CSULB is one of nine U.S. colleges and universities to be named a 2009 Beckman Scholars Program recipient by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
This is CSULB’s fourth Beckman award, this time for $96,500, which will provide five undergraduate students in the departments of Biological Sciences or Chemistry and Biochemistry with three-year scholarships.
The goal of CSULB’s Beckman Scholars Program is to advance the students’ education, research training and personal development and is aimed at students who have the potential to achieve distinction in their academic fields as well as become outstanding leaders in their professions.
The students will work in the labs of faculty mentors and will receive academic and career advising as well as assistance in applying for graduate or professional schools for doctoral or medical degrees. Their scholarships provide stipends and funds for laboratory supplies and for travel to scientific meetings where they will present their research findings. They also participate in the annual Beckman Scholars Symposium in Irvine.
“The Beckman Scholars Program awards are very prestigious,” said Laura Kingsford, dean of CSULB’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “The fact that this is our fourth sequential award is very gratifying and exciting. I think it is really our students who are the selling point for us in being successful in the application process. We have to include information about current and past Beckman Scholars in the application. The fact that these scholars are publishing in top notch journals with their faculty mentors, presenting their work at national/international professional meetings, and getting into schools like Stanford and other R-1 research institutions for M.D. and Ph.D. programs indicates the quality of our students.
“This Beckman Scholars Program award is a clear indication that CSULB is recognized as having undergraduate research programs that are distinctive, of exceptional quality, and attract highly talented students,” she continued. “The Beckman Foundation is looking for scholars who have the potential to become outstanding leaders in their ultimate science-related careers and professions. I think we have produced many of these future leaders and are proud to be a part of the Beckman Scholars Program.”