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Bowdoin Gets Beckman Grant for Undergraduate Research

Story posted February 18, 2005

Bowdoin College has received a highly selective Beckman Scholars grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to support undergraduate research and faculty mentoring for select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological sciences.

Announcement of the grant - which is awarded annually to only 14 colleges and universities nationwide - came just days after Bowdoin received notice that the College had been awarded a grant from the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program in support of interdisciplinary faculty-student research in biochemistry, neuroscience, and environmental science. (Click here for a story on the Merck grant.)

Student in lab.

"Both of these grants signal growing recognition at the national level of the strength of our undergraduate research opportunities, and the high level of faculty-student interaction at Bowdoin," said Dean for Academic Affairs Craig McEwen. "Our faculty are being recognized for their interdisciplinary research initiatives, which help our students stay at the center of innovations in science and prepare them for advanced studies."

The Beckman Scholars program will support research fellowships for four Bowdoin students in the biosciences, selected on the basis of a competitive application process that includes a research proposal. The $75,000 grant supports students participating in full-time research over two summers, and part-time during one academic year.

Bowdoin offers approximately 30 student research fellowships in the sciences, plus another 20 from institutional fellowship funds. Over the past year, the College has received 18 new fellowships for students in the sciences.

For information on applications for the Beckman Scholars grants, contact Julie Santorella at 725-3582, email:

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