Assistant Professor James Horn with Chemistry Students

Horn receives an NSF CAREER Award

In March 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a notice of award for Assistant Professor James Horn's CAREER proposal. The full award is for five years and totals $631,282. The title of his project is "CAREER: Library Based Design of Linked Equilibria to Control Protein Interactions," and the project is being funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is one of the most prestigious research grants that NSF awards. The Foundation only awards about 400 of these in any one year, "in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations" (quote from the Program Solicitation on the NSF webpage).

Only non-tenured faculty are eligible to apply, and they may only apply a total of three times. This was Horn's first submission to the program; the fact that he was funded on his initial attempt is a significant achievement in and of itself, as competition for this program is fierce.

The NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry wishes to congratulate Jim for receiving the NSF CAREER Award, a great accomplishment!