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Colorado State University Selected to Receive Prestigious Beckman Scholars Award
Undergraduate research at Colorado State University is garnering national recognition through a three-year grant from the prestigious Beckman Scholars Program. The $115,800 award will provide sustained, in-depth, faculty-mentored undergraduate laboratory research opportunities for six undergraduates in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, and the departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.Colorado State is one of 14 universities nationwide selected this year to receive the Beckman Scholars Program Award. Colorado State also received the Beckman Scholars Program Award from 2001-2003 and is the only institution in Colorado to win the award.
"The Beckman Scholars Program Award recognizes the quality, innovation and success of Colorado State's research programs and enhances the University's focus of integrating research into the undergraduate learning experience," said Anthony Frank, Provost and Senior Vice President at Colorado State. "The Beckman award will allow Colorado State students unparalleled opportunities to work directly with top scientists and gain hands-on experience with advanced research projects."
Each Beckman Scholar will receive $19,300 over three years and is required to work with a faculty mentor and perform 10 hours of research activities each week during the academic year and full-time research activities over 10 weeks for two summers. Sophomores and juniors in the participating departments are eligible to apply for the award, which includes funds devoted to travel and supplies. The first recipient will begin research this summer.
Consideration for the Beckman Scholars Program included an evaluation of the institution's historical and current commitment to undergraduate research programs in chemistry, biochemistry and the biological and medical sciences; a review of sponsored research activities; discussions with the foundation's Grants Advisory Council; conversations with undergraduate research program directors at the National Science Foundation; discussions with faculty members who have led nationally recognized undergraduate research programs in chemistry and biological sciences; and communications with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
More information about the Beckman Scholars Program is available on the Web at http://www.beckman-foundation.com/.