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Research Highlight - U of U Geneticist Awarded Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Nels Elde, evolutionary geneticist at University of Utah Health, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant.” This prestigious fellowship is awarded to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Dr. Elde is one of 21 Fellows in 2020 who come from a variety of fields, each receiving $625,000 in stipends with no strings attached. The stipend is intended to allow the awardee the freedom to explore their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society. Dr. Elde says he may invest some of the funds into a storytelling project that highlights the ingenuity and humanity of science heroes. Dr. Elde is the 7th individual in University of Utah history to receive this award.


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Last Updated: 4/13/21