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Hyster named 2017 Searle Scholar

Awards- - By Tien Nguyen, Department of Chemistry
Todd Hyster

Todd Hyster, an assistant professor of chemistry at Princeton University, has been named a Searle Scholar for 2017. The Program provides flexible funding over the next three years to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical science and chemistry. Hyster was selected for his research proposal, “Photon induced enzyme promiscuity” and was one of 17 awardees chosen from 196 nominations this year.

About the Searle Scholar Program: The Searle Scholars Program supports high risk, high reward research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant. Searle Scholars Program is funded through grants from the family trusts to The Chicago Community Trust and administered by Kinship Foundation, the private operating foundation that manages the institutional philanthropy of the Searle Family. 

Seventy Searle Scholars have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. Sixteen Scholars have been recognized with a MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “genius grant.” And a Searle Scholar has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Since 1981, 587 scientists have been named Searle Scholars. Including this year, the Program has awarded more than $129 million.