Wesleyan is one of only 12 institutions awarded a prestigious Beckman Scholars Program this year, according to Francis Starr, director of the College of Integrative Sciences and professor of physics, who directs Wesleyan’s Beckman program. The Beckman Scholars Program provides intensive research experiences and career mentoring to help Wesleyan undergraduates develop as leaders in the sciences.
Up to two Wesleyan students will receive this award annually, which carries a total stipend of $18,200 plus funds to support supplies and travel. Awards are normally made to sophomores to support research during the summer through the summer following junior year.
“This is a distinguished and very generous award, and it’s great news that Wesleyan has been selected as a recipient. This program is an excellent addition to our active undergraduate research programs,” Starr said.
Beckman scholars are selected on a competitive basis, and conduct research in chemical or biological sciences under the direction of an approved Beckman faculty mentor in one of the participating departments: biology, chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, and physics. More information is available on the Wesleyan Beckman Scholars website.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to program-related, non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences.