Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Announces More Than $800,000 in National Science Foundation Funding for Chicago

Jan 3, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $818,420 in federal funding to the University of Chicago.  The grant will allow for key research in molecular and cellular bioscience and will be led by Bryan Dickinson, assistant professor of chemistry.

This project will study how biological molecules evolve to interact with one another by developing and applying new rapid laboratory evolution systems. The funding will also provide educational opportunities for students and adults in the Chicago area, with a focus on using the topic of engineering biology to inspire participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

“I am excited to know that Chicagoans will be making innovative breakthroughs in STEM,” said Congressman Rush. “This investment supports a robust learning environment that will solve engineering challenges and cultivate new technological approaches.  I am proud to be a champion for our next generation of researchers and scientists and will continue to seek federal research dollars to ensure that the First District of Illinois remains a national leader in innovation.”

The National Science Foundation supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country.  By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.