program and the Searle family. The team members attend the Scientific Advisory Board meeting and the annual scholars meeting. In addition, the program administrator and scientific director prepare a short report on the program each year. Less frequently, the scientific director prepares presentations for the Searle family that include program evaluations and comparison with other programs that have similar missions.
The Searle Scholars Program is a prototype for support of young chemists and biomedical scientists. Over the past 25 years it has made nearly 400 awards. The process through which candidates are selected by invited institutions and evaluated appears to have succeeded in the selection of a remarkable group of scientists. Almost without exception, these Searle scholars have made substantial contributions to their research fields. Rising to leadership positions, they have received numerous other awards that reflect both their promise and accomplishments. Qualitative evaluation of the program has been accomplished through tracking of all former scholars, through perusal of the database of their current positions, through noting their publications and the awards they have received, through testimonials from the scholars themselves, and through the enthusiastic commitment of the program’s distinguished Scientific Advisory Board.