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mechanisms that have been used to evaluate the program as a whole, as well as Searle scholars, in the postaward period; and (3) the conclusions that have been drawn from these evaluations.


The success of the program rests on the selection of young scientists who subsequently develop and sustain research programs that have a major impact on the progress of science and/or who subsequently make major contributions to science through their leadership. The selection of Searle scholars is based on recommendations made by the program’s Scientific Advisory Board. Given the breadth of fields supported by the program, each advisor must possess expertise in a broad range of research areas and have excellent scientific judgment, a strong sense of fairness, and a talent for working with others to arrive at selection of the most promising candidates. The board currently consists of 12 advisors distinguished for their research and leadership in fields of interest to the program (see Figure 1). The willingness of scientists of such stature to serve on the board is itself a testament to the strength of the program.

FIGURE 1 The 2005 Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board.

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