Scott Strobel’s research explores the chemical basis of RNA catalysis and mycodiesel production by endophytic fungi as an alternative fuel source. He was named a Beckman Young Investigator and an American Cancer Society Beginning Investigator. In 2004 he was awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the Natural Sciences by Yale College and in 2007 he received the Graduate Mentoring award from the Yale Graduate School. In 2008 he received the Schering Plough Research Institute award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Last year he was named the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and this year he was named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the Office of Naval Research. In 2006 he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor to promote efforts in undergraduate science education. With this award he instituted a program to explore microbial and chemical diversity in the world’s rainforests as a means to inspire undergraduate students in the sciences.