Hope College is one of only five liberal arts colleges and one of only 20 institutions nationwide to receive an award for student research through the new Beckman Scholars Program.
The 20 recipient schools were chosen from among a
select group of 172 institutions invited to apply for the
awards by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation of
Leucadia, Calif. The $52,800 award to Hope will support
three students as they conduct research in chemistry or the
biological sciences. The program will be supporting a total
of 73 students nationwide.
The foundation established the Beckman Scholars
Program to enhance the training of the nation's most
talented and gifted undergraduates in chemistry and the
biological sciences by providing sustained, in-depth
laboratory research experiences with faculty mentors. The
awards will support the students as they conduct research
with faculty members full-time during the summer and part-
time during the following school year.
The participating colleges and universities were
chosen for having demonstrated excellence in science
instruction. Considerations included the institution's
success in placing students in graduate programs; teaching
and research excellence awards received by faculty; the
number of faculty articles in refereed research journals;
and the degree to which students serve as co-researchers
with faculty, rather than as support technicians.
The support at Hope will begin with one student
this summer and continue with two more beginning in the
summer of 1999. The three student recipients will be
biology, biochemistry or chemistry majors who will be
juniors at the start of the school year following their
summer research experience.
In addition to Hope, the recipient institutions
are: California Institute of Technology; California State
University, Los Angeles; Carleton College; Carnegie Mellon
University; The College of William and Mary; Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; Northwestern University; Occidental
College; Pennsylvania State University; San Francisco State
University; Stanford University; University of California,
Berkeley; University of Minnesota (Twin Cities); University
of Missouri (Columbia); University of Pittsburgh; University
of Utah; University of Washington; Wellesley College; and