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Bowdoin to Receive Prestigious Beckman Scholarship Grant

Story posted February 23, 2010

Bowdoin College has been chosen to receive 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.

Beckman Benefits in Action

Chris Cashman '07

"Bowdoin's science education is phenomenal," notes Chris Cashman '07, currently in a M.D.-Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.

"Being a Beckman Scholar was one of the highlights of my time at Bowdoin." More...

The Beckman Scholars program will support research fellowships for Bowdoin students in the biosciences, selected on the basis of a competitive application process that includes a research proposal. Bowdoin was among only nine institutions selected for funding, chosen from a competitive field of 27 final applicants.

"The Beckman grant illustrates the continuing recognition at the national level of the strength of our undergraduate opportunities," said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.

"Coupled with other funding for undergraduate research in the sciences, including major grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Clare Booth Luce Program, the Beckman grant acknowledges and enhances the high level of faculty-student interaction at Bowdoin."

The $77,200 grant offers four students the opportunity to work with Bowdoin faculty members on collaborative research that extends over two summers, and part-time during one academic year. Additionally, students and their faculty mentors participate in a research symposium at the Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., where they present their research findings to scientists and other student and faculty researchers from around the nation.

Ten Bowdoin faculty members have been selected as Beckman mentors: Elizabeth Stemmler (chemistry, co-principal investigator), Mike Palopoli (biology, co-principal investigator), Ron Christensen (chemistry), Patsy Dickinson (neuroscience), Danielle Dube (chemistry), Bruce Kohorn (biology), Barry Logan (biochemistry), Rick Thompson (chemistry), Dharni Vasudevan (chemistry) and Marylou Zeeman (mathematics).

About the Beckman Foundation

Arnold Beckman founded Beckman Instruments in 1935 with the production of a pH meter he invented. A forerunner of modern electrochemical instrumentation, the scientific instrument simplified and expedited acidity and alkalinity measurements. Beckman Instruments grew to become one of the world's leading suppliers of instruments to the health care market. In 1982, Beckman merged with SmithKline Corporation of Philadelphia to form SmithKline Beckman Corporation. In 1989, Beckman became independent again.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to nonprofit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and life sciences, broadly interpreted, to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open new avenues of research in science.

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