Amie Boal, assistant professor of chemistry, and of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been selected as one of 13 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2018 by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award is presented to chemists that are within the first five years of their academic careers, have created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Since its inception in 1970, the Teacher-Scholar program has awarded over $49,000,000 to support emerging young leaders in the chemical sciences.
"The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award is the Dreyfus Foundation's flagship program," said Mark Cardillo, executive director of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. "The award supports exceptional young academic researchers at an early and crucial stage of their careers. They are selected based on their independent contributions to both research in the chemical sciences and education."
Boal and her research group are working to understand the structure and mechanism of enzymes that require metal ions for catalysis. Boal’s awards and honors include a Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators at the National Institutes of Health, conferred in 2016. Boal was also named a Searle Scholar in 2014. The Searle Scholars Program recognizes exceptional young faculty members and supports independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences. In 2012, Boal was awarded a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00).
Before joining the Penn State faculty in 2013, Boal was a postdoctoral scholar in Northwestern University's Department of Molecular Biosciences. She earned a doctoral degree at the California Institute of Technology in 2008 and a bachelor's degree at Pomona College in 2002.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a leading non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences. It was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessman Camille Dreyfus in honor of his brother Henry. The Foundation's purpose is "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world." For more information about the program and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, visit the Foundation's website.