Furman University again selected as Beckman Scholar institution

Furman has been awarded seven consecutive funding cycles since the Beckman Scholars Program began in 1998.

Furman has been awarded seven consecutive funding cycles since the Beckman Scholars Program began in 1998.

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GREENVILLE, S.C.—Furman University’s Department of Chemistry has once again been selected to participate in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s Beckman Scholars Program. Furman is one of 12 institutions nationwide receiving the honor this year.

The Beckman Scholars Program provides undergraduates and faculty in chemistry and biological sciences unique opportunities for excellence through sustained, in-depth laboratory research experiences.

Earmarked for the nation’s “most talented and gifted undergraduates,” funds awarded through the Beckman Scholars Program support four scholars over three years—a grant of $104,000.

Each scholar named by Furman receives a $26,000 award to perform research, which breaks down to an $18,200 stipend, a $2,800 allotment for travel and supply expenses, and a $5,000 stipend for the faculty member mentoring the scholar.

Participation in the Beckman Scholars Program includes a highly competitive, invitation-only application process which examines undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators at universities and colleges across the country. Following review of the applications, an advisory panel composed of distinguished science faculty assisted the Beckman Foundation in selecting 58 finalist institutions, from which were culled the 12 winners.

Among the group of 12 are other selective liberal arts colleges including Amherst College, Barnard College, College of William and Mary, and Haverford College, as well as traditional doctorate-granting universities such as University of Arizona and Boston College.

Furman is one of only a few institutions that has been awarded continuous funding by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since the program’s inception in 1998.

Says Furman Department of Chemistry professor Paul Wagenknecht, “In the 20 years the Beckman Scholars program has been in existence, the Furman chemistry department has been honored with seven consecutive funding cycles, which speaks to the quality both of our program and of the undergraduate students we attract. We are extremely proud of what our Beckman Scholars have accomplished.”

The complete list of Beckman Scholar honorees may be found at this link: http://www.beckman-foundation.org/beckman-news/2018BSPawardees. For more information, contact the Furman News and Media Relations Office at 864-294-3107.


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