In 1999, Nobel Laureate and founding MBI Director Paul D. Boyer donated a portion of his Nobel Prize to recognize outstanding research contributions by postdoctoral scholars through the MBI Postdoctoral Awards. Generous donations were also received from Dr. and Mrs. James B. Peter, Mrs. Phyllis Parvin on behalf of the Parvin Foundation, and Amgen, Inc. Since that time, the awards have been given to nearly 100 postdoctoral scholars who have experiences tremendous success, with almost 50% holding faculty positions and many others becoming directors and leading research scientists at top institutions.
Nominations are solicited annually from faculty members in the MBI and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. An expert panel of faculty selects three postdoctoral scholars to receive one of three named awards: the Boyer-Peter Award, the Parvin Award and the Amgen Award. Each year “Research Excellence” Awards are also given to three or more candidates with highly meritorious applications.
Dr Boyer’s wish was that the funds to support these awards would be used in his lifetime. After 17 years, and many applications from exceptional young researchers, this has now been accomplished. However, we are excited about the possibility of continuing Dr Boyer’s legacy with new gifts from friends and supporters who share his vision; to recognize and reward the best and brightest scientists at this critical point in their career. To be part of the Boyer legacy, click here.