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Beckman Scholars Program at SB

Application Deadline: 
Pending  

Dates: 
Pending (check back in the spring)

Description of program: 
Beckman symposiumIn 1998, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation established the Beckman Scholars Program to stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students working in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. This prestigious, national award comes with generous student financial support and provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences under the guidance of a faculty mentor for two summers and one academic year. Beckman Scholars are funded to travel to the annual Beckman Scholars Symposium in Irvine, California. For more information, see the official Beckman Scholars Program website

History:
The Beckman Scholarship is the premier undergraduate research award at SB. Past SB Beckman Scholars include:

2008-2009: Jean-Luc Chaubard (Haltiwanger lab), Jeffrey Fei (Smith lab)

2007-2008: Eugene Tan (Haltiwanger lab), Avinash Khanna (Tonge lab)

2006-2007: Rohit Repala (Ojima lab), Alex Treyer (Bogenhagen lab)

2000-2001: Jennifer Choy (Sternglanz lab), Winnie Mok (Leatherwood lab)

1999-2000: Charlotte Eng (Grey lab), Tracy La Grassa (Carter lab)

Award: 
Total award per student: $21,000 per student (includes two summers and one academic year)

Participating Faculty Mentors (pending for 2015): 
In accordance with the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation guidelines, Beckman Scholars must commit to doing research for two summers and one academic year in the labs of one of the following faculty mentors:

Dr. Elizabeth Boon, Chemistry
Dr. Isaac Carrico, Chemistry
Dr. Emilia Entcheva, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Michael Frohman, Pharmacological Sciences
Dr. Miguel Garcia-Diaz, Pharmacological Sciences
Dr. David Green, AMS, Chemistry
Dr, Ed Luk, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Dr. Robert Haltiwanger, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Dr. Iwao Ojima, Chemistry
Dr. Clinton Rubin, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Markus Seeliger, Pharmacological Sciences
Dr. Carlos Simmerling, Chemistry
Dr. Balaji Sitharaman, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Peter Tonge, Chemistry

More information on the research interests of these faculty can be found on their web pages. Each has ample experience directing undergraduate research projects in which undergraduate students make meaningful intellectual and experimental contributions.

Eligibility: 
In order to qualify, candidates must by SB students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents in their sophomore or junior year, and have a minimum GPA of 3.7. Applicants should be pursuing a major and/or have a strong research background in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacology or biomedical sciences, or an interdisciplinary combination of these subjects.

Research project proposals will develop from consultations between the mentor and the Beckman Scholar. Note that the applicant's prior research experience may have been conducted in the lab of a faculty not on the list of participating mentors. All applicants are encouraged to meet with a faculty from the list of participating mentors, so that a potential project for the Beckman Scholarship can be discussed, outlined and developed collaboratively.

Once selected, Beckman Scholars are required to commit to doing research for two summers and one academic year of sustained, in-depth research in the laboratory of his/her faculty mentor. A student will retain the Beckman Scholar funding as long as he/she continues to excel academically, is in good academic standing, and his/her research work shows satisfactory progress. Note: Beckman Scholar summer funds may extend through the summer following graduation. Academic course performance, communication skills, and seriousness of interest in scientific research will all be considered by the selection committee. Previous research experience is strongly recommended. Candidates will be interviewed by the faculty selection committee. All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-April.

 

FORMS: 

Pending program renewal for 2015.

Please submit to:

Beckman Scholars Program
Attn: Karen Kernan, URECA
Melville Library N3070/N3005
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3357

For more information on the Beckman Scholars program, contact Karen Kernan via e-mail or at 631.632-7114.

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