2012 Beckman Scholars Program


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2012 Beckman Scholars Program
August 15, 2011: Deadline to submit an internal Letter of Intent

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invites you to submit an application for a 2012 Beckman Scholars Program Award.

In the fall of 1997, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced the Beckman Scholars Program.  Its purpose is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation's universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in  their scientific and professional pursuits.  The research activities are to be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects.  We believe that the generous student financial support which provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences and the related Beckman Scholars Annual Symposium offer an academically stimulating and very distinctive educational experience.

For the year 2011, after considering undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators at universities and colleges across the country, 124 were invited to submit applications for consideration for institutional Beckman Scholars Program Awards.  Following a review of the highly competitive applications, an advisory panel of 12 distinguished academic teacher/scholars assisted the foundation in selecting 30 finalist institutions.  After extensive review and discussion of final applications, the panel recommended, and the Foundation Board of Directors approved, 9 institutional awards supporting 48 Beckman Scholars across the nation.

Your institution may submit one application for an award.  Please refer to Beckman information for more detailed information regarding this initiative, including the program announcement, guidelines and application forms.  The application must include a cover page containing institutional endorsements from the chief academic officer and  academic dean(s) for the participating academic unit(s).  The application must also include the completed institutional and faculty mentor data pages.  We encourage you to share this information with appropriate individuals at your institution.

Note:  Institutions that have not submitted an application for two or more consecutive years will be removed from the invitation list for a minimum of two years.

Applications for the Beckman Scholars Program must be submitted to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation prior to Friday, September 30, 2011.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977.  The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Please submit your 1 page letter of intent from the mentor and the undergraduate student explaing why you should be the University of Colorado's Beckman nominee.  You may submit your letter at the following link: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_beckman/application.php.