioavailability in the beech-soil system of a broadleaf forest in Central Europe. She has published several high level articles concerning these topics. The prize is annually awarded by the Swiss-based Chorafas Foundation for outstanding contributions and excellent scientific achievements in doctoral dissertations, with the goal of stimulating promising young researchers. The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Dimitris N. Chorafas, a professor at top universities and an international consultant for important financial institutions and industrial firms. The awards honor innovative researchers from one of the 21 Chorafas Foundation’s partner universities. Among its partner universities are highly ranked schools in countries including the United States, Switzerland, Israel, Germany and Japan. Prize winners are at the top of their class, and by their work they demonstrate that they have considered the impact that their research has on both man and nature; therefore, the award honors exceptional performance in research and the sense of individual responsibility. Within the fields of research of preservation and protection of the environment with different emphases on energy, air, water, soil, natural resources and recycling, researchers are awarded for their contributions. The prize money serves as seed money for research after a Ph.D. thesis is completed. Carolin took this opportunity and joined the NGEE Arctic Project (http://ngee-arctic.ornl.gov) during her scientific stay abroad as an affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA. Within this project, she studied substantial ecosystem-climate feedbacks and gained data on soil organic carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes in the Arctic tundra in Barrow/Alaska.