VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been selected to receive a 2017 Beckman Scholars Program Award, the purpose of which is to support undergraduate students engaged in scientific research. One of 11 conferred nationally for 2017 by The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, the award provides a total of $130,000 to support the work of five research students from May 2017-August 2020.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established to support basic scientific research, primarily in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and medicine. In 1997, the Beckman Foundation initiated the Beckman Scholars Program to support the research potential of outstanding undergraduate students in these fields. Each year, the Beckman Foundation invites select universities within the United States to apply, and selects approximately 10-12 universities to provide continuous 18-month support to exceptional undergraduate students.
Students selected for the program will receive a stipend to support independent research over an 18-month period spanning two summers and one academic year. Additional funding is supplied for mentoring support, research supplies, and student travel. Also funded is travel and lodging to the National Beckman Symposium in California, where Beckman scholars present their research findings to Beckman scholars, mentors and other scientists. The first Beckman Scholar will be selected during the Spring 2017 semester to begin their research in Summer 2017. Another student will be selected to begin in Summer 2017, with two additional students selected in each of the next two years.
“Villanova’s selection as a Beckman Scholars Program Award recipient underscores the University’s commitment to research and the important role it plays in the academic experience of our students,” said University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD. “At Villanova, faculty and students are true partners in the discovery process and are committed to the collaborative pursuit of knowledge. This commitment provides a challenging educational experience that prepares our graduates for success in their chosen field.”
Beckman Scholars will perform research under the supervision of one of 11 full-time faculty members identified by the University. The faculty mentors were selected based upon their experience in supervising undergraduate research students, research productivity, and external funding support. Villanova science faculty have a long history of mentoring undergraduate research students. Students are often co-authors on faculty publications, and regularly present their research at national and international science conferences.
Villanova’s longstanding commitment to mentoring and supporting undergraduate research students was a major factor in Villanova’s selection as a Beckman Scholars Program Award winner. Each summer, approximately 50 undergraduate students perform faculty-mentored research projects in the sciences, supported by federal, industrial, and institutional support. Students completing a research experience at Villanova often earn fellowships to attend doctoral programs at major research institutions, or gain acceptance at top-ranked medical or dental schools. The Beckman Award provides yet another means to support student research through hands-on, individualized research training.
”Our faculty are known for their commitment to mentoring undergraduate students, and especially for the opportunities they provide students as participants in their cutting-edge research,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The Beckman Award will enable some of our most outstanding science students to spend even more time collaborating with faculty on research that advances scientific knowledge and contributes to human flourishing.”
All sophomore students majoring in Chemistry, Biology, Geography and the Environment, or Biochemistry with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher are eligible to apply. Beckman Scholars will be selected after a rigorous evaluation, considering the student’s academic performance, research potential, and commitment to a future career in science.
Additional information about Villanova’s Beckman Scholars Program can be found at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/research/beckman.html.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.